Picture2014 Route 66 Marathon Medal
Before we get too deep into my Route 66 Marathon recap, I won't keep you waiting to see if I reached my goal of a PR and a 4:45 marathon. 

Nope! It didn't happen and that's ok. 

I will say that while I'm a little bummed I didn't get a PR, I know that sometimes you win some and you lose some. This was just not my day and that's how it worked out this time. It just means that there will be another time and another race worthy of a PR! 

I don't regret sharing with my blog buddies what my goal was, albeit an ambitious one. For me, sharing my goal with you all made it real and it made it a solidified plan in my mind and it made it feel doable. I received so much love and encouragement on social medial from all  my fellow BibRave buddies and everyone else before and after the race and that was totally amazing and worth every painful step! My recap below will bring you on the adventure of marathon #5. 

The Bling

PictureRoute 66 2014 Medals
I ALWAYS start with the bling because it's my favorite part of any race and since this is my hometown race, I was able to collect a lot of it this weekend.  Between the Hubbo and I, we bought home 8 pieces of bling and 10 shirts! 

Starting on the top row on the left is my 5K medal. These are a definite improvement from last yeas's 5k medal. It's about the size of my palm! 
The next medal on the top is my Marathon Maniacs medal for finishing the full. This is another cool feature of this race. If you are a Half Fanatic, Marathon Maniac, or 50 State runner, and if you register in time, you can get a special medal that shows your club affiliation! The leaves on the outside of medal actually spin which is a cool feature of this large medal! 

The smaller coin on the bottom row is my volunteer coin for helping out at the Expo on Friday. I took a shift of handing out bibs and a shift of handing out shirts and had a blast meeting most of the runners! 

The red and blue coin in this picture is my coin for completing the Center of The Universe Detour. Two years ago when I ran this marathon for the first time the CoU detour was around mile 17, but this time it was after mile 25 and I love that they moved it! 


The Center of The Universe Detour

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One of the little extra things that makes this race special is the optional detour that runners can take around mile 25.5. If you want to, you can elect to run up to the Center of The Universe which is famously located here in Tulsa and if you do, you get an extra coin and you get the bragging rights of running the World's Shortest Ultra, a 26.5 mile  race! 

The CoU is an architectural anomaly that is a cement circle and if you stand in the middle of it and talk normal, your voice will echo all around you, but those outside the circle can't hear the echos! I've done it before and it's kinda crazy! 

Technically, I've ran more ultra marathons than I've ran regular marathons since 3 of my marathons have been over 26.2 miles. According to some runner's opinion, an ultra is typically a minimum of 50K and up and I've only ran one of those. 

The Course

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It's no secret that this course isn't flat. Most people will describe it as challenging but not impossible. It definitely has a lot of rolling hills because that is how most of Tulsa is built. It is a course you can PR on and BQ but you have to work for it. You have to train for some rolling hills if you are going to do this race. 
The course also shows off some of best parts of Tulsa including Cherry Street, Brookside, Midtown, TU, and Downtown Tulsa all in one race. It's definitely a good representation of our city. 

The Expo

PictureBart Yasso at Route 66 2014
This expo is one of my favorite expos of any race I've been to. I've been to OKC, Garmin, Little Rock, and a few others and this one is still my favorite. I even volunteered at the Expo on Friday handing out bibs and then shirts. 
This expo is in a space that is big enough to roam around and it's not crowded at all. There are also plenty of vendors there from races, to Addaday, to KINDBars, to many others. 
They also have extras that make this race special, like Bart Yasso speaking at the Expo, a Blogger's Panel which yours truly got to be a part of this year, and they even collected old running shoes to donate this year. 

My Experience

PictureThe Hubbo and I in our matching Maniac Shirts!
I knew when the Hubbo and I completed the 5k on Saturday that the marathon was going to be a little hotter and harder than I would like. I think I say this in EVERY SINGLE BLOG post, but I'm not a hot weather runner. I'll take 30 degrees over 60 degrees any day! Especially a race day. On Sunday before we even got to the starting line it was 58* and 93% humidity. Not good for this Ginger. Some people thrive in this type of weather and that's good. Everyone has a different ideal race temps. But from what I heard from my running buddies, it was a tough day for everyone. 

Looking back, I really should have realigned my race goals and started with the 5:00 hour pacer, but I decided to go with my original plan of going with the 4:45 pacer and shoot for the best I could do.
I managed to hang with that pace for 10 miles, but around mile 4, I was completely drenched in sweat and knew I wouldn't be able to hang for another 22.5 miles at that pace. 

