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Wisconsin women's soccer head coach Paula Wilkins will keep a consistent blog throughout the  spring season to track the team's progress and other tidbits. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates.

This will be a short blog today as I am really busy getting ready for the games this weekend and preparing for the recruits visiting on Sunday. This weekend we are headed to Marquette to play UWM and Marquette. As a coach I love these games in the spring. The games against the in-state rivals are always intense and fast paced, and it's great to see our players compete in that arena. I am just hoping the games are great and the weather is warm. This could be a good weekend.

This week has flown by, and I can't believe the spring is almost over. I always miss the players and training when they leave for the summer, but it also means I will be on the road recruiting for the end of the spring and summer. Traveling is probably the most difficult part of the job, sometimes it feels like I don't get many days off.  However, it is amazing to do all this traveling for something I love to do.

I am on the hunt this week for some new things in Madison. One, I have to find a lawn guy, because I think I have moles, voles, or something killing my lawn. If anyone out there knows a good lawn guy in Madison, please give me a shout. I am also looking to take a cooking class in Madison, if anyone knows of a good one, please pass it along. Those are my two goals for the summer!
I wanted to update everyone on my running challenge. I only have 690 miles to go to Middletown, PA, but I have run into a small obstacle. I have been having a pain in my right leg, and I have not been able to run. I am hoping it is nothing, so I am going to take a few days off this next week. This is an obvious setback, but I hope it won't be too long before I am back making my way to Pennsylvania.

It was such a beautiful day in Madison the other day, I decided to ride my bike home. Madison has so many wonderful bike paths that I can basically be on a bike path for the nine mile trip home. I set out for a wonderful ride home, but got instantly competitive when older men on bikes started passing me. I decided to start drafting off several of them, but they just seem to go faster. Needless to say, I was very sore when I woke up the next day, and I probably won't be riding my bike to work any time soon. I considered using my bike mileage in my running challenge to Pennsylvania, but then rejected the notion as cheating.

As for a new food place in Madison, I am trying a little place on the east side called Bon Appetite.  I will let you know how it is. Lastly, sorry mom this was so late in the week, but I have been busy. I will be better next week!