Almost two weeks ago the Hubbo, George and I “ran” the Route 66 Half Marathon. I say “ran” because really we walked a lot and ran some. I only cussed a little so I’m calling it a good day! But really, the 10th Anniversary of the Route 66 Marathon was a great weekend for me despite my lack of training. We volunteered at the Expo, Ran the 5k, took shots during the 5k and half, and made some great memories!

Here’s a quick and condensed version of contents this blog.
Medal = Awesome!
Course = Hilly!
Swag = Awesome 10 Year Anniversary Jacket!
Expo = Great!
Volunteering = Tiring, Rewarding, Fun
Blogger’s panel = Fun
5K on Saturday = Most Fun 5k I’ve Ever Ran
Weather on Sat = Cold and WINDY as F!
Weather on Sun = Cold but warmed up to be nice

And now, a more complete review. 

The Medal

PictureRoute 66 2015 Half Marathon Medal
As always, I start my recap with the medal. I'm definitely a "I'm-Doing-This-For-the-Bling" kind of runner and Route 66 Marathon never disappoints!
This year was the 10th anniversary of the race so they did a throw back to an earlier medal and added a slight remix. I lucked out that this is one of the styles that we didn't already have. 
The yellow coin in the middle is a double-sided spinner which I think it the remix part. 
This year volunteers also got a medal. (See pic below with purple ribbon.) When I volunteered last year, I got a nice coin, but it was fun to get an actual medal this year.
5K runners also got a medal. (See pic below with red ribbon.) Since the race is obviously Route 66 themed, the medals are always themed after classic cars that would have traveled the open road. This medal was from the 2011 event and called the Flying Goddess. Rout 66 took a vote on which medal should get a come back and this one won loud and clear! 

Volunteer Medal
5K Medal and Bib

The Course & Swag

The course was hilly. I knew it would be hilly. I didn't train for this race so I'm sure I felt the hills even more than I normally would have. The hills aren't huge, but there are a lot of them and it's a constant rolling/going upward feeling the entire race.

My friend George from came in from Las Vegas and took this photo on the course. It's definitely a favorite photo-op on the course!   

The swag was nice this year. For participating in the 5k I got a medal and a tech shirt. For participating in the half I got a jacket, a medal, and tons of free shots and beer on the course! More on that later. 

The Hubbo and co-workers modeling the jackets.
I, on the other hand, made some questionable modeling choices on race day...

The Expo & Blogger's Panel

We volunteered at the Expo on Friday afternoon at the packet pickup booth. That was a crazy, busy, fun, fast few hours! 
After my shift was over I participated in the Blogger's Panel for the second time. It was really cool to meet the other bloggers and get to discuss one of my hobbies. This year they had two panels. A Friday night panel and a Saturday afternoon panel. 

Overall, the expo is a good size. You have your typical vendors there. One cool thing about the Route 66 Expo is that the Marathon Maniacs set up a booth. So you can buy your gear in person and try it on. Very helpful! If you'v ever tried to buy a MM or HF singlet, you know the struggle! 

I also go to take a spin on an Alter-G treadmill! It was so crazy feeling! 
When you try this thing out, they put you in these crazy space pants that are made of a neoprene like fabric that zips into the air bag like portion of the treadmill. Then the machine calibrates to your weight and then you tell it what percentage of your body weight you want to run with. I took it down to 60% of my body weight and I felt like I could run forever!

5k Race Day!

Saturday was the 5k and it was cold and windy! We knew we were just going to do the 5k for fun so we joined up with some friends. Before we even hit the first kilometer, we decided to take a detour. 
For shots!
That's right, we hoped into a local diner/bar and took a shot of whisky! 
That's definitely a first for me to go to a bar and order a shot. 
Route 66 is known as a party course and we did our part to contribute to the reputation! Nothing says party like messy hair, shots at 8:15am, and all before we even hit the first mile! #RockStarStatus
Even though we ran/walked the entire way, stopped in and ordered 6 shots, and had to tab out, we managed to finish the 5k in under 50 minutes. Not bad. 

