Lisa's birthday gift to herself? A trip to the Dells to run her first full marathon.
Lisa's birthday gift to herself? A trip to the Dells to run her first full marathon.
The post-marathon celebration.
The post-marathon celebration.

26.2 miles for my 26th birthday

Admittedly, it’s been several years since I’ve made a trip to Wisconsin Dells. Although it’s close and there are plenty of activities to do there, I honestly can’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 – 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. I’m turning 26 and wanted to do something special. I wasn’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 26th birthday?

My superior negotiation skills allowed me to enlist the partnership of my running buddy. After all, she’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. I’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 Fitzgerald’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…

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