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The weather this year been off-the-charts crazy. Thanks El Nino! I live in Oklahoma and we have weird weather all the time, but this El Nino business is making this old famous quote even more true. 

"If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change." 
~Will Rogers


Which brings me to my topic of this post. I had a chance to review some new 2XU thermal tights and they helped keep me warm during the crazy cold snaps we had. 

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Hyoptik Thermal Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about being a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Don't forget about the 2XU sponsored #BibChat at 8PM CST on January 26!


Warmth

PictureStay warm when you fall from running in the snow...
When I got these I was half expecting these to be super thick tights with a thick thermal lining. I was surprised when I opened the box, that they were a similar material as my MCS tights. So then the skepticism set in. If these feel the same, how can they be warmer?
I don't know, but it's freaking magic! Well not really, I'm sure it's more about fabric technology and less Harry Potter-like. But then it made sense, how could these be super thick and compression and still allow me to run comfortably in them. The material is more lightweight and does a great job at blocking the wind. 
I have a pair of tights from another brand that are actually thicker, but do not block the wind at all!
Hello! I live in Oklahoma. Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain! 
They also do a great job of keeping you dry since they have moisture wicking technology.

Safety 

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These tights have two types of safety features built in if you ask me. 

1. The logos are reflective. Hence the RunHyoptik part of the name. High Optic = Be seen! Not getting hit by a car sounds safer to me than getting hit by a car so....

2. They offer sun protection. Yes, we need it even during the Winter months! Especially if there is snow on the ground reflecting the sun right back up at you.
I'm a Ginger and we take our sun care very seriously! Or at least we should. These have a rating of UPF50+! That surely passes any Ginger test. 

I'm not kidding about the sun protection being a big part of my life. I'm the only one of my friends at the pool wearing a LONG SLEEVE swim shirt in July/August. Not ashamed.

Side note - they will not keep you from falling when you are out running in the snow. Just saying...

Compression

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These tights can be used in a couple ways. You can use them on your long runs if you know you need the extra compression and support like I do, or you can use them as recovery tights after a long run or a hard workout. I've done both.
I plan on wearing these in Dallas** next month when I run the Hot Chocolate 15k! 
**Disclaimer #1 - If it is 74* in Dallas, I'm not wearing thermal tights. 


***Disclaimer #2 - I can't actually fly. 

Fit/Sizing

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Just like in my 2XU MCS Compression tight review, the sizing was spot on. It can be hard to order anything you wear online if you can't try it on first. But this company takes the guess work out of what size to buy. Their size chart is very accurate in my opinion.

You can find the sizing chart on the website. It's a typical find your height and find your weight and see what size that you land in. If you land in a small, order a small, if you land just barely in the medium, order the medium.  Again, I was borderline between sizes. This time there was no agony. I knew from my previous pair how true-to-size these were so I ordered my size and went on about my day.

Question - What are you wearing to your next race?

 
 
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Happy New Year everyone!

It seems like every blogger is doing a Looking-Back at-2015 post. And I'm jumping on board. 

After all, it is Throwback Thursday! Please enjoy this picture from my awkward middle school years at Pawhuska Indian Camp!  

And now, it's time for my 2015 Review in Pictures! 

January 

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In January, I ran my first 25K!
It was an automatic PR and I used my GoPro to video the entire thing, except the last .75 miles because the batter died.
Fail! 

February

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In February, we adopted this Fat Cat!
We named her Gypsy. Or Gypsy Kitty. Or Fat Cat. Or No! Gypsy!
Just whatever comes out of our mouth at the time. 

She's a Ragdoll cat and we adopted her from a breeder who retired her. Now she gets to live her days out as a pet in our home! 


March

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In March, I ate this cupcake...

April

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In April, I ran marathon # 7 which happened to be my second fastest marathon.
I also got to run it with my friends Tom and Kristy! It was the most fun I've had in a marathon! 

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Also in April, I ran the first ever Golden Driller Half Marathon here in Tulsa. It was hot. 

May

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In May, I left my job of 8 years. It was incredibly hard to leave behind some amazing people, but it was time. I took a new job with a PR company. (More on that in June)

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Also in May, the Hubbo and I went to Branson, MO with my parents for a long weekend and my Dad taught me how to shoot trap!
I got 12/25 on my first ever attempt! 

