^Seeing this on my phone made me a little sad...
I like to take pictures with my iPhone. A lot of pictures. I have taken so many pictures of the last couple of years that my phone stopped working properly on Saturday and I was forced to make a tough decision. I could 1). Remove all the photos from my phone and free up several gigs of space. Or 2). Turn my phone into a glorified photo album.

I chose option one and ended up freeing up almost 5 gigs of space from my 16g phone! Ugh! Such a sad day for me. I had over 3,700 photos and I loved each and every single one of them! Even the picture of that random beer at some bar I no longer remember even visiting two years ago. So, long story short, I'm dedicating this blog to my first week with tons of room for new photos with a weekly rundown in photos! 

Another bonus is that I was finally able to upgrade to the newest iOS! So at least there is some silver lining in that fact and that I can keep taking pictures! Yay! 


On Saturday we ran in the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long 10K. You can read that race recap here.

Saturday night, the Hubbo and I went on a date! We had tickets to the musical Chicago at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. 

The musical was good, but the set was disappointing. So if this tour is coming to your town, I hope they do a better job with the set! If not, consider yourself warned!

Oh well, I'm waiting for Wicked to come back and I can't wait!

Workout: 10K Race


On Sunday, the Hubbo and I went on a hike/picnic at Turkey Mountain here in Tulsa. The trails were a little packed because the weather was so nice, but we managed to find a spot to sit down and eat lunch. We also had the opportunity to talk about important things in life like, oh, how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Not even joking! 

Workout: 60 Minutes of Light Hiking.


Night Runners or Ninjas?
The weather decided to flipflop on us and went from 65 degrees on Sunday to 20 degrees on Monday! 

Ok Oklahoma Weather, that's enough. Let's pick a season and stick with it ok? Great! #KThanksBye

So for our recovery run on Monday night we got to dress up like Ninjas and run around our neighborhood terrorizing (aka getting our miles in) our 'hood. 

Workout: 30 Minute Boot Camp @ Lunch & 2 Mile COLD Run After Work.


Confession: I didn't hang this up on Tuesday, but I didn't have another picture for this day so here you go! It's hard to tell, but there are close to 30 medals in this picture. We have about 10 more that aren't in the picture because they are framed. Still need to figure out what to do with our bibs. Any ideas?

Workout: 30 Minute Boot Camp @ Lunch & 3 Mile Run After Work.


On Wednesday the Hubbo and I got a couples massage. For those of you who know me in real life, you are probably surprised by this. For those of you who don't, I'll get you up to speed real quick. I don't like to be touched, so a massage is pretty much the epitome of torture for me.
1. I'm getting touched by a stranger and 2. I'm not wearing a lot of clothes! It's just so weird to me and I can't ever relax at all.  But, at work, we have a monthly spa benefit and I made it a goal of mine that I would use it every month so I barely managed to squeak it into January before I failed in the first month. Since I've been working out and running so much I decided a massage would be good for me. I believe in the benefits of massage, I just don't like going through the process of getting them. Weird, I know!

Workout: 30 Minute Boot Camp @ Lunch


The weather was warmer again today so I got away with a light jacket and shorts on my run tonight.

Workout: 30 Minute Boot Camp @ Lunch & 3 Mile Run After Work.

Just a little Trader Joe's 2 Buck Chuck to wind down after a busy week of working out and running!

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How's your week been? What should we do with all our bibs?

January 25, 2014 Tulsa
This weekend the Hubbo and I participated in our first 10K in over a year. We ran the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long race right here in Tulsa. This race may sound familiar to you being as this was the same race that we ran our first Ultra (50K) last year! You can read about that race recap here. 

This year we decided to not torture ourselves and signed up for the 10K. This race has 4 distance options, (hence the name, go short, go long, go very long) you can run the 5K, 10K, 25K or the 50K. 

The Course - 100% Flat! If you are looking for a PR, this is the race for you! It's not super interesting since it is an out-and-back on the Arkansas River, but for the 5K and 10K, it's perfect PR conditions. For the 25k and 50K runners, there is one hill on the west side of the course at Turkey Mountain. (50K runners have to do it twice)

The Medal - This is the first year that I've ran it that they gave out medals to 5K and 10K finishers. This year the 25K and 50K got a slightly bigger and different shaped medal which is exactly how it should be, being as they had to Go Very Long for their races. But the medals are a cute Dr. Seuss theme which is fun! (See Pic Below

The Race Shirt - The race shirt is a long sleeve tech shirt and is also Dr. Seuss themed with the Dr. Seuss characters running on it. Loved the gray color this year instead of white. (See Pic Below)

The Parking Situation - Eh. Parking isn't the worst, it isn't the best. The race is on the River Parks trails in Tulsa so their isn't a giant parking lot right next to the starting line. Most race participants had to park in the neighborhoods nearby the starting line. So it's not too bad really. 

