It's true. I did it again. I'm kind of bad about this. I recently ran the Lederhosen Lauf here in Tulsa and made a typical rookie mistake. I started the race off too fast. At mile 2 of this 4 mile race, I was ready to stop. Not just stop for water. No, stop and walk and catch my breath and then start "racing" again. That's because I didn't listen to my game plan and I got caught up with the hustle and bustle of the race. My goal was to run the race in under 40 minutes. I told my running buddies that I planned on running close to a 10 minute mile. Well clearly that didn't happen... I ended up starting way too fast and found myself running in the low 9 minute mile range for the first mile and a half. Keep in mind that my endurance pace for my marathon training has been in the low 11 minute mile range and my typical race pace is in the 10:15 - 10:30 mile race pace. I was flying!  Or running...or running so fast I felt like I was flying. Whatever. You know what I mean.

 So here is what I learned: 
  • It is good to set race goals. 
  • It is good to do a practice race before your big goal race. 
  • The west side of the river has a lot of gnats.
  • Running into the wind is not as fun as running with the wind or running like the wind.

 Race Results:
  • I placed 9th out of 21 in my age group. We won't say what group that is. :)
  • I placed 43rd out of 137 in my gender. 
  • I finished the race under my goal time. 39:11 Gun Time 39:01 Chip Time

 Race Goals: The Tulsa Run 10-27-12
  • Don't start out too fast and hate life at mile 2
  • Look for the camera guy and look cute in a race photo. For once!
  • Finish the 9.3 mile race in under 1 hour and 45 minutes.

People say running gives them time to think. They say it gives them time to clear their head. Well running does give you time to think. It just doesn’t give you a lot of time to think clearly. That is because running makes you dumb. When I’m running a long distance, the last thing I can do is put a complex and cohesive thought together. You could ask me my own name and there will be a long awkard pause before I spit out my own name and if I'm lucky, I'll give you my real name, not my fake name that I use when I meet a creepy guy at a bar. The picture to left is exactly how my thought process goes on a long run. 

 Here are some of my random thoughts from my 18 mile run this Saturday...

Oh what a cute dog! I mean Cat. Crap, that’s a squirrel. Well my dog is probably sleeping on the couch right now. Jealous!

That red straw on the ground looks like candy. I want Twizzlers. And cookies. And beer. Ugh, if I eat cookies right now, I’ll puke. Puke and Rally!

That group of runners heading towards us looks like a pack of zombies. What if they are zombies? Can zombies run? Can I run faster than a zombie? (I blame that last one on my husband and his obsession with zombies.)

That house is cute. I wonder if they can hear us? I wonder if a running group has ever ran by my house and I had no idea? That’s creepy.

What are some of your random thoughts you have while running?

Photo from www.rwdaly.runnersworld.com.

My friends can validate the next few facts for you. I like to sing, dance, and I'm pretty sure I have a theme song on my iPod for any occasion. New Years Eve? Got one! Birthday? Got one! Running 26.2 miles? I have several!

This blog is dedicated to the very important running accessory, the Running Playlist! A friend of mine is running her first marathon this weekend in San Francisco and called out on Facebook  for help putting together the perfect playlist. Well Lindsey, here you go! 

When I run,  I need music that is upbeat. I've noticed that if a slower song comes on, my pace slows down. The LAST thing I want  do is lose my momentum.

Enjoy the playlist and be sure to let me know what's on your running playlist!

Note - Lindsey is a blogger too! You can check out her blog here.

Old School Songs

Ready to Run - Dixie Chicks
Bills, Bills, Bills - Destiny's Child
Bug a Boo - Destiny's Child
Jumpin', Jumpin' - Destiny's Child
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Faded - soulDecision
Bust a Move - Young MC
The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
I Wish - Skee-Lo
This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan

Newer Stuff

Blah Blah Blah - Ke$ha
Brokenhearted - Karmin
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Fastest Girl in Town - Miranda Lambert
Shots - LMFAO
Some Nights - Fun.
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) P!nk
Want U Back - Cher Lloyd
Wild Ones (feat. Sia) - Flo Rida
Young, Wild, & Free - Snoop Dog Wiz Khalifa
People ask me all the time "Why do you run?" Usually that is
followed by "I hate running" or "I just can’t get into running." Well it’s not like I woke up one day and decided to run a marathon! Truth is, when I first started running I said it too. “There is no way I can run a marathon.” Guess I’m about to eat my words.  It actually
all started out much more casually than that. 

Where it all began…

I’ve been an athlete all my life but fell off the bandwagon after
High School. Years later while working at CCC someone sent out an email saying they were getting a group together to run in the Full Moon 5k here in Tulsa. A lot of my co-workers and friends were doing it so I signed my husband and myself up! After all, there was free beer at the end for the runners! Keep in mind, I was not in shape nor did I do any running to get ready for the 3.1 never-ending miles of that race. But we did it anyway and had fun with our friends. And it slowly took off from there. In future blogs I’ll dive deeper into my race history.
 Why I Run…

It’s really simple actually. I run for health reasons and for a
hobby that allows me to meet new people. After all, I’ve never met a stranger!
During my first 5k I was about 30 lbs heavier than I am now. Now I run to keep
the weight off. This is something that I struggle with being as I also have
PCOS. Let’s be honest! I run because I like to eat junk food! Running makes me
feel less guilty about it. 

Well that is the end of my very first blog. Tell me, why do you