June

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In June, I left my new job because I quickly figured out it wasn't going to work out. I spent most of June job hunting and taking more pictures of my cat...

July

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In July, I got a new job! 
I love it and I love my new team. 

Also in July, the Hubbo and I went to a Tulsa Driller's game and saw some amazing fireworks for the 4th of July! 

August

In August, I.....
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Ate an entire watermelon.
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Did some target practice w/ my new gun!
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We gave our cat a Lion's Cut!

September

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September had to be one of my favorite months of my life! We decided to make Labor Day an Adventure Weekend! We stayed right here in Tulsa, but we marked a huge item off my bucket list. Skydiving!

Here's the weekend activities:
  • Noon Happy Hour with Friends
  • Dinner with Friends
  • Tulsa Driller's Game (Baseball + Fireworks)
  • Skydiving
  • Movie Night
  • Tulsa Roughnecks Game (Professional Soccer)
  • Zip Line Tour



October

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In October we spent a lot of time working on our house. We hope to put it on the market this Spring and buy a new one. 
I ran the Tulsa Run 15K again this year. 
The Hubbo and I went to an AWESOME haunted house and came out with "Blood" on our hands. Then for Halloween we went as Tetris and got our friends to join in on the fun! And last but not least, Oklahoma had one of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen!

November

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In November, my buddy George came to town and we ran/walked the Route 66 Half Marathon.

The day before the half we did the 5k and stopped at a bar during the race and took shots! 

Also, for Thanksgiving the Family and I tried out my new selfie stick! 

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Shots!

December

In December, I....
  • Snuggled with my dog
  • Ate Pie BEFORE dinner
  • Wished for snow, and got it!

Happy New Year! I hope you all have a wonderful 2016! 

 
 
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Almost two weeks ago the Hubbo, George and I “ran” the Route 66 Half Marathon. I say “ran” because really we walked a lot and ran some. I only cussed a little so I’m calling it a good day! But really, the 10th Anniversary of the Route 66 Marathon was a great weekend for me despite my lack of training. We volunteered at the Expo, Ran the 5k, took shots during the 5k and half, and made some great memories!




Here’s a quick and condensed version of contents this blog.
Medal = Awesome!
Course = Hilly!
Swag = Awesome 10 Year Anniversary Jacket!
Expo = Great!
Volunteering = Tiring, Rewarding, Fun
Blogger’s panel = Fun
5K on Saturday = Most Fun 5k I’ve Ever Ran
Weather on Sat = Cold and WINDY as F!
Weather on Sun = Cold but warmed up to be nice

And now, a more complete review. 

The Medal

PictureRoute 66 2015 Half Marathon Medal
As always, I start my recap with the medal. I'm definitely a "I'm-Doing-This-For-the-Bling" kind of runner and Route 66 Marathon never disappoints!
This year was the 10th anniversary of the race so they did a throw back to an earlier medal and added a slight remix. I lucked out that this is one of the styles that we didn't already have. 
The yellow coin in the middle is a double-sided spinner which I think it the remix part. 
This year volunteers also got a medal. (See pic below with purple ribbon.) When I volunteered last year, I got a nice coin, but it was fun to get an actual medal this year.
5K runners also got a medal. (See pic below with red ribbon.) Since the race is obviously Route 66 themed, the medals are always themed after classic cars that would have traveled the open road. This medal was from the 2011 event and called the Flying Goddess. Rout 66 took a vote on which medal should get a come back and this one won loud and clear! 

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Volunteer Medal
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5K Medal and Bib

The Course & Swag

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The course was hilly. I knew it would be hilly. I didn't train for this race so I'm sure I felt the hills even more than I normally would have. The hills aren't huge, but there are a lot of them and it's a constant rolling/going upward feeling the entire race.

My friend George from came in from Las Vegas and took this photo on the course. It's definitely a favorite photo-op on the course!   

The swag was nice this year. For participating in the 5k I got a medal and a tech shirt. For participating in the half I got a jacket, a medal, and tons of free shots and beer on the course! More on that later. 

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The Hubbo and co-workers modeling the jackets.
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I, on the other hand, made some questionable modeling choices on race day...

