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The Hubbo and I recently ran the Hot Chocolate 15K in Dallas. We've been in a bit of a running funk lately, so when Bibrave presented me with an opportunity to run this race, I thought it might be a fun one to get us back in the swing of things. I mean, there was chocolate everywhere and that's a pretty nice motivation to cross the finish line! 

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Hot Chocolate 15 Dallas 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.

The Medal

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I always put my thoughts about the medals towards the top of my race reviews. Medals are my favorite part about races. They're an automatic souvenir of the race, the training, and the adventure that got you to the start and finish line.  The 15k finishers got a cute finisher medal in the shape of a chocolate bar that looked like someone took a bite out of it already. It has the city we ran the race and spots on the back to engrave your time! I've seen pictures of these on Instagram and Twitter, but I didn't really notice how big they were until I got my own. Definitely a nice sized medal. 

The Swag

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Here's a quick list of all the swag we got:
  • Medal - For 15k Finishers
  • Nice Gender Specific Jackets - Lined so they are nice and warm
  • Spike Bag - Cute blue bag
  • Chocolate - At the Expo, On the Course, and after the race!
  • Mug - Full of chocolate and other goodies! 
  • Buff - If you used the code you got a free buff! See below for codes for upcoming races.


All participants in the 5k and 15k got a really nice finishers jacket that is lined so it's nice and warm. 
At the expo we picked up our cute printed bibs, got a blue spike bag to hold our important race day stuff, and they even had samples of hot chocolate, mini chocolate bars, and chocolate dipped marshmallows. So. Much. Sweetness!

Then at the finish line they handed out bottles of water, we got in a short line and go out Hot Chocolate mug that had a cup of Hot Chocolate, chocolate to dip marshmallows, pretzels, a banana, and other goodies into. So much yummy chocolate!

The Expo

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The expo was about the size I would expect for a 15k. A few vendors, some race branded gear, and a DJ playing some uplifting music while you browsed. They also had a few inflatables that looked like Hot Chocolate mugs or marshmallows. On Friday we left Tulsa and drove straight to the Expo. Traffic wasn't too bad so we were pleasantly surprised there. The Expo was at Fair Park in Dallas and we had to pay $5 for parking. It was easy to get in and out of the expo really quickly because everything was so nicely organized.

The Course

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The course wasn't very hilly. There were a few rolling hills after mile 3, but not too bad at all. It's mostly flat. The scenery wasn't much to write home about, but there was chocolate or marshmallows on the course in 4 different spots! So that was nice to look forward to.

Aid Stations - they were good. Plenty of water and Nuun on the course. You could even sample a wide variety of Nuun at the Expo.

Parking

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Parking on race day was a little hectic. But we were warned at the Expo and in Pre-Race emails that we needed to get there at 6:00am. I know that sounds early for an 8:15 race, but I agree, they were right. We didn't listen and tried to show up at 7, and didn't have much time to spare. But once we got into Fair Park and found a spot, all we had to do was follow the big crowd of people walking towards the starting line. The walk from our car to the start/finish line was probably around a mile. 

Overall Thoughts and Upcoming Races

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Overall this was a wonderful, fun, and very sweet race! 
Everything was organized really well, we got TONS of swag, and had a good time. I highly recommend this race. If you aren't motivated to run for a medal, run for all the chocolate you get at this race!

If you want to do a Hot Chocolate Race, check out the pic and see if one is coming your way.  You can also use the following codes when you register to get some free swag!

City       Date        Code
Vegas - 2/28/16 - BibRaveLV
Seattle - 3/6/16 - BibRaveSEA
San Diego - 3/20/16 - BibRaveSD
Philly - 4/2/16 - BibRavePHI
Minneapolis - 4/16/16 - BibRaveMIN


What's the best swag you've gotten at a race?

 
 
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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?

 
 
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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

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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

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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

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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.
 
 
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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. 




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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?

 
 
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Let's be real honest right up front, I hated just about every minute of the Tulsa Run this weekend. And honestly, it left me wondering if I'll do it again next year. 
You can read last year's recap here

I'll be honest and say that I wasn't mentally in the game for this race either, which also made it tough. I've never mentally quit so hard. I did finish the race but it wasn't pretty. There was a lot of hills, a lot of walking, and a lot of negotiating with myself over those 9 miles on Saturday. 

The Course

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I know you are use to my recaps starting with the medal because that is my favorite part of each race, but we HAVE to talk about this course.

