For those of you not from the Pacific Northwest, Leavenworth is an adorable little town in North Central Washington where everything, incuding banks, Starbucks, and McDonalds, are Bavarian-themed. Every September / October they hold a three-weekend-long epic Oktoberfest that probably makes the tiny town 80% of its revenue for the entire year.
Well this year Jordanne, Lisa, and I decided to participate in the half marathon, which occurred in October of 2011. I should probably mention that all 3 of us were extremely undertrained for this race! And without further ado... here is my race report:
Lederhosen is necessary for running this race. Aren't our costumes awesome?! Mine was made for a large man so it required quite a bit of safety-pin-modifications.
Half Marathon #9 is in the books! It may be close to tying with my slowest half ever (with the 2003 half I did before I was a runner which I completed in 2:12:47) but this race is definitely up there with the most fun half I've ever done!
See - loveliness.
We ran the first 10 miles together, constantly commenting on how lovely it was! It was about 40 degrees at the start but I was very glad Jordanne convinced me I didn't need the long sleeve after a mile or two. I had to pee before the race but figured it was just nerves and dealing with that lederhosen was annoying (especially since it was so big so I'd pinned it in a million places to make it fit better and not fall off!) but by mile 5 or so I decided I had to stop, so I sent Jordanne and Lisa on and told them I'd catch up as I'd be quick. Unfortunately the two people in line in front of me must have not been doing so well because they took FOREVER in the bathroom, and this had me worried I'd never catch up. This was the fast 8:51 mile, as I worked so hard to catch them and it probably took more than half a mile. Saw JMan spectating and gave Cooper a pat here (thanks for cheering us!).
I took a lot of blurry pictures during the race.
After mile 10 I decided I wanted to see what I could do in the last 5k, I really wanted to suffer more! So I finally turned on my ipod and took off, and felt GREAT for mile 11, wow that was a great mile. I passed probably 100 people in this last 5k and most were in this mile. Then we hit the loose sand which instantly drained me, especially because to keep passing people I had to run in the even looser section that hadn't been run on by all the people ahead of me. I was also starting to feel tired, but I kept pushing. Forced myself to sprint it in, but could only pull a 6:52 average for the last .1. I was TIRED.
We all finished! Showing off our awesome medals.
Cooper wanted to model the medal too.
On the drive back to the hotel I really thought I was going to throw up, but an hour later or so I felt much better, so we headed off to Munchenhaus (for the best brats and pretzels ever), the hat shop (for the best hats ever!, yes, somewhere in America a hat shop is thriving), the CheeseMonger (for the best cheese ever, hello more garlic cheese to bring home), and for some general Oktoberfest shenanigans which of course involved chicken dancing.