The Expo & Blogger's Panel

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We volunteered at the Expo on Friday afternoon at the packet pickup booth. That was a crazy, busy, fun, fast few hours! 
After my shift was over I participated in the Blogger's Panel for the second time. It was really cool to meet the other bloggers and get to discuss one of my hobbies. This year they had two panels. A Friday night panel and a Saturday afternoon panel. 

Overall, the expo is a good size. You have your typical vendors there. One cool thing about the Route 66 Expo is that the Marathon Maniacs set up a booth. So you can buy your gear in person and try it on. Very helpful! If you'v ever tried to buy a MM or HF singlet, you know the struggle! 

I also go to take a spin on an Alter-G treadmill! It was so crazy feeling! 
When you try this thing out, they put you in these crazy space pants that are made of a neoprene like fabric that zips into the air bag like portion of the treadmill. Then the machine calibrates to your weight and then you tell it what percentage of your body weight you want to run with. I took it down to 60% of my body weight and I felt like I could run forever!

5k Race Day!

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Saturday was the 5k and it was cold and windy! We knew we were just going to do the 5k for fun so we joined up with some friends. Before we even hit the first kilometer, we decided to take a detour. 
For shots!
That's right, we hoped into a local diner/bar and took a shot of whisky! 
That's definitely a first for me to go to a bar and order a shot. 
Route 66 is known as a party course and we did our part to contribute to the reputation! Nothing says party like messy hair, shots at 8:15am, and all before we even hit the first mile! #RockStarStatus
Even though we ran/walked the entire way, stopped in and ordered 6 shots, and had to tab out, we managed to finish the 5k in under 50 minutes. Not bad. 

Half Marathon Race Day!

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Sunday was the half marathon. It started our super cold, but eventually warmed up to be nice. 
We ran/walked the entire way but somehow I managed to take very few pics. I'm slacking on my blogging duties!
Route 66 is known as a party race and it's no joke! We had beer, shots, donuts, and various other goodies on the race to help us keep our spirits up. I had fruit loop vodka y'all! 
Quick shout out to the citizens of Tulsa for getting the party started early on a Sunday morning! 

Back to the race. The course was hilly! Being as I was vastly under trained, it didn't long before my body was over it. But we got it done, had fun along the way, and eventually crossed the finish line. It was a personal worst for the Hubbo and I but we were just happy to be out there and complete another race. 

Overall, the weekend was great! We had great company, lots of fun, lots of drinks, and made some fun memories! This is exactly why Route 66 is my favorite race ever! 

Question! What's your PR and PW?

 
 
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This weekend is the Route 66 Marathon
The Hubbo and I are signed up for the 5k on Saturday and the Half on Sunday.
We are seriously under-trained (we did it to ourselves) so we'll be taking it super easy and just enjoying our time out on the course. Beer stop? Sure! Jello Shot on Riverside? You know it! 

This is going to be a fun, busy, crazy, packed weekend and I couldn't be more excited about it! Keep reading to see what all I have going on this weekend. You know, besides the race.

The Bloggers Panel

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I'm really excited to announce that I'll be a part of the Route 66 Bloggers panel again this year! Last year was so much fun! 

This year at the Route 66 expo there will be two bloggers panels. They have one on Friday at 5:15 and one on Saturday at 3:00. They are both 45 minute sessions.

I'll be on the Friday panel. So feel free to come by, listen to me talk running and blogging, and watch my face turn red when I embarrass myself. #NotKidding

Here is a link to see all of the bloggers for both Friday and Saturday. https://rt66run2015.sched.org


Volunteering at the Expo

PictureWorking hard last year at packet pickup!
I took Friday off from work so The Hubbo, my friend Amber, and I could all volunteer during the day at the Expo. I'll be helping at the packet pickup table from 1:15 - 4:30. 
I did the same thing last year and had a blast. 

Here's a link to the participant guide that can help answer a lot of questions about the race. http://route66marathon.com/2015/11/2015-participant-guide-available-online/

If you aren't running the race or just have some free time this weekend, I know they are still in need of volunteers for all days of the event. You can see a list of openings here. 
Route 66 does a great job at taking care of everyone during the event, volunteers too! I can say so from experience. This year volunteers get a shirt, a medal, goodie bag, and an invite to the Volunteer After party. 