Half Marathon Race Day!

PictureBasic Corral Selfie!
Sunday was the half marathon. It started our super cold, but eventually warmed up to be nice. 
We ran/walked the entire way but somehow I managed to take very few pics. I'm slacking on my blogging duties!
Route 66 is known as a party race and it's no joke! We had beer, shots, donuts, and various other goodies on the race to help us keep our spirits up. I had fruit loop vodka y'all! 
Quick shout out to the citizens of Tulsa for getting the party started early on a Sunday morning! 

Back to the race. The course was hilly! Being as I was vastly under trained, it didn't long before my body was over it. But we got it done, had fun along the way, and eventually crossed the finish line. It was a personal worst for the Hubbo and I but we were just happy to be out there and complete another race. 

Overall, the weekend was great! We had great company, lots of fun, lots of drinks, and made some fun memories! This is exactly why Route 66 is my favorite race ever! 

Question! What's your PR and PW?

Alternate title for this blog post... 
The 5K That Went Too Far!

On Saturday The Hubbo and I, along with a group of our friends, ran the Purple Stride 5K here in Tulsa. This race may sound familiar to you if you've followed this blog for a while being as I ran it last October. For some reason, this year the race was moved up to August and moved to a slightly different location.  

This race is special to me because it is VERY special to a dear friend of mine. This 5k is a fund raising race that benefits PanCAN or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. My friend lost a loved one to Pancreatic Cancer so she raises money and awareness each year. The statistics associated with this disease are alarming and more people need to be aware that there is only a 6% survival rate which only means more research needs to take place so that we can Know It. Fight ItEnd It.

I'm very proud to say that the team I was a part of raised over $5,000 for PanCAN! Thank you to all who donated, bought tickets, ate at Chili's, and ran the 5k with us to raise money for this organization! 
Also, as a whole, Oklahoma raised over $99,000! Our team was excited to hear that we were the 4th place team in terms of money raised. 

By the way, this is the post I had originally planned to publish on Monday but with the ordeal about Turkey Mountain, it had to wait. You can read about the issue Turkey Mountain is facing HERE and you can still sign the petition HERE if you feel so inclined. BTW - I hope you feel so inclined :) and soon I'll post an update to the Turkey Mountain saga. Stay tuned! 

The Race

Saturday was a rough day for me running wise. The Hubbo and I got up at 4:30am and we were supposed to run 10 miles before the 5K to stay on track with our training plan. Key words: supposed to. It didn't happen. I took some medicine the night before the race to help with an ailment that popped up and it didn't sit well with me. When we left the house to go run our 10 miles on our own, we had to immediately turn around and go back home. By the time the 5k rolled around at 8:30, I was feeling better so we decided to go. 

We got to the race and parked no problem and met up with our team. Hello Laurie's Purple Warriors! Then we got lined up in the corral and started the race. My original goal was to finish the race in under 33 minutes. I'm not a hot weather runner and hadn't been feeling that great that morning. After the race started and we finished the first mile, I was surprised to look down at my Garmin and see that I was running in the 8:45-9:00 range! (That's fast for me) I was breathing hard but it didn't feel impossible. That is when it struck me. This is a timed 5k and I could possibly PR! Thank you speed work! Then we got to a water stop at 1.45 miles and I said to my two friends I was running with that I was going to make it to the turn around and then grab water on the way back. Well... that was a good theory.

We passed the water stop and kept running, and running, and running some more. I remember thinking to myself as we came up to the water stop that this must be what running towards the front of the pack feels like because we didn't see anyone already running back towards the finish while we were still heading out! It was too good to be true. Turns out, there wasn't a labeled turn around!  Then, finally, the guys at the front of the pack finally turned around and told us the turn around wasn't marked and to just turn go ahead and around. We finally did, but we had already ran close to 1.70 miles out, which means we had about 1.70 miles to get back. So much for my PR! Also I was sorta towards the front of the pack and after the turn around found myself at the back of the pack because the lead guys had told everyone about the lack of a labeled turn around. So around mile 2.8 I started to get really really hot and decided to stop pushing myself and had to run/walk it back in. 