Let me point out a few things first....

1. This year they changed the course to a more traditional route. The last two years I ran this race it was pretty much just an out-and-back on a mostly flat course with a big hill at the end.
2. I live in Tulsa, I train for all my races in Tulsa, and I'm not a stranger to the fact that Tulsa is hilly.
3. This is my third time to run this race. 

Now, back to the course. The picture above is courtesy of the Tulsa Sports Commission. That elevation map is a little scary. The word on the street is that due to an upcoming construction event taking place along the usual route, the course was changed. I'll just say, I'm not a fan of the new course. It felt like if we weren't coming down a hill, we were going up one at all times. Not to mention the race stared at 9:00 am which is a pretty late start for a race and I noticed a lot of traffic that had to wait on runners. I will say that this course was way more scenic than previous years but you paid for it in hills. 

Now here is a factor that the Tulsa run has no control over. The weather. It has been unseasonably warm here in Tulsa for a couple weeks. When the Hubbo and I pulled out of the drive way an hour before the race, it was already 69 degrees. When we got back in the car after the race, it was 85! Too hot for this Ginger who is not a hot weather runner! To put it in perspective for you, the first year I ran this race it was so cold, I wore a hat, gloves, long tights, long sleeve shirt, and a jacket the entire race! This year I wore a tank top and shorts and still overheated. If the race had started earlier, or the weather had been better, maybe this race wouldn't have been so hard. I will say that one week before this race, I ran an 18 mile training run which was very hilly as well and that seemed much easier than this race for some reason. 

The Medal

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The first two years I ran this race, the medals looked pretty similar. But this year, they a change to the overall layout of the medal and I like it. The color scheme and logo are the same, but the different shape gives it a different vibe to the medal. Couple that with the fact that I don't have a lot of rectangle medals and I consider this one a win!

The Shirt

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The Tulsa Run always has a long sleeve technical shirt as part of the swag you get for running the race. This year was no different. This year's shirt is great and all, until I put it on and found a giant hole had been cut in the arm of my shirt. It looks like it had possibly been cut with scissors when they were trying to open a box of shirts or something. 

I am sure that I have a Tulsa Run Shirt Curse because there has been something wrong with each shirt I've received over the last three races. Every. Single. One! 
The first year all the shirts were too small for everyone!
The second year I ordered mine a size larger trying to avoid the too small problem but when I noticed how big it was at the expo, they wouldn't let me trade it in for a smaller size. It was a men's shirt! Not a unisex shirt.  Why do races do that even though women outnumber men at most races?
This year, I got my shirt with a big hole in it. 

::Insert Sad Music Here:: 

The Water Stops/Post Race Food

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This is where the Tulsa Run needs to get their shit together. The water stops were awful again this year. Last year one of the last water stops ran out of water! How does a race that has been around for over 35 years not have a good system down for water stops??? 

This year, at more than one water stop, I had to stand there and wait for a volunteer to fill a cup with water so I could take it and continue walking while I drank my water. 
Then when I crossed the finish line they were out of water! How in the world do you run out of water at a finish line?!? 
Luckily, a volunteer had just walked over to the finish area and opened 1 case of water as I was about to exit the race and I managed to get a bottle. There were several people out on the course after I was and I really hope they had a truck load of water brought in for the people who finished after me.

Then as I'm going through the post-race food tent I was surprised to see that they had really skimped on the food this year. They had bananas cut up in to small pieces which is fine, but they had bagels they had also cut up into such small pieces that the box of bread looked like nothing but crumbs! Then they also had granola bars that they had opened and cut up into very small pieces as well. It was sort of embarrassing. This is a huge race with over 9,000 people participating and I was embarrassed to be from Tulsa and have the Tulsa Run represented that way. The Hubbo and I signed up for this race when it was first available (meaning the cheapest rate) and it was still almost $40. 

I would rather skip the post-race food all together and see that money be donated to charity. I would like to say THANK YOU to all the volunteers who works so hard to provide this race for us! Races couldn't happen without people like you! Also a big shout out to the Beer Stops! Yes, stops as in plural. Towards the end of the race at two different locations there were tables set up with cold beer. I figured I needed to do something to jazz this party up so I happily obliged and drank a cup from each station. It made me forget how hot I was for a split second so it was totally worth it! 

