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?

6.5 Inch Medal
New Years Day is typically spent relaxing at home, recovering from the night before, planning out goals or starting a new years resolution for a lot of people. For the Ginger Kids, we did something different this year. What did we do? We jumped in pools. No big deal! 

On New Years Day the Hubbo and I and some of our equally insane friends decided to get a little crazy. And by a little crazy I really mean ridiculously cold!  We ran a little 2 mile race put on by TATUR called the Polar Bear Plunge here in Tulsa. 

We heard about this race from our Ginger Friend Mike who did it on NYD 2013. Unfortunately, the Hubbo and I were out of town so we couldn't join him then, but we knew that we'd do it this year! We even managed to convince our friends, Amber, Jochen, Lindsay, Sean, and Mindy to join us. I'm pretty sure after they jumped into that first frigid pool, we were removed from their Christmas card list! :) Love you guys! 

This race is unlike any I've ever participated in. Here's how it works:
3 Pools. 2 Miles. 1 Medal. 
They have 2 heats. (Heat may be the wrong word for this being as we were jumping into ice cold water) They have a 1:00pm and 1:30pm start time. You know, so you don't have to get up too early if you are hung over. Well played, TATUR, well played! 

The race is a total of 2 miles. You run the first 1.25 miles on a mostly concrete trail on the west side of Tulsa. Then you jump in a series of 3 pools (yes you have to jump into cold water more than once!) and on the third and final pool you have to retrieve your giant medal from the bottom! (How twisted is that!?!) Plus, floating in the third pool are all kinds of frosty adult beverages you can pick up and take with you to the finish line. You know, to help you warm up...

The first mile is the longest mile ever! It could be that I haven't ran in a while, or that I was running in water socks, or the adrenaline from knowing I had to jump into 3 ice cold pools, but either way it took forever! 

Jochen and The Hubbo ran together and Amber and I ran together in the first heat. Lindsay, Mindy and Sean were in the second heat. 

When Amber and I got to the first pool I was surprised to see that no one was hesitating to jump in, so off we went, holding hands and feet first! Holy freaking cow on a cracker! That was the biggest shock ever! I came up for air and I could not breathe! I was trying really hard but the water was so cold and I was in shock. The swim across the pool to get out must have been like 400 yards or something because it felt like it took forever! I managed to get out and so did Amber so off we went to pool number 2! (See pics below for hilarious shot of Amber and I getting out of the first pool)

On the way to pool number 2, everything feels really weird. You're super cold but kinda warm, you can't feel parts of your body, your clothes are all bunched up in weird places they shouldn't be, and you slowly get your ability to breathe back. And just when you start to feel normal, it's time to jump in again! Ugh!
The second pool people were a little more hesitant but not too bad. I dove in head first into this one so that I would have more momentum to get my to the other end of the pool faster because swimming in water socks is harder than I thought it would be. I felt like I had bricks on my feet. 

After pool number 2, we both had to walk a bit for a breathing break and make sure we still had our clothing all situated because you can't feel it and it feels like your pants are falling off, you shirt is coming up, and your underpants are creepin' up! Trust me, it's weird. 

When we got to pool number 3, I was dreading it. I hesitated a little bit because I had to come up with a strategy. We knew ahead of time that we had to get our medals from the bottom of the pool and this one was the deepest one of them all. Amber jumped in to go to the bottom at the deep end because there were a lot of medals down there. I decided to dive in and try for one 
in the middle. We both ended up getting a medal from the shallow end and I actually picked up two medals by accident. I have no idea why I didn't just drop it and let someone else work to pick it up, but in my mind at the time I was trying to be nice and hand it to someone. By being nice to someone else, I was torturing myself by just standing there forever in the cold water because everyone was so focused on finding a medal they couldn't hear me trying to hand it to them. The volunteer even asked me if I was just going to stand there all day and hand out medals? Really I think he was saying..."Get out of the pool you moron!" Finally I just handed it to some girl and I got out. 

We had our medals and we took off for the finish line which was probably .1 mile away from the last pool. Amber and I finished together and our time was 30:16. Probably would have come in under 30 minutes if I didn't try to hand out medals in the 3rd pool like an idiot and freeze my ass off. 

A lot of people said we were crazy for doing this. I don't disagree with them at all. It is a little crazy, but it was a lot of fun! (I can say that now that it's over and I'm warm.) We actually got kind of lucky and the temperature that day was in the 40s and sunny! Last year, we heard that it was 30 degrees with snow flurries! Yikes! 

Special Ginger Shout Out to Mike! Thanks for being the Ginger Kid race photographer! Loved the pics!  

Polar Bear Plunge Recap in Pictures

Jochen, Amber, Me, and the Hubbo. Before the race when we had no idea what torture we were about to endure.
And we are off! Still clueless...
The Hubbo is about to find out...
Amber and I found out...we didn't like it!
Pretty sure Amber and I are both saying nothing but nice words in this picture! :) #OhHellNo
Seconds after this picture was taken, Lindsay told me how much she "loved" me! You know, the 4 letter kind of love that starts with an F and ends with a You!
Mindy showing everyone how cozy the fire is!
The Hubbo and I after the race. #WetHairDontCare

Tips for the Polar Bear Plunge!

  • Wear as little clothing as possible
  • Keep Moving
  • Bring a change of dry clothes and shoes
  • Bring a towel
  • Bring a friend or two

                                      Leave a comment! 
Would you do a race like this? Or a Polar Bear Plunge? 

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! 

Have you ever tried to run in a Rubik’s Cube? I’m guessing most people haven’t had the pleasure. It’s not easy. Trust me! Recently my husband Donovan, my friend Amber, and I participated in an un-timed fun run. That 1.5 miles almost felt like a half marathon! My legs were burning, it was hot, and the cube kept hitting me in the throat! I thought my dreams of running a marathon in three weeks might all vanish. One wrong step in a Rubik’s Cube could have turned a fun run into a horror story real fast. But it was all worth it and no one got hurt. We actually had a great time.

The running store that we train with hosted the event and not only was it a fun run, it was a costume contest as well. With the help of all of our Facebook friends and family we won! So if you were one of the 218 votes we received; THANK YOU! We couldn't have done it without you! We aren't sure what we won yet, but who doesn't like a little friendly competition?

Donovan and I love Halloween. We dress up every year. We had a great time planning for this run. We discussed several options of running themed couple costumes before deciding on the Rubik’s Cube, which were handmade by Donovan.

Here are some of the ones we discussed:
Cop + Robber
Headless Horseman + Jack-o-lantern
Mouse + Cheese
Finish Line + Runner
Mario Kart + Bullet Bill

Let me know what your favorite running costume is! I can't wait to see all the costumes in the Route 66 Marathon in a few weeks!