What kind of whackadoodle starts a blog about running a marathon without ever talking about what marathon she’s running? Oh, that’s me! And when I tell you about the marathon, you’ll probably think, “What kind of a whackadoodle starts writing a blog about training for a marathon when she has 6 months until said marathon?” Again, that’s me!
So I’m here to tell you the chosen marathon…the magnificent marathon that will be my first!
My requirements: I wanted a course that would be beautiful and fun. I didn’t want to have any turn-backs (or whatever they’re called…where you run part of the course twice). I didn’t want it to be super far away. I also didn’t want it to be too expensive.
I felt like I found the perfect marathon in the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon. Beautiful scenery, no turn-backs, a reasonable price, and as an added bonus, flat terrain. Now what’s extra special about this marathon is that it takes place in Leavenworth, which is this little Bavarian town…for you Southern Californians out there, it’s kind of like the Solvang of Washington State. Basically it’s a little town that tries to mimic a Bavarian village…and it has a big amazing Oktoberfest every year! Yay!
(This is a little youtube video about Leavenworth. It’s creepy and hopefully nothing like what Leavenworth is really like).
I’m so excited! I’m already working on Oktoberfest costumes for my husband Saign and I. I’m also happy because if something happened so that for some reason I couldn’t run the marathon, it would be okay, because Saign and I will still want to go to Leavenworth and have a great time at Oktoberfest.
I am a little bit nervous about what my interest level will be about going to Oktoberfest festivities after having just finished my first marathon. I will likely be completely exhausted. And hungry. I am not someone to be around when I’m hungry. I get angry. And sad. So I’m going to have to be careful to train well enough that I’m able to still function in an appropriate manner after finishing the race…and make sure that I’m fueling during the race.
Am I a crazy person? I hope not, because I’m excited about the marathon AND the celebration afterwards! Which is why it makes sense that I began training 6 months in advance…don’t judge.