|Cheryl lost to THIS LADY?|
|Cold and Early in Madison|
|Cheryl checks the map and route|
So lets get started!
It was COLD in Wisconsin this morning. A chilling 39 degrees with a brisk wind chill. ( Felt like 33!) Cheryl had her plan in action, but I might have been a little under-dressed. ( Three thin layers with no hat!)
|These people are going somewhere!|
|Hanging out in the Bus Stop|
|Cheryl Poses for Pics.|
|Time to down dress..|
|Now what is taking so Long?|
|Cheryl tries to stay warm|
|"National Anthem" in the Background|
|Cheryl at the Start|
Cheryl took off with the second wave. The first wave was meant for the full marathoners. "Halfers" were forced to the back of the line and wait ten extra minutes. I ran ahead and tried to capture her out of the gate.
|Cheryl at the 1.5 miles mark|
|She runs past. Looking good!|
As soon as she passed, I ran ahead to the 1.5 mile mark. The street posts were rather confusing...so I ended up following the crowd of locals and finding the route that way. Even the police were confused at moments! Some of the first runners took a wrong turn and had to be set back on the route!
|Cheryl at mile 12.5|
|It's all down hill....finally!|
|See You at the Finish....Unless the batteries die first.|
The party was sponsored by Panera and Michelob. Healthy sandwiches with light beer! The beer is good ( I'm actually drinking the free one now as I write this)
and Cheryl enjoyed the sandwich so much she forced me to drop by the Panera in Iowa city for another one. Ethan's advice: After any race, Give the runner what she wants!
|Hiro's idea of "Feral" cats|
Cheryl loves her shirt and medal. And she is currently scrambling to find another race for next weekend! ( Maybe I should have offered her two Panera sandwiches...And drink ALL of the beer.) With Thanksgiving coming up, and an eminent trip to the Family, things might not work out as she would have wanted. But who knows?
But before I end this, I should note her results:
2192 finishers ...Cheryl was 215 over all
Out of 1342 females, Cheryl was 43
Cheryl was 5th out of 136 age group females.
Official finish time: 1:40:48.
So, over all, Pretty good. She did note that she was working much more for this race than previous. Her pace was 7:42 minute miles and there were far more hills and wind than previous races. I personally believe the colder temps help runners... by providing motivation to generate HEAT. The times and performance has encouraged her to continue her quest to out live me.