It's official. Race weekend is here! Get Excited! 

Well, maybe not too excited, don't hurt yourself or anything because you still have to function like the well-trained runner that you are. But still, this is kind of a big deal! 

For a lot of you and most of my running buddies, we've been training for this for 20 weeks! That's longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage lasted to what's-his-face! 

But now, it's GO Time! According to the Tulsa World Article, this weekend it will be race day for me and 13,000 of my running buddies. (3000 in the full and 6000 in the half) 

Since this will be my third year to participate in the race on some level (relay, full, and the half) I thought I would dedicate this blog to giving you some info on why this is the BEST. RACE. EVER! 

But really, here are some tips and info to make your race day weekend fun and exciting, or at least more informed. 

The Expo

We all know the expo is important. You have to pick up your bib, you  need to shop, and take tons of pics of you holding up your bib next to a race sign. Obviously!

If you are running the 5K you have to pick up your race packet on Friday. There is no same day-packet pickup for the 5K.

According to the Route 66 Website, the Williams Route 66 Marathon Expo will hosts exhibitors featuring running gear and shoes, as well as sports and fitness related items. It will also feature a Holiday Market with vendors featuring gift and holiday related items. The Expo is the home of the Packet Pick-Up for all participants and volunteers. Held at the Cox Business Center the two-day Expo is free and open to the public. 

We have bought a few 13.1 and 26.2 Christmas Tree ornaments that will come in handy if we do a running inspired Christmas Tree this year and hang our medals all over it. We are still discussing it but we'll see! I mean, we need to use these things for something, right?

Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103

Friday November 22 - 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday November 23 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bonus Info! 
I also hear that Bart Yasso will be hanging around the expo from Noon - Two on Saturday. 

Annnnnnd the thing I'm probably the most excited about....they are having a bloggers forum again this year! OMG! Totally #FanGirling over the featured bloggers! The featured bloggers will be The T-Rex Runner, Mama Laughlin, Running with the Tiny Dangerous One, and more! The Bloggers forum will take place on Saturday from 4:00-5:00. I plan on being there in the audience rapid fire tweeting these folks like crazy! Just kidding! Or not...

Oklahoma Weather

So... let me break the news to you all. Oklahoma weather isn't exactly known for being predictable. 

::Womp Womp::     :(

In fact, we have the famous quote from Will Rogers that says: "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change."

<--- Here is what we are expecting as of today for race weekend.

Low of 25 degrees, Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. North wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Low of 30 degrees, A slight chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain between noon and 3pm, then a chance of snow after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

My advice for you is to pack for the cold and precipitation but make sure you have some gear for less cold conditions too. You never know!

The 5K and Mascot Dash

Photo from route66marathon.com
On Saturday there will be a 5K and a Mascot Dash. It may not be the smartest idea we've ever had, but the Hubbo and I both signed up for the 5K which takes place oh... about 24 hours before the big race. No Big Deal! You may be asking yourself why? Well...because we saw that each 5K finisher gets a medal! The End. Done! Once we saw that there was a medal up for grabs, we were hooked. Again, I have some random and incurable need for race bling. There's no hope! Medals are for runners what cats are for crazy cat ladies! We just can't get enough! 

So what is the Mascot Dash? The Mascot Dash is an invitation only race (free to the public to watch) that is held at 9:30 Saturday where some local and not-so-local mascots come out in costume and race to see who wins! I saw a video of this from last year and it looked hilarious!  

Last year we had everyone from Fleet Feet Pete from Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, The T-Rex Runner (who lost her T-rex head during the race, oops!), and Hornsby from the Tulsa Drillers Baseball Team. Can't wait to see this! Should be fun! 

Maniac Corner

Are you a Marathon Maniac, Half Fanatic, or 50 Stater? 
You have to run this race, just to get the specialized medal! (see picture below) Well not this year because the registration is closed now but next year, you know? 

If you are a Maniac and/or Fanatic like me, you need to go by the Maniac Booth at the Expo and pick up this bracelet! It gives you special powers....or well, really just access to Maniac Corner. 

According to the Route 66 Website, Maniac Corner features the following free race day benefits for members of the Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics and 50-States Marathon Club.
  • Private VIP Tent and fenced in outdoor area with volunteers to make sure you have a great experience. The location of Maniac Corner is on the course, near the finish line. It is a great place to cheer for everyone as they finish.
  • Professional group photo before the start of the race, made available at no-charge to members.
  • Private Restrooms
  • Private Gear Check
  • Private supply of post-race food, Gatorade, water, soft drinks and lots of beer
  • Recognition of all three clubs prior to the start of the race

Photo from route66marathon.com

Center of the Universe Detour

Photo from route66marathon.com
If you are doing the Full marathon this weekend, you HAVE TO DO THE COU Detour!!!! You just have to! Plus you get a coin for doing it, everyone knows that runners love bling! Duh!

