Well, I did it! I finished my third half marathon (in less than 90 days too)! Today was the Aquarium Run Half Marathon in Tulsa at the Oklahoma Aquarium. We drove to Tulsa last night and picked up our packets at a local running store, then headed straight to dinner. I've been really sticking to my diet (down 4.8lbs so far!) but, after talking to my weight watchers leader, decided that that night I need to splurge in order to get enough calories and carbs to fuel me for the race. Mom and I have a tradition of having a pina colada before each half. It's probably a really dumb idea, but it somehow makes the idea of running 13.1 miles less intimidating. :P
|Yay Carbs and Coladas!|
|The free race shirt|
|Ready to go|
Fleet Feet, the company putting on the race, had amazing staff there that took care of us and made sure our tags were on right. They had bagels and bananas set out for the runners to fuel. I stuck to my water, but appreciated the effort. Soon it was time to line up for the race.
Then we were off! The race had lots of hills and a good amount of wind and sun, but we did okay considering everything. The miles sort of blended together and once again I was impressed with how nice runners were. Everyone cheered us on the entire way no matter how far behind them we were. There were a few water stops and powerade stops along the way to help keep us going. Towards the very end, around mile 11.5 we met a fellow Galloway Method runner and started chatting with him about how much the Galloway Method has changed our lives and opened up new doors for us. He was running his first half marathon and was so proud that he could do it. It was nice to spend the last stretch reflecting on how far we've come. We crossed the finish line and received our shark medals! After the race, the runners got a cookout and free admission to the aquarium. We got some snacks and then enjoyed a couple of hours watching the fish.
|The finish line being set up in front of the aquarium entrance|
|Passing the start line|
(we're actually in this picture, but very hard to see)
|One of my favorites to watch: the jellyfish!|
- The Runners and Staff - everyone was really friendly and supportive
- The Theme - I'm all about the shark stuff. Who doesn't want a shark medal/shirt?
- The course - It was a really scenic course with lots of shade and nature views
- The course - OMG the hills were ridonkulous.
- The water stops - There just weren't enough, especially once the sun came out
- The bling - The medals are only about an inch by an inch and the 5k and 1 mile fun runners got the same exact medal. Trivial really, but somehow when you're that tired it feels like a bigger deal.