Hello, and happy Monday! I am returning from yet another Oktoberfest filled weekend (I also have another fest next weekend, but no 5k) to share with you guys! This weekend I returned to my college town of Denton, Texas at the University of North Texas with my Dad (who is also a UNT alum), and my BFF Stefan (who I met my freshman year at UNT)! We three ran this same race together last year and had a blast, so it was a no brainer to sign up again for it this year!
What I Wore
- 2016 Denton 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)
This is easily the most nostalgic running route for me, as the entirety of the course wove through my old college campus. I ran past old class buildings, dorms, the library, the campus gym (where I ran my very first mile *sheds nostalgic tear*), and ended up on Fry Street, where I celebrated my 21st birthday (*sheds another nostalgic tear, and feels nostalgic nausea*). The course is mildly hilly, but nothing especially challenging, and took place almost entirely on sidewalk. I did have to cut past a group of high schoolers take a school tour, which immediately made me 1000 years old.
How I Felt
I had so much fun! It was a little toasty outside once the race began, but thankfully it was nowhere near as bad as last week’s Oktoberfest race. Also, I really like I was going at a faster pace than what my Garmin was telling me. When I crossed the finish line it said I had only run 2.99 miles, so I’m not sure what happened there, but I really feel like I was moving at a decent pace.
The post race activities can be summed up in three words: beer and costumes. There were a ton of people out in full Oktoberfest costume, which was a lot of fun to see, and of course there was beer everywhere that you turned. Runners were permitted to one free beer, so I enjoyed a Shiner Oktoberfest which I actually really liked! Aside from beer and costumes, they had a DJ spinning some traditional German tunes, and then eventually a band came on stage to perform cover songs. After our beers, we grabbed lunch at a nearby Chipotle (which was not there when I was at school. Rude.), and then walked over to Voertman’s, a clothing and school supply store which has been around pretty much as long as the school has, and looked at the 2017 UNT shirts. Once we left Stefan took my Dad and I to Insomnia Cookies, a cookie shop (which was ALSO not there when I was at school) that has the most amazing baked treats and ice cream. Oh, and they deliver cookies until 3 am. I picked up a box of chocolate chip for me and oatmeal raisin (barf) for Jake to take home.
I think I’m going to start to be on the lookout for more races in the Denton area. I love getting to back to my college town, and getting to see old sights and friends is always a plus!