The Food - The post-race food is awesome! The race starts and ends at Blue Rose Cafe and they always put on a big spread of fruit, juice, oatmeal, and beer for the 5K and 10K runners. For the 25K and 50K runners there get burgers and fries and of course, beer! (See Pic Below)

My Results - 1:01:28. New 10K PR!  I finished 7th out of 27 in my age group and there were 229 total 10K finishers. Not sure of my place overall. 
It wasn't until mile 5 that I even realized I could try for a PR. My running club said not to actually race this race and to use it as an endurance run. Yeah right! But I started out just running how I felt and looked down at mile 5 and realized if I just pushed myself a little I could possibly PR, so I gave it a whirl and took ~ 90 seconds off my previous PR time.

Overall - This race is great because it's not very expensive, it's local for me, I have several options on distances, the medals are unique, you get a full meal and a nice tech shirt for like $35. It's also a smaller race. The 5K and 10K were capped at 500 runners and the 25K and 50K were capped at 300 runners.

Oh! And the race even has a photographer taking pictures and the pictures are free if you are lucky enough to get your photo taken. I was lucky and the results are hilarious...er hideous!  (See Pic Below)

Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long Bib and Medal 2014
Best. Oatmeal. Ever!
Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long Shirt and Bib 2014
Races are more fun with running buddies!
I guess we got confused and thought we were going to a funeral and not a race?
Worst. Race. Photo. Ever!
Last January I stumbled upon a new company on Twitter called Stridebox which is a box subscription focused on running products and stuff runners want. I immediately signed up for a box subscription because it's only $15 a month and it comes right to my door in the middle of each month. I've been getting a fun box of stuff almost every month for a year now with the exception of December because my debit card expired and I forgot to update my account. Oops!
Once I figured out the problem, I quickly updated my information and I'm back on track and received my January Stridebox a couple weeks ago. 
Disclaimer - I have no relationship with Stridebox. I signed up and pay for my subscription on my own. 

What's In The Box?

ANYTHING is better than a bill or junk mail in your mailbox, but a box full of fun running stuff is just like Christmas each month!
SAFETY - Reflective Slap Bracelet

Retail: $4.99

I had to list this one first because it is my favorite item in the box. I had a ton of slap bracelets as a kid! This reminds me of my childhood and will keep me safe during my evening runs! Bonus! This one is good because it is big enough that I can wear it around my ankle or around my massive (ok not so massive) bicep. Either way, safety is fun kids!

NoGii Protein D'Lites - Chocolate Caramel Blizz

Retail: $22.50/18 Bars

Omg! These were delicious! They were like a rice crispy treat dipped in chocolate and caramel. So good! And I guess it's cool that they have 8g of protein in them.
*Gluten Free
*All Natural

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel - Vanilla

Retail: $33.36/24 Gels

I'm not a fan of energy gels. The consistency just doesn't work for me. But The Hubbo volunteered to try this out for me. He said the texture looks and feels just like honey. Hence the name, I guess. He also said the vanilla flavor was light. He'd use these again if they were around but he'd probably stick with GU. I know that I can also pick these up individually at my local running store. 

ShowerPill - Athletic Body Wipe

Retail: $9.99/10 Wipes

I haven't use this product yet, but I plan to drop it in my gym bag and take it with me. I workout during my lunch break 3-4 times a week and there have times this would have been super handy to have. 

Zing Nutritional Bar - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Retail: $31.95/12 Bars

Eh, no a fan. The consistency reminds me of a typical diet bar snack thingy.

*No Dairy
*10g Protein

PowerBar Engery Gel Blasts - Strawberry Banana

Retail: $23.99/12 Pouches

I haven't tried these yet, but the package labels these as a "3" which indicates you should eat them after your activity of choice.

Here's the description:
A gel filled chew with a 2:1 glucose o fructose blend for high energy. Have 1-3 pieces every 10 minutes during training or racing. 

