Here’s how it all unfolded …

I went to rent a bike from Madison B-Cycle, but since they were all in storage, I went for a run instead. I ended up at Lake Monona and before I knew it I was halfway around … or so I thought. Turns out I still had 3 miles to go before I reached the halfway point.

A 13-step guide from what I learned on the journey. One for every mile!

1. The lake loop is kind of a misnomer. You can hardly see the lake during most of the run.

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2. There’s a ton of cool parks scattered around the edge of Lake Monona.

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3. The houses on the lake are super cute.

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4. Take it one step at a time. It’s the only way.

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5. You will catch your second, third, fourth and fifth winds, no matter how much you believe otherwise.

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6. When the end is in sight, there is still about 6 miles to go.

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7. A small step ahead is better than no step at all.

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8. You will feel like you’re going to have a heart attack on several occasions.

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9. When the sun shone through the clouds, I gained an extra burst of energy.

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10. Stretch when you’re done.

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11. Finishing feels as good as you think it will.

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12. Lake Monona sure is a lot bigger than it seems.

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13. You can do anything you set your mind to.

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