Friday night I met up with Running Diva Mom, Chelsea, Heather, Kerri, and Mom Running from Cancer for dinner at Porta Bella, a wonderful Italian restaurant near State Street in Madison. They were all getting ready to run the Madison Mini on Saturday, but let me crash their party. (I hemmed and hawed all summer about whether to run, but decided that the logistics were more than I felt like conquering. Instead, I’ll be running 11 miles this afternoon some time.)
Running Diva Mom had put together some awesome goody bags for us. I got my first Sweaty Band and LOVED it. I’m a big fan of the Bondi Band (got a new one of those too!), but my hair is pretty short right now and it tends to move up a bit in the back. The Sweaty Band stayed right in place when I ran on Saturday. Anyways, there was a lot of really cool stuff and I really appreciated it!
Running Diva Mom even made us cookies. I thought I’d give them to the boys, but when I tried to take the shoe out of the bag to take a picture, the frosting stuck. So, I ate them. Can’t give the boys an imperfect cookie, now could I? What kind of mom would do that?
All in all, it was an awesome evening. It was great to get to know some Wisconsin runners and the food was fabulous. RDM was even nice enough to let me park at her house and give me a ride back from the dinner (I spent the day in Madison at the Childrens museum with the boys – pictures here), so that I didn’t have to try to find my way out of downtown Madison at night.
The only less than thrilling part of the evening was my drive home. City girl + Prius with annoying light reflecting on window + misty rain + dark country roads = extremely stressful drive. Give me an interstate over a pitch black country road, any day!
Saturday (since I wasn’t running the half), I hit the treadmill for a five mile run. I ended up doing four miles and then took off my shoes and ran another 1.2. It was obvious very quickly that I hadn’t run barefoot since I came home. My feet felt tender afterwards and my foot strike was a little “slappier” than it had been in a while. Guess I’ll have to work back up to where I was.
16 thoughts on “About that meet-up…”
That looks like a lot of fun!
Looks like you had lots of fun. I know what you mean about the cookies. When I was home my stepdad came into the kitchen and saw me eating a fruit pizza (with the sugar cookie on the bottom and cream cheese and some fruit on time in the shape of a pizza) and he asked me what I was doing…well it was my 3rd piece that day so I said I was saving the fruit pizza. If I left it in the fridge I was sure it would get soggy and nobody would then want to eat it. 🙂 Just like I am sure you did the right thing in saving those imperfect cookies. 🙂
Sounds awesome, and what swag!
Sounds like a lot of fun. I hate interstates and so prefer those dark country roads! It is funny how different we all are!
Very cool that you were able to meet up while you're out there!
What a fun meet up! Running Diva Mom is the bomb!
Sounds like a fun meet up! I'm sure the boys didn't even miss the cookies (as long as you didn't tell them!)
Cool Bloggy Hook up! And goody bags too?! dang. I'm impressed.I still need to email you my 4mi run pic. Ah!
That looks like a fun night with bloggers! How sweet Running Diva Mom made you all goodie bags.I hear you on dark country roads especially in the rain.
Sounds like a great time! And how sweet of RDM to make up those bags. I'd have eaten the cookie too, btw!
sounds like so much fun! I think I would have had to save the kids from the messed up cookie too 😉
Sounds like a great meet-up! How fun!
How very cool you got to meet some WI bloggy peeps – AND score a fun goody bag!
Sounds like so much fun! YAY for bloggie meet-ups and what a nice goodie bag!
Sacrilege! Isn't Great Dane right down the street? A much better place for a meet up…:-)
So nice to meet you finally and chat the whole way home! Glad you had a good time and could fit us into your busy social calendar while you were here! You guys certainly did a lot while you were back in Wisc!! touch base the next time your visiting the fam!