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This weekend is the Route 66 Marathon
The Hubbo and I are signed up for the 5k on Saturday and the Half on Sunday.
We are seriously under-trained (we did it to ourselves) so we'll be taking it super easy and just enjoying our time out on the course. Beer stop? Sure! Jello Shot on Riverside? You know it! 

This is going to be a fun, busy, crazy, packed weekend and I couldn't be more excited about it! Keep reading to see what all I have going on this weekend. You know, besides the race.

The Bloggers Panel

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I'm really excited to announce that I'll be a part of the Route 66 Bloggers panel again this year! Last year was so much fun! 

This year at the Route 66 expo there will be two bloggers panels. They have one on Friday at 5:15 and one on Saturday at 3:00. They are both 45 minute sessions.

I'll be on the Friday panel. So feel free to come by, listen to me talk running and blogging, and watch my face turn red when I embarrass myself. #NotKidding

Here is a link to see all of the bloggers for both Friday and Saturday. https://rt66run2015.sched.org


Volunteering at the Expo

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I took Friday off from work so The Hubbo, my friend Amber, and I could all volunteer during the day at the Expo. I'll be helping at the packet pickup table from 1:15 - 4:30. 
I did the same thing last year and had a blast. 

Here's a link to the participant guide that can help answer a lot of questions about the race. http://route66marathon.com/2015/11/2015-participant-guide-available-online/

If you aren't running the race or just have some free time this weekend, I know they are still in need of volunteers for all days of the event. You can see a list of openings here. 
Route 66 does a great job at taking care of everyone during the event, volunteers too! I can say so from experience. This year volunteers get a shirt, a medal, goodie bag, and an invite to the Volunteer After party. 

Touring Tulsa

PictureJust running a half with George! NBD!
My good buddy, George, is coming to Tulsa all the way from Las Vegas just for the race! This will be our third half and third state to run together. 

We are planning to take him to see some Tulsa favorites like the Golden Driller. He doesn't know it yet, but we are also going to take him to the Center of the Universe! George, if you are reading this, Surprise! :)

We'll take him around downtown Tulsa to see some of the Art Deco buildings we have too. 

Tulsa Friends, where do you take your out-of-town guests to give them the best Tulsa experience? 

Leave a comment!
Where else should we take George so he can see the sights of Tulsa?

 
 
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On Saturday the Hubbo and I completed our 4th Tulsa Run. This race has been a Tulsa tradition or 38 years now. But it wasn't always my favorite. If you recall, last year I ran this race and then wrote this open and honest recap about my experience. If you didn't read it, I'll summarize it for you.
Not pretty.
Fast forward to this Spring when a mystery package showed up at my house. It was from the Race Director (RD) who saw my review on Bibrave.com and wanted correct an issue I had with my shirt, so he sent me a new one. I was immediately impressed and took him up on his offer to meet up and discuss the race. 

After that meeting, I knew I had to give the Tulsa Run another chance. You can read more details about our meeting here.

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Tulsa Run thanks to Bibrave's BibRavePro ambassadorship. You can learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro & check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. As always, all opinions, typos, and silly pictures are my own.

Disclaimer #2: I had already decided to give the Tulsa Run another chance based on my conversation with the RD before Bibrave had officially partnered with the Tulsa Run and I received an entry into the race. 

If you are one of those people who just likes a quick rundown of a race recap here you go! If not, keep reading below for pics and a full recap.

  • Pre-race communication = Great, lots of emails
  • Packet Pickup/Expo = Super Easy and Quick
  • Medal = Totally awesome
  • Bib = Super Cute
  • Water Stops = Plenty of stops, plenty volunteers, plenty of water!
  • Post-Race Food = Fun pre-made snack box! 
  • Shirt = One of the best ones I've received yet
  • Finish line = No problems! 

The Medal

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I ALWAYS start my recap of the races with the medal because it's my favorite part of the race. 
I am loving the medal this year for a few reasons. 
1. It's the first medal that I have that is a sun catcher
2. It also glows in the dark!
3. It's bigger than the other Tulsa Run Medals
4. The race landed on Halloween so it's Halloween themed and I LOVE Halloween!

The Course

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The course this year was very similar to last year's course. Since it didn't change much I knew what to expect. Hills, rolling Tulsa, hills.
The Hubbo and I have really slacked off on our training so we knew this would be a challenge. But we went in with a plan to do a run/walk combo for the race including walking most of the hills and it wasn't too bad. I think knowing what to expect really helped make this course not feel as difficult this year. Last year it was sort of a shock to the system after running a relatively flat course the first two years.

