Let me just start by saying I absolutely loved my first CrazyLegs experience. This is a must-do race if you live in the Madison area, or if you have a friend living in Madison this is a great time to come visit…like my friend Amanda did 🙂
Here is a recap of the race prep and race day:
- Preparation: CrazyLegs did a great job of making packet pick-up super convenient, offering several locations around Madison. It’s great to pick up your packet early because it usually includes information that will help you plan your race day. My friends and I made meeting plans + decided to park by Camp Randall and shuttle to the race start at the Capitol.
- Gear: As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge planner…BUT, I know it’s super important to check out the weather for your race day. It didn’t look great: rainy + 40 degrees, so when picking out my gear for the next day I had to keep this in mind. I LOVE to pick out my outfits the day before my race + then take a blogger-esque picture for you guys 😉 If you haven’t noticed, workout clothes are my absolute favorite clothes. I picked out material that would wick away water in case it rained and I packed a dry set of clothes to change into afterward. My friend Amanda arrived into town and we went out to grab her race packet and ended up buying hats because we thought it was going to rain all over us. I didn’t end up wearing mine for the race, but am excited to wear it for hiking and running in the future.
- Atmosphere: Madison + CrazyLegs…I love you both. This is a very well put together event + Madison loves to get out and support UW’s athletic programs. From start to finish, there were plenty of people watching and cheering. The last mile you could hear everyone cheering inside Camp Randall for the finishers as they came in and it was so motivating to get there yourself. The last mile they also played the Rocky Theme song and encourage people to pump there fists like Mr. Balboa climbing those Philadelphia steps. Finishing through the tunnel and onto the field of Camp Randall was the perfect cap to a terrific run. Afterward, I was able to catch up with so many of my friends that were racing and it’s encouraged to hangout in the stadium.
- Running buddies: I ran with my friends Carrie and Annie (both ran at Edgewood College). Carrie and I do a lot of training runs together. We decided a 7:30 pace was doable at this point in the season. At mile 1 we were dead on, and all agreed we felt great. After climbing the large Bascom Hill, we started to cruise downhill. These ladies really cruise down the hills, which I think is great! I just couldn’t release and go down at the same speed, so they got ahead. It was still fun because I could see them and try to work back up to them. A couple pointers for doing a race with someone: make sure that you around the same speed/or plan the pace you will go and it’s a good idea to make a plan that it is okay to split up. We were completely fine with separating! These ladies cruised ahead of me the whole way (awesome run ladies) and I saw them after the race.
- Group: I had a lot of friends that did CrazyLegs. I would highly recommend picking an event and doing it with a big group. We had SO much fun + we all went at a different pace but still enjoyed doing the same event. We met up before the race and then afterward we headed to brunch. Later that evening we reconvened for a grill out + some wine. It made for a great weekend and we can’t wait to pick another race and do it again. I also ran into a bunch of friends at Camp Randall, some people I knew were running it and some I just bumped into.
- Pace/training: As I mentioned, we decided that 7:30 miles were reasonable. I ended up finished at 7:28 pace, so I was pretty dead on. Ideally, I would like to go faster…but, it was a good start to the season. I missed the 2 mile marker and I didn’t have a watch on, so I started to feel kind of overwhelmed/tired at that point. Shortly after this I saw the 3 mile marker and started to feel better (as I didn’t think I was that far yet). With 2 to go, I felt strong. After finishing, I felt I could’ve gone faster. Always easy to say. I haven’t been putting in too many miles because I’ve really been focused on my lifting. I’m excited to meet with Nick on Thursday. I’m excited to get a balanced and specific program. One of the reason I decided to reach out and see if Nick would be interested in working together was after I read this quote on his blog “random training equals random results”. I’m really discipline about working out 5x a week, but I haven’t been on a specific training program. I have an idea of what I want to do each week, and I do follow through but I haven’t been programming my training. Excited to start!
- 5 mile race: I love you too! haha. Believe it or not, I haven’t done many 5 milers. I have done lots of 4ks, 5ks, and half marathons. I love this distance because it’s over before you know it and doesn’t give me time to think “I’m so over this”…like I do during a half marathon at mile 10. I definitely want to do more.
Overall, the weekend was great. On Sunday, I headed to Devil’s Lake to hike with my girlfriend Marissa. The day was just too nice + sunny to stay inside. It was a great hike and so good to catch up with her. After the busy weekend, I was zonked. I took a nap as soon as I got home and enjoyed the rest of the day with Drew. A huge shout out to all my running friends that participated + Drew for grilling out for all of us. Thanks for the great weekend!!
This week I’m interviewing my friend Cate! She has lost 40 pounds and now maintains it with a very healthy lifestyle. I hope she inspires those of you that are carrying around some extra weight. On Friday, I’m going to tell you about how my assessment goes with Nick (slightly nervous, haha). Have a great Monday and a healthy week!