Overall I still met my race goal and the time on the clock showed just under 33 minutes but it wasn't my best 5k or 3.4 mile race, whatever. I still love this race because it benefits PanCAN and I'll definitely be back next year! 

You can read my BibRave.com recap here

Question! Have you ever missed a turn in a race or ran too far? 

Hi Running Buddies!

How is your running going? The Hubbo and I took about 3 weeks off from training to give our legs some time to recover from our half marathon spree in April. But now It's time to start pre-training for marathon training which starts in about 4 weeks. Eek! 
Recently, The Hubbo, some of my co-workers/friends, and I ran a fun local 5k here in Tulsa.  The Fat Guy's Burgers and Baseball 5k!

But before we get to my typical recap of the race, you may have already noticed something. My blog may look a little different to you. It does. You're not seeing things. I changed the layout and I'm still making changes. I'll be sure to post a blog about how it all went down when it's all done. 

So let's get to the race!

The Crew

A big group of friends and co-workers and I met up before the race in downtown Tulsa. Luckily, this was a small race so parking and finding each other wasn't hard at all. We also were fortunate enough that even though it was warm and humid, we had a nice cloud cover that day and the sun wasn't beating down on us. THANK GOD! I can't run in the heat y'all! #GingersDontLikeTheSun 

This race had two options. The 5k and the Fat Guy's Challenge! Fat Guys is a local burger joint located in downtown Tulsa right by the baseball field. 

The Fat Guy's Challenge consisted of running to a burger station and consuming an entire Fat Guy's Burger before being able to run the 5k. At the end of the 5k, participants also had to chug a vanilla milk shake just about .25 of a mile away from the finish line. I ran the 5k because I'm a total weeny when it comes to running and consuming large amounts of food/beer at the same time. The Hubbo on the other hand, ran the Fat Guy's Challenge and said it was ROUGH! 

The Course

The 5k started right by OneOK Field which is were the Tulsa Driller's (minor league baseball team) play. Hence the Baseball portion of this race. We ran around downtown Tulsa before heading back to the baseball field and running around the outfield and then across home plate to finish! They even had a camera set up so you could watch people cross the finish line on the jumbo tron! 

I was lucky enough to get this picture from Angela (in blue). Her family members came down to the race and snapped a few photos and I was just close enough to be included in some of them. 
The course wasn't very hilly but did have a couple small inclines so I wouldn't say this is the flattest 5k I've ever ran, but it wasn't hilly either. The best part about the course was running down the ramp to get into the baseball field before we crossed the finish line at home plate!

The Swag

The cost for the 5k was $35 and the cost of the Fat Guy's Burger Challenge was $40, I think. 
For registering for the 5k we got:
  • 1 Ticket to a Driller's Baseball Game
  • Post-Race Fat Guy's Burger 
  • Post-Race Beer x2
  • A Cotton T-Shirt
  • Cute Bib

The ticket to the baseball game was good for any regular season home game for the Tulsa Drillers. It just so happened to work out that the same day as the race, they had an evening game at home and Fireworks! So not only did we get to see the Drillers win, we got a nice celebratory fireworks show at the end! Bonus!

My Stats

PictureSun in your face = Goofy Selfie!
This wasn't my best 5k and also wasn't my worst 5k. It was warm and y'all know, I'm not a hot weather runner! Also before this race The Hubbo and I enjoyed a 3 week hiatus from running to recover from our full month of Half Marathons in April. That being said, I'm still really pleased with my results!

Here are my stats:
Time: 30:22
Division Place: 10th out of 47
Female Overall Place: 67th out of 280

Total Number of Finishers: 531

Click here for the link to my race recap on Bibrave.com

Question! What race has the best swag? What did you get?

