Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Madsion 1/2 Marathon 2009

Madison was awesome and of course I PR’d since it was my first ½ Marathon. My official chip time was 2:04:40, which I am happy with, even though I was hoping to be closer to 2 hours. I am proud of my wife Terri who finished right behind me with a time of 2:08:40, which is incredible because this time last year she was still smoking. The course was beautiful, we ran past the University of Wisconsin, the capital building, and were able to take in beautiful lakefront scenery along Lake Menona and Lake Mendota.

I have the utmost respect and admiration for anyone of you who have run a full marathon. After experiencing the ½ I can only say you guy’s rock! What dedication that must take to complete 26.2 miles.

I started out running and Beth’s mantra kept running in my head, “start out fast lose your ass”. I tried to keep the pace between 9:30–10:00 for the first few miles. We ran with another couple, Wes & Jen. Wes and I started out running together because he wanted me to pace him for the first few miles using the Garmin. We ran together for about an hour and he took off. Wes finished just under 2 hours with 1:59:20. Jen and Terri started out together but Terri needed to hit the porta-potty shortly after we started so they parted ways early on. I was amazed that when we went through the area where the college kids lived they were passing out Bloody Marys and beer for the run. They were only filled up about a 1/3 full but of course Wes took a Bloody Mary and I opted for the beer. I am not sure if this hurt, helped or was indifferent but was something I remembered to say the least. Around mile 12 I was tiring. And again Beth’s mantra of “Shut up and run” was wailing in my brain. My feet were hurting and I just said screw it and kept going. I am still a little sore but feel good about
myself for the accomplishment. I don't know if a full marathon is in my future or even possible for me, but I am feeling the high after this race and can't wait to get back out there again.


  1. Great job! I can't believe you drank a beer while running! You are hardcore ;)

  2. Way to go!! What a great job for your first 1/2! By the way, I LOVE the exhaustion picture. Awesome. :)

  3. GREAT job. 2:04 is a great time for your first half. Now it's onto the full, right? I'm glad that my bossy mantras helped you out along the way. :)

  4. Good show! Excellent effort and hopefully leads you to your next goal:

    *Sub 2:00:00 half
    *Full Marathon

    What's it going to be?

    FYI - I love going over to the Great Dane (run or no run) for some brew when in Madison.

  5. Kim,

    Not hardcore just thirsty.


    thanks,I had my ass kicked by the end of that race.


    Thanks for the mantras, they really helped!


    The Great Dane is awesome. I love their Wheat Crop Circle brew.

  6. That's awesome! Have to try the beer on a practice run. Love the mantra. Congrats! And may this be the first of many :)

  7. Congrats on finishing the half!

  8. Congrats! awesome time for your first 1/2. I used to live in Elgin moved out west last year. I see a full marathon for you in the future you just got bit by the running bug.