Run Madtown: What You Need to Know

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Run Madtown in Madison, Wisconsin as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

So, here we are. Only several hours away from you competing in either the 5K or 10K and maybe the half marathon the next morning. So, this post is all about the things you need to know about your Memorial Day weekend in Madison. Obviously, first things first, you need to pick up your packet. The following is a screenshot of the website. After that will be links for the three highlighted “here” mentions.

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http://www.mononaterraceparking.com/index.php/map-directions/

http://www.mononaterraceparking.com/

http://www.cityofmadison.com/parking-utility/garages-lots

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Now when getting your packet, make sure to check out the awesome expo and the exhibitors that will be presenting there for your pleasure. The following is just a listing and not the links to each exhibitor.

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So, after all that excitement, you will be ready and prepped for your races. But you will want to know where and when to be for the start. For the twilight 5K and 10K, that will be here:

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Run fast and finish strong so that you’ll feel pumped and gigged for that half marathon the next morning! And after you wake up, have that coffee/energy boosting drink and get geared up for the half marathon, you’ll want to head here:

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I hope you have a successful and fun run, no matter what race you are participating in. Make sure to enjoy Madison; it truly is a great city that offers a lot of good times. And be sure to hydrate!!! This weekend is looking like a scorcher out there!

Happy running!!

Run Madtown: The Nuts and Bolts

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Run Madtown race in Madison, Wisconsin as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

The Run Madtown race event is a Memorial Day weekend occasion spanning May 26-27. There is a twilight 5K/10K that takes place on Saturday night along with a kids race beforehand. Highlights of the 5K/10K are that you receive a great finisher’s medal, a gender-specific short sleeve tech shirt, free digital race pics, free runner tracking through the event app and a free beer at the finish. You will also be given a required-to-wear glow necklace. Also, the first three finishers (both male and female) in the 10K will win cash prizes. The start and finish take place on Madison’s Capitol Square.

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On Sunday morning, the half marathon jumps into the spotlight. The highlights for this race include an awesome finisher medal, free digital race pics, free runner tracking through the event app, a gender-specific short sleeve tech shirt, a free beer at the finish, pace groups for all speeds and a kick butt post race party with live music! Also, the first three finishers (male and female) will win cash prizes.

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Time is running out for you to sign up and run one of these (or both) beautiful courses in Madison, Wisconsin. When you do sign up, make sure to use code RMRAVE18 and save 10% on your entry (kids race not included unfortunately). Here are some final details for both days and their races.

TWILIGHT 5K/10K

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 8:00PM (5K) and 8:10PM (10K)
Start Line/Finish Line: Capitol Square
Course Close: 9:45PM

HALF MARATHON

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Start Time: 7:00am
Start Line/Finish Line: Capitol Square
Course Time Limit: 3.5 hours after last runner crosses the Start Line

Don’t wait! The code works until online registration closes on May 23! Come run Madison and enjoy its beauty!

PNC Milwaukee Marathon 10K Race

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the 10K distance at the PNC Milwaukee Marathon race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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Well, this race is getting some publicity and it is not good at all. For the second year in a row the course was marked incorrectly for the marathon distance and came up short. That’s the big news that is all out there. But what you may not have heard, because it is not the headliner, but the 10K distance was also short of its correct mark. I know this for fact as well because as I crossed the finish line (and I was aiming for a PR in the 10K distance) that my running app was going to come up short on the distance. So, as I crossed the line, I kept running right through the finishers line, grabbing my medal as I passed by but nothing else. I got to a clear spot away from everything and kept running until I hit my mark for the correct distance. This is unfortunate because it certainly tarnishes what should be a great race with a great expo.

The expo is held at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and there were plenty of vendors to keep you busy, interested and engaged. Packet pickup was easy and efficient (and that was even with picking up a friend’s packet for the half marathon as well). They had Saucony there showing off tons of shoes and gear but also an area where sale items were available. And the State Farm vendor was rather exceptional in my opinion. They had a tons of activities to keep kids busy and I always find that difficult when at expos so kudos to them for keeping them occupied. They also a had a course expert (ironic now, I know) who was going over the entire course for the marathon while I was there. Plus since it is held at the HD Museum, they have several models of bikes for anyone to peruse and check out, which I think is pretty cool.