Every 10 minutes?! No one has time to be eating that much during a race! No Thanks! 

Generation UCAN Sports Drink Mix

Retail: $19.50/6 Packets

I haven't tried this yet, but here's the description:

A unique sports drink powered by SuperScratch to provide consistent energy, without spikes, crashes and gastric distress. 

COCO HYDRO - Coconut Water Anytime, Anywhere

Retail: $22.50/15 Packets

Clearly, I failed at preparing for this review because I haven't tried this one either. Oh well, #redhairdontcare.
Also, I don't know how I feel about Pineapple Coconut water, but here's the description:

Dehydrated coconut water with natural electrolyte nutrients. 

I like coconut water, I like pineapple so surely I'd like the combination, right? I'm still skeptical. 

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What box subscriptions do you have? I'm looking for a new one to add to my collection. 

In a recent blog post this Ginger Kid went on a rant about 10 things that were annoying her. I decided if I was going to put my rantings out there in the Blog-o-sphere, I should probably put some love back out there as well. Here are a six things I'm loving right now.

1. Panera Bread's Chicken Cobb Avacado Salad
It just gets me. The End. 

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Zoey, passed out from magic of the electric blanket.
2. My electric blanket
I get cold all the time and the Hubbo bought me an electric blanket for Christmas last year and I promply broke it. Opps!
So this year he bought me a new one and so far I'm taking stellar good care of it! 
It just so happens that my 5lb Chihuahua loves it too. Weird. 

Howie just chillen' in the Juke!
3. Howie the Dinosaur
Howie is a 24 inch green blow up dinosaur that lives in my car. He goes everywhere with me. One of these days I might even let him run a race with me. He would probably beat me though and that would be sad.

^^Not My Photo^^
4. Google Analytics
Every time I publish a blog I love to check my stats to see where people are from who read my blog, how they found it and the funny search words they have used. So far my favorite search phrase is still "Gingers with big ol' bootys" That one will never get old!
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5. Footie Pajamas
So let me explain this. Besides the fact that they were kinda popular this winter for some reason, I think footie pajamas are pretty much perfect for me and my idiosyncrasies. (<--That was a big word!) Not very many people know this about me, but I HATE walking barefoot on cold tile or cold flooring. I pretty much have to have my house slippers or socks on at all times. So my footie pajamas are perfect because I never have to walk directly on the cold floors when I'm wearing them! Problem Solved! 

6. Trader Joe's 2 Buck Chuck
Well it's not really $2 anymore, but $2.99 is still pretty close so the name stays. I'm loving my White Zinfandel from Charles Shaw right now. I may even be enjoying a glass right now as I type this blog... 

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What are you loving right now?

You may remember that this summer I partnered with Medi-Dyne and did a review of the RangeRoller, (I like to lovingly call it my torture device on Instagram. #HurtsSoGood) which is one of my favorite running recovery tools, so I was pretty excited when they reached out to me and asked me to review another product.  You can read my review of the RangeRoller from MediDyne here. 

I immediately agreed and they sent me some 2Toms sportshield. I've tried other anti-blister and anti-chaffing products before, but this one was a little different. The other anti-chubrub products I've used have come in a stick that resembles deodorant but has the consistency of a thick chap stick. That consistency can be a little difficult to put on the inner thigh area, if you know what I mean. But I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that when I opened the sportshield that it was a roll-on. When things are easy to apply, it makes me happy! if only makeup was this easy...

Here in Oklahoma, the Polar Vortex finally cleared out and I was finally able to do some running outside in shorts last week. I am pretty fortunate that when I run, the only chub-rub place I have trouble with is my inner thigh area. I'm sure a couple ladies out there can relate! So an anti-chafing product is required when I run in shorts because they always tend to creep up and rub me the wrong way. Ugh! So annoying! When I put on the sportshield, it went on easily, it didn't smell, it wasn't sticky, it didn't stain my shorts, and it felt really smooth and almost silky. Also probably the best part, was that it didn't tug and pull at my skin when I put it on which is the worst part about the other brand I've used before. I just let the area dry a few seconds right after application and I was ready to go. Definitely liking this product!

Stuff you should know about this product:
  • It's waterproof. Translation - stays on when you sweat!
  • One application can last 24 hours. Translation - You don't need to reapply during a race. No one has time for that!
  • Doesn't stain and not greasy.
  • Contains no animal products.
  • Retail $13.00 for 1.5oz bottle.
  • Comes off with soap and water, no residue left behind.

