Yesterday I headed to Wisconsin’s capital city bright and early to run the Madison Mini-Marathon, AKA half marathon. It was time to put my training to the test. I was shooting for a PR (that’s runner speak for “personal record,” in case you’re wondering), but my nemesis of a right leg decided that wasn’t going to happen.
I started out hitting 8-minute mile splits as planned, but around mile 6, a band of pain from my knee down to my ankle struck. Ever since I was a cross-country kid, I had the good fortune of being injury-free. Perhaps this was payback because man oh man, it hurt. But I plugged along and fought through the pain to finish at 1:50:07. I know, it’s not a bad time, but it’s not 1:45. I did get this free beer afterward, so I suppose I was still a winner…
I also had a pretty wonderful superfan out there. My boyfriend got up at 4:45 a.m., vuvuzela and cowbell in hand, to drive to Madison and cheer me on. When the race and agony were over, we grabbed iced coffee and a warm loaf of hot & spicy cheese bread from the marvelous Dane County Farmers’ Market, which surrounds the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Even though I was a bit disappointed in my race, I had so much fun strolling around that it was all OK. Also, there was edible landscaping around the Capitol… check out that kale!
We also headed inside the Capitol, something I’d never done before. The detailing of the dome’s interior was super impressive. I even sacrificed my legs to a few winding staircases to get a view of the city from the building’s observation deck—worth it. So even though my race wasn’t the greatest, my day totally was. Thanks for being a delightful host, Madison!