If you recall a year ago, I challenged myself to run in the Crazylegs Classic, which is an 8-kilometer run put on by the University of Wisconsin—Madison whose proceeds go to fund the school’s athletic program. I had never run in an organized race that long, and I wasn’t sure of how well I would do. Well, I set to preparing for the race, squeezing in 5-mile runs almost every weekend in the lead-up to the race. And when all was said and done, I finished the 4.98 miles in just over 57 minutes, well above the treadmill runs I put myself on and astonishing myself in the process.
This year, I got myself off the couch and, despite a little bit of procrastination (I can’t shake all of my bad habits), signed myself to run the 36th edition of Crazylegs, which occurred last Saturday (April 29). Compared to the lead-up to last year’s run, I wasn’t as nervous. Well, I sort of take that back. The only thing I was nervous about was how cold and/or wet I’d feel during and after the run. Yeah, Madison has had a bit of a cold spell the past few days, along with a few dreary days of rain, including the night before when I had to run in between raindrops to pick up my runner’s packet (shirt, bib, sweat pack).