Healthy “Crazylegs” Everythingtarian

by Holly on April 25, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,Mexican,running,silliness

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.

When I got home, I had one thing on my mind: Mama Pea’s Protein Packed Falafel Falawesomes. Ever since M.P. posted this, I’ve patiently waited to satisfy my falafel craving…

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.


Julie @savvyeats April 25, 2010 at 9:57 am

I’m glad the rain held off during the race itself! It was raining when I walked to the Farmer’s Market around 8 am, and I was getting worried for all the runners!

Danielle (Coffee Run) April 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

That looks like a fun race! LOL @ the man in the booty shorts. I don’t think I could even pull those off ;)

Fun fact about MD: We grow a crap ton of corn. And crabs. (Not grow…but you know)

Jenna April 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

What a fun run! And I seriously laughed out loud when I saw that photo of the ‘cute’ man. That is hilarious.

For a Minneapolis fact… Our skyway system connects nearly 5 miles total (52 blocks), makes t possible to live, work, eat and shop, and not have to go outside!

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks April 25, 2010 at 10:08 am

Hmmmm. I would come back as an old growth redwood tree. Ancient, wise, and beautiful, they are my favorite life-forms here on the west coast.

One fun fact about San Francisco — Lombard Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth, is known to locals and tourists as The Crookedest Street in the World — it has 8 switchbacks, to help offset the steep grade of the hill. People LOVE to take pictures in front of it. Here’s one from wikipedia:

Amy B @ Second City Randomness April 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

Go Mizzou! ;)

I’m jealous you found yourself and future husband with the sexiest legs of all time! If it doesn’t work, give him my number (because that’s not weird- right?).

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) April 25, 2010 at 10:20 am

That run sounds like so much fun! :)

Calgary has the most extensive outdoor pathway system in North America

Evan Thomas April 25, 2010 at 10:22 am

obama My town is currently famous for being where landed in MA.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete April 25, 2010 at 10:46 am

hahahahahahahaha. Your future husband is freakin’ hot. hahahahaha. I’m sorry, I’m still laughing. I just love how you got a pic of that. I saw some really interesting outfits in Paris during the marathon except it was mostly ladies in undies that really shouldn’t have been in them! There was one old guy running in a thong. I loved that part. While I just started laughing and pointing (yes, I’m mature), my running partner just got this really grossed out look on her face. Oh well. ;)

Tamara April 25, 2010 at 10:58 am

I’d like to grow up on a farm the second time around. Chase some chickens, eat some strawberries fresh from the ground–I think I’d turn out much better than after that childhood in concrete suburbia.

janetha April 25, 2010 at 11:27 am

i definitely made it this far and kind of wish this post was longer because i enjoyed it so much! nice job on the race, dude.. your legs are lean, mean, running machines! that stretching photo? your quads? amazing. is that creepy? probably. but i am a creep. you will be a russian ballerina in no time. i wanna come back as some one who has the metabolism of an 8 year old until they are the age of 70 because then i could eat cereal and ice cream all day, every day.


Ally (Sweet & Savory) April 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Love your future husband…he’s HOT. What a great race! That breakfast burrito looks so good:)

Susan April 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Haha future hub has some MAJE style! Shexy.

If I could come back as anything in another life, I think it would be a native of Hawaii or Crete. Sometimes I yearn for the simple and sunny life.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans April 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm

As a Jayhawk fan I cannot support your choice to run for Mizzou’s alumni team… As a friend I can say hell to the yes for double fisting beers at the end! In my next life I would like to come back as a the sassy token female sports caster who usually provides the “colorful” sideline commentary.

Matt April 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Sounds like a fun race :)

I am racing an 8k in July with my GF. It seems like such a crazy distance, but it is really just miles. Lol I think that is what they should call it…

claire April 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Love the future hubs…was he really cute? Just sportin’ the shorties for some laughs…

Hmmm, a ballerina wouldn’t be a bad thing to come back as, but the training, grueling. I would like to be an elite distance runner…yikes, hard training too of course.

