Knowing that I needed something to stay motivated over the summer I knew I was going to sign up for the 2nd Madison Mini Marathon in August. I did the inaugural race last year and really enjoyed the course. But I didn't know until Friday that I was going to sign up for the MS 150 Best Dam Bike Ride on August 7 & 8th. There is a group of people at work that do this every year. I have wanted to in the past - but we are usually on vacation that week end . . . but not this year . . . so I signed up. I am very excited - but a little nervous. I biked 11 miles on Saturday - in the heat and wondered "how in the world I would bike 150 miles over 2 days???????" I know I will be able to do it - it will just take training. My 8+ mile bike to work will be nothing compared to this. Looking forward to it.
On a running front - I am going to follow Hal Higdon's 1/2 marathon training schedule and will add a biking training schedule to the plan. Today calls for Strength and Stretch - so I will be doing that and add a bike ride.
I biked down to Tenney park to be able to see Chelsea from EarlyRunner and Mary Ann ( a friend from work) running the 1/2 marathon yesterday and Jamie from RunningDivaMom run the marathon. It was brutal out there. The temp's were near 90 and the humidity was high. I was drenched from biking 5 miles and really can't imagine how the runners kept it up. Chelsea and Mary Ann were spotted first - they were in mile 6 of 13. Then the marathoners started to show up, they were in mile 11-12 . . . and there was Jamie - running strong. I biked with her for about a mile and then wished her luck. She did great. You can read her race report here. The race was officially called at 4 hours due to the extreme weather conditions. But she kept running and finished great. So proud of her. Now today is a day of rest for all the runners from yesterday. Oh course as luck would have it - it is cool and overcast this morning - seemingly perfect weather for a race . . . .
Enjoy the day off.