Madison 1/2 Marathon Weekend, Part One

by Holly on May 30, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,positivity,running,Wisconsin

It all started on an unusually warm Friday night.

With beer.

Specifically, two of them. Of the Spotted Cow variety.

There were friends who did not want their picture taken…

…yours truly who took the picture anyways…

…and an amazingly pink sunset to just enjoy.

That’s how it began on Friday.


Saturday is a different story.

At 7:30am, I nimbled out of bed.


Then off to the kitchen I went with one thing on my mind: pancakes.

scant 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
baking powder
1/2 T almond meal
splash of vanilla
1/2 T coconut oil
1 egg
splash of milk
4 drops NuNaturals vanilla stevia
1/3 cup blueberries

Slathered with PB+J and served with an additional side of bluebs.

Twas’ the perfect way to kick off the freakin’ weekend baby I’m ’bout to have me some fun.

Post-breakfast, I went to the co-op (the same co-op I did a three different VLOGS in).

I spent way too much money.

And magically came out with this…

The Apple Jack: apple, lime, ginger + beet

The juice made me feel much better about downing two beers two nights before the big race.

Balance, people.

Lunch happened sometime between cleaning my apartment like a madwoman and watching the rest of season two of the U.K. version of The Office. Between these two enthralling tasks, it went unphotographed.

Early afternoon, I picked up Angharad, and we came back to la casa de Holly for a snack…

Dannon Blueberry Greek Yogurt + Kashi GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax.

Then, it was BBQ time.

Grillmaster grill did his thang, including making this lemonade from scratch…

It was thirst-quenchingly delicious.

There were Garretts, cheese curds and curd food babies to be had…

…as well as massive hamburgers to eat…

…and quality time with Angharad, who I never get to hang out with as much as I would like.

And of course, there was dessert.

These tasty lil’ buggers come in the form of my tried and true Almond Joy Blondies recipe (dark chocolate, coconut + almonds) based on VeggieGirl’s amazing recipe.

Everyone loved them.


Then, Angharad & I came home, took some precautionary measure to make sure we would #2 before the morning and laid out our race clothes.

Six-and-a-half short hours later, our alarms blared at the horridly early hour of 4:45am.

Surprisingly, we actually got out of bed.

Banana oatmeal for her. PB+B toast for me.

Coffee x 2 cups.

More of The Office (U.K. version, again).

Bathroom breaks.

Then, we arrived to show the Madison 1/2 Marathon who’s boss.

Except Mother Nature was really the boss.

When we arrived at 6:50am to the starting line, it was already 71 degrees.

And effin’ humid.

Good thing for good friends…

Brett, Kyle + Angharad.

And just in case you needed photographic evidence proving I was also there, here it is:

Embarrassingly scary evidence.

But evidence nonetheless.

We’re all in this together…alcohol monitoring bracelets timing chips and all.

Insert 13.1 miles of running here.

It was hot.

Really hot.

But I finished.

Not in the time I wanted, but I finished.

And per May of Positivity Month, I am reminding myself that is what matters.

It’s not my chip time of 2:01.22 that matters.

It’s seeing Angharad + this kiddo cross the finish line of their very first 1/2 Mary…

…and then becoming really jealous of Brett’s personal stretcher post-race.

Where do I get me one of those?

Oh yeah…it’s called a boyfriend.

Must. Keep. Looking.

We signed up for the race together; we ran it together (in spirit, not physically side-by-side the whole time); and we dominated it together.

Speaking of domination, I dominated a 1/2 bagel at the finish line.

And two bottles of water.

One cup of Gatorade.

A mini Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar.

And 1/2 banana.

Then I came home to shower, stretch more and eat more.

Wrappage (spinach artichoke hummus, spinach + cucumber), more cucumber slices, strawberries + a leftover Almond Joy Blondie.

However, this was far too healthy post-1/2 marathon.

Which is why I am off to the World’s Largest Bratfest this afternoon.

Yes, the world’s largest.

Featuring big chunks of meat on a bun.

I may get the real thing…or a Boca.

Unsure at this point.

But there will be beer.

And that is where it will end.


