The Leavenworth Half in scenic Leavenworth, Washington, seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a PR (Personal Record in runner speak). The course was beautiful, flat, and I was able to convince some friends to run it with me!
We drove to Leavenworth on Friday afternoon, picked up the race packets, and stayed in a cheap motel in Wenatchee for the night. The morning of the race dawned perfectly: not too cold, a bit overcast, and no winds. I was excited!
|Bring it on Leavenworth! I've got this!|
Starting about mile 2-3 we were back on the road and people had spread out a bit. Continuing with my strategy of starting slow, I fell into a rhythm and then picked it up about mile 7. I don't have an accurate pace monitor (not yet anyway - but I want one of these) and so I'm guessing, but I think I started at well over a 10 minute mile pace (at the clustered start) and was doing about an 8:50 by mile 8.
|Miles 5-8 took us right past the main Bavarian drag|
The run was beautiful and I really was feeling good, so I picked it up again at mile 11. Only 2.1 more miles to go!
With the finish in sight I hit the gas and went all out! Before I knew it I was sprinting across the finish line in disbelief - my time registered at 1:51:47! WHAAA now? I really just took off over 15 minutes of time?!?!?!?
My elation was quickly thwarted when I was informed that the race had been 0.8 miles short. Someone screwed up and everyone's time was wrong. It was really disappointing.
|Ginger and I with some festive racers. Many people dress in costume!|
|Seattle welcoming us home|