Last weekend The Hubbo and I hit the road and traveled about an hour north to run a small race in my hometown, Pawhuska (Paw-husk-ah) Oklahoma. I haven't ran in my hometown since I was in High School but it felt great to go back and run on some familiar roads and see some familiar faces! 

The Medal

PictureRun For The Health of It 5K Medal 2014
I always start my race recaps off by showing you all a picture of the medal. (If there is a medal to show.) I figure you might get board and if you only stick around for half the blog, I want you to see my bling! I'm a total blink junkee and I'm proud of it.

I'm super proud of this medal! 


Because I got it with a new 5K PR and my first ever 1st Place Age Group Win!

Disclaimer - This race was tiny! So before you get really proud of me and check to see if Nike wants to sign a deal with me, they probably won't. Besides, I'm more of a Saucony girl anyways. But you never know! ;) 

The Course

The course was 100% flat! There wasn't even a noticeable incline or bridge or anything that we had to climb. Don't get me wrong, Pawhuska has it's fair share of hills, but the race directors were kind enough to avoid them! 
The course is USATF certified for the 5K. 

Parking was not an issue at all. The race started at the Cultural Park and we got there early enough my parents parked the car and were facing the finish line directly so they could watch us finish from the car if they wanted to. 

The Swag

PictureRun For The Health of It Shirt and Bottle 2014
The swag was actually really good for such a cheap 5K. I think I paid $22 for the 5k and fees. 
We got a nice water bottle, a shirt, and our bib and the race was professionally timed, plus there were awards for age groups.

Is bib considered swag? I know it's required to race, but I keep all mine so I like to think it's a swag-ish. Also, all bibs are not created equal. Some are fancier than others. 

Side note! - I need to really work on my photography skills for my blog. I'll take a pic on my phone and think it looks good and as soon as I upload it, I realize that I am NOT a good photographer. #SorryNotSorry

My Experience

This race was the toughest 5K I've ever done! Here's why:
  • We ran 3 Half Marathons in April and this race was one week after our last HM. 
  • I had bronchitis before, during, and after the race.
  • I started a low carb diet the week before the race.
  • It's getting hot in Oklahoma and I'm not a hot weather runner! 
You can see how exhausted I was by my causal stroll after I crossed the finish line.  I felt fine for the first two miles and was on pace to SMASH my PR but then I totally tanked from 2-3. I also started coughing from my bronchitis and had to take a quick walk break just so I could breath! 
This race was my toughest but it is also my favorite race of all time now. My Mom and Dad got to see me finish! My Dad was also my own personal race photographer, Thanks Dad! 

My Stats:
27:47 (6 second PR)
4th Female Overall
1st in My Age Group.

You can check out my April races HERE, HERE, and HERE. You can also check out my recaps on Bibrave.com

The Hubbo

PictureThe Hubbo with the Top 3 Males Overall
You guys!! The Hubbo had a great race! Not only did he get a new 5K PR of 24:14, he got first in his Age Group, and finished in the Top 3 Males overall! 
So proud of him and especially after he ran his second fastest half marathon in Garmin one week before! 

More Pics!

Just me, getting my medal!
This just shows you HOW tired I really was. I can barely wave!

Ok! I've bragged enough! It's YOUR turn. What race accomplishment are you MOST proud of?

PictureLuchador 5K Tulsa, OK April 2014
Last Saturday was a busy race day at the RunGingerRunBlog house. On Saturday morning the Hubbo and I ran the Aquarium Run Half Marathon and then later that evening my P-town girls, the Hubbo, and I ran the Elote's Luchador 5K here in Tulsa.

Whew! I'm tired just thinking back to that day!

The Luchador 5K was called an Urban Obstacle race. We'll get to that in a minute. But first, check out these costumes! 

You guys! I made my own cape! This is HUGE! I'm terrible at cooking, cleaning, and sewing is out of the question so I'm super pumped that I pulled this one off!

This is a local 5K put on by Elote's resturant to benefit the YMCA's Y-Kids to Camp program. We signed up super last minute but with just enough time to order our Luchador masks from Mask Maniac and have them show up before the race. The masks we got were about $17 and took about 3ish days to get here. 