I have lived in quite a few places in the last few years and the place now is pretty much the worst city in the US to find a job…AH-mazing!

Heather April 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

i have a confession.
i got a little teary while reading this post.
i’m THAT kind of madisonian. The kind that lives somewhere else and longs so much for a taste of home, that she often becomes ridiculously sappy at the very thought of being in the Forward state and thinking about the Wisconsin Idea. I loved the iphone photos of your running route (and your future husband ;) )
can’t wait to be back there next month. and cant wait to meet YOU!

Erica April 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Ok seriously…you are hilarious. You must promise we will meet up at some point in life. Being a big 10-er myself, seeing this race made me super excited. I’ve always wanted to visit the school- it looks amazing. Great job on the race and the post race drink ;)

Run Sarah April 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

What a fun race and awesome time! Your posts always makes me smile – love the double fisting of the beer too, so perfect for a uni race. Banana Republic is the most dangerous store for me – ever. The only pants I have had that didn’t require hemming came from there which is a miracle for this girls 29 inch inseam!

Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition April 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Looks like a great time!

jenna April 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

that does sound like a pretty good saturday to me!!

Angharad April 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Will there be free beer after our half marathon? Please say yes. Holly, I just need to warn you. Something has happened to me. Since I’ve hit the 9 and 10 mile marks, my hunger on long run days is literally the most obnoxious never-ending thing you have ever seen. So, I’m just saying…race day might not be pretty and I might spend a lot of time eating and then getting hungry five minutes later and dragging you somewhere else to eat.

Ok, longest and most irrelevant comment of all time. Miss you! xx

Gabriela April 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Amazing post, girl!
Looks like you´ve had quite a race… SO FUN!
Btw – delicious eats… Loved the falawesomes and that breakfast burrito!
Dee-lish ;)
Have a terrific Sunday, love!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

BroccoliHut April 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Looks like a fun race! I wish I had participated in more races this spring.
That falafel looks fantastic–I bookmarked the same recipe with Mama Pea posted it.
Cool thing about Birmingham? Hmm, we have a giant iron statue named Vulcan, which is where my brother in law proposed to my sister:)

Low April 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm

What a fun race! Looks like a blast! And that burrito? Holy shit! I need it.

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Pimped out protein falafels? Tricked out yogurt messes? Girl, let’s just give your diet a gold grill, a cane, some shades, and your diet will truly be pimpin’. Not that it isn’t already…

Fun fact about where I live? Ummmmm, NYC? Here’s one that’s lesser known about New York State:

Chittenago is the home of L. Frank Baum, author of the “Wizard of Oz”. It features a yellow brick inlaid sidewalks leading to Aunti Em’s and other Oz-themed businesses. Chittenago is the location of an annual Munchkins parade.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend lady! Great job on the race!

Susan April 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Soo…did you get man-in-booty-short’s number for me or what!? :P

Congrats on the race AND to Brett for finishing his first one!! Holy fast for a first race, I’m mega impressed over here. Also, why doesn’t every race have finishers beer??

Bookmarked the falafel recipe. Vegan with added protein. Win.

I’d come back as a cat. It’s my dream to lay in a spot of sun all day sleeping and licking myself.

Fredericton is also known as “Freddy Beach.” But we are no where near a legitimate beach. Oh, and 1/6 of our population is university students.

Jess April 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Awesome post-race eats! Gotta love larabars!

AWESOME race girl!!!

<3 jess

Mama Pea April 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Hey Crazy Legs, those falafel look falawesome! Um, the town I live in…it’s nickname is So-lame. Not cool, Pacific Northwest. Not cool.

Lynn @ The Actors Diet April 26, 2010 at 12:10 am

congrats on the race! even if i hadn’t run one, i’m sure i would’ve had to talk myself outa eating a second burrito too. it looks delicious.

Sarah (Finding My Balance) April 26, 2010 at 1:40 am

gah! what a fun race! it looks like it was a great day! and i DO hope you talked to mr. booty shorts… :)

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 26, 2010 at 7:24 am

This looks like such a fun race! And awesome post-race food to boot…yum! :D

Molly April 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

I loved all your silly captions for your photographs! Great job on the race. That campus.. I never knew it was the oldest. Crazy!