Touring Tulsa

PictureJust running a half with George! NBD!
My good buddy, George, is coming to Tulsa all the way from Las Vegas just for the race! This will be our third half and third state to run together. 

We are planning to take him to see some Tulsa favorites like the Golden Driller. He doesn't know it yet, but we are also going to take him to the Center of the Universe! George, if you are reading this, Surprise! :)

We'll take him around downtown Tulsa to see some of the Art Deco buildings we have too. 

Tulsa Friends, where do you take your out-of-town guests to give them the best Tulsa experience? 

Leave a comment!
Where else should we take George so he can see the sights of Tulsa?

 
 
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On Saturday the Hubbo and I completed our 4th Tulsa Run. This race has been a Tulsa tradition or 38 years now. But it wasn't always my favorite. If you recall, last year I ran this race and then wrote this open and honest recap about my experience. If you didn't read it, I'll summarize it for you.
Not pretty.
Fast forward to this Spring when a mystery package showed up at my house. It was from the Race Director (RD) who saw my review on Bibrave.com and wanted correct an issue I had with my shirt, so he sent me a new one. I was immediately impressed and took him up on his offer to meet up and discuss the race. 

After that meeting, I knew I had to give the Tulsa Run another chance. You can read more details about our meeting here.

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Tulsa Run thanks to Bibrave's BibRavePro ambassadorship. You can learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro & check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. As always, all opinions, typos, and silly pictures are my own.

Disclaimer #2: I had already decided to give the Tulsa Run another chance based on my conversation with the RD before Bibrave had officially partnered with the Tulsa Run and I received an entry into the race. 

If you are one of those people who just likes a quick rundown of a race recap here you go! If not, keep reading below for pics and a full recap.

  • Pre-race communication = Great, lots of emails
  • Packet Pickup/Expo = Super Easy and Quick
  • Medal = Totally awesome
  • Bib = Super Cute
  • Water Stops = Plenty of stops, plenty volunteers, plenty of water!
  • Post-Race Food = Fun pre-made snack box! 
  • Shirt = One of the best ones I've received yet
  • Finish line = No problems! 

The Medal

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I ALWAYS start my recap of the races with the medal because it's my favorite part of the race. 
I am loving the medal this year for a few reasons. 
1. It's the first medal that I have that is a sun catcher
2. It also glows in the dark!
3. It's bigger than the other Tulsa Run Medals
4. The race landed on Halloween so it's Halloween themed and I LOVE Halloween!

The Course

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The course this year was very similar to last year's course. Since it didn't change much I knew what to expect. Hills, rolling Tulsa, hills.
The Hubbo and I have really slacked off on our training so we knew this would be a challenge. But we went in with a plan to do a run/walk combo for the race including walking most of the hills and it wasn't too bad. I think knowing what to expect really helped make this course not feel as difficult this year. Last year it was sort of a shock to the system after running a relatively flat course the first two years.

The Shirt

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The Tulsa Run shirt curse has been lifted!!!!!!
For the first three years I ran this race there was something wrong with my shirt each time. Which is partly what prompted the RD to send me a new on this Spring. But this time I picked up this super awesome shirt and it is perfect! No more shirt curse! 

The bib is really cute too!

Water Stops/Post-Race Food

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Last year there were issues with the water stops, water at the finish line, and the post-race snacks.
I'm very happy to report that was not the case this year.
We had plenty of water stops and for the first time since I've started running this year, they had electrolytes on the course. Hello Gatorade! 
Last year one water stop and the finish line ran out of water. This year the RD promised that would not happen again and the Tulsa Run team did not disappoint! 

When we crossed the finish line a volunteer handed me a nice cold bottle of water, each water stop was fully stocked and ready to go, and at the finish line I was handed a pre-packed box of snacks and on my way to meet up with my friends. It was so nice and easy. I really hope they keep the snack box idea again next year. 

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What's in the box?!?

Overall Experience

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Even though the Hubbo and I were under trained and I got my slowest 15k time (we did it to ourselves) I still had a great time at the Tulsa Run. The weather was great, the costumes were awesome, and everything that went wrong last year was vastly improved this year. I even got to meet up with some fellow BibRavePros before the race and we briefly chatted with the RD! 