The week of the race the pricing was $30 with a costume or $35 without one.  You all KNOW how much RGR and the Hubbo like to dress up so the decision to dress up wasn't even a question! 

The Course + Obstacles

PictureJosh and The Hubbo in front of the starting line!
The course was fairly flat with a few inclines and one bridge. We did have to go down some stairs at one point but I'm assuming that was one of the "urban obstacles" the race put in there.

Let's just talk about these urban obstacles. When we signed up for the race we were so excited about doing a double race day and the fact that the second race was a fun race with costumes I totally ignored those two little words...Urban Obstacles.

Turns out, it was a series of fun little challenges around downtown Tulsa that you had to get through to finish the race. Lindsay, Mindy, and I spent most of the run laughing so hard we barely ran! The Hubbo ran with our buddy Josh and tried to catch the official Elote's Luchadors. The official luchadors had a 5 minute head start and a flag. So not only was this an obstacle race, it was a capture the flag game too. Josh was fast enough and actually caught one!  

I tried to get pictures of as many obstacles as I could, but I was kinda busy, running, laughing, navigating obstacles, and laughing. 

One of the first obstacles we had to negotiate was the Green Country Roller Derby girls hitting the runners with foam bats as you ran by. Hilarious and Scary! 

Here are the obstacles I did get pictures of...

For this obstacle we had to ride a little square scooter board thingy about 15 or 20 feet to then get in line to make a goal in Frisbee golf. In other news, I suck at Frisbee golf!
This obstacle was only for those who were 21+ because it was JELLO SHOT TIME! Warm jello shots are not good by the way...
Tire crawl obstacle.
This was a water stop and obstacle combined. While navigating the kegs they were handing out shots of water in tiny little shot glasses. Stay hydrated!
Limbo! This is surprisingly difficult with a cape on.
The very last obstacle was right at the finish line and you had to run through a smaller Luchador wrestling ring and get by to Luchadors. Hilarious!
This was the BEST 5K I've ever participated in! Not because I got a PR, because I didn't, but because I was having such a good time hanging out with my friends. 
The race gave out age group awards but put a funny spin on them. They gave out "trophies" that were dressed up like tiny luchadors but instead of calling them First Place, Second Place, Third Place they had funny names such as "Not Last Place". I think they were old soccer trophies that someone jazzed up with some superglue! 

After the race we all stuck around and enjoyed our Nachos and beer that came with our registration fee. We watched the Elote's Luchadors wrestle and then we went inside to hydrate. By hydrate I mean, take shots. Can you guess which one of these is mine? 

Hint! I don't like Jagermeister. 

Question! Have you ever made your own costume for a race?

Hello Running Buddies! How has your running or training been going? 

Yesterday The Hubbo and my P-Town friends ran a fun little 5K here in Tulsa called the Goo Run.  

The Goo run is exactly what it sounds like. A messy gooey fun 5K. It is a traveling fun 5K similar to Warrior Dash or the Color Run. You can see where they will be next by clicking here. It's a little expensive for a 5k, so sign up early or follow them on Facebook to see the discount codes they put out frequently.

Have you ever signed up for a race with your friends months in advance and at the time you thought "Oh yeah, let's do this race, it will be fun!" and then the day of the race you wonder what the hell you were thinking? Or maybe you thought to yourself "Was I drinking when I agreed to this?" No? Just me? Weird. 

Well at first when my friends mentioned doing the Goo Run I was all like...

I thought sure! A messy 5K sounds like a great idea!
Then we showed up to the event and it was cold and windy and then I was all....
The Goo was all slimy and green and I thought it was going to be super cold but it wasn't too bad. 

Plus, in this 5K you got a shirt and a "medal" when you crossed the finish line. I use the term medal loosely though. 
This was me before the race. I have no idea what The Hubbo and I were thinking but we showed up to run this 5K and the temps were in the low 40s with some strong wind coming from the North. It was way too cold for shorts! 