Little Bookworm May 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Congrats on completing the half-marathon! :D Those Almond Joy blondies look amazing as well – yum!

Evan Thomas May 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Congratulations! IT may not have been what you were hoping for but tough conditions make for tough runs and it’s HUGE that you finished! But of course it’s time with friends that matters :-)

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Wow, awesome! I am not a runner, and am always in awe of people who can run long distances. So impressive! Ooh, and your plate of post-run eats looks fabulous.

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner May 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Awesome job! Looks like a blast :-)

Lynn @ The Actors Diet May 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

congrats on the race! i had dinner last night with my friend from madison and thought of you. :)

rebecca lustig May 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

ahh i’m so glad the race went well, congrats! <3

p.s. that lemonade looks sooo refreshing!

Katie May 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

CONGRATS on the race girl!!! I bet it was hard with that heat!!! Kudos to you!!!!!!!!!

Looks like you are having an amazing weekend with grat friends!!! Love it!!!! xoxo

Andrea@WellnessNotes May 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Great job! I love the balance in your life: beer, half marathon, bratfest – sounds perfectly balanced to me… :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!! But I’m sure you will…. ;)

Adrien May 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Congrats on finishing- and surviving the weekend! Looked like a blast!

mary ann May 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I believethe best posts are those which begin and end with a beer. Can we go manhunting together? Loves it, loves you.

Maya May 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Congrats on finishing the race! I love the sublety with which you referenees r Kelly. That is why you are awesome. Enjoy the bratfest!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness May 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Nice work on the race! 2 hours is my goal time for my first half in August… eek.

And I kind of want to make all of the food featured in this post. Most specifically, the almond joy blondies. Daaaaannnnnngggggg….

Brooke May 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

CONGRATS MY LOVE!!!! YAY for YOU, BRETT, AND ANGHARAD!!!! Ummmmm, hai you have incredible arms. Ummmm, hai I want those almond joy delightful things. Ummmmmm, hai way to go dominate some burr and meat this afternoon. I don’t understand how bloggers come home after a race and eat something ridiculously healthy. Like a salad and an orange. The only orange eaten afterwards should be da orange slice in your pint of Blue Moon. Meeeooowww XOXOXOXO

Erica May 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Congrats Holly!!!!! Your pre-race bbq looks awesome. Veggie Girls blondies look delicious. I miss seeing her baked goods. Have fun tonight. I can’t wait to see the celebratory pictures tomorrow!

Katie May 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Wheeeee!! Awesome job, my lady. Running in the heat slows me down x10…so I think you’re pretty awesome. Also, we have the same running shoes (I think) and it makes me happy. Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

Michelle May 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Congratulations on crossing the finish line with flying colors Hollz! You should be PROUD of your time. Really. You guys sure make it look like fun….and easy. Take your time finding a good man, you definitely don’t want to end up with one who doesn’t know how to give foot massages. :P hehehe

Lauren May 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Congrats lovely lady!!!! Sounds like you had an all around perfect weekend and I am so proud of you for killing that 1/2!!!! It must feel amazing! :)

Way to go Holly. You are amazing!

Jessica May 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

CONGRATS ON THE HALF-MARY HOLLY BABES!! Eeek you are such a warrior. Don’t ever (everrr) stress the times–you rocked it out and completed the damn thang! This is all that matters :)

You three should be so proud of yourselves and I hope you celebrated accordingly! Plus, that picture of you and Angharad with your cute dresses and shades is tres adorable!

Oh, and one more thing… you know i’ll be making a pancake JUST LIKE THAT (with the whole wheat flour, eggs, bluebs and pb) tomorrow!! I’m sure of it! Get in me belly.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Good lord, I’m sweating just thinking about running in that heat and humidity! I know what your competitive brain is thinking, but I still think you rocked it. Hopefully mass quantities of beer and brats will help ease the pain! If not, I can think of a certain adorable skirt that could definitely turn any frown upside down… I’m also thinking redemption in the form of Twin Cities Marathon 2k10? You know you want to. Do I get homemade lemonade the next time I come to Madison?