Around mile 10 at a water stop my running buddy Tara and I left the pacer and our other friends Roy and Paul and decided to slow it down. That was good for a while then we started doing run walk intervals. At mile 20 Tara was ready to run it in so we parted ways. Around mile 21 I started getting cramps in my foot and my right quad. They would literally stop me in my tracks and I'd have to sit down on the curb to stretch them out before I could keep walking.  It was not cute. 
I was hunched over on a curb stretching and a fellow maniac came upon me and asked if I was alright, I let him know I was fine just battling some fun cramps. He told me he couldn't tell if I was stretching or curled up in a ball crying on the side of the road. Looking back, it must have totally looked like I was curled up in an upright fetal position when he came up on me. Also, not cute! 

I managed to limp my way through miles 21-23 and somewhere after that I ran into my running buddy Amber. We had lost each other around mile 4. I have never been so happy to see someone I knew in a race! I just needed someone to help me take my mind off the pain.
Not only was I dealing with the cramps but my feet hurt like hell! I'd stop to walk because I was hot or cramping and all the blood would drain down in my feet until it was too painful to walk. The only thing that helped that feeling go away was to run, but every time I ran, I'd get a cramp. It was a vicious cycle. My feet even got numb and tingly at one point. Again, not cute! 
We managed to run/walk our way to the finish line.
Despite all the heat, humidity, hills, cramping, walking, and stopping to stretch I managed to run my 2nd fastest marathon in 5:43:20. 

More Pics from Route 66

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My running buddy and fellow Okie, Tom, took this photo around mile 14ish. Look at how wet my hair is with sweat and how red my face is! That should tell you that it was a warm one for me! 

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Roy, Paul, Tara and I in the corral and ready to go! 
I saw so many people over dressed for this race. So many turtle necks on under singlets, so many long tights and running jackets and gloves. My running club subscribes to the saying "dress like it is 20* warmer than what the temperature says."
So if the temp is 57* outside, dress like it is 77* outside. I wouldn't be wearing a running jacket, and gloves when it's almost 80*! 

Questions! Have you ever gone for a PR and Missed it? 
Does your hometown race have any fun "extras" like the Route 66 Detour?

 
 
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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 

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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...

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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....
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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

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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. 
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Oh #NBD just two Gingers and one is in a banana costume. Totally normal.
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The space blanket sarong! Keeps you warm and fashionable during the Mascot Dash!

Sunday! The BIG day! 

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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...


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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. 
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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! 

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

Race Highlights

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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?

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Race Bibs from the Route 66 2013 5k, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon 2013
 
 
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This weekend the Hubbo, Amber, and I ventured over to a  neighboring state to run the Little Rock Marathon.  The Hubbo and I finished our fourth marathon while Amber finished her second. We had fun, got a huge medal, and conquered a crazy hill. 

Let's get down to business and find out how the Little Rock Marathon did on the RunGingerRunBlog Grading scale.

Course - 4 Ginger Points The majority of the course was really great. The first half is actually really flat and scenic, but (there's always a but) there was a LONG stretch up Kavanaugh hill. I promise this hill must have been 3 miles. There was a long out and back stretch which I was happy to see after that hill, but that happiness quickly faded the longer I ran down a long straight stretch.

Entry Fee - 4 Ginger Points We didn't register as early as we could have so we probably could have saved some $, but the fee was $95. Considering the HUGE medal (see pics below) and that they offer a post-race party with a full meal and entertainment makes it worth it to me.

Participation - 4 Ginger Points The marathon had 2,447 marathon finishers and 4,404 half marathon finishers. The only reason I didn't give it 5 Ginger Points is because the marathon sold out 2 months before race day. That shows you how high the demand is for this race. So if you want to do it next year, register early! 

Parking - N/A - I took the trolley from my hotel to the race so I didn't have to worry about parking. 

Shirt - 3 Ginger Points ::Insert Sad Music Here:: I was not impressed with the shirt. It was a tech shirt so the material was good, but the color was a dark burgundy color with the race logo on it. The colors just didn't do much for me. Also by the time we finished the race they were out of finishers T-shirts in our size to purchase. On the bright side, the finisher shirts were only $10. That's not a bad price.

Medal - 5 Ginger Points This. Thing. Is. Huge. Enough said.