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The race itself is actually very nice. The 10K course was laid out very well and fair and not very challenging. No major inclines to worry about and you go around some nice parts of downtown. You get to run past the lakefront and the marina. Sandwiched between those two is the Milwaukee Art Museum which is incredible to look at as you run past. A small disappointment, although I think the weather had something to do with it (cool and breezy and cloudy), was there was only one musical act on the 10K course. It’s always nice to have a crowd cheering and extra music but there were very few race revelers on the sidelines. The orchestral band that was playing was great though, that must be said. The finish line area was well done with the announcer yelling out names as we crossed and then there was a bevy of items to grab on the way through the finisher area. After the medal, there was water, pretzels, bananas, bars and they were not stingy with the water. Also, you were given a beer ticket which was good for a Milwaukee Brewing Co. beer, a much better choice than a Miller Lite, etc. There was a runner’s recovery area (unfortunately it had a giant puddle under the tent due to massive rain the day before) and a Fuel Cafe station setup where free sample of coffee were available. Plus four food trucks were stationed just past the finisher area wafting sweet bbq smells into the crowd.

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Aside from the disappointment of the course being too short (and, yes, I know that is a HUGE problem) this race really is a good race. Race management is up to speed and keeps you uber informed and the swag of the medal, race shirt and various coupons is worth signing up and participating. Hopefully they get another chance to fix this race marking problem and get it 100% correct next year. They have everything else in place to make this a great event.

Any questions or comments, fire away!

And, as always, happy running!

Training comes in all forms

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the 10K distance of the PNC Milwaukee Marathon race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Training happens in different ways for different people. And even moreso for when a person is preparing for multiple distances stretching across a few months and even a few weeks. That’s where I find myself for my 10K distance at the PNC Milwaukee Marathon tomorrow. Last week I ran my first ever marathon in Chicago, so I have been doing long runs once a week to prepare for that for the last several months. And those long runs took on a taper up and taper down schedule to better my endurance. But, throughout that process there were plenty of short and even shorter runs in between those long ones. And that’s why I think I am in a good place for my 10K.

Sure, I had my 13 milers. 15 milers. 20 milers. And a bunch of those were in not-so-friendly running conditions. High humidity. High temperatures. Unpleasant air thickness that just grabs your lungs as you further along and tries to stuff your goals. But I kept myself “loose” and “limber” with mid week 3 milers. 5 milers. 7 milers. Indoors on the treadmill sometimes. (Man, are those runs dreadful) Other were around my neighborhood before leaving for work as a matter of convenience. I feel that I am almost over prepared for the 10K. And my legs are not as tired or in any pain as I thought they might be after the marathon last week. In short, I feel good. Now, of course, that’s easier said than done and race morning I might be singing a different tune. We shall see.

There is no intimidation about the run. I’ve done the half marathon of this race once before and the city streets that it will traverse are familiar due to other runs I’ve participated in and completed. So, the 10K distance is something I’m actually looking forward to: not too long on the legs like the half would have been following the full, but, also not too short like I think a 5K would have felt to me. I look forward to sharing my experience with you in my next blog post so please be on the watch for that in the coming days.

As always, any comments or questions would be most welcome.

Happy running!

Here comes the Milwaukee Marathon!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the 10K distance of the PNC Milwaukee Marathon race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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I’m excited to get back on the streets of Milwaukee once again, but at a different distance this time. I was happy to run in this event once again (I did the half marathon last year) even if it is not the half or full. (The reasoning for that is because the week before I am running the Chicago Marathon and wasn’t sure how I would feel one week later)

One of the best parts of this race is the scenery. You get to run through 13 different beautiful and exciting neighborhoods, eyeballing all the various structures and natural beauty of Milwaukee. The crowds on the sidelines are pumped up and provide great support as well. I know weather can be iffy in October races but last year was about as perfect as you could get; sunny day with mild temps that were perfect for running. Another sweet reason to join this run is the swag material, particularly the shirt and medal. Last year was a nice long-sleeve performance t-shirt. And there was a very nice medal to show off which went well as I was drinking my tasty beer, provided by local brewery, Sprecher.

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This really is a race you should look into and soon since it is coming up fast. But, lucky you, there is still time to join me for a fun morning of racing and post race partying!

Use code BibRaveMKE to save yourself $5 on your total cost!

Hope to see you out there!