Madison Marathon #29
Madison Marathon #29
#29 doesn’t even feel real to me! I have to say I felt like this was most emotional race to this date. I fought back tears of joy for the majority of the run. I’m so so so close to running my 30th marathon before 30. I’ve already start the writing of my book. Recalling the last 7 years of my journey is so bittersweet. I have to remember it all. The good and the bad, it’s emotional wearing on me. Maybe that’s what made this so tough. It felt raw today and I just rolled with it. Things for Virginia are set in stone. I rented to house back in August. I get to stay in a super kick ass house. So many of my family and friends are going to be there it’s unreal to me. I feel like this is such a gigantic dream and now the pieces have finally come together.
All week long I felt myself fighting off a cold. I felt tired the back of my throat ached my body hurt all over. Friday I got done with work and just felt wiped out. I spent Saturday just trying to relax and recover and gear up for the big day. I’m really superstitious about my pre race routine. So I got my noodles, ate them 12 hours before race time, put my feet up, gathered all my stuff and watched a movie.
After the movie it was bedtime I gladly went to bed early from feeling so sick. I actually sleep pretty good for a race night. Usually the anxiety and excitement keeps me awake. I woke up around 4 am to eat my breakfast- Cream If Rice Cereal. Put on my race day outfit and headed out towards Madison. The drive out was pretty uneventful I felt really tired and didn’t have my normal pre race energy rush.
Getting to the race start I found the parking lot that I like to park at its about 1/10 of mile from start line. I parked and walked over found my name on the wall. One of the nice feature of this race is that they put all the participants on this awesome print off and you can find your name. It always makes me feel like a superstar! At this time my cold hadn’t really effected me and I felt pretty normal. I checked my gear bag with my coat and headed over to the starting line.
The gun went off and the race started the first 5 miles of this race felt really great. I though my pacing was really good. My energy level felt good and I was uneffected. I actually felt good until about mile 9 around the UW campus. We went up Observatory Hill. After that my energy level just dropped. I tried to go up a few hills after that and ended up walking most of them. Usually I can handle my hills. I incorporate weekly hill runs. Feeling a bit mentally defeated. I realized I need to reset my goal of 4:30 and realize that today my goal just needed to be finishing before the cutoff time of 6 hours.
I made it to around mile 20 with minimal walking, only needing to walk the hills. At mile 20 I need to take walk/ run breaks my energy level was down and I just needed to rest. At mile 23, I found a local runner, Chris, he was recovering from an shattering his ankle this spring. He also had his eyes on just finishing. We stuck by each other for motivation to finish the race. The last mile and half were so tough the only thing that kept me going was the thought of finishing. Finally one last corner and across the finish line I went! #29 in the books!
Although Madison is thought as being a tougher race locally because of the hills. I actually find it to be very enjoyable, and there are only two hills that seem to get to me Observatory Hill and the one near Maple Bluff. I think that the race directors do a fantastic job putting on this race every year. There’s always great pre race energy. The course has amazing support, one of my favorite aid station come around mile 20 and has a science theme. There are plenty of aid station lbs and portopotties on the course. The course in Madison is just gorgeous! My two favorite sites are through the arboretum and when we are in maple bluff and you can look over across lake Mendota and see the capital.
Just need to focus on getting in some good quality training over these winter weeks. I’m officially 15 week out from the Shamrock Marathon. Which at this time doesn’t feel real my longest run that I’ve done since finishing Madison has been a 9 miler. My legs seem like o recover pretty well. It took about two weeks after my cold to feel like I was moving at a good speed again. Got any good winter running tips for running on the ice?