Expo - 3 Ginger Points The expo was okay. It was in a room that was a little too small so it was pretty cramped. I wanted to spend more time shopping but the volume of people in every booth made it hard to do that. Also the number of vendors seemed kind of low. They did have good representation from other Marathons. 

Temperature - 5 Ginger Points We got really lucky on race day. The temps started out in the high 20's and climbed to the low 50's. The day before the marathon there were snow flurries in Little Rock. The day after the marathon it was really cloudy and overcast. 

Overall Organization - 5 Ginger Points This race is organized by the CIC or the Chicks in Charge. They put on a great race overall. There was tons of great support along the course, there were plenty of bathrooms, the medals are awesome, and everyone seemed to have a great time.

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Now that you've read the race recap portion of this blog post, let's talk about the shenanigan's of the 3 Ginger Kids who drove to Arkansas to run 26.2 miles.

Here is The Hubbo, Amber, and myself standing next to the Arkansas sign just to prove to people we actually made it there.

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The day we were leaving to drive to Arkansas I couldn't sleep. In fact, my alarm was set to go off at 7:30 and I ended up waking up at 4:45. So what do you do when you can't sleep the day before your race? Paint your nails to match your compression socks! Duh!

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Here we are at the Expo with our bibs. This is probably the only picture where I am taller than the Hubbo. I will cherish it forever.

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I was so excited to see mile 20 I had to take a picture. This was on the first part of the out-and-back about a mile or so before we got to turn around to head back.

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And this is where we got to turn around! I was even more excited to see this sign. This meant that the race was in the final stretch. I was headed to the finish line. This race was difficult for me. I've been battling some foot problems that started bothering me at mile 6. The few days before the race I was on the verge of getting sick and battling headaches and nausea. At mile 9 I got nauseated again. But I made it!

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We finished! Look at how big this medal is! It weighs almost 3lbs. Crazy. How in the world am I going to display this one? 

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Last picture, I promise! I had to take a picture of this medal next to something that people would recognize so you can see the true size of this thing. The cool thing about the Little Rock marathon is that the medals are different every year and they get a little bit bigger each year too.
Amber is already talking about doing it again next year. I told her to ask me about it when I'm not still sore and paying the chiropractor bills for my foot problems! 

 
 
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Photo from Pro Compression.
Do you need or want some new compression socks? They can get kind of expensive and if you want to collect a few different colors that can really add up quick! Here at RunGingerRunBlog we love a good deal on running gear! Luckily one of my favorite readers, Debbie, passed on this great deal on Pro Compression Socks.

You can get 40% off a pair which usually runs $50. So if my math is correct, you pay $30. That sounds like a good deal to me, so I sent the Hubbo a link today and gave him a hint for my Valentine's Day Gift. He wasn't as excited as I was. 

Here's the deal. Click here to go directly to their website to order. You also can get Free Shipping. It looks like the website says to allow for 2 weeks for delivery.  Discount ends on February 18th. 

Here are more details about the socks.

All Marathon Socks feature: 
• Compression technology to help improve blood flow 
• Non-slip design 
• A blend of materials for comfort & support 
• Moisture Control 

I have a pair of lime green and now I'm about to order a black pair. 

What color socks do you like to wear in your races? 

 
 
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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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Photo from Little Rock Marathon's FB Page.
I like socks. I like monkeys. I really like sock monkeys. But I'm even more excited about this huge medal we will be racing for on March 3, 2013 at the Little Rock Marathon! The picture doesn't do the size of the medal justice. This thing is huge!
 
At the Route 66 Marathon expo, I had the opportunity to meet one of the CICs (Chicks in Charge) from the Little Rock Marathon and we talked about the medal for a bit. 

Fun facts about the Little Rock Marathon:
  • There is no time limit. They have the clock on for everyone.
  • Every finisher gets a medal. Even the 5K & 10K participants.
  • I hear they have an awesome after party later that night. 
  • The medal is bigger every year.
  • The Little Rock Half Marathon medal is bigger than the Boston Marathon Finisher Medal! 
Now if that doesn't make you add this race to your bucket list, I don't know what will!

There is not much that can beat having a huge medal for a race. Unless a race offers 2 medals! In December the Hubbo and I finished our second marathon, the Double Half Marathon aka the Half & Half Marathon here in Tulsa. A lot of times people ask why we run. Well let's be honest, medals are cool! We enjoy the running, and training for the races, we enjoy the races themselves, but we really like collecting something that we feel we really earned every step of the way. Today our second medal finally came in from the marathon we did in December. See the picture below. If you want to read more about how the race went click HERE

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The Hubbo has done a great job of finding cool ways to display our medals. This is what he did for our first marathon. 
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And here is what he did for our first three half marathons.
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What do you do with your medals after a race?
 
