Friday, October 11, 2013

Lions, Tigers, and Bears...RUN!

And you better run fast! Last weekend, Roger and I drove to Tulsa to take part in the Tulsa Zoo Run. We chose to do the 10K, which was my first 10K in over a year! It was definitely a challenge. I think my muscles are just now starting to feel a little less sore. 

The weather could not have been more perfect! Storms had rolled through the night before and brought with them clouds and COOL air. The temps that morning were in the 50's! I loved it.  

We left Saturday morning about 6:00ish and made our way to Tulsa. It's about an hour and a half drive from where we live, and race bibs/timing chips/t-shirts had to be picked up by 8:00. With road construction along the way, we made it just in time to get everything and even do a couple miles warm up before the race (which started at 9:00). 

Perfect weather for The Tulsa Zoo Run 

Many people crowded together at the start, but after the first two miles, the crowd spread out. It wasn't long before two women, running at a consistent pace, were passing me. I decided if I sped up, I would have a small group to run alongside for the remainder of the race. We ran together for several miles until the finish line.  Not only was it encouraging, but I enjoyed running with a group. We all finished right around the same time, and even high-fived one another after the finish line.  I was able to finish in just under 48 minutes, which earned me second place in my age group. Roger also ran well and finished second for his age group.

Second place in age groups
Afterwards, we decided to run a few more miles, but ended up missing the post run food (I was STARVING) and almost missed the awards! We did get to walk around for awhile in the zoo, and saw many of the animals that were out and TIGERS!

TIGER!! Good thing I still have on my running shoes. ;P
Upon leaving, we saw the "Poo at the Zoo" t-shirt. We thought it was hilarious, but it was only available in kids' sizing! What grown up wouldn't want to wear a shirt about animal poo?? 

Poo at the Zoo t-shirt....if only I were kid-sized. 
Overall, it was a great day and we had a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend this run to others in the area! Besides the 10K, there was a 5K and a 1mile fun run as well. A huge plus is the free entry into the zoo after the run. (The run actually finishes in the zoo! Pretty cool.) Want more info? Check it out HERE.

Next run...two more weeks at the Tulsa Run! It is a 15K, and the best part? The "Trick or Treat" finish line! So basically, you are running towards chocolate. What could be better than that?? (Maybe the hilarious costumes along the way....nah. Chocolate!)

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