Sunday morning, I woke up (a little late) and ran about 8 miles with Fleet Feet for my last pre-marathon 'long' run. And then I hit Síclovía - where the City closed down Broadway for cycling, running, walking, playing basketball, you name it. In hindsight, I should have just done my run there. Instead, I ended up tacking on another 4.5 miles of walking - oops.
I toyed with the ideas of bringing my bike or the dogs, but did not want to sustain a freak injury ONE WEEK before the marathon - so I walked and walked. And saw this guy, who apparently has NO fear of a freak dog-related injury.
what, that doesn't look dangerous? Here he is going the other way - multiple dogs and he is on SKATES! In my defense, my dogs are over twice the size of those 8 or so pups!
Afterward, my buddies and I heard there was free craft beer in Brackenridge Park for Parktoberfest - sure enough - there was. So we enjoyed good, free beer and German music (I was getting nostalgic for Germany).
This is probably NOT the proper way to taper, but if I keep in the spirit of WI sports, I will rock my 'next up' - the Chicago marathon.
Speaking of which - super props to my buddy, Steve, who PR'd today in Milwaukee's Lakefront marathon with a smoking fast time of 3:18:36! Fair warning: even if I rock CHI, my time will be an hour longer than that!