Bonus Info!
2Toms also has a product called ButtShield which I think is the most awesome and hilarious name for a product but it actually sounds really useful for athletes who sit down for their activities, such as biking. Definitely keeping that in mind if I ever get brave enough for a Duathlon or a Triathlon. 

Disclaimer - Medi-Dyne sent me this product in exchange for a blog post, however all opinions and typos are my own. 

Side-by-side size comparison of another anti-rub product. #FunSize
Easy roll-on action.
I put the product on my hand so you can see that it goes on clear. Also - I need to cut my nails.

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What is your problem area you have to protect when you run?

It's not very often that this Ginger Kid goes on a rant, but here we are! I don't know why the mood struck me, but I started compiling a list of things that bother me and here are ten things I can't stand right now.
You're Welcome!

1. Coffee
The taste of coffee makes me want to gag. It's so bitter and gross and makes my tongue want to shrivel up and die and take all my taste buds with it.   Why can't I just like coffee like everyone else? People who love coffee, seem to really really love it and talk about how they can't live without it. I can't take more than a sip of it without wanting to barf. However, I love the smell of it. Weird.

2. Fast runners who say they are slow. 
I get it, we've all had to take time off from running due to injury, sickness, work, or whatever and coming back you have to build you way back to your usual endurance and speed. I'm not talking about those people. I've been there and that sucks. I'm talking about the people who like to brag about how they've BQ'd 9 times but in the same breathe talk about how "slow" they are. I also get that as runners, we're extremely competitive and we compete with ourselves more than anything. We have our performance measured with every race but the next time someones says their sub 3:30 marathon was so slow, I'm going to punch you in the face! 
Oh and I'm sorry, but if you're on a trolley heading to a race talking about getting to the Elite Starting Line and you've qualified for Boston, YOU. AREN'T SLOW! If you have qualified for Boston several times... just STFU already! 

3. The Bachelor/Bachelorette. 
Don't get me wrong. I'm a total reality TV fan but I never could get into that one. Seems like the wrong way to find love to me and dating 20 girls/guys at the same time just seems gross! Just how many of those relationships have worked out anyway? Even people on Twitter are saying the girls on the current season of the Bachelor are being totally obvious about only being there to get their 15 minutes of fame. Juan Pablo who?

4. Skinny girls who call themselves fat. 
So I know that we are all bombarded by the way the media projects the "perfect body" and we should all have our ribs poking out of our skin, but let's be real. We all want a better body than the one we have and the grass is always greener yada yada yada.... But If you are 110lbs soaking wet and you're 5'7''. You. Aren't. Fat! STFU

5. Social Media Attention Seekers 
People who post vague Facebook or Twitter statuses with *sigh* at the end hoping someone will pay attention to them or ask what is wrong, annoy the daylights out of me and I intentionally avoid your post on purpose! Or a bigger pet peeve of mine are the statuses that are vague and make you think someone died and really they just lost a shoe. Stop! Just stop. I. Can't.

i can't photo: I can't ICANT.gif
6. SPAM Twitter Accounts
Twitter accounts that have 0 followers, who are not following anyone, and have sent out less than 100 tweets and tweet me a link.... Umm I'm not clicking on that! You look like a spam bot!

7. People who tell me I need to have kids. 
Last time I checked I didn't want any so it's probably not a good idea to bring an unwanted child into the world, K? I don't make life changing decisions for you, so stop trying to make them for me. #KThanksBye

8. Bad Customer Service
I haven't had any terrible experiences lately but I've had some less than awesome ones. With tons of choices on where I can spend my money if you don't at least try to provide a decent experience, I'll probably go somewhere else. Just saying.

9. Restaurants who don't have a website. 
WTH? What year is this? I want to know what your menu is like before I agree to go and spend money at your establishment and you don't have a website? What if I'm trying to decide if your menu fits into my eating plan? What if I'm going there for the first time and I want to read the menu because I'll be too distracted to do it when I'm there with my friends? 

10. Fake Southern Accents. 
Hey, Casting Director!  How about you, I don't know, cast someone from the South who doesn't make us all sound like idiots?!? Or at least, make the actor/actress take a southern diction class and practice a little before they hit the big screen. I can't.

And I'm sure I'm guilty of about half of these so I annoy myself right now too!

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What is annoying you lately?