Overall Experience Summary

Overall, this was just not my day. It was too hot, too hilly, and I'm still adjusting to my new meds while running. Also I couldn't get my Garmin to connect until I had already ran .75 miles. I finished the race in 1:53:52 which is not close to a PR for me, but I'm totally fine with it because I walked, I finished, and I brought home another medal and that is all that really matters. 

Question! Have you ever had a race run out of water?

 
 
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Happy New Year! I hope your 2014 has started off with a ton of fun already!

In a previous post, I told you how terrible we are at planning races in advance. We will literally sign up for races only a couple days in advance. Well this year I set a few running goals for myself and a few of them will force me to be better at planning ahead on things like my race calendar. Keep reading to check out my goals and first attempt at a race list for 2014.



Goal # 1

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Nevada here we come!
Run a race in a State we haven't raced in before.

This was my goal last year as well and we ran the Little Rock Marathon in Arkansas to make that happen. This year we are venturing out a little farther away from home and signed up for a one-time-only half marathon in Las Vegas! We plan to run the Mustang 50th Anniversary Half Marathon in April 2014. 

Goal # 2

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2013 Medal Count: 9
Earn more medals in 2014 than 2013.

I'm surprised that I came away with so many medals for 2013. We ended up with 9 which means we'll have to complete at least 10 races that provide medals this year if we want to accomplish this goal. Challenge Accepted! 

This is going to take some planning, which we aren't normally the best at, but we've already started putting our race calendar together and I'll post it below. 

Goal # 3

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Goal # 3B - I need to wear this shirt!
Complete a Marathon in under 5 Hours for a new Marathon PR.

My current marathon PR is 5:16. I know, nothing to brag about. And sadly that was my very first marathon as well. Also during training for that race I developed a tough case of Plantar Fasciitus (that still flares up every now and again) but we went ahead and completed 3 more marathons in as many months. Not smart, by the way. This year I have one shot at reaching this goal. We've already signed up for our one and only Full marathon, the Route 66 Marathon, so it's all or nothing on this one!

This time will hopefully be much different because I have my nutrition plan a little more figured out, I respect the distance more than I did the first time, I know that I can't wear stability shoes because I need a neutral shoe, and I have an awesome chiropractor that will help keep my feet and legs nice and healthy for those long runs! 

2014 Race Calendar...so far

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Polar Bear Plunge
Tulsa, OK
January 1, 2014
2 Miles, 3 Pools, 1 Medal

(Race Recap Coming Soon!)

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Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long
Tulsa, OK
January 25, 2014
10K
Medal - Yes

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Sweetheart Run
Tulsa, OK 
February 15, 2014
5K + 10K = Double
Medal -  No

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Aquarium Run
Tulsa, OK
April 5, 2014
Half Marathon
Medal - Yes



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Mustang 50th Half Marathon
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 19, 2014
Half Marathon
Medal - Yes!

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Tulsa Run
Tulsa, OK
October 2014
15K
Medal - Yes

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Jenks Half Marathon
Jenks, OK
November 2014
Half Marathon
Medal - Yes

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Route 66 5K
Tulsa, OK
November 2014
3.1 Miles
Medal - Yes

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Route 66 Marathon
Tulsa, OK
November 2014
26.5 Miles
Medal - Yes 
Coin - Yes 

So far we have 9 races scheduled but only 8 that will allow us to earn a medal. In order to reach my goal of 10 medals in 2014, we will have to find and pick up at least 2 more races with medals. This should be a fun challenge and help us run a few we haven't ran before. Game on!

What are your running goals for 2014? What races are on your race list?

 
 
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October has been a busy month for races at the RunGingerRun house. The Hubbo and I ran the Purple Stride 5K, I ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco, and last weekend my Running Buddies and I ran the Tulsa Run 15K. 

I did this race last year and this year my goal was to beat my time and get a 15K PR. I did both of those this race and I couldn't be happier! 

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I'm going to go ahead and get my one and only complaint about this race over with so the rest of this blog can be fun. Last year the race had some issues. The expo was so tiny and crowded that it took over an hour for packet pickup. They also ordered the most freakishly small shirts so no one had a shirt that actually fit them. This year, they learned their lesson. The Expo was in a much larger and easier to maneuver room. It almost felt empty but that's not my complaint. Since the shirt issue was so crazy and I still can't really fit into my shirt even though I've lost 21lbs, I decided to play it safe and order up a size. Well I guess Tulsa Run was also afraid of the same problem so they gave everyone MEN'S shirts. So I don't have a ladies size, I don't have a unisex size, I have a freaking MEN'S LARGE shirt that is wayyyyy too big. Great. I have one that is too small and one that is too big. Maybe next year will be the charm and I'll get it right! To be continued....