Question! Have you ran a 15k before? Have you ever raced in a costume?

 
 
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First, before I begin my review, can we talk about the awesomeness that is this picture? It's the VERY FIRST running picture I have with both feet OFF THE GROUND! I'm pretty sure it was because the tights had my legs feeling so good! 
OK, now on with our regularly scheduled blogging. 

Disclaimer:
 I received a pair of 2XU Compression tights thanks to Bibrave's BibRavePro ambassadorship. You can learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro & check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews. As always, all opinions, typos, and silly pictures are my own.

Thanks to Angie's review, I figured out I was saying 2XU wrong. I was saying 2-X-U.
But really, the proper way to say it is, 2 Times You! Clever. 

Feel

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I don't want to spend a lot of time telling you about the technology that is in these compression tights. The website can do that for me. I want to tell you about how I felt when I first put these on. 
A few weeks ago, here in Oklahoma, we finally had a cool enough Saturday that I could wear these on a run and from the moment I put them on, my legs just felt good. They hugged my legs in a nice and supportive way and when I first put them on my legs instantly felt an improvement in circulation. It's hard to explain that first feeling. My legs just felt alive and ready to hit the path. Clearly they were because I had my first ever both-feet-off-the-ground at the same time pic!  
I will say, that like any compression wear, getting these babies on for the first time took a little work. But hey, that's more calories burned right? ::Insert winky smiley face here:: 

I also wore these during the Tulsa Run yesterday for my longest run in them, 9.3 miles. 
Typically after a race I have the dreaded leg pain about 10 minutes after I stop running. It feels like all the blood in my body is trying to drain down into my feet and it's awful. I noticed a vast improvement in the feeling while wearing these after the race! Any product that can reduce the pain of a hard race has me hooked! 

Fit/Sizing

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One difficult part about ordering any type of running gear online is that you never know how sizing works. That being said, I definitely wanted to include my sizing experience in the blog. 1. Because I agonized over what size to order for at least 15 minutes and 2. I know I'm not the only one who does that. Right? Please tell me I'm not alone? KThanks! 

The sizing chart found on the website is pretty true to fit in my opinion. It's a typical find your height and find your weight and see what size that you land in. If you land in a small, order a small, if you land just barely in the medium, order the medium.  I was borderline between sizes. Ugh! Agony ensued. (Not kidding) But I went with where my current height/weight combo landed me and I am really happy with the fit. 

Discount 

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One of the perks of being involved with BibRave is that often when I get to try new products, they come with a discount code for my blog readers.

I've heard this discount code is also good on sale items as well and it doesn't have a limit on uses so stock up, get your Christmas shopping done, and enjoy! Click here to start shopping. Use code: Bibrave20 to save 20%

Other 2XU Products

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Really quick I wanted to give you a quick rundown of the other products they have in case you don't feel like you need full tights.
  • Compression Sleeves
  • Shirts
  • Compression Shorts
  • Jackets/Vests
  • Socks
  • Bras
  • Hats
  • Bags

What are others saying about these compression tights?

A handful of my fellow BibRavePros also had the opportunity to try these tights out. Check out their reviews below.
Angie
Tom
Jeremy
Katherine
Kim
 
 
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The Tulsa Run is this weekend! 
This will be my fourth year participating in the event, but in case this is your first time, I wanted to give you a heads up of what to expect.

Here's a quick rundown of what this blog is about:
  • The Expo
  • The Costumes
  • Th Weather
  • The Course
  • The Pacers

The Expo

The expo is located in downtown Tulsa at the Cox Business Center in Exhibit Hall C.
The expo runs Thursday from 4pm to 8pm and Friday from 8am to 8pm. 
This expo is a smaller expo. There are a handful of vendors there but mostly the main purpose is to pick up your bib, timing chip, and tech shirt.

Click here for more information.

The Costumes

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Each year the race lands pretty close to Halloween so a lot of runners dress up. This year the race is actually on Halloween so I expect a lot more runners to be in costume and I love it! 

I've seen a group of ladies dressed up as Mini Mouses, The Flintstones, The Addams Family, super heroes, and tons more. 

