The Madison Mini & Me

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…

The Madison MIni & Me // Run. Crave. Conquer.

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!

The Madison Mini and Me // Run. Crave. Conquer.

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!

The Madison Mini and Me // Run. Crave. Conquer.

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About LWynalek

Writer. Runner. Cat lover.

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