Also - I realize I'm being a total rookie here and 1. I'm wearing the shirt from the event and 2. It's cotton.

This is the before photo. We look all nice and excited and clean.

That didn't last long.

The fun run started 15 minutes before the 5K and the 5K runners got to shoot Goo all over the fun runners. It was messy and people were shooting Goo all over. I was a total chicken and tried to avoid the pre-run Goo even though I knew in less than 15 minutes I'd be covered in it.

Here we are after the race.

We ran through a Goo waterfall at the very beginning and the very end. We ran through 5 Goo stations where volunteers were shooting Goo directly at us.  We got lucky on one of the Goo stations and ran by without getting hit because the volunteers had to reload their Goo guns. 
The Hubbo ran most of the race alone and us girls hung back and made inappropriate comments during the 3 mile run. Because we are mature and all. I'm sure you can imagine so I won't go into detail. 

PictureGoo Run Medal 2014
Here are the "medals" from the Goo Run.
They are kinda cool and unique but since they are plastic with Goo inside of them, I suspect that in a few years the Goo will be dried up or turn brown or something not as pretty as right now.

Tips for the Goo Run 5K

Here are a few tips to help you have the most fun possible at the Goo run. 

  1. Bring friends! This was way more fun with my friends than it would have been had I done it alone. Plus, people that you just met may not appreciate your hilarious yet inappropriate comments. :) 
  2. Wear a "clean" layer of clothing. And by that I mean, were a pair of shorts and a tank top as a base layer that won't get exposed to the Goo. There weren't any changing areas or showers so we had to strip down as much as possible in the parking lot before we got into the car. Bring plenty of towels. 
  3. Wipe the Goo off as soon as possible. The stuff is made out of a jelly silicon like substance and when it dries on your skin it cracks and kinda hurts.
  4. Take Pictures! You'll want proof that you were able to tolerate a crazy, silly, mess to show off to all your friends and make them totally jealous that they aren't as cool as you.
  5. Don't wear your good running shoes/clothes. We had to wash our clothes twice and our running shoes three times. I wore an old pair of shoes, but the Hubbo wore his good pair. Luckily everything did come out clean.
  6. Wear a hat! It's almost impossible to get Goo out of long hair. So you may want to cover it up. I wish I had, but it's too late now. I'll be pulling Goo out of my long Ginger locks for weeks! 
  7. Wear sunglasses. They Goo volunteers found it to be a personal challenge that if you covered your face while running through a Goo station, that is exactly where they wanted to hit you with Goo. So wear some sunglasses to protect your eyes. 
  8. Check out parking before the event. They charged $10 for parking if you parked in the parking lot adjacent to the starting line, but if we parked across the street, it was free.

Leave a comment! Have you done the Goo Run? What messy/fun runs have you been a part of?

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!
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

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

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

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

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

(Race Recap Coming Soon!)

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

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

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

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

Tulsa Run
Tulsa, OK
October 2014
Medal - Yes

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

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

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?

Lindsay, Mindy, Me, and The Hubbo
It's been a full week since the Hubbo and I ran in the Route 66 Marathon here in Tulsa. (I was a slacker and only ran the half, he was awesome and ran the full) We took this entire week off to allow our legs to recover and decided to re-enter the running routine with a fun 5k, the Dye Hard Fan Dash!  

The DHFD is a locally organized color run with a fun twist. It's a family friendly event that encourages runners to come out and support their favorite Oklahoma college football team, whether it be the University of Oklahoma - Boomer Sooner! Oklahoma State University - Go Pokes! or the University of Tulsa - Go Cane! Or you can be totally neutral like The Hubbo and just run for fun. I chose to support OSU. (Go Pokes!) No, I didn't go to OSU, but I do have a lot of friends and family who did, so I figured it would make for fewer awkward conversations when they asked which side I was on. It's all about PR people!