What is the Center of the Universe Detour? Well this year it is a detour at the end of the marathon and before you cross the finish line you take a .3 mile jaunt over to run to what Tulsans call the Center of the Universe. It is an acoustic phenomenon that wasn't put there on purpose.  Once you go up the brick path to the COU you stand on a brick circle that is located directly over the tracks.  When standing on this spot you can make any sound that you like and it will echo in your ears.  What is so amazing is that no one outside the circle can hear it, no one outside the circle sounds like they are echoing to you in the circle and there are no surfaces near enough to the circle to produce an echo.

Last year, when I ran the Full at the Route 66 I remember seeing a banner that said something like 26.5 the shortest Ultra Ever! 
Technically anything over 26.2 is an Ultra so it was my first full and first ultra!

There's an App for That!

The Route 66 Marathon makes it easy for your friends and family to follow your progress during the race even if they can't come to Tulsa or don't want to hang out in the cold. There's an App for that! My parents and friends used it last year and thought it was pretty swell! 

Also, it is important to note that the tracking part of the App won't be "live" until late Saturday night after all bibs have been assigned at the Expo. Just an FYI on that!

Click Here for the Apple Mobile App
Click Here for the Android Mobile App

I hope all the info helped and that you all have a great race! See you on the course!

With the end of the year approaching fast, you may be starting to think about your goals for next year. I'm sure at least a few people will plan to start a new fitness routine on January 1. Hopefully some of those people will plan to take up running next year as well! If you are one of those people, here are my top 7 running tips for beginners. 
1. Don't start to run in extreme temps. 
Extremely hot or extremely cold weather is difficult for even the most seasoned runners to deal with. If you are trying to stay motivated to reach your goal, extreme temps won't help. In fact, you'll probably hate it, hate yourself, and hate me for not stopping you. Trust me, I've been running a while and I still HATE running in the summers here in Oklahoma. So hot, so humid, so awful. If you plan to start running on January 1, maybe start at an indoor track or on the treadmill. Or, you know, just pack up and move to a part of the country where the weather is nice year round. I'm sure that's an option.  

2. Proper Running Gear is a must! 
You don't have to go out and drop tons of cash on all the latest technical gadgets, but make sure you have a good pair of shoes and at least one outfit made from tech material. NO COTTON! My running coaches always say, Cotton is Rotten! So avoid it for your running attire. 
It gets wet, it doesn't dry quickly, and it can rub you the wrong way and cause chaffing. No Thanks!

Bert and Ernie. BFFFL
3. Get a buddy. 
Every fitness and health blog will say that if you have an accountability partner you are less likely to quit before you reach your goals. Having a running buddy is good because it gives you someone to talk to help the miles go by. It will also be harder to back out of running plans if you know someone is getting up at 5:00 am to meet you. Nobody likes a grumpy friend!

4. Plan ahead. 
Okay, I know I said that I'm not exactly the best at planning ahead, but there are a few things you'll need to consider when you want to start running. Should you take water with you?  Where should you meet up with your running buddy? How far are you going to run that day? How will you know when to take a walk break or when you've reached your goal distance? Do you need to bring sunglasses for a sunny run or a hat for a rainy run? Knowing these things can make for a better start for your running goals.

5. Use Free or Cheap Technology To Help You.
RunKeeper and MapMyRun are aps you can use on your smart phone that will help you know how far you've gone and what your pace is. There are also several C25K (Couch to 5K) aps out there that can help train and tell you when to run intervals as well.

Also, DailyMile is a fun running community to join, kind of like Facebook for runners. Their ap for smart phones is called Electric Miles, and you can friend other runners and track your distance, pace, and how you felt over time. Your profile will even tell you cool things like how many donuts you've burned off, how many lbs of fat, how many TVs you've powered and how many trips around the world you've ran. I'm currently at 0.02

6. Join the Club. 
Legit, I wouldn't be as focused in my training if I was doing it alone or just with the Hubbo. He's great, but  know I can talk him out of a training run if I really want to. 
We joined a local running store's club that holds training programs for all kinds of distances. Strolling Moms, Couch to 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon groups are all organized by them and it takes a lot of the guess work out of it and makes it easier to train for my goal race. Plus, I've been able to meet a lot of really cool people that I probably wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise. 

7. Sign Up
Stephen Covey said "Begin with the end in mind."
Even though his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, may not have been written with running in mind, it applies here as well. 
If your goal is to run a 5K, then sign up for a 5K that is going to happen a few months after you start training. This will help you keep your goal in mind and stay focused on what you need to accomplish. It also puts the pressure on you to not slack off during your training because you can't cram for a 5K like you can cram for a test at the last minute.  

Hope these helped! Happy Running!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weight Loss Thoughts

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

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

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

Ladies - where do you notice results first?

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

This Saturday was my first organized group training run for the Fall session with my running club. It feels so good to be back! I saw some running buddies I haven't seen in a few months, I saw my old coaches, and made some new friends already!

