The Tulsa Run is this weekend! 
This will be my fourth year participating in the event, but in case this is your first time, I wanted to give you a heads up of what to expect.

Here's a quick rundown of what this blog is about:
  • The Expo
  • The Costumes
  • Th Weather
  • The Course
  • The Pacers

The Expo

The expo is located in downtown Tulsa at the Cox Business Center in Exhibit Hall C.
The expo runs Thursday from 4pm to 8pm and Friday from 8am to 8pm. 
This expo is a smaller expo. There are a handful of vendors there but mostly the main purpose is to pick up your bib, timing chip, and tech shirt.

Click here for more information.

The Costumes

Each year the race lands pretty close to Halloween so a lot of runners dress up. This year the race is actually on Halloween so I expect a lot more runners to be in costume and I love it! 

I've seen a group of ladies dressed up as Mini Mouses, The Flintstones, The Addams Family, super heroes, and tons more. 

The Weather

The weather for the race this weekend isn't looking too great. The forecast is calling for rain. Boo! 
I'm planning on taking a rain poncho or a trash bag to wear. I've never invested in a nice running rain jacket. Times like these it makes me wish I had, but oh well. Trash bag lady it is! 

The Course

The course starts and ends in downtown Tulsa. 
We know the course will be hilly as a lot of Tulsa is. 
On the course the RD has ensured that they won't run out of water by utilizing a new water distribution system. Also for the first time since I've been running the race, they are going to have electrolytes on the course in the form of Gatorade. (See pic below)
At the finish line, we'll collect our medals and a prepackaged box of post-race snacks.

The Pacers

The Tulsa Run offers a group of pacers to help runners reach their time goals. They have pacers completing the race in 1 hour and at varying increments until 2 hours. I personally know about a third of the pacers and can personally vouch for their awesomeness! 
You can view a full list of pacers here.
If I know anything about runners, I know these things:
  • We like to buy a lot of running gear
  • We like to run a lot of races
  • Gear + Races can add up and get expensive
  • We LOVE a good discount whenever possible!

Right? Thought so. Today I'm doing a round up of current discount codes for running gear and races so you can save some cash! Also - I have a permanent discount page at the top of my blog that I try to keep updated. 

I hope you enjoy the savings! 

Race Discounts

Tulsa Run 15k or 5K
Tulsa, OK

Date: October 31st, 2015
Last day to register online: October 28th, 2015
Code: Bibravetr
Savings: $5

Honolulu Marathon
Honolulu, HI

Date: December 13, 2015
Savings: 20% Of

Drumstick Dash
Milwaukee, WI 

Date: November 26, 2015
Use this link: https://raceroster.com/5049 
Savings: 10% off

Sin City Shootout - 5k, 10k, Double your Luck 
Las Vegas, NV

Date: January 17, 2016
Code: BibRave20 (Valid until 1-16-16)
Savings: 20% off

F3 Half Marathon & 5K 
Chicago, IL 
January 23, 2016
Code: BIBRAVEHALF $6 off the Half Marathon
                                                                           Code: BIBRAVE5K $5 off the 5k

Sedona Marathon - Full, Half, 5K, 10K
Sedona, AZ
February 6, 2016
Code: bibrave16 
Savings: 20% off - expires 1/31/16

Hot Chocolate Chicago 
Chicago, IL 
November 8, 2015
                                                                               Code: BibRaveChi 

First Responders Half Marathon
Waco, TX
November 29, 2015
Code: BIBRaveRocks 
Savings: 10% off
Website: https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/first-responders-half-marathon-waco-november-1093

Running Gear Discounts

Savings: 20% off, no limit on uses!


Code: RGR25
Savings: 25%

Code: XX2iRocks 
Savings: 50% off
Website: www.xx2i.com

Orange Mud
Savings: 15% off 
Website: http://www.orangemud.com/products/thewrap?variant=267603348

Website: https://www.wigwam.com/
Discount Code: 10-WG615BR
                                                                   Savings: 15% off and free shipping
                                                                   Expires 10/31/15

Everyone once in a while a few things pile up that aggravate me and I always think to myself that I should blog about it. I typically don't do a lot of rantings on the blog, but today I thought I'd share some. You know, just for kicks and what not. Some of these are running related some are not. Do you agree or disagree with any of these?

1.  Runderwear
I can't stand this term at all. I don't understand why female runners wear these things. Are they comfortable? Do they really make that big of a difference in your race or your final time? Why don't men wear tight booty shorts when they run? I just can't. My thighs just can't either.

