Every Saturday morning, the Hubbo and I get up freakishly early for our long training run with our group. We are currently training for the Honolulu Marathon in December so I guess it's all worth it. Just kidding! It totally is!  This weekend on my long run I was thinking about my morning routine and realized I've never blogged about it. So here we are. Here's my rundown (ha!) of my Friday/Saturday routine for our long training run. 

Friday Night

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My long run preparation really starts on Friday night. As soon as I get home from work I start a load of laundry (boring!) of all our running gear we might want to wear the next day.
Then I start laying out all of the gear that doesn't need to be washed into a pile so it will all be in one place and easy to find. You know, because at 4:45 in the morning you resemble drunken zombie more-so than peppy runner! 

Here's a run down of everything I do Friday night:
Lay out the right pair of running shoes. 
Put my Garmin on the charger. If you didn't record your run with your Garmin, it doesn't count!
Find my running belt because I clearly haven't seen it in a week and there is no telling where that thing ended up. Behind the TV? Oh perfect place for it! 
Stuff  said running belt with my fuel, ENERGYbits, and my car key. 
Once the load of laundry is done, get all running clothes out of the dryer, throw them into a pile on the floor next to my shoes. (So adult of me, I know!) 
Spend 10 minutes trying to find a pair of matching running socks because the dryer likes to play tricks on you and they are never easy to find.
Foam roll while checking the Social Medias.
Eat dinner and try to be in bed by 10:00.
10:30 tell Hubbo we should go to bed.
11:00 finally in bed trying to sleep.

Saturday Morning

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4:45 AM - Alarm Goes Off. Hit Snooze.
5:00 AM - Force Myself Out of Bed.
5:01 AM - Zombie-like Stagger to Kitchen
Make oatmeal. While oatmeal is cooking, eat a banana. 
5:07 Bathroom - Brush Teeth and put my hair up. 
5:12 Eat cooled off oatmeal and post to twitter it's time for a training run. 
5:15 - While eating oatmeal, tape feet, get dressed and put on shoes. (Remember this step. It's important for later.) 
5:30 - Wonder why it took you so long to get dressed and start to hurry with the rest of the routine.
5:31 - Foam Roll legs, calf muscles, and trigger point roll feet.
5:45 - Put shoes back on because I am dumb in the morning and put them on before I rolled my feet out. 
5:50 - Grab all my gear, water, and take my first serving of ENERGYbits, and I get in the car. 
5:50 - 6:00 The Hubbo drives to the store where we meet up with our group and I try to stay awake. 
6:00 - 6:15 Time for one more quick bathroom break, talk to half asleep runners, and try not to fall asleep myself. 
6:15 - Run! Also - promise myself that as soon as I get home, I'll take a nap.
Later that day- No naps taken. 

Leave a Comment! What's your routine like? How early do you get up  before your run?

 
 
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We did it! We finished our first 50K! We were excited about the race but we were even more excited about the finish line. Last weekend the Hubbo and I ran the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long 50K right here in Tulsa. I'm very proud of us for finishing considering our longest run for this training season was the weekend before and it was only 16 miles.  See below for my recap of the race.



Course - 5 Ginger Points. The course was really great for my first 50K. It was almost completely flat with only 1 hill. Unfortunately the 50K participants had to run 2 laps around the course so we saw that hill twice, but overall it was good. 

Entry Fee - 5 Ginger Points. The entry fee was minimal. For this race and all the extras that came with it, this was the perfect cost. We got a full meal at the Blue Rose Cafe after the race, 2 beers, a long sleeve tech shirt, and a finisher medal for around $50.

Participation - 3 Ginger Points. The 50K was limited to 50 entries. That made it for a lonely second lap after all the 25K racers were finished. But this is only the second year for the race so next year may be bigger.

Parking - 3 Ginger Points. There is a small parking lot at the start line which is great if you can get there early enough to find a spot, but if you don't you are left to find a spot in the residential area next to the river. We got there 45 minutes early and the parking lot was full. We had to park up a hill. Not fun to walk to after a 31 mile race.

Shirt - 4 Ginger Points. For the cost of the race we got a pretty nice shirt in our packet. It was a white long sleeve tech shirt. The only problem and reason for the point deduction is that it was a unisex men's tech shirt, so it runs a little big on the ladies.

Medal - 2 Ginger Points. Insert sad music here. For my first 50K, I was kind of sad when I saw the medal in person. It was much smaller than I was expecting. But for the price of the race I have to keep things in perspective. 

Expo - N/A 

Temperature - 4 Ginger Points. For January in Oklahoma, you never know what you are going to get. We got lucky. It started out around 40 degrees at the start of the race and warmed up to the mid 50's. The wind was light and we didn't get rained on. 

Overall Organization - 5 Ginger Points. The race was well put together. My only complaint was the bathroom situation. It was almost 9 miles into the race before the first bathroom was available. Then once you got to the bathroom there was a long line. Other than that I think the race was very well put together. I'd do it again, well maybe the 25K next time. 

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I wasn't kidding when I said I was excited to see the finish line. Here is a race volunteer giving us a high-five as we finished.

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We were lucky to have our very own support team come out to cheer us on. My Mother-in-Law, Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, his Wife, and their dog, Sherman, all came out to cheer us on. They even made some really funny signs! 
We even saw our good friends Beth and Tyler come out to cheer us on during the run. 

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My awesome Hubbo made a bib for me to wear on my back to remind me of my mantra for this race. All I had to do was Keep Going. I got a lot of compliments and kudos for this. Good job Hubbo! 

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Now we are recovering this week. The only thing I really need to do, is to decide if we are going to buy 50k stickers or Ultra stickers for our cars. Decisions. Decisions. 

 
 
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People say running gives them time to think. They say it gives them time to clear their head. Well running does give you time to think. It just doesn’t give you a lot of time to think clearly. That is because running makes you dumb. When I’m running a long distance, the last thing I can do is put a complex and cohesive thought together. You could ask me my own name and there will be a long awkard pause before I spit out my own name and if I'm lucky, I'll give you my real name, not my fake name that I use when I meet a creepy guy at a bar. The picture to left is exactly how my thought process goes on a long run. 

 Here are some of my random thoughts from my 18 mile run this Saturday...

Oh what a cute dog! I mean Cat. Crap, that’s a squirrel. Well my dog is probably sleeping on the couch right now. Jealous!

That red straw on the ground looks like candy. I want Twizzlers. And cookies. And beer. Ugh, if I eat cookies right now, I’ll puke. Puke and Rally!

That group of runners heading towards us looks like a pack of zombies. What if they are zombies? Can zombies run? Can I run faster than a zombie? (I blame that last one on my husband and his obsession with zombies.)

That house is cute. I wonder if they can hear us? I wonder if a running group has ever ran by my house and I had no idea? That’s creepy.

What are some of your random thoughts you have while running?

Photo from www.rwdaly.runnersworld.com.