While at work last week I stumbled into our campus's fitness center at 4:45am. I then heard on the news that there is a significant chance that the Madison Marathon will be cancelled. I knew the forecast predicted temperatures to be over 95 degrees but I never thought it would actually be cancelled. I was devastated because I knew that since the Green Bay marathon the week before was cancelled that mine would be too. Friday it was confirmed. We were permitted to still run the half. I started scrambling to find other marathons that weren't full. With the Ragnar Relay 2 weeks away I didn't want to risk it by running three races in a row. So with that I signed up for a different marathon in October. Yes, that means 18 more weeks of training!
As for the half it was so much fun. I thought I would be bitter the entire time but I loved every minute. I finished in 1:48 a huge PR for me by at least 5 minutes. The heat really got to me in the end at 80-85 degrees. I held my small Gatorade bottle for the first 5 miles then pitched it. I relied on the provider water and sports drink after that which was a mistake. I didn't think I needed my fuel belt for a half. I learned my lesson!