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Setting Big Goals in 2020 with the Madison Marathon!!!!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Madison Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Fall running is my favorite time to run! The temps are cooler and the the changing leaves offer beautiful views on most courses! This fall I will be taking my big goals to Wisconsin for the Madison Marathon on November 8th. As I sit here currently, I have never been to Wisconsin but this race will actually be my second in Madison as I will be running a half marathon there in August!

What makes this adventure even crazier is that I will be running a marathon in Indianapolis on 11/7/20. Yes, that is correct! I have committed to run 2 full marathons in one weekend! This is my biggest running weekend yet and I am scared and excited all at once!

I couldn’t take this on without the support of some pretty special people. Of course my biggest running supporter, my husband, is helping me work out all the logistics and I have no doubt he will make sure I am in the right places at the right time. I also have a best running friend that is from Wisconsin and she has also promised to make the trip to Wisconsin as well (to run of course!) I can’t wait to hear all about her hometown and get the inside scoop on the best places to eat after the race!

My biggest race cheerleaders and BRF from WI!

But even if I didn’t have a best running friend from Wisconsin, the Madison Marathon would still be high on my list of races that I would love to run and here’s why:

  • FREE RACE PHOTOS compliments of Madison Marathon presented by SSM Health
  • FREE runner tracking via the Madison Marathon App
  • 1 complimentary Michelob Ultra beer (for those 21+) and a Wisconsin Tailgate (mac ‘n cheese, chili or brat) at the Post-Race Party 
  • Premium soft-feel, long-sleeved technical shirt (gender-specific)
  • Awesome finisher medal
  • Pace groups for all speeds
  • Professionally timed and managed
  • Start & Finish on beautiful Capitol Square
  • Boston Qualifier

Now let’s be honest – I’m not a contender to qualify for Boston (even running a marathon on fresh legs that didn’t run a marathon the day before!) but there is something about being on a course with fellow runners that are chasing that BQ! One of my favorite things to do is to follow a races hashtag on Twitter or Instagram and cheer on others accomplishments after a big race!! You can follow the Madison Marathon and watch as other runners like myself train and prepare for the race in November!
Madison Marathon Facebook
Madison Marathon Twitter
Madison Marathon Instagram

Come join me in Madison on 11/8/2020 for the Madison Marathon!! You can save 10% on registration by using code BIBRAVE2020 !!!!! I would love to have a running buddy to explore 26.2 miles of Madison with me on foot!! Whose in?

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Spotlight on the Madison Mini Marathon and 5K

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Madison Mini Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

Excited is a understatement to describe how I’m feeling about the Madison Mini Marathon on August 22, 2020!!!! It’s always fun to experience new races but it is even more exciting when these races take you to places you have never been before! I have never been to the great state of Wisconsin my fastest best running friend is from there so of course this race had to be on my running bucket list!!!

This race offers all of the top notch amenities:  
– a scenic course featuring some of Madison’s most iconic landmarks
– access to Best 14th Mile Post-Race Party on Memorial Union Terrace Overlooking the Lake
– complimentary Post-Race Beer (21+)
– Real-Time Athlete Tracking App
– collectible bottle opener-finisher medal (half marathon finishers)
– awesome blingtastic medal (5K finishers)
– commemorative super soft tri-blend race shirt
– motivation from energetic Cheer Challenge stations along the half marathon course

The 12th Annual Madison Mini Half Marathon, 5K and Kids’ Run benefits Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin. Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program that is activity based. It is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. 

In South Central Wisconsin Girls on the Run has served over 14,000 girls since their inaugural team of 13 girls in 2005. In 2019, 1,800 girls were served and awarded over $49,000 in scholarship funds to 400 families with financial need. No girl was turned away for an inability to pay.

 You can learn more about this partnership between the Madison Mini Marathon and Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin and how you can help by donating or fundraising by following visiting theirs website.

I am also excited that I will be earning the Illini-Badger Challenge Medal by running the Illinois half marathon in April and the Madison Mini Marathon in August. Ya’ll know how much I love a challenge and more specifically a challenge medal!!!

Join me at the Madison Mini Marathon!!! Running is always so better with a running buddy! Use Code Bibrave10 for 10% off the cost of registration!!

Follow the Madison Mini Marathon’s social media accounts for race updates:
Twitter: @MadisonMini

Follow my social media accounts to keep up on my training and to learn more about my plan for my 2020 race schedule!
Twitter: @lish_loves_life