Every Madisonian who is ANY Madisonian knows the legacy of a certain Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch.
Known for his unique running style (hence the nickname “Crazylegs”), my boy Elroy was a proud Wisconsin Badger running back + receiver who went on to play professional football for the Chicago Rockets and Los Angeles Rams. After the NFL, he came back to Madison to run the UW athletic program for almost 20 years and is credited for making my school pretty much rule in sports.
That is why every year the Crazylegs Classic is held in honor of Mr. Crazylegs himself…
With more than 20,000 participants (yes, twenty-thousand!), it’s a huge fundraiser for the UW athletic department and a race I’ve taken part in several times in the past.
And that marks the end of your Wisconsin history lesson for the day.
You may be wondering…so why is Brett holding a Mizzou sign?
Because even though I’m a proud Badger alum, I agreed to run for his Mizzou alumni team.
The things I do for friends, I tell ya.
With a 10am race start time, his our team met at 9am for a bit of stretching…
Have I ever told you how I hope to come back as a Russian ballerina in my next life? I digress.
Gearing up for his very first race (!!!), Brett stretched in preparation to dominate the race…
Warning: All the day’s race photos were taken with my iPhone cam…so prepare yourself for more blurriness + pixelation.
After 23 minutes of standing in the damp, windy weather, we made it to the starting line!
Eight kilometers? That’s just less than five miles (4.97 to be exact). Bring it on Crazylegs.
Starting in downtown Madison, we then ran along the lake down Frat Row (where I embarrassingly admit I spent a good number of nights my freshman year), past the Union and up towards Science Hall…
The oldest building on campus, FYI.
From there, we attacked a large hill and were graciously rewarded with a decrease in elevation running by a number of buildings I spent many hours learning & studying & sleeping in throughout college…
Up along Observatory Drive, where there is the most BEAUTIFUL view of Lake Mendota…
On a sunny day, it’s incredible. Promise.
From there, we ran into this obnoxiously happy, special-looking girl who was clearly desperate for someone (anyone!) to take a picture of her…
She looks so familiar. Perhaps I had class with her in college?
We ran along Old University Avenue where I came face-to-face with M.F.H. (my future husband)…
Humor + the ability to make fun of yourself go a long way with me. And, I ran into him post-race, where I discovered he was also cute. Double score.
The home stretch…down Breese Terrace and into Camp Randall stadium!
Past the 20-yard line…
Eight kilometers…five miles…Brett and I finished with a final time of 45:28 (roughly 9:05/mile)! Glugged some water and set out in search of Brett’s friend Kyle…
Notice #40 is retired. He’s that cool.
But the absolute BEST part about Crazylegs?
FREE post-race beer! The limit was two per visit (notice the word visit). No shame in a good double fisting of beer. I like to think of it as much-needed carb-replenishment.
Also no shame in a large breakfast burrito + four cups of coffee…
I think my brain convinced itself I’d just run a 1/2 marathon or something, because I wolfed this down. I am still convinced I could have eaten a 2nd one if my logical side hadn’t kicked in and said no.
Later that afternoon, I decided to torture myself by browsing the mall, finding a million cute things I wanted to buy and realizing I couldn’t afford any of it.
Enter in comfort food: Diet Coke + Larabar.
It helped distract me long enough to stay out of Banana Republic at least. A minor victory.
Vegan? Delicious? Healthy? Pimped out with protein?
I’m going to go with, (d) all of the above.
Along with some sauteed beet greens (thanks to Sarah!) with EVOO, garlic + lemon juice and post-dinner dark chocolate…
A good Saturday, if I do say so myself.
This morning I awoke feeling refreshed and creatively-inspired. Enter in a tricked out bowl of yoatgurt:
1/3 cup oats + 2/3 cup water
1 packet NuNaturals stevia
2 T dried tart cherries
1/2 cup plain 0% Greek yog
1 crumbled Healthy Breakfast Bar
1/2 cup blackberries
AMAZING. I can’t lie. And it’s even better all mixed up.
I believe this post could be in the running for the Everythingtarian’s longest ever. If you made it this far, I commend you. With that, I’m peacing out to enjoy this rainy Sunday by cleaning, writing, doing laundry and yogaing/cardioing. Happy Sunday!
If could choose to come back as anything in a second life, what would that be? Search above for my answer.
Give me one fun fact about the place YOU live. In addition to the Madison history lesson I graced you with today, the city’s official bird is the plastic pink flamingo.