I'm already pretty excited about the next Dye Hard Fan Dash. My friend Josh, who is a co-race director, said the next race is scheduled to take place in August and happen at night, which should be pretty awesome and a perfect way to kick off college football season. 

Me & The Hubbo Celebrating his 4th Place Finish
The race started and ended at Guthrie Green, a new urban garden and performance park in the Brady Arts District of downtown Tulsa. 

The race had a costume contest, a chili cook-off, music, tailgating, beer, and lots of color flying in the air. This was the first year for the race but it still had a pretty good turnout. 
I don't know why I look so clean in this picture, but I still had color on me this morning when I woke up!

My BFF's from High School, Lindsay and Mindy, came down and ran this race too! Even though the event was untimed, Lindsay and Mindy were able to get a 5K PR of 32 minutes! So proud of them! The course was actually kind of tough for a 5k, we had at least 3 decent sized hills. And you all know I think hills are stupid! I'm also proud because the Hubbo came in 4th overall in the race! His 4th place finish comes just one week after getting a 20+ minute PR in a marathon a week earlier! Such a bad-ass!  

Mindy, The Hubbo and I. SHOTS!
Mindy's birthday was a few days before the race so of course we had to go out and grab a drink or two to celebrate. We started out at McNellie's and ended up at Caz's which has the most awesome bathroom wall graffiti ever. Seriously, I could spend at least 4 hours and 27 minutes in there just reading all the crazy quips you drunk people have put up in there. If you are ever looking for a bar in Tulsa with amazing bathroom graffiti art, Caz's is your place! 

Speaking of being a bad-ass, I'm totally not ashamed of this picture. If you look closely you can see 3 Jager shots for Lindsay, Mindy, and the Hubbo and  then there is me. Just holding my ah-mazing lemon drop shot! 
Happy Birthday Mindy! 

Route 66 Marathon Medals
It's really hard to believe that Route 66 Marathon weekend has come and gone already. It went so fast and even though it's Tuesday night now, I'm still tired and sore and THAT'S how you know you had a good weekend! I probably took about 1 million pictures this weekend, most of which you'll get to see here, to help me remember this awesome race weekend. Let's start at the beginning, shall we? I still can't feel my feet..

Last Friday Night 

Route 66 5K Medal 2013
The Hubbo and I heard that the Route 66 5k was taking place on the Saturday before the big race and this year would be the first year that all 5k finishers would get a medal. OMG! You all know that we'll pretty much do anything for a medal because we are ridiculously addicted to bling. Seriously, is there a 12-Step program for this? We may need it someday. 
On Friday night we had to go to the Expo to pick up our race packet. We weren't able to get there until about 6:45 but we picked up our stuff and checked out the expo. It wasn't very busy but there was a lot of cool stuff to check out. I was most interested in getting to meet the T-Rex Runner who had a booth at the expo promoting her new company. When we got there, this happened...

This is my sad face because TRex wasn't there!
Of course I failed to pay attention to her Expo schedule because I was entirely too lazy to read it, so she wasn't there when we showed up. 
::Insert Sad Music Here::
But I decided to tweet her this picture with "Oh no! No @thetrexrunner here! #WheresTrex" and she replied! A few tweets later and this happened....
Me aka RunGingerRun, Steven Yee aka The Prez, and Danielle aka T-Rex Runner
Yup! That is me, T-Rex runner and Steven Yee aka the Prez of Marathon Maniacs hanging outside of a local bar just after we all had a beer! Totally made my weekend! 

Saturday 5K and Mascot Dash

Excuse me, Red coat guy, can you move? I'm trying to take a picture for my blog!
Some people told us we were crazy for doing the 5K the day before we ran a Half and Full marathon, but we played it smart. We basically just used this as a warm up or shake out run and didn't even try to race. I think we finished it in just over 34 minutes. It was a good practice run actually because we've had such nice weather here in Tulsa I haven't even had to run in the bitter cold yet! 
The Mascot Dash took place after the 5K and was fun! It was short and sweet which was nice because it was so cold out there. I still can't feel my feet! We had about a dozen or so mascots lined up for the dash, a hot dog, a banana, a cowboy, T-Rex Runner, The ORU Eagle and more that I was too cold to remember. 
Oh #NBD just two Gingers and one is in a banana costume. Totally normal.
The space blanket sarong! Keeps you warm and fashionable during the Mascot Dash!

