What a Saturday!?! This day featured two 5K races in two different cities on the same day. I wanted to run the OKC Zoo Clean Air because its a Series race for the OKC Landrunners. I am trying to make a point to run as many series races as possible. The race in the evening was called the Full Moon Cafe Run and was in Tulsa. I have always wanted to run this race even before I started running.
- OKC Zoo Clean Air Run
This run had a really nice family atmosphere. There was a Xylophone kids band that was really neat. The course was well paved and not overly imposing. Equal amounts of downhill vs. uphill running. The temperatures were cooler and wind wasn’t too much af a factor. All the ingredients for an enjoyable race.
Frank was dancing away to the Xylophone band. We were wondering why he was so happy until we looked off into the distance…..He could see the “Fry Store.” That was the reason he was so happy.
Based upon this picture, we didn’t realize the tragedy that would soon follow.
All were alright in the making of that video.
Next, we got in our car and drove 121 miles to Tulsa it’s ………….
- Full Moon Cafe Run time
This run has been on my radar for quite sometime. Brenda had helped seal the deal for me earlier in the month. Unfortunately she was uanble to make it to the race. I know she missed being there and will make up for it at a later race.
The Full Moon Race featured an easy course at night with lots of festivities after the race. So I was pretty stoked about having fun. Especially when there is a Led Zeppelin Tribute Band.
I had a close friend starting the race with me named Dwayne. He was the friend that ran with me during my very first race ever.
When we went to the starting line to line up with 2,000 other runners…we saw Ashley. Ashley is a new runner that is really improving every time I see her. You’ll see no video footage of her today…she’s too quick for me to get back to my camera after the race. Here’s her blog in case you are interested http://runnergirltulsa.blogspot.com/ , she’s a great writer that is hilarious. I am working on her to blog more.
Anyway, the gun started and the chaos began. This race had so many runners that you were slowly jogging at some points and being cut off frequently. I’m not a big complainer but if your shoulder to shoulder with 1,000’s of people, don’t turn your IPOD on. Everytime I was cut off by a runner, an IPOD was present. I reckon there is a time and place for an IPOD, not the first 1/2 mile of a race.
I started the race off identical to earlier in the morning. Medium pace and worked myself up to a faster speed. It did take about a mile before I could truly get me legs stretched out. I will also admit I zoned out people watching too. I hit my stride when I saw an older gentlement running the pace I wanted to run. He also had a Fleet Feet shirt on which made me believe that he knew what he was doing. I pulled in behind him and run 2/3 of the race pacing off of his steps. The last sraightaway I thanked him and took off for the final push. I actually had some fuel still in the tank. I gave it my all and finished within a 10 seconds of my time earlier in the day (Clean Air Run). The last 5 short races have all had similar times. Can we say “Plateau?” That’s okay. I have summer to change things around.
Here are some of the finsih videos that I have…..
That is me fighting to the very end. Very rewarding race. Life is really good.
Congrats to Dwayne for finishing and doing so with a great time. Good Job!
Now, the next video is of April. I enjoy getting to see April every once in awhile when our race worlds meet up. April has been working with a Tulsa training group. I can tell that she is getting better. When I saw her running the final stretch with such conviction, kinda teared me up a bit. That is totally inspiring to see a runner improve like she has and too see her laying it all out there on the home stretch. She may do a marathon soon, i’ll look for ways to incorporate that into my blog.
Speaking of improvement, Ashley (mentioned earlier) is getting really fast. I think she’s about two months away from her being the one who takes video shots of me in these races. She came in just after me and it appears that her drive to getter faster is high. She is working up to the San Fancisco Marathon. She’ll do great….Heck she ran the Beacon and the Memorial this year. That’ll toughen you up pretty fast.
After the race I found out that anouther good friend ran the race. Doug went out and ran the race in 23 something minutes. That may sound ordinary until you find out that he had only run one time leading up to the race. He has always been like that. He could be a stallion if he ever trained.
After the race I was able to meet up with April and Ashley. They were nice as ever. Got to talk about the old days with Dwayne and Doug. Russell also showed up and I had a good conversation with him. I planted the seeds of some running roadtrips with him.
The Led Zeppelin Tribute band did justice to the actual band. A middle aged drunk lady engaged me in a conversation that I could not get out of for several minutes. My wife and I left Tulsa and returned to Norman at 1:30 a.m. What a day!!! Two awesome 5K’s in one day.
Up next, Gusher Gallop? Maybe.