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Typical before race corral picture!
Before the race, some of my running buddies and I made arrangements to meet up under the Domino's sign downtown. That's a perfect way to start a race right? Under a pizza place? Seems legit. 

The course was exactly the same this year as it was last year. Who needs change? Not the Tulsa Run! We started out in downtown Tulsa and run out to riverside and back. The majority of the course is pretty flat but the last mile is up a steady incline which is not very fun.

I'm surprised to say that I got a PR because my body was not feeling it for this race. I looked down at my Garmin and we were only 1.2 miles into the race and I had already hit the wall. Cool. My calf, hip, and hamstring were all hurting and I was starting to develop a fun little side-stitch that stuck around until mile 7. 
I know, I know. I said no more complaining. I said my only complaint was about the race, not my body so...

I was lucky to have my running buddy, Deb, stay with me until about mile 7 or so and I was starting to slow way down. At mile 8 someone was handing out free beer so I figured it had helped me in the Route 66 Marathon last year why not give it a try since I wasn't feeling it for this race? Bad idea! It burned the entire last mile like I had just had a shot of tequila. Gross. Lesson learned. No more beer during races. 

Oh, one more thing about the course. I have no idea why, but they only had one port-a-potty on the course. Not like one spot with multiple port-a-potties in a row, but one spot with one port-a-potty. There were close to 5,000 runners! What were you thinking Tulsa Run? Glad I didn't have to stop and wait in line because my time would have not even been close to a PR.

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After the race, there is an area for families and runners to hang out. It is almost kind of like an outdoor expo. Kinda. There are a few vendors where you can buy things like Tulsa Run race gear, get your free beer, or even buy pizza from a local restaurant. We all decided even though it was chilly out to grab our post-race cold beer and hang out downtown for a few minutes. Then we got cold and hungry and went to the Old School Bagel Cafe for a post-race meal and it was perfect! We even got to talk to one of the owners for a little bit and heard they made national news recently for a Pay It Forward ordeal that lasted all day long. Virtual High-Five for you Tulsa! You guys rock! 
If you are in Tulsa for a run or a race or whatever, you have to go to this place to refuel. It was perfect!

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Clearly, we take post-race hydration very seriously. But no one takes it more seriously than my running buddy Carmen! If you look closely you can see that one of us has 2 adult beverages + 2 bottles of water! No one is going thirsty on with this group! :) 

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Tulsa Run Race Dummy!
Here's my race dummy. I managed to remember everything this time, including my back bib, which was a hit at the race. One woman even said she was going to stay right behind me the whole time so she could read the bib and finish the race. If you can't read it, it says "Left Foot, Right Foot, Repeat".  I don't know if she really followed me the whole time, but it felt cool to motivate someone I didn't even know during a run. 

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:37:41
Overall Place: 2738 out of 4331
Age Group: 240 out of 431

Hubbo:
Time: 1:23:37 (Also got a 15K PR!)
Overall Place: 1270 out of 4331
Age Group: 133 out of 267

What is your favorite post-race meal to refuel?

 
 
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Some people would say that running two races in one day is crazy. Some might say it's not smart for someone who is training for a half marathon or a full marathon. Some might even be as bold to say it is dumb. And to that I say...#RedHairDontCare!

I actually had a lot of fun running both races last Saturday. Keep reading for a race recap on both races, to hear about my PR, and to see pictures from the events.

The Quarter Marathon Doubler Race Recap

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I've decided this is my PR shirt from now on.
The first race of the day was the Quarter Marathon. AKA 6.55 mile race for those who can't do math in their heads either. Are there any other Quarter Marathon races out there? This is the first one I've heard of. It's kind of weird and cool at the same time. 

This race had an option to do the "Doubler" which means that you ran a 5K and then the Quarter marathon. Of course this Ginger and her Hubbo had to do the Doubler. There was a special prize for those who were crazy enough to sign up for both. (I'm a sucker for prizes.) 