Looks like you had an awesome post race meal too!!

Lauren (Health on the Run) April 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

Congrats on the race!! Looks like so much fun!! :)

If I could come back as anything in another life I’d probably be some sort of pop star — or better yet, a cast member of Glee. Being able to sing and dance for a living would be amazing. And no, for the record, I cannot do either. (except for in my imagination) ;)

Fun fact about RI — it’s the smallest state in the US, yet (I think) it has the longest official name “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” Also, it never ratified the 18th amendment (Prohibition)!!

Kailey (SnackFace) April 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

WOOHOO!!!!! You lil’ racing diva! I love. I also love that man in the shorts. Too bad he’s taken. Eff that.

I’d totally eat as though I’d run a marathon. Worth it.

If I come back in a second life, I’d like to come back as…a diva. Wait, I already kind of am one.

Hmmm, well, Athens is haunted, I suppose. Another fact? It’s filled with douche lords.

LOVE YOU!!! xoxoxxo

Adj (Tattoos & Champage) April 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

Well done on the run, lady! Looks awesome!

As for a second life – can’t I just come back as myself? I’ve had a pretty decent go at it so far and wouldn’t mind a karmic epilogue…

runnerforever April 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Great job on the run!
That burrito looks super good, that is what I call recovery food :-)

samantha April 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm

michigan did races too, in and around the stadium! unfortunately, i was too interested in sleeping off my hangover/eating brunch to be bothered. now i wish i had run them!

if i could be something in another life, it would be a guide dog trainer — i am unhealthily obsessed with dogs. it’s bad. when i see a service dog on the street, i cry. like, really?

Naomi(onefitfoodie) April 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

fun race!! io love the pic of you stretching like a ballerina :)
fun fact about boston: WE ARE WICKED AWWWEEESOME :) hahahaa had to say that!!

if I could come back in another life I would love to be an olympic athlete…don’t know what I would play or do but that would be sweet!!

I printed the recipe for mama peas falafels and they look So good!

Katie April 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm

She’s BAAAAAAAACK! Congrats on a great race, my dear! Even if you did root for Mizzou ;-)

I think I would come back as a boy. Just for a day, then go back to me. Can I do that?

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) April 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Only in Madison, only in Madison. :)

jperonto April 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Love the ballerina comment. Haha!

Alison April 26, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Holly way to go on the race!!! That breakfast burrito looks sooo good! April 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm

love ur bloggie! just found it! the title is awesome :) wonderful pictures too. have a great weekend <3

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm

double fisting beer? i used to double fist vodka on the rocks. many times per night over. and repeat. It was so much fun too :)

great job on the race girl!!!

fact about AZ…it’s hot and i want to go back to San Diego. :)

Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm

That is so cool to see where my dad went to school. Looks like a great run!

One of Mama Pea’s recipes is currently in my oven :)

elise April 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

yeah for free post-race brewskies :) i did similar work on the ales after my sunday racing too :)

Sherah April 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Free beer always tastes better!
Fun fact about Seattle: there is actually a hidden underground level of Seattle proper, complete with old store fronts and everything. This is because back in the day, nobody could figure out how to deal with all of the sewage RUNNING IN THE STREETS so they had this brilliant idea–let’s just wall around this shit (so to speak!) and build on TOP of all the sludge so we can ignore it! So they did, and the Pioneer District in Seattle was rebuilt, a story higher. You can take tours down there. It’s creepy and weird, but awesome!

Ashlei April 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Nice job on the 8K! That’s my new goal now that I’ve done my first 5K :)

Bekah May 2, 2010 at 6:13 am

Wooot! Yay way to go Holly! These pictures are awe inspiring. And seriously, probably the most attractive bowl of yoatgurt I’ve seen on the blogosphere. :)

Jody Krieg May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Love the photos from the race – gives me momentum…maybe I can run it with you guys next year.
Jody from Wausau

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