2. Carb Loading vs Carbo Loading
To me, carb loading is the right way to say that. Carbo just has too many syllables. Carb loading just rolls off the tongue so much nicer in my opinion. What do you say?

3. People not sharing the trail
There are a couple different running paths the Hubbo and I run on regularly and it never fails. We'll pass a group of runners/walkers or whatever and they will be taking up the ENTIRE PATH! You can't walk 5 people wide! You must allow space for people to use the path on both sides! There have seriously been times when the Hubbo and I had to step off the trail to allow for a group of people coming the other way to pass. Had we not moved, we would have just collided. Share the trail people and move over when others are coming the other way!

4. People who park like assholes
If YOUR tire is in MY parking spot when you park you'r car, you're doing it wrong! Not only did you just park like an asshole, but you put your car and my car at risk. There's a place that I park regularly and the same car has been parking next to me after I've parked and EVERY SINGLE TIME, their tire is over the line! When I come out to leave, I have to ninja my way out so I don't hit them and I don't mess up my car.
One of these days I'm going to leave a note...

5. Click Bait Websites
I hate it when you are on Facebook creeping along and you see an article that sounds interesting so you click it.
Then you try to read it and for every sentence, picture, or even a small part of an article you have to click to the next page. But when you go to the next page there is only a small part of the article and 1 million ads! Yes, 1 million! 
It's just a marketing ploy to keep you on the website longer and to make you see more ads. Marketing companies, that's lame! Stop it! 

It's YOUR Turn! What's been bothering you lately?

If all goes according to plan the medal and shirt in the picture will be added to my collection on Halloween later this month. That's right, I'm running the Tulsa Run again this year.

I know, I know! I can hear some of you thinking right now "Isn't that the race you said you'd never do again?"

Yes, yes it is. But let me explain. (You can read my post from last year here.)

My recap from last year was definitely an open and honest recap of my experience. But, I've learned a very valuable lesson as a runner/blogger. There are two sides to every story. Luckily for me, I have this blog to share mine. Unlucky for race directors, they typically don't get to share their experiences.

In April, I came home from work to a mystery package in the mail. It was addressed to me from an office in downtown Tulsa. I was so confused at first but when I opened it, I found a Tulsa Run shirt from last years race. I also found a hand written note from the race director. He had read my review on Bibrave and noticed my comment about my Tulsa Run Shirt Curse and sent me a replacement one! I was immediately impressed with his effort. No race director has ever reached out to me personally to correct something that was wrong. I follow a lot of run blogs and read a lot of race recaps and you just don't hear about things like that. 

In the note it also said he would like to discuss the race with me so I emailed him and we set up a tie to meet at a local Starbucks. We spent a little over an hour discussing what happened and what they are doing to fix the problems from last year so they won't be repeated this year. 

Here's a quick rundown of issues/updates.

  • Last year they ran out of water at water stops on the course.
This year they have invested in HUGE water station systems and the RD feels more than confident that they won't run out of water with this new system. I had the chance to see it at the Tulsa Run kick off and I agree, it should be more then enough.

  • They haven't had electrolytes on the course in the past.
This year they will have Gatorade on the course! 

  • They ran out of water at the finish line last year.
Turns out, someone had locked the keys to the Pepsi truck that was full of bottled water for the finish line in the truck! They ended up tossing a young man over the truck so he could help get everything unlocked and get more water at the finish line. This year more than one set of keys will be handy. :) 

  • The post-race food at the finish line was less than impressive last year.
This year they have partnered with another company and everyone will receive a box lunch type set up as they walk through the finish line. No waiting on people to fill a plate, no bagel crumbs, just grab your box of food and go. This is similar to what huge races like the Nike Women's Half Marathons do to keep the crowd moving post-race. 

So after meeting with the RD in April we've kept in touch here and there over the summer and I'm really impressed with the effort he and his team are putting into the race. After our initial meeting at Starbucks I had already made up my mind that I need to give this race another shot. So I am.

Later this summer I also found out the the Tulsa Run has partnered with BibRave to be a partner race so I've had to opportunity to share a discount code with all of you.

Bibravetr will save you $5 off the 5k or 15k.

After learning about what went down "behind the scenes" last year and hearing about all the effort for improvements they are making this year, I've decided to give the Tulsa Run another shot. 

The race is on Halloween this year and I'm thinking I want to wear a costume! What should my costume be this year? I'm taking votes, leave a comment below and give me some ideas! 

Question! Have you ever given a race a second chance after a not great experience?