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.