Admittedly, itâ€™s been several years since Iâ€™ve made a trip to Wisconsin Dells. Although itâ€™s close and there are plenty of activities to do there, I honestly canâ€™t remember the last time I spent any time in the Dells.
I made my first trip back to the Dells this past weekend for a fairly special occasion â€“ my first full marathon. I wrote about my first half marathon experience last year and felt it was only appropriate to share my first marathon experience.
My decision to run a full marathon came somewhat out of irritation and spite. Iâ€™m turning 26 and wanted to do something special. I wasnâ€™t looking for an average birthday celebration. I wanted to go out of town, maybe get crazy in Las Vegas, something new and exciting. However, it proved to be a bit difficult to coordinate my group of friends and get everyone on board for a vacation. Instead, I thought why not run 26 miles for my 26thÂ birthday?
My superior negotiation skills allowed me to enlist the partnership of my running buddy. After all, sheâ€™d convinced me to run my first half and has run every race since with me, so she just had to run this marathon with me.
I scoured the internet to find a marathon that was close to my birthday and found the Honky Tonk Marathon located in picturesque Wisconsin Dells. Iâ€™m about the least country-loving person, but this was one of the only marathons I could find the weekend I wanted to run.
With the marathon starting on Sunday, we arrived in the Dells Saturday afternoon. We spent our first night at a motel in an effort to be cost effective. We stayed right on the main strip if you will at a little place called Fitzgeraldâ€™s Motel. The price was right for the size room we had. No frills, but at least there was heat which is more than I can say about my own apartment.
Upon check in, we learned that it was Autumn Harvest Fest. We took a walk down the street to check out the festivities and stumbled upon an event called Dells on Tap, which featured Wiscon…Read more...