The race was set up so that the 5K started at 7:30 am and the Quarter Marathon started at 8:30 am giving participants an hour to do the first race and then start the next race. Which is a blessing and a curse at the same time. The nice part is you have time for a bathroom break in between the starting guns going off, but the bad part is your body has time to cool down. So while we were waiting for the Quarter to start you all just look like a bunch of stretching, yoga posing, wiggling weirdos. 

Before the race I was trying to be realistic and not even consider to attempt a PR. (For basically a 15K) 
1. Because doing the Doubler was actually a little longer than a normal 15K. 
2 Because I haven't  been doing speed work at all. (Boo Speed work!)  
And 3. because frankly it just takes the pressure off. We all say it...Oh I'm just here to run, I"m not worried about time, or I'm not looking for a PR. 

I know it's kind of cheating to call doing the Doubler a 15K PR because you have a break in the middle but hey, what can you do? 

After the 5K started I looked down at my watch and noticed I was running a little faster than I had planned. But I felt pretty good so I decided to keep the pace and see where it would take me. I didn't get a 5K PR, but I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to finish it in under 30 minutes! 

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I met up with the Hubbo after the 5K and we were waiting around to start the Quarter Marathon and our running buddy, Mike, found us in the corral. We hung out there, took the required runner selfie in the corral pic and pretty soon the gun went off to start the Quarter Marathon. The Hubbo, Mike, and I all ran together for the first couple miles. We even ran by a couple of cowboys who didn't take me up on my invitation to join our race. What? Jeans, boots, and huge belt buckles aren't comfortable race attire? Weird.  

We kept running and just as we were about to hit riverside the Hubbo broke off to run at his pace and I was lucky enough to have Mike stay with me the whole time to talk to and distract me from the idea of stopping to walk. The race had a little more incline to it than I thought it would but it was good training for my half marathon in San Francisco next month! The rest of the race was pretty good and we even saw one creepy guy standing alone in a parking lot wearing an empty 24-pack Coke box on his head watching (really just staring like a creeper) as the runners went by. I decided not to invite him to join our run. No Creepers Aloud! 

So long story short (too late!) the race ended up being 9.65 miles long and I completed it in 1:39:26 which is kind of a 15K PR for me. My previous 15K PR was 1:45:29 at the Tulsa Run last October. 

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Here's the bling from our race. Since we did the "Doubler" we not only got a medal but we also got a pint glass to help us celebrate our race. 

I wonder why they gave us a pint glass? I'm pretty sure that runners don't even like beer. :)  

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Here is Mike and I as we were getting close to the finish line of the Quarter Marathon. He deserves a big virtual HIGH-FIVE because he got a PR in the 5K! 

High-five Mike!!!!

On another note - why do I look like I am going to punch someone with my right hand but my left hand is super relaxed and creepy looking?? Race photos are always so weird. 

One of the benefits of running with my running club is that they almost always have a photographer or two out on the course taking photos and they allow the runners to download them for free! Runners love free stuff! 

In my next blog post I'll recap our second race of the day, The Corn Dog Classic 5K. You'll have to wait to hear if I managed to choke down that cotton candy, beer, and corn dog or not!

How is your running going? Tell me about a recent or favorite PR! 

 
 
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Lately I've been trying to think of what to blog about next and I didn't really have one solid idea so I've put together a few things that have been "running" through my brain and mashed them up into one blog post.
Enjoy!











Running Update
Last week was a pretty good run week for me. I had one bad run but not too shabby!
  • Sunday - 0 Miles. Recovery Day. 
  • Monday - 0 Miles. Busy with work. 
  • Tuesday - Boot Camp and 4 Miles. Speedy.
  • Wednesday - Boot Camp and 5 Miles at recovery pace. 
  • Thursday - Boot Camp and 3 Miles. This run was tough. I had originally planned to do 4 but my body said no thanks! 
  • Friday - Rest Day - Thank goodness! 
  • Saturday - Long Run Day - 7 Mile progression run. I felt amazing! I wanted to run 10 but had to get to the farmers market and on with our busy day. 