This training session is going to be a little different than the others. This is the first time The Hubbo and I are training for different distances and different races. He is training for a full marathon and his goal race is the Route 66 Marathon right here in Tulsa this November. I'm training for a half marathon and I'll be doing the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco in October and the Route 66 Half Marathon in November. 

You may be wondering why we are doing different races this time. Well... long story short, my body needs the break from the high mileage that Marathoners have to put in. I developed Plantar Fasciitis in both feet while training for my last couple marathons. PF is super painful! You can read more about it here. 

Honestly, I had decided to run the Half at the Route 66 Marathon right after I ran my first full there last year. Which was before I knew I had PF. I have already ran in the relay, and I had just finished the full, so I thought I'd round out my medal collection with a half medal. Plus, last year if you were a Half Fanatic or Marathon Maniac, your medal came on a special ribbon showing their logo instead of the Route 66. So you could boast both accomplishments.

Excuse the language, this was perfect for this blog!
Anyways, the title of this blog mentions birds and I haven't even mentioned them yet. Keep reading.

The first group run was only 4 miles, so nothing to really brag about, but it is a good way to ease yourself back into group training when you've been off for awhile. It was warm and humid but we had plenty of water stops so everyone seemed to do fine. I was fine until mile 3.5. That's when it hit me. Literally. Bird poop hit me on the side of my head. Ugh! So gross. I decided to not let it ruin my day and take it as a good luck and welcome back sign from the bird. After all, it could have been worse! It could have gotten in my ear! Or my eye! I probably would have vomited on the spot if it had gotten in my eye. No joke y'all!  

What do you think? Is getting pooped on by a bird good luck or bad luck? Has it happened to you?

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

Time for the recap!

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

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

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

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

Medal: N/a

Expo: N/a

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

Overall Organization: 5 Ginger Points!  

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

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

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

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

Well that was what I was thinking last night as I was really struggling at mile 2 of my 5 mile run. I didn't make it to 5 miles. My attitude got in the way and I'm kicking myself for it now.

On my Meet the Ginger page on my blog I said I would share my running adventures with you. I've decided I should share the good and the bad. Last night is one that I would characterize as bad. Really bad.

The Hubbo and I started out running at our favorite park. It has a 3 mile loop that makes it easy to get our weekday miles in. Between mile 1 and 2 I started coughing pretty bad. A couple of weeks ago I think I coughed my way into a bruised rib or bruised diaphragm because it hurt for several days and was tender to the touch. So I was afraid of that happening again last night.

By mile two I was so frustrated that I wasn't having a good run that I stopped and walked a mile back to the car.
That last mile took forever. A lot of thoughts were running through my head and stumbling their way out of my mouth as my Hubbo walked by my side supporting me every step of the way.

Here they are for your reading pleasure. 

  • Running is stupid.
  • I don't want to run a 50K next week.
  • How am I going to run a 50K when I can't run 5 miles without wanting to die?
  • Running would be easier if I hadn't gained weight.
  • How did I gain 15lbs while training for a marathon? Who does that??
  • Because I've gained weight running has been more expensive and caused some injuries and pain.
  • Because I have PCOS my body will always fight me on my weight. It doesn't like carbs, but runners need carbs. How can I eat a low carb diet and fuel myself to run a marathon?
  • I don't like the fact that I had to move back a group in my marathon training.
  • I don't like the fact that I can't run a 10 minute mile to save my life at the moment.
  • I feel so guilty when running with the Hubbo because I know he can run a sub 10 minute mile and he's holding back for me.

The last 6 months of running have been difficult. I lost a toenail. Gross, I know. I had IT Band issues. I've spent a ton of money on Chiropractor visits, new inserts, new shoes, and new equipment to relieve pain and injuries. And I've gained weight. I can honestly say that in the last 6 months I feel like I've had 2 good runs where I didn't feel like absolutely passing out and dying in the middle.  That is a lot of miles to push yourself and be miserable. 

But I keep doing it. It has to get better right? I have all these goals I want to achieve and races I'm signed up for. 
I've decided that I need to change my attitude. I saw a graphic on Facebook today that helped me do that and kind of laugh at the same time. It said something like this "Running is 90% mental and the other half is physical." If you have read my blog post called Running Makes You Dumb, this graphic kind of makes sense. 

Attitude Changed.

I will run the 50K. I will finish the 50K. I will join Marathon Maniacs.
I will run Little Rock. I will finish Little Rock. I will figure out what to do with that huge medal. All I have to do is Keep Going.

Okay, Pity Party Over. Thanks for reading.

P.S. Tonight's run was tough, but wayyyy better than last night. 

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

The Hubbo has done a great job of finding cool ways to display our medals. This is what he did for our first marathon. 
And here is what he did for our first three half marathons.
What do you do with your medals after a race?
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!

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? 

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.