The Weather

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The weather for the race this weekend isn't looking too great. The forecast is calling for rain. Boo! 
I'm planning on taking a rain poncho or a trash bag to wear. I've never invested in a nice running rain jacket. Times like these it makes me wish I had, but oh well. Trash bag lady it is! 

The Course

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The course starts and ends in downtown Tulsa. 
We know the course will be hilly as a lot of Tulsa is. 
On the course the RD has ensured that they won't run out of water by utilizing a new water distribution system. Also for the first time since I've been running the race, they are going to have electrolytes on the course in the form of Gatorade. (See pic below)
At the finish line, we'll collect our medals and a prepackaged box of post-race snacks.

The Pacers

The Tulsa Run offers a group of pacers to help runners reach their time goals. They have pacers completing the race in 1 hour and at varying increments until 2 hours. I personally know about a third of the pacers and can personally vouch for their awesomeness! 
You can view a full list of pacers here.
 
 
If I know anything about runners, I know these things:
  • We like to buy a lot of running gear
  • We like to run a lot of races
  • Gear + Races can add up and get expensive
  • We LOVE a good discount whenever possible!

Right? Thought so. Today I'm doing a round up of current discount codes for running gear and races so you can save some cash! Also - I have a permanent discount page at the top of my blog that I try to keep updated. 

I hope you enjoy the savings! 

Race Discounts

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Tulsa Run 15k or 5K
Tulsa, OK
http://tulsasports.org/tulsarun/index.asp

Date: October 31st, 2015
Last day to register online: October 28th, 2015
Code: Bibravetr
Savings: $5

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Honolulu Marathon
Honolulu, HI
http://www.honolulumarathon.org/

Date: December 13, 2015
Code: TOMPRO
Savings: 20% Of

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Drumstick Dash
Milwaukee, WI 

Date: November 26, 2015
Code: DASHBIBRAVE
Use this link: https://raceroster.com/5049 
Savings: 10% off

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Sin City Shootout - 5k, 10k, Double your Luck 
Las Vegas, NV

Date: January 17, 2016
Code: BibRave20 (Valid until 1-16-16)
Savings: 20% off

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F3 Half Marathon & 5K 
Chicago, IL 
January 23, 2016
Code: BIBRAVEHALF $6 off the Half Marathon
                                                                           Code: BIBRAVE5K $5 off the 5k


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Sedona Marathon - Full, Half, 5K, 10K
Sedona, AZ
February 6, 2016
Code: bibrave16 
Savings: 20% off - expires 1/31/16
http://www.sedonamarathon.com/

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Hot Chocolate Chicago 
Chicago, IL 
November 8, 2015
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/chicago
                                                                               Code: BibRaveChi 

First Responders Half Marathon
Waco, TX
November 29, 2015
Code: BIBRaveRocks 
Savings: 10% off
Website: https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/first-responders-half-marathon-waco-november-1093

Running Gear Discounts

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http://www.2xu.com/
Code: BIBRAVE20
Savings: 20% off, no limit on uses!



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www.energybits.com 

Code: RGR25
Savings: 25%

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XX2i
Code: XX2iRocks 
Savings: 50% off
Website: www.xx2i.com

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Orange Mud
Code: BIBRAVE
Savings: 15% off 
Website: http://www.orangemud.com/products/thewrap?variant=267603348

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Wigwam
Website: https://www.wigwam.com/
Discount Code: 10-WG615BR
                                                                   Savings: 15% off and free shipping
                                                                   Expires 10/31/15


 
 
Everyone once in a while a few things pile up that aggravate me and I always think to myself that I should blog about it. I typically don't do a lot of rantings on the blog, but today I thought I'd share some. You know, just for kicks and what not. Some of these are running related some are not. Do you agree or disagree with any of these?

1.  Runderwear
I can't stand this term at all. I don't understand why female runners wear these things. Are they comfortable? Do they really make that big of a difference in your race or your final time? Why don't men wear tight booty shorts when they run? I just can't. My thighs just can't either.

2. Carb Loading vs Carbo Loading
To me, carb loading is the right way to say that. Carbo just has too many syllables. Carb loading just rolls off the tongue so much nicer in my opinion. What do you say?