Here is how my week is shaping up so far this week.
  • Sunday - 0 Miles. Recovery Day.
  • Monday - Boot Camp and 4 Awesome Miles!
  • Tuesday - 4 Miles of Hills. Ugh!
  • Wednesday - Rest Day and TV Night! Survivor starts tonight!
  • Thursday - 3-5 (Not sure yet) and probably Boot Camp
  • Friday - Rest Day
  • Saturday - Race Day! The Quarter Marathon and The Corndog Classic 5K



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Race Update!
On Saturday I'll be running my 3rd 15k right here in Tulsa! This is my first race since my last marathon in March 2013 and I'm feeling pretty good about it! I haven't been working on my speed work like I should, so I'm not expecting a PR, but I'm expecting to have a lot of fun doing a new race. I'm doing The Quarter Marathon hosted by Fleet Feet Tulsa and decided to add on the 5K so I'm doing the "Doubler" which is barely more than a 15k. If you are wondering exactly how far is a Quarter Marathon, it's 6.55 miles. Don't worry, I had no idea how far it was exactly until I looked it up.

Also- as of last night, the Hubbo and I just registered for a fun 5k on Saturday Night! So we'll be doing the Doubler at the Quarter Marathon in the morning and the Corndog Classic 5K Saturday night! I've never had two races in one day but it should be interesting! We are doing the Corn Dog Challenge in this 5K. So that means each participant must eat a corn dog, drink a beer or lemonade, and eat an entire thing of cotton candy along the race before finishing. I don't even like cotton candy! I may be sick by the end of it or walk more than I run, but we've never entered this race and want to have fun with it! 

What races do you have coming up that you are excited about?

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Weight Loss Thoughts

Weight loss is a funny thing. Not everyone loses weight at the same speed, in the same place, or in the same way.

I feel like my body has a Top-Down approach to weight loss. Meaning I start to see the results first in my face and then slowly see results trickle their way down to my midsection/hips/thighs last.  Right now, I feel like I have the skinniest forehead and neck I've had in years but could use a little more work in the hips/thighs area. Hurry up body and catch up!

I'm still at my 18lbs down from my juice fast and am slowly transitioning back to food. So far so good. I'd still like to fully transition back to an all food diet and continue to slowly drop 12 more lbs. We'll see! In the mean time, running is becoming so much better and easier for me. Which makes it much more enjoyable than it was the last year.

Ladies - where do you notice results first?


Photo Credit: Photo Cred: http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/one-on-one-monthly-counseling/

 
 
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Yesterday my favorite Ginger Kids and I ran the Sweetheart Run here in Tulsa. Since we are training for a marathon we ran the Double. Which just means we participated in the 5k and the 10k. If my math is still good, that means we did a 15k. If I'm wrong, please don't tell me. I like to think I can add 5 and 10 together.
I participated in this race last year but I only did the 10k. To participate in the double you started with the 5k participants and then 45 minutes later the 10k participants started. So depending on how quickly you ran the 5k, you could have a little break in between. I actually didn't mind the break. I needed to stretch my legs because they were pretty tight. So the 5k felt like a warm up.
I didn't get a PR this race, I was 15 seconds shy of beating my 15k PR. But maybe next time!

Time for the recap!

Course: 4 Ginger Points! The course was good for the 5K,  no big hills. Just a quick out and back. The course for the 10k was a little more tough. It followed the same path as the 5k but just went out farther and we encountered a decent hill on the way back. Boo hills! 

Entry Fee: 5 Ginger Points! Since the Hubbo and I entered as a team (Team Run Ginger Run, of course) and we participated in the double the fees were a little more expensive than if you just did the 5k or 10k but it was about $80 or so for us so that's not too bad.

Participation: 5 Ginger Points! This race typically has a pretty good turn out and this year was no different. The 10k has more runners so that was good.

Shirt: 4 Ginger Points! Well not really shirt. If you saw on my Facebook page earlier this week, we were talking about races giving shirts versus other goodies in your race packet. This year this race gave out beanies. I gave the beanie 4 points because it's something new so that's fun, but this thing is a little big. But it is reversible! See pic below.

Medal: N/a

Expo: N/a

Temperature: 3 Ginger Points! It was a little on the chilly side. The temps were in the low 30's. And there was some wind on the back half of the 10k that wasn't fun. But this is wayyyy better than last year's Sweetheart run when we had a wind chill of -6! 

Overall Organization: 5 Ginger Points!  


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One side is fleece the other side is a tech material similar to a tech shirt.

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My favorite Ginger-in-Crime, Amber, and I sporting our Run Ginger Run back bibs before the race. Amber got a PR during the 5K! I think it was the extra bib that made her run faster.
You can Tweet Amber here and tell her congrats! 
@Amber_125 

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Amber and I ready to run. Amber is sporting the race beanie!

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The Hubbo and I before the race. He got a PR in the 15k too! Must be the bib.