Sunday! The BIG day! 

On Sunday morning, 9,000 of my running buddies and I braved the frigid temperature to run in the Route 66 Marathon here in Tulsa. This was the coldest run I've been a part of which was horrible and awesome at the same time. The temp was in the low 20's with a wind chill in the mid teens. Cold! At least the sunrise was beautiful! I still can't feel my feet...

More awesome runner fashion in plastic bags!
About an hour before the race we met up with these crazy cats and hung out in Lesley's office which wasn't too far from the starting line. We bundled up in our super high fashion trash bags and ponchos and walked our way down to the freezing cold corral where we took this picture. The Hubbo and I both had a goal to get a PR in this race so we said goodbye to our buddies and found our spot next to a pace group. 
Route 66 Half Marathon Medal and Bib 2013
Since this was Half Marathon number 6, I was super serious about this PR business. I decided to start out with the 2:20 pace group knowing that at some point I was going to have to ditch them to finish under 2:18. And that is exactly what I did. At mile 6 I noticed that I kept holding myself back to make sure I was sticking with the 2:20 pacer, and then about a half mile later, I thought to myself that it was crazy I was holding myself back when I was half way done with the race. So I took off and finished the race in 2:16:56 with a 2 minute and 11 second PR! 

                 So what about the course? What was it like? Was it hilly?

The course did have a few hills, but still, nothing compared to the two I faced in San Fran last month. So to me, this course felt easier, but to a lot of people this was a pretty hilly course, so you have to take my opinion with a grain of salt. 
Also, the course had a few ice patches on it because of the cold temps! The race did a great job of marking the areas and even putting sand on it to help the runners avoid injury. I did like the fact that we had a shorter out-and-back on the river. Mentally it was easier to do 3 miles this year versus the 6 miles last year. 

Sunday was a day for PRs for the RunGingerRun house!
The Hubbo got a PR in the Full with a time of 4:27:58! He took over 20 minutes off his previous Full Marathon PR! Great job Hubbo! 

Here's the Hubbo, not wearing a lot of clothes on a super cold day just finishing a marathon!
My Garmin Time for the Route 66 Half
The Hubbo's Garmin Time for the Route 66 Full

Race Highlights

Steve and The Ginger
I never thought that when I started this blog that people would...
1. Read it.
2. Recognize me from it.
3. Want to take a picture with me.
But this weekend proved I was wrong and this happened!
About half a mile into the race a Twitter follower of mine tapped me on the shoulder and said hi and that he follows me on Twitter! Hi Tom!
That totally made my day. Then I had just crossed the finish line and Steve yelled out to me and wanted to take a pic with me so he could tell his wife he met someone "famous" today! LOL I don't feel famous but it was super fun to meet both of these guys and to take a pic with Steve. Thanks for the awesome pic! Totally made my day!

Race Complaints

I know that when you organize a race as big as this, not everything is going to go 100% perfect. I'm still very happy and satisfied with everything and will be doing this race again next year. There were a few things that just didn't work out perfectly though.
  • The race medal and ribbon have the wrong dates on them. The medal has Saturday's date not Sunday's date and the ribbon as 2012 instead of 2013. Weird.
  • The Tracking App didn't work for everyone. It worked OK for me, but some had trouble with it.
  • Some things like the website, tracking app, and others still said 2012 on it.
  • Probably the biggest problem was that some people had thought they had registered for either the half or full, traveled all the way to Tulsa only to find out their registrations were no where to be found. So sad and frustrating being as registration was already closed. Please keep your race registration confirmation emails so this won't happen to you!

One last picture for good measure. You can't have too many pics, right?

Race Bibs from the Route 66 2013 5k, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon 2013