3. People not sharing the trail
There are a couple different running paths the Hubbo and I run on regularly and it never fails. We'll pass a group of runners/walkers or whatever and they will be taking up the ENTIRE PATH! You can't walk 5 people wide! You must allow space for people to use the path on both sides! There have seriously been times when the Hubbo and I had to step off the trail to allow for a group of people coming the other way to pass. Had we not moved, we would have just collided. Share the trail people and move over when others are coming the other way!

4. People who park like assholes
If YOUR tire is in MY parking spot when you park you'r car, you're doing it wrong! Not only did you just park like an asshole, but you put your car and my car at risk. There's a place that I park regularly and the same car has been parking next to me after I've parked and EVERY SINGLE TIME, their tire is over the line! When I come out to leave, I have to ninja my way out so I don't hit them and I don't mess up my car.
One of these days I'm going to leave a note...

5. Click Bait Websites
I hate it when you are on Facebook creeping along and you see an article that sounds interesting so you click it.
Then you try to read it and for every sentence, picture, or even a small part of an article you have to click to the next page. But when you go to the next page there is only a small part of the article and 1 million ads! Yes, 1 million! 
It's just a marketing ploy to keep you on the website longer and to make you see more ads. Marketing companies, that's lame! Stop it! 

It's YOUR Turn! What's been bothering you lately?

 
 
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If all goes according to plan the medal and shirt in the picture will be added to my collection on Halloween later this month. That's right, I'm running the Tulsa Run again this year.

I know, I know! I can hear some of you thinking right now "Isn't that the race you said you'd never do again?"

Yes, yes it is. But let me explain. (You can read my post from last year here.)

My recap from last year was definitely an open and honest recap of my experience. But, I've learned a very valuable lesson as a runner/blogger. There are two sides to every story. Luckily for me, I have this blog to share mine. Unlucky for race directors, they typically don't get to share their experiences.

In April, I came home from work to a mystery package in the mail. It was addressed to me from an office in downtown Tulsa. I was so confused at first but when I opened it, I found a Tulsa Run shirt from last years race. I also found a hand written note from the race director. He had read my review on Bibrave and noticed my comment about my Tulsa Run Shirt Curse and sent me a replacement one! I was immediately impressed with his effort. No race director has ever reached out to me personally to correct something that was wrong. I follow a lot of run blogs and read a lot of race recaps and you just don't hear about things like that. 

In the note it also said he would like to discuss the race with me so I emailed him and we set up a tie to meet at a local Starbucks. We spent a little over an hour discussing what happened and what they are doing to fix the problems from last year so they won't be repeated this year. 

Here's a quick rundown of issues/updates.

  • Last year they ran out of water at water stops on the course.
This year they have invested in HUGE water station systems and the RD feels more than confident that they won't run out of water with this new system. I had the chance to see it at the Tulsa Run kick off and I agree, it should be more then enough.

  • They haven't had electrolytes on the course in the past.
This year they will have Gatorade on the course! 

  • They ran out of water at the finish line last year.
Turns out, someone had locked the keys to the Pepsi truck that was full of bottled water for the finish line in the truck! They ended up tossing a young man over the truck so he could help get everything unlocked and get more water at the finish line. This year more than one set of keys will be handy. :) 

  • The post-race food at the finish line was less than impressive last year.
This year they have partnered with another company and everyone will receive a box lunch type set up as they walk through the finish line. No waiting on people to fill a plate, no bagel crumbs, just grab your box of food and go. This is similar to what huge races like the Nike Women's Half Marathons do to keep the crowd moving post-race. 




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So after meeting with the RD in April we've kept in touch here and there over the summer and I'm really impressed with the effort he and his team are putting into the race. After our initial meeting at Starbucks I had already made up my mind that I need to give this race another shot. So I am.

Later this summer I also found out the the Tulsa Run has partnered with BibRave to be a partner race so I've had to opportunity to share a discount code with all of you.

Bibravetr will save you $5 off the 5k or 15k.

After learning about what went down "behind the scenes" last year and hearing about all the effort for improvements they are making this year, I've decided to give the Tulsa Run another shot. 

The race is on Halloween this year and I'm thinking I want to wear a costume! What should my costume be this year? I'm taking votes, leave a comment below and give me some ideas! 

Question! Have you ever given a race a second chance after a not great experience?