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The Hubbo and I aren't exactly the best at planning out things in advance. We wait until almost the last minute to plan things like oh, vacations, meals, and even birthday gifts. We've been known to buy birthday gifts on the way to the person's birthday party and wrap it in the car before we get there. Oops! Now you all know my procrastination secret when it comes to the important things in life, like gifts. 

Races are no different. Some runners like to have their races scheduled months in advance. Not the Ginger Kids! In fact, you could say we are more fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of planners when it comes to these things. A perfect example of this is the Jenks Half Marathon that we just signed up for. We signed upon Monday and the race is this Saturday. No big deal right? We don't think so. We even managed to recruit a couple of our running buddies to join us for this one.

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Plan a race in advance? Whatevzz..
The Jenks Half Marathon is a tiny and local race so it's not like it would take a lot of planning on our part to make this happen. But, here's how it all went down. 
My running club is now officially in taper-mode (kind of the opposite of beast mode) for the upcoming Route 66 Marathon. So instead of a typical long run this Saturday, they have partnered with a local bar and are putting on a 4 mile race called the McNellie's Pub Run. We did this race last year and the Hubbo had a lot of fun chugging pints of Guinness as he ran. Me? Not. So. Much. I didn't even do the Guinnes challenge but it was hot that day and I had bad race. 

A friend of ours is also celebrating his birth that day (Happy Birthday Jake!) and the Pub Run is in the afternoon. Weird. So we didn't think we'd have enough time to do the race and make it to the b-day party on top of the fact that we already know that the Hubbo and I will probably have to squeeze some birthday present shopping before the party anyways soo...we decided not to do it. 

So how did we decide to go from a 4 mile pub run to a half marathon? Keep reading running buddies...

A Facebook friend of mine and running coach posted that she was doing the Jenks Half instead so we decided to look into it. Turns out, you get a long sleeve tech shirt and a medal for $35! Not a bad deal. The Pub Run was around that same price and no medal and I don't even like Guinness! We all know I'm a sucker for medals. Case closed.

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So in my research about the Jenk's Half I finally found this picture of the course. Which is way better than the hand drawn picture below that I had originally found. 
(Yes, we still signed up knowing that the only course map at the time was hand drawn and has absolutely zero water stops labeled).

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Something about this picture just makes me think that all 200 of the Half Marathoners and 5K runners may never make it back to the finish line or see their friends and family again! ::Insert Banjo Music Here from Deliverance::

Love you all, it's been great!
Just kidding...
Kinda...

But really, we know this race is going to be small so we are setting our expectations accordingly. I just hope they don't run out of water like the Tulsa Run did a few weeks ago.

One of the websites said that they usually have about 200 runners for the 5K and the Half. Thank goodness I recruited my running buddies to go with me! We just increased their turnout by 2.5%! Or not, I don't know. 

                             Other things to know about this race include:
  • We finish on the Jenks High School Track so we'll have a good "photo finish" opportunity. I'm also a sucker for pictures. Just ask my iPhone and the 3,500 pics that I have on there taking up all my memory. (Note to self, Get a new iPhone)
  • The race benefits the Jenks High School Cross Country Team. Just supporting future Half and Full Marathoners folks!
  • I've heard the course isn't too bad. Mostly flat with some rolling hills that go right by a small airport! Maybe I can ride a plane while I'm there?

Have you ever signed up for a Half or Full Marathon the same week of the race? Or are we the only weirdos who do that?

 


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