Hello, and happy Wednesday! This post is going up way later than anticipated! I had intended to have this up by Monday, but I was having issues with WordPress on Sunday night, and the first half of the week was a little hectic, but thankfully I finally found time to get it up and posted today! Kicking off my fall races this year was the Oktoberfest Run Und (German for “and”) Ride 5k hosted by Run Project! The race was also available for 10k runners, and a 20-mile route for bikers! You may remember last year when my Dad and I made the brave attempt to run this race, after having already run a 5k earlier that morning and found out quickly that it definitely did not feel like just doing a 10k! We decided to skip the Plano Balloonfest 5k this year in order to have a more enjoyable time at the Oktoberfest run, but soon learned that it was miserable for a whole new reason! (Disclaimer: The race itself is actually SUPER fun and I absolutely love it, I just have a Ramona Quimby sense of luck and always happen on garbage circumstances)
What I Wore:
- 2016 Oktoberfest T-Shirt (Last year’s race recap)
- Nike Pro Compression shorts (Here)
- Saucony Women’s Grid Cohesion 9 (Here)
- Brooks Running Hat (Similar)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap (Here)
- Leisure Loops Bracelet (Here)
Run Project hosts 3 different races on the Trinity River Trail each year (One Ale of A Trail, Oktoberfest, and Pumpkin Spice), and it’s my favorite place to run! The trail is paved well, not very hilly, and the scenic views of the river, Fort Worth buildings, and adjacent parks are wonderful! Despite sharing the course part way with the 10k runners, and the bikers, the trail never felt overly congested (much thanks in part to staggered race times). The only issue I had, and I acknowledge that they obviously could not have planned on the weather in advance) is that one more water stop for the 5k’ers would have been much appreciated.
How I Felt:
Uh, not great! Last year my issue was running two 5ks in one day, and this year was the heat and humidity! It didn’t help that the race didn’t start until 10 am, but by that point, we had passed 90 degrees, and the humidity was pretty thick. It became clear by mile one that I wasn’t going to PR, or really do anything worthy of posting my times on Instagram, so I took walking breaks when it felt necessary, and just tried to enjoy the views around me! I’m thinking next year of maybe getting my run in before the race and just walking it.
The best part! The Oktoberfest activities began officially at 11 am and were running all day, so thankfully the runners and bikers had early access to beer, outside games (cornhole, giant Jenga, watching day drunk people) and all of the shops and vendors! My Dad and I picked up our beer stein (you get steins instead of medals for this race), got our beer, and then promptly took two sips before dumping it. I realize this is awful, and any beer enthusiast reading this is probably facepalming pretty hard right now, but we aren’t really beer fans! However, we had to say we at least tried it! I know, it’s not a very strong case. Also, in my defense, I had to cut the activities early so I get home to clean up and meet up for lunch with a friend, so I didn’t really have a lot of time to hang around!
Thanks for stopping by for another race recap! I have another Oktoberfest race lined up this Saturday with my Dad, and BFF Stefan, so hopefully that one is better! Thankfully it has an 8 am start time and takes place on my old college campus, so I don’t foresee any issues with that (cut to me getting hit by a campus bus).