My last two blog posts (which you can read here and here) were the first two installments in my mini-series of my favorite websites. The first one was about DailyMile which helps you track your miles that you run, bike, walk, or other exercises you do throughout the year. The second one was about Bloglovin' which can help you keep track of all your favorite blogs that you like to read on a regular basis. For my third and final installment of My Favorite Websites series, I'm going to introduce you to fairly new one that I stumbled upon when I was on Twitter one day. Well, actually BibRave found me, but whatever, you get the idea.

Disclaimer - I have no relationship with BibRave and was not compensated in anyway for this post. All opinions and typos are my own.

What is BibRave?
BR is a website that collects race reviews written by runners. I've contributed 3 reviews so far since I signed up in December. (Dye Hard Fan Dash, Nike Women's Half Marathon, and the Route 66 Half Marathon
BR is still pretty new so they don't have a ton of reviews from all over the country, but if you have recently completed a race you can write a review and help out future runners who want to know more about that event. The website is pretty user friendly. All you have to do is set up an account or you can log in with your Facebook profile and search for the race you want to read up on or review. 

This site is kind of like Yelp but focused on publishing reviews for runners to help them find their next race or find out need-to-know details about an upcoming race. I know as a runner, my first question is always about the course. Is it hilly? I'm a total weenie when it comes to hilly races. I know, I know, I need to add more hills to my training. Thanks Coach! 
I know people's opinions of races will vary based on their experience which is why this site is nice because once they get a good inventory of race reviews you will be able to read multiple race reviews on the same race from different people and find them all in one spot. By the way, I think all races are hilly because I'm a weenie. 

But anyway, this new website made my top 3 favorite website list because I think a couple groups of people will like it and I'd like to see more races on there as well. As much as I'd like to try, I can't run all the races and do reviews on them...

1. Run Bloggers. We like to write, we probably have a few race reviews we can publish right away, and we like seeing our "work" "published" online in other places than just our own blog. Makes us feel famous! ;)

2. Traveling Runners. If you are going to travel to an out-of-town race you probably need some details about it before you decide to drop the cash. I know I do. Being as no one is compensated for these race reviews you can probably find some pretty candid and honest feedback on the website. I know I like to share the good, the bad, and the ugly on my race reviews.

How to Follow BibRave?
Instagram: BibRave

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Do you like look up race reviews before you sign up for an event?

In my last blog post I announced that I was going to do a mini-series of my favorite websites.  So far I have three planned out for you all and this is the second installment. Part 1 talked about Dailymile.com and how useful it is to track the miles you run, walk, bike or other exercises you do. This post isn't really running related, unless you count that it can help you keep track of all your favorite running blogs. You're welcome! 

Disclaimer - I have no relationship with Bloglovin'. All opinions are my own.

Right now I'm super addicted to blogs. Reading them, writing them, sharing them, you name it and I'm all over it! If you are like me, you follow a lot of different blogs about everything from running and fitness, to eating healthy or not so healthy, to celebrities. That is a lot of different websites to keep track of and remember to check regularly. That all became a little too much for me so I recently I joined Bloglovin' to help me keep it all under control.  

Bloglovin' is a blog reader that helps you keep track of all the blogs you love to read. It lets you know when your favorite blog has a new post versus you having to track them down or hope that you see the author's post on Facebook or Twitter. 

When you sign up for an account you can set your preferences on how often Bloglovin' emails you about a new post from one of the blogs you follow. At first I had mine set up to email me every time a new post was published. I found that to be a little too many emails. So now I get an email once a day with a list of all the blogs that were published. Much better! 

Once you have an account set up, all you have to do is search for the name of your favorite blog (aka RunGingerRunBlog) (<---shameless plug) and click Follow and you're all set! 

I find this helpful for several reasons:
  • I've been relying on social media to "notify" me when a new post is up. I'm terrible about just going directly to the blog website and sometimes I miss a post because of that. 
  • With the ever-changing Facebook algorithms they have been deciding what posts I get to see from pages I follow. Not cool Facebox, not cool! So I feel like I'm missing posts because of that. 
  • Twitter moves so fast! Unless you just sit and watch your feed all day everyday you miss out on a lot of tweets. I'm pretty sure no one has time for that! 
  • There's an app for my iPad and iPhone so I can look for new posts if I'm stuck in line somewhere and have a few minutes to kill.