The Shirt

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The Tulsa Run shirt curse has been lifted!!!!!!
For the first three years I ran this race there was something wrong with my shirt each time. Which is partly what prompted the RD to send me a new on this Spring. But this time I picked up this super awesome shirt and it is perfect! No more shirt curse! 

The bib is really cute too!

Water Stops/Post-Race Food

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Last year there were issues with the water stops, water at the finish line, and the post-race snacks.
I'm very happy to report that was not the case this year.
We had plenty of water stops and for the first time since I've started running this year, they had electrolytes on the course. Hello Gatorade! 
Last year one water stop and the finish line ran out of water. This year the RD promised that would not happen again and the Tulsa Run team did not disappoint! 

When we crossed the finish line a volunteer handed me a nice cold bottle of water, each water stop was fully stocked and ready to go, and at the finish line I was handed a pre-packed box of snacks and on my way to meet up with my friends. It was so nice and easy. I really hope they keep the snack box idea again next year. 

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What's in the box?!?

Overall Experience

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Even though the Hubbo and I were under trained and I got my slowest 15k time (we did it to ourselves) I still had a great time at the Tulsa Run. The weather was great, the costumes were awesome, and everything that went wrong last year was vastly improved this year. I even got to meet up with some fellow BibRavePros before the race and we briefly chatted with the RD! 





Question! Have you ran a 15k before? Have you ever raced in a costume?

 
 
PictureI can see daylight under both feet!
First, before I begin my review, can we talk about the awesomeness that is this picture? It's the VERY FIRST running picture I have with both feet OFF THE GROUND! I'm pretty sure it was because the tights had my legs feeling so good! 
OK, now on with our regularly scheduled blogging. 

Disclaimer:
 I received a pair of 2XU Compression tights thanks to Bibrave's BibRavePro ambassadorship. You can learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro & check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. As always, all opinions, typos, and silly pictures are my own.

Thanks to Angie's review, I figured out I was saying 2XU wrong. I was saying 2-X-U.
But really, the proper way to say it is, 2 Times You! Clever. 

Feel

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I don't want to spend a lot of time telling you about the technology that is in these compression tights. The website can do that for me. I want to tell you about how I felt when I first put these on. 
A few weeks ago, here in Oklahoma, we finally had a cool enough Saturday that I could wear these on a run and from the moment I put them on, my legs just felt good. They hugged my legs in a nice and supportive way and when I first put them on my legs instantly felt an improvement in circulation. It's hard to explain that first feeling. My legs just felt alive and ready to hit the path. Clearly they were because I had my first ever both-feet-off-the-ground at the same time pic!  
I will say, that like any compression wear, getting these babies on for the first time took a little work. But hey, that's more calories burned right? ::Insert winky smiley face here:: 

I also wore these during the Tulsa Run yesterday for my longest run in them, 9.3 miles. 
Typically after a race I have the dreaded leg pain about 10 minutes after I stop running. It feels like all the blood in my body is trying to drain down into my feet and it's awful. I noticed a vast improvement in the feeling while wearing these after the race! Any product that can reduce the pain of a hard race has me hooked! 

Fit/Sizing

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One difficult part about ordering any type of running gear online is that you never know how sizing works. That being said, I definitely wanted to include my sizing experience in the blog. 1. Because I agonized over what size to order for at least 15 minutes and 2. I know I'm not the only one who does that. Right? Please tell me I'm not alone? KThanks! 

The sizing chart found on the website is pretty true to fit in my opinion. It's a typical find your height and find your weight and see what size that you land in. If you land in a small, order a small, if you land just barely in the medium, order the medium.  I was borderline between sizes. Ugh! Agony ensued. (Not kidding) But I went with where my current height/weight combo landed me and I am really happy with the fit. 

Discount 

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One of the perks of being involved with BibRave is that often when I get to try new products, they come with a discount code for my blog readers.

I've heard this discount code is also good on sale items as well and it doesn't have a limit on uses so stock up, get your Christmas shopping done, and enjoy! Click here to start shopping. Use code: Bibrave20 to save 20%

Other 2XU Products

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Really quick I wanted to give you a quick rundown of the other products they have in case you don't feel like you need full tights.
  • Compression Sleeves
  • Shirts
  • Compression Shorts
  • Jackets/Vests
  • Socks
  • Bras
  • Hats
  • Bags

What are others saying about these compression tights?

A handful of my fellow BibRavePros also had the opportunity to try these tights out. Check out their reviews below.
Angie
Tom
Jeremy
Katherine
Kim