Jess May 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Amazing time, girllll! You’re so right–it’s all about BALANCE.
<3 jess

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 31, 2010 at 6:45 am

Cooking on the grill, half marathons, hanging out with good friends…does it get any better??

Awesome post and *awesome* run!! :D

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 31, 2010 at 7:24 am

Congrats on your race, Holly!

Susan May 31, 2010 at 8:10 am

Ahhh, I forgot to drop in and wish you good luck before the half!!! Clearly you didn’t need it though ;) Congrats!!! Finishing time is insignificant, guaranteed by this time next year you’ll forget what that number is and only remember the blast you had finishing it with friends :)

Is that a real hamburger I spy?? I see someone is practicing for Banff ;) Eeeeee we’re almost on one week now!!!

Lauren @ Health on the Run May 31, 2010 at 9:01 am

Congratulations!!!! You’re right — what matters is that you finished the race despite the tough conditions AND got to run with friends. Sounds like a fun weekend. Hope you’re getting lots of much deserved rest…and UNhealthy food today :)

Ashley May 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

Congrats on the race. I just found your blog, and just from the name…I love it.

I am new to the community and look forward to reading your blog more. I am going to go ahead and add you to my blogroll.

claire May 31, 2010 at 10:31 am

Amazing lady! I am the worst at running in intense heat…congrats congrats! It sounds like the weekend is going pretty well too!

Mama Pea May 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

You are an animal. I am freakin’ exhausted just reading about your weekend and it’s not even over yet. Hope you are feeling fine this morning…we aren’t those college gals anymore, huh?

Crunchy Granola Gal May 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm

congrats on your half-marathon, supastar holly. i like that you include beer in your race recap posts. that means we’re meant for each other. yep.

runnerforever May 31, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Even if it was not the time you wanted, you should be very proud because it looks like you prepared for the race perfectly. Way to go!

Low May 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm

You did GREAT holly love! And your weekend looks to be an amazing time. I hope you enjoyed the bratfest!

Kristin (Salty Tooth) May 31, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Congrats of the race! It was crazy hot in Madison this weekend and you should be really proud of yourself!

Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks May 31, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Been reading your blog for a few months. love it and read it pretty much every day! congrats on a 2 hour half in such hot weather!! PS So jealous of the Brat Fest.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) May 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Hi! Like Kristin (Salty Tooth) I’m a Wisconsinite :) Congrats on the race….wish I could enjoy running-I just don’t. At all. Not one bit! ha!
I’m more of a weight-lifting, power-walking chick.
I applaud those who can and do run though!

Jen(eatmovelove) May 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Awesome !!

I love the burgers. And I can’t believe how popular Pancakes are on blogs!

I found you through Matt by the way :)

Angharad May 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm

We came, we ate massive balls of meat, we ran, we dominated! I think we should all be so proud of our times with that heat! It was hellacious!

I am so glad I got to go through all that prep and hang time with you – it couldn’t have been better.
So much love Hollerina xxx

Smooches xxxx

p.s. can you send me that photo of us in our sunnies? I heart it. You can keep the one of us lining up for the race. What a disgrace…

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Yay! I thought of you lots on Sunday! Congratulations! xoxo

Katie June 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Woohoo! Congratulations, Holleleh! How did I miss the fact that you were even training for this?! You kicked butt, girly. And so nice that you got to run with friends!

You HAVE to try Veggie Girl’s fig blondies. I still dream of them.

McKella June 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Hey, I just found your blog and I’m so glad I did! You seem to a have a similar food and health philosophy to mine, and your eats look awesome! I look forward to exploring the blog!


Sherah June 2, 2010 at 12:14 am

Amazing! Congrats on the race!
1) I am jealous of your weathers.
2) The photo where you and your friend are making the weird mouth – I make this face all the time and I don’t know where I got it. We are all normal in some dimension.
3) That is all.

janetha June 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm

i am in love with this post! namely the way you spelled bluebs. yeah, that is what i really gained from this. plus i love seeing you and ang hanging out. you ladies are dynamite. great job on the race! love you so much!

Chelsea June 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I just found your blog through your guest post on Matt’s. I ran the 1/2, too (and actually we finished really close together, I had a 1:58:22). It was Love the blog.

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