For my blogger buddies - BL even lets you see how many people follow your blog through this platform as well. They don't give out metrics or anything like Google Analytics, but it give you the number of followers on a line graph so you can track your progress over time. 
Also - You can put a link to your Bloglovin' Page on your blog. Mine is the button on the right under my picture so people can click on that and follow your blog easily. 

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If you are a fellow blogger, leave a comment with your blog name and I'd love to start following you! 

If you are not a blogger, leave a comment with your favorite blog so I can check it out and see if I want to add it to my list! I'm always looking for a new fun blog! 
I've decided to do something a little different on the blog today. I'm planning on doing a two-part (or maybe more) blog post series where I will share a couple favorite/helpful websites I use all the time. No. These companies has not asked me to do a post on them, I just think you all will love them too. 

The first website I want to share with you is great tool for runners called, Dailymile. Every once in a while I'll do a monthly mileage check-in on my Blog Facebook page where I ask how many miles you ran last month. Sometimes people comment about how many they ran, or wish they ran, or state that they didn't run enough. I can totally relate on all those. In fact, in June I only ran 2 miles! 2! Who just runs 2 miles in a month? I shouldn't even call myself a runner after month like that! 

A few people have asked me how I keep track of my miles or what type of log I use? I use a free website called DailyMile.  DM is a log for tracking miles that you run, swim, bike, walk, or even other workouts. It also works like a social media platform and you can friend others and you have a news feed that shows you the activities they post. 

You can set up a profile with a picture, list your upcoming races and goals, and even join challenges to keep you motivated. I recently joined a 100 mile winter warrior running challenge that my running club is putting on. I think I'm losing but eh...#redhairdontcare. 

Speaking of motivation...It will send you an email saying that your friends miss your training if you have a gap in posting your workouts. Total Guilt Trip and it totally works on me too! 

A running buddy of mine uses DM to keep track of how many miles she has on her shoes so she'll know when it's time to buy a new pair. That's pretty smart if you ask me! 

Screen Shot from my Daily Mile account.
You have to manually enter in all of your workouts (or if there is some other way to do it please tell me!) but if you do, it will give you stats such as how far you have ran in a week or month. How many lbs you've burned off, how many donuts you've burned off, how many TVs you've powered and how many times you've ran around the world. 

Here's how I did in 2013:
  • Trips Around the World:  .02
  • Pounds Burned:  19
  • TVs Powered:  20
  • Gallons of Gas Saved:  32
  • Donuts Burned:  364
  • Total Miles Ran: 544

Here's a screen shot of my profile if you were wondering what it looks like. Sorry it's kinda small. You can find me on Daily Mile here.

Also, let's ignore the fact that my profile says I've logged Zero miles at the time I took this screen shot. And we'll be friends if you can just ignore the fact that I'm too lazy to redo it now that I've actually logged 10 miles this week. Deal? 

Daily Mile does have an App for the iPhone. It is called Electric Miles when you are looking for it in the App Store on iTunes.

I only use this to enter my miles and nothing else. The app isn't the most robust and sometimes it has some issues. So I only use it when I want to remember to put my miles in quickly and I'm not at a computer. 

Disclaimer: I have no relationship with Dailymile. I'm just sharing a website that I find helpful to track my workouts. 

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Do you use a mileage log? Is it a website or some other form of digital log or do you use a paper journal?

6.5 Inch Medal
New Years Day is typically spent relaxing at home, recovering from the night before, planning out goals or starting a new years resolution for a lot of people. For the Ginger Kids, we did something different this year. What did we do? We jumped in pools. No big deal! 

On New Years Day the Hubbo and I and some of our equally insane friends decided to get a little crazy. And by a little crazy I really mean ridiculously cold!  We ran a little 2 mile race put on by TATUR called the Polar Bear Plunge here in Tulsa. 

We heard about this race from our Ginger Friend Mike who did it on NYD 2013. Unfortunately, the Hubbo and I were out of town so we couldn't join him then, but we knew that we'd do it this year! We even managed to convince our friends, Amber, Jochen, Lindsay, Sean, and Mindy to join us. I'm pretty sure after they jumped into that first frigid pool, we were removed from their Christmas card list! :) Love you guys! 

This race is unlike any I've ever participated in. Here's how it works:
3 Pools. 2 Miles. 1 Medal. 
They have 2 heats. (Heat may be the wrong word for this being as we were jumping into ice cold water) They have a 1:00pm and 1:30pm start time. You know, so you don't have to get up too early if you are hung over. Well played, TATUR, well played! 

