April was pretty busy for me training and planning for the memorial marathon. This was my second attempt and my goal was to have a good time! We welcomed the BGR! ladies from Texas with a pre-race meet and greet which couldn't have worked out more perfect. We chose Hideaway pizza for the location because it's an Oklahoma legend and because the food is absolutely delish, plus the location was in the downtown area, so our out of towners wouldn't have to travel so far. Although they do not take reservation we were allowed to give a "heads up" of the time and number of people for our party. I showed up about 30 minutes early just to be sure, lol. My co-ambassador and one of our runners and I were able to assemble the goodie bags in that time. We had minimal wait time, and we had just enough goodie bags for everyone there, like the EXACT amount, lol. (goodie bags consisted of a small bag of pretzels, a 20 oz water, a Gatorade powder pack to put in the water, a trail mix/granola bar, a picture frame to keep the memories of the race, and an inspirational quote on a business card, I thought they were so cute!).
On race day I arrived extra early (race began at 6:30, I was up by 4:30 and parked by 5:15). Parking filled up quickly, so I was lucky to have gotten in when I did! I made the short trek to the memorial museum for our group photo, it was still pretty dark. We didn't get a full group photo. But as people came and went, we took small group photos. After making our way to the start corrals, the sky began to turn gray in the distance, drops of water could be felt and sparse flashes of lightening were seen. A 15 minute delay was announced...then another...then another & finally it was announced that the race would begin at 8:15 & that we should take cover in the parking garages until the inclement weather passed :-(. The rain came and went intermittently as did the flashes of lightening and rumbles of thunder. The temperature also changed and I was glad that I had on a tee shirt to cover up my sleeveless running tank.
Just when I was beginning to think that the race would have to be canceled the sky began to clear and runners began to emerge from their hiding places. It was ON!!! Woohoo! I could go on about how the race went OR I could just show you some pictures!
After dinner the day before the race! BGR! Oklahoma and BGR! Texas
Approaching the start line!
Now this guy really knows how to enjoy the race! He brought his own martini glasses, cigar, fine are, and was even prepared with an umbrella and not to mention running shoes to match his oh so dapper cardigan & tie!
"Absolut"ly necessary refueling station & yes I did take a beer shot :-).
This is gorilla hill! The gorilla was defeated! I think I high-fived most of the bananas, lol.
What's a race without great music?
We earned the medal! Woohoo!
This man just earned his place among the few individuals who have run a FULL Marathon in each of the 50 states! Woohoo! He's also a director of the National Black Marathoners Association! Awesome Accomplishment!
This is of me on the Friday before the races. Can you tell I was caught off guard, lol. I got to volunteer at packet pickup for the 5k! it was an AWESOME experience. They really treat the volunteers WELL. A great, healthy lunch was provided.
This is us out on the course! you'd never guess there were storms earlier that morning, lol.
Okay enough pics, lol. Just a quick note about the 5k I participated in this past weekend.
It was a free 5k that provided timing and tee shirts! All of our ladies who participated came in the top 3 of their age groups. I actually came in 1st in my age group!!!! AND I was the 4th female to finish overall!!! Woohoo! I'm all inspired to do more speedwork and speed training now. I guess it's a good thing I don't have any long races coming up until the fall so I can focus on the speed. I'm probably not going to catch Meb, but darn it if I don't try my best!
Hope you all are having a Marvelous May!