 
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I am afraid of a lot of things. Spiders give me the creeps. I'm afraid of the dark. Toddlers that stare at me with that blank awkward gaze totally freak me out. And I can't walk through a parking lot at night without thinking that everyone I see is going to try to steal my purse for the $4 in cash I have in it. Which is also why I usually carry my cell phone and car key in my pocket when I have to go to the store alone. Fact. 

A couple of days ago the Hubbo and I registered to run our first 50k. I had to Google to find out just how many miles that is. Google says a 50k is 31 miles. Just FYI. The race is right here in our own hometown of Tulsa. Bonus! No travel costs! It is called the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long. You can see the cute medal in the picture below. 

You may be wondering why we registered to run the race? Well, let's be honest. So am I. Here are some of the factors we considered when we decided to sign up.
  • The 25K was already on our schedule to run with our training group, so we would be spending the money anyway.
  • If and when we finish we will have met the Bronze criteria to apply to become a Marathon Maniac
  • We get a cool medal.
  • Who doesn't want to run 3 marathons in 90 days?
  • And last but not least, it would give me material to blog about. 


But really the deciding factor was the Maniacs thing. We are already Half Fanatics so we thought it would be fitting to join the Maniacs as well. 

And the truth of the matter is I really am terrified. This race is right in the middle of our training for our goal race; the Little Rock Full Marathon. So get this. We ran the Route 66 Marathon in November, took about a month off and then ran the Double Half Marathon in December. Started running again last week and now we have 3 weeks before our first 50K. Then we'll take one week off from the run to rest and then have about 7 weeks to continue our Little Rock training. It just seems crazy to me. It is totally taking me out of my element of my normal training routine. 

So I decided to come up with a race strategy and a mantra. My mantra is simple. Keep Going. That's it. That's all I have to do. Even if I have to walk some or a lot of it. I want to keep going. I want to finish. I want to join the crazies who call themselves Marathon Maniacs!

As for my race strategy, the jury is still out on that one. I'm thinking of either slowing my starting pace way down or doing intervals. I'm also currently taking suggestions. 

Be sure to come back in a few weeks to read my race recap of the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long 50K!

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Being as 2012 is coming to a close I have been looking back at how far I've come this year. I really didn't start running consistently until October 2011. Sure, I had done a few 5ks just for fun, but I certainly hadn't trained for them and they weren't pretty. I thought it would be good to show my progress on all my races I have completed since I completed my very first 5k in May 2010. 


Full Moon 5K - May 2010 - Tulsa - 41:53
Wish Lemons 5K March 2011 - Tulsa - 39:08
Full  Moon 5K - May 2011 - Tulsa - 39:54
Maple Ridge 5K - May 2011 - Tulsa - 38:15
Bedlam Run 5K - July 2011 - Tulsa - 44:14
Warrior Dash 5K - September 2011 - Tulsa - 1:02:54
Route 66 Marathon Relay - 11 Miles - November 2011 - No time recorded
Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long 10K - January 2012 - Tulsa - 1:02:50 (10K PR)
Sweatheart Run 10K - February 2012 - Tulsa - 1:03:52
Aquarium Run 13.1 - April 2012 - Tulsa - 2:19:07 (Half Marathon PR)
Oklahoma City Half Marathon 13.1 - April 2012 - Oklahoma City - 2:25:40
Joplin Memorial Run Half Marathon 13.1 - May 2012 - Joplin - 2:30:55
Kidney Classic 5K - June 2012 - Tulsa - 27:53 (5K PR) 
Warrior Dash 5K - June 2012 - Morris, OK - 54:09
Lederhosen Lauf 4 Mile Run - October 2012 - Tulsa - 39:11
Tulsa Run 15K - October 2012 - Tulsa - 1:45:29
McNellie's Pub Run 4 Mile Run - November 2012 - Tulsa - 42:56
Route 66 Marathon 26.5 - November 2012 - Tulsa - 5:16:54 (Full Marathon PR)
Double Half Marathon 26.2 - December 2012 - Tulsa - 7:23:20 (I hate trail running)

So far for 2013 I am registered for the following races:
Littel Rock Full Marathon
Route 66 Half Marathon

I am sure we will do these races:
Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long - 50K
Sweetheart Run 10K
Aquarium Run Half Marathon
Tulsa Run 15K

What is on your race agenda for 2013? 