The race is a total of 2 miles. You run the first 1.25 miles on a mostly concrete trail on the west side of Tulsa. Then you jump in a series of 3 pools (yes you have to jump into cold water more than once!) and on the third and final pool you have to retrieve your giant medal from the bottom! (How twisted is that!?!) Plus, floating in the third pool are all kinds of frosty adult beverages you can pick up and take with you to the finish line. You know, to help you warm up...

The first mile is the longest mile ever! It could be that I haven't ran in a while, or that I was running in water socks, or the adrenaline from knowing I had to jump into 3 ice cold pools, but either way it took forever! 

Jochen and The Hubbo ran together and Amber and I ran together in the first heat. Lindsay, Mindy and Sean were in the second heat. 

When Amber and I got to the first pool I was surprised to see that no one was hesitating to jump in, so off we went, holding hands and feet first! Holy freaking cow on a cracker! That was the biggest shock ever! I came up for air and I could not breathe! I was trying really hard but the water was so cold and I was in shock. The swim across the pool to get out must have been like 400 yards or something because it felt like it took forever! I managed to get out and so did Amber so off we went to pool number 2! (See pics below for hilarious shot of Amber and I getting out of the first pool)

On the way to pool number 2, everything feels really weird. You're super cold but kinda warm, you can't feel parts of your body, your clothes are all bunched up in weird places they shouldn't be, and you slowly get your ability to breathe back. And just when you start to feel normal, it's time to jump in again! Ugh!
The second pool people were a little more hesitant but not too bad. I dove in head first into this one so that I would have more momentum to get my to the other end of the pool faster because swimming in water socks is harder than I thought it would be. I felt like I had bricks on my feet. 

After pool number 2, we both had to walk a bit for a breathing break and make sure we still had our clothing all situated because you can't feel it and it feels like your pants are falling off, you shirt is coming up, and your underpants are creepin' up! Trust me, it's weird. 

When we got to pool number 3, I was dreading it. I hesitated a little bit because I had to come up with a strategy. We knew ahead of time that we had to get our medals from the bottom of the pool and this one was the deepest one of them all. Amber jumped in to go to the bottom at the deep end because there were a lot of medals down there. I decided to dive in and try for one 
in the middle. We both ended up getting a medal from the shallow end and I actually picked up two medals by accident. I have no idea why I didn't just drop it and let someone else work to pick it up, but in my mind at the time I was trying to be nice and hand it to someone. By being nice to someone else, I was torturing myself by just standing there forever in the cold water because everyone was so focused on finding a medal they couldn't hear me trying to hand it to them. The volunteer even asked me if I was just going to stand there all day and hand out medals? Really I think he was saying..."Get out of the pool you moron!" Finally I just handed it to some girl and I got out. 

We had our medals and we took off for the finish line which was probably .1 mile away from the last pool. Amber and I finished together and our time was 30:16. Probably would have come in under 30 minutes if I didn't try to hand out medals in the 3rd pool like an idiot and freeze my ass off. 

A lot of people said we were crazy for doing this. I don't disagree with them at all. It is a little crazy, but it was a lot of fun! (I can say that now that it's over and I'm warm.) We actually got kind of lucky and the temperature that day was in the 40s and sunny! Last year, we heard that it was 30 degrees with snow flurries! Yikes! 

Special Ginger Shout Out to Mike! Thanks for being the Ginger Kid race photographer! Loved the pics!  

Polar Bear Plunge Recap in Pictures

Jochen, Amber, Me, and the Hubbo. Before the race when we had no idea what torture we were about to endure.
And we are off! Still clueless...
The Hubbo is about to find out...
Amber and I found out...we didn't like it!
Pretty sure Amber and I are both saying nothing but nice words in this picture! :) #OhHellNo
Seconds after this picture was taken, Lindsay told me how much she "loved" me! You know, the 4 letter kind of love that starts with an F and ends with a You!
Mindy showing everyone how cozy the fire is!
The Hubbo and I after the race. #WetHairDontCare

Tips for the Polar Bear Plunge!

  • Wear as little clothing as possible
  • Keep Moving
  • Bring a change of dry clothes and shoes
  • Bring a towel
  • Bring a friend or two

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Would you do a race like this? Or a Polar Bear Plunge?