photo from Madison Mini's Facebook page
Here's they yays and nays..
- Riding to the race with Amy (who stayed at my house the night before) and Michele! It's nice having race morning company.
Only lazy (and cheap) bloggers steal pro pics...oh that's me.
- Running by all the cool Madison landmarks like: Memorial Union, the Capitol, Farmer's Market, State Street, the Kohl Center, Camp Randall, Henry Vilas Zoo, the UW Arboretum and the Lake Shore path.
- I saw turkeys in the Arboretum! I don't know why this is actually exciting since I see turkeys on almost every run in the town I live in...
- The wave start actually worked! (at least for where I started) I was in corral F and while it was a mass start, there wasn't too much weaving or getting passed. It was still congested for the first mile or two, but not frustratingly so for me.
- It was hilly. I like hills. Actually, I like hearing other people whine about hills. This race did not disappoint.
- The medals were pretty. I like shiny things.
- The post race snacks were abundant. I had arm fulls of food by the time I exited the finish chute. Cheesy popcorn! Sugar cookies!
- Lots of water stops. Even though it was hot I opted not to wear my fuel belt since there were so many aid stations along the way. Also awesome - there was a big 'aid station' sign a little way before each one and I think that helped the flow of traffic on the approach.
- The expo was pretty big and I actually bought something (more to come on that in another post)
- Free Capital Brewery beer at the finish line!
- I came in at 2:07 and although that is 10 minutes slower than my PR, I'll take it!
- The two loud and annoying women chattering the whole time about juice cleanses, whole foods and 'natural' cures for cancer and autism that the federal government is trying to keep from everyone. Look, I don't mind when people talk during races - I do it all the time too - but please, turn the volume and the crazy down when you do so. I tried for 3+ miles to get away from these two but I think they were stalking me with their psycho. I am pretty sure they were both wearing headphones and trying to talk to each other over their music. NO!!!
- I saw two runners down getting medical attention and one being loaded into an ambulance. I really do hope they are okay and just felt icky because of the heat and not some other medical issue.
- I had trouble finding my friends at the finish. It was packed and I am short. Crowds are hard.
- I couldn't find any porto-potties at the finish. You could go inside to use the restrooms at the union, but the line was crazy. Maybe I was delirious and couldn't find them. Actually, I had to have been delirious: I couldn't even hold my medal the right way so you could see the front and I forgot to take off my Zorro mask:
I drew my eyes in for you...ole!
So yep. I liked it. I think I paid $85 bucks, which is more than I normally like to spend on races, but it was my birthday so all sense of a budget goes out the window. Also, I think the price is fairly justified after seeing the major Madison streets that had to be shut down for this event.
Have a great day!