 
 
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I hate trail running. There I said it! Not only did I discover my hatred of trail running this weekend, I also found a whole new respect for the people who love running them. Trail running is real hard! It's hard on your body, it's hard on your mind, it's just hard. This weekend the Hubbo and I finished our second marathon. It was a difficult race and it took us a long time but we finished and that is all that matters to me. 

The Double Half Marathon was unlike any other race I've heard of. Half of the marathon was on a trail here in Tulsa known as Turkey Mountain, while the other half of the marathon was on pavement. This race might have been so difficult because the Hubbo and I don't run on trails. In fact, it's been over a year and a half since I was even on Turkey Mountain.

So you might be asking why we signed up to run a marathon where half of it was on an unfamiliar terrain. Well, that is a good question. Why did we do that? I even asked myself that question at about mile 8 on the trail. Here is the long, not so direct, kind of, sort of answer.

Who doesn't want to say they ran 2 marathons in a month?
The race was here in our hometown. No travel costs.
The race was cheap. $75
The medals were cool. Yes I said medals. As in plural. 
We got two medals when we finished. 
We could get closer to becoming a Marathon Maniac.
And it just seemed like a good idea at the time. It really wasn'

The picture above is what my feet looked like after I took off my socks and shoes. How in the world did my feet get so dirty? The world may never know. But I do know this. I hate trail running. 

 
 
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Yesterday I ran my very first marathon. I still can't believe I did it. I ran an entire 26.5 miles! I know, I know. I can just hear you all saying "Silly Ginger, Marathons are 26.2 Miles!" I do know that normal marathons are 26.2 miles. But the Williams Route 66 Marathon has something special to offer those who chose to participate in the Center of the Universe Detour. It added a little hill, and additional .3 miles, and a pretty awesome participant coin. You can see it in the photo to the left. 



Here are my stats:
Time: 5:16:54
Division Place: 83 out of 128
Overall Place: 1343 out of 1891
Place Gender: 502 out of 822

Race Breakdown! 
Overall, yesterday was a good day for me. The weather was great! The energy was high! My body was cooperating really well and the support from my family and friends was amazing! 
My In-Laws drove down from Bartlesville just to watch my husband and I run out first marathon. That was great! Some of our best friends, Cat, Beth and Tyler also came out, cheered us on, made us signs, let me drop off things with them, and were overall really really great support at each check point. Knowing I would get to see them at different spots on the course was my motivation to keep running. I even had an awesome co-worker, Briggite, come out and make a sign to cheer us on! 

Race Grading Scale!

Course - I gave it 4 Ginger Points out of 5. I didn't realize even living here in Tulsa how hilly the first half would be!

Entry Fee - I also gave it 4 Ginger Points. If I had signed up earlier it would have been cheaper but the main reason for the lost point was due to the finisher shirt. See the Shirt grade below for details.


Participation - 5 Ginger Points! This race was the perfect size for me. Not too big, not too small. Loved it! There were 1891 Marathon Finishers, 3795 Half Marathon Finishers, and 151 Marathon Relay Finishers. 

Parking - 5 Ginger Points. Parking was fine if you were familiar with downtown Tulsa.

Shirt - 3 Ginger Points. I had a hard time grading this one. I read some of the comments from people on Facebook and the overall consensus is that people are disappointed that the finisher shirt had to be purchased after the race for $20. Now the race shirt itself that we received in our packet is great, it is even a tech material.

Medal - 5 Ginger Points! This race is known for it's medals. The Route 66 Marathon Medal is an award winning medal and I hope it continues with it's originality and focus on Americana and Good Old Route 66 themes!

Expo - 4 Ginger Points. The expo was good. Easy to get to, easy to navigate, not too crowded. I did expect it to be bigger or have more race representation there for future races.

Temperature - 5 Ginger Points! If you live in Oklahoma you've heard the saying "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, stick around 30 minutes, It'll change." by Will Rogers. We got really lucky for a November race in Oklahoma. The temps ranged from 48-62 degrees during the course. Perfect!   

Overall Organization - 5 Ginger Points! I can't think of a thing that could have been better!
 
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Route 66 Marathon Grading Chart www.rungingerrunblog.com
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Sarah and Donovan after finishing the Route 66 Marathon.