Hey guys. It’s been awhile!
On Sunday, I ran my first half marathon since baby: the Route 66 half. The Route 66 is my absolute favorite race. I started running the 5k in 2011 and have worked my way up to the half (I’ll hit the full someday!).
I showed up downtown on Race morning at 7am and it was a FREEZING 33° . Apparently, I’m the only person in the world (at least the only person in my family) who didn’t keep my heat blanket from last year for this year’s wait at the starting line. My bro and sis-in-law were so kind as to grab me one at the 5k on Sat, so I didn’t freeze for too long. My sister and I kept telling ourselves ‘at least it’s not 18° …at least it’s not 18° ‘ (it was 18° at the starting line in 2013 and we *barely* survived that one…ha)!
We were in corral C, so we got started around 8:10ish and, for the first 10 miles, I was KILL. ING. IT. I mean, I was smiling, humming to myself, thinking about how great life was for 10 miles! I was keeping a 10:30-11:30 pace (which was awesome, since my training wasn’t great). And then…MY PHONE SHUT OFF. For some reason, everything went downhill after that!
My IT started bothering me around mile 10 or 11. I don’t know if you’ve ever had IT pain, but it feels like your bones are rubbing together. It’s not fun. But, it felt totally fine when I was walking. Soooo, I walked a lot between miles 11-13! I was definitely having to pep talk myself to get through those last few miles. But, remember how I broke my pinky toe recently? It didn’t even bother me!
Anyhoo, I crossed the finish line and got my medal and, more importantly, my spaghetti! I don’t know what it is about running 13 miles and then eating that spaghetti, but it is SO FABULOUS. Anyone else love it as much as I do?!
Back to the medal: aren’t they the greatest?! These medals are SO photogenic! I’ve seen so many cool pictures of them! Of course, I snapped a million pics of my own.
I love the Route 66. I love how the community rallies around it. There are always so many people along the way cheering the runners on! The bands are great, the signs are great, and I’ll definitely be trying all the Jell-O shots next year (when I’m not nursing a baby!).
If you’ve never run the Route 66, it’s a MUST. It’s a hilly course (I hear a lot of ‘when did Tulsa get hills??’ as I was running), but it’s definitely worth it. There’s something about seeing the town on foot rather than in the car ❤️
Registration is already open for next year. Go sign up!