Half Marathon State #35
Start Time: 7am
Temperature: 65 degrees
Division Place: 127/256
Gender Place: 1125/2098
Finish Time: 2:16:08
|Pre race in front of the capitol with MCM Mama.|
Running in the midwest in August can be rough. And hot. And not fun. I had few expectations for this race. I had hoped to run with Erika and take it easy. I didn't preview the course, I didn't know where packet pick up was. I wasn't in charge this weekend. I was the tag along and it was awesome.
My flight was delayed Friday evening, so we zoomed from the airport to packet pick up, which was on the University of Wisconsin campus. What a neat place! Students had just returned for classes and the town was busy with activity. Packet pick up was easy, and we ran into Run with Jess too!
I knew so little about Madison, and Wisconsin. First time visitor and all. I didn't realize that Madison was the capital (okay, maybe if quizzed I would have remembered, but I sure wouldn't have known that the University is right across the street from the capitol building). Who knew that the football stadium is Camp Randall Stadium because the Wisconsin army had a Union army camp there during the Civil War? (Wisconsin was in the Civil War? Really?) How great was it that the half marathon course ran under the Camp Randall Arch, remaining from when it was an army camp?
|Camp Randall Arch (courtesy UW website)|
You can read Erika's race recap HERE. I could tell she was having a tough time. Staying together would have been fun if we were both enjoying the race, but she wasn't. At mile 6, she decided to walk a hill. Jess had just come up from behind us, so I opted to take off with her and let Erika wrestle with her own
race demons issues. I know I'd rather run alone when I am struggling like she was. It turned out to be the right choice.
Jess had convinced me to purchase a Salted Watermelon Gu at the expo, so I took it at the half way point. Delicious! (Salted Caramel Gu, you have some seriously tasty competition here!) I didn't carry my own water, so I was drinking water and/or Gatorade at the plentiful aid stations. I really liked that the Gatorade was ALWAYS first and the water second at each aid station. Way to coordinate that and not confuse me, race director!
I had picked up my pace, and was feeling pretty good until I walked the hill at mile 9.
|See everyone walking in front of me? Hill pictures never tell the true steepness story.|
|Stopped at mile 11 for a photo for the blog.|
|There were signs all over the course, my new favorite will be copied in the future when I spectate again.|
|Stopped again, for a photo of the pretty lake.|
|Post race bounty.|
|Sweaty, tired and finished with state #35!|
The race was on a Saturday, so I had an extra day in Madison. Sunday was a fun day to be a tourist and fly home.
I'm not sure what I liked better, visiting the National Mustard Museum on my way to the airport…
|So many mustard samples in the shop upstairs!|
|Love a guy in a suit and tie!|
Final thoughts: The Madison Mini is a well organized half marathon that allows you to see so much of Madison, the surrounding area and the campus of the University of Wisconsin. Sturdy medal, terrific volunteers and a tech shirt.
I can't thank Erika and her family enough for hosting me. Go Badgers!