I ran a half marathon.
The Leavenworth Oktoberfest (half) Marathon to be exact.
I did this once before, back in my senior year of college and...
I hated it! I mean, I loved some of it, but mostly it just was painful.
I ran by myself.
No music, because I had overheard some "serious" runners talking about how people who run with music just aren't runners at all and have no idea how to run... I mean, clearly I wasn't going to run with an ipod after that!
And it was rainy. It was Seattle after all.
With Seattle rain comes Seattle hills. Enough said, right?
This time I ran with a group of friends who I had been training with for 7 weeks.
Most of them are moms just trying to squeeze in a workout when they can. Like me.
Most of them just wanted to complete the dang thing, not "race" or go for a PR. Like me.
And we had fun!
We also had a few other friends join us at the start and finish lines, which was nice. I like seeing people at events.
|Nerdy seesters, pre-race. Well, maybe just I am the nerd, Kendra looks pretty normal. Nah!|
|Red noses concur - it was dang cold out!|
|Pebbles AKA Emelia looks way too happy about what we are about to do. Erin too.|
|At the start line with a whole gang of beautiful ladies...|
|I only snapped two photos while running down East Leavenworth Road, but isn't it gorgeous! I want to run this race again next year! And so many parts of the race that were on trail by the river... mmmmm mmm gorgeous.|
|The behind me shot of Julie and Angie.|
|Post race happiness and rosy cheeks and sweet baby O checking out my medal/bottle opener :)|
|Oh my gosh there's those nerds again :)|
|I got to know these gals pretty well during training and am so thankful that I did. Can't wait to do it again with some or all of them! (and hoping a few more ladies will join us.... Kirsten... Christie... Jenny.... Tara... you know who you are.)|