I got to run in the OKC Memorial Half Marathon again this past April. After six half marathons, I'm still trying to get under 2 hours. This race was close: 2:00:35. This was my fourth time doing this course, and I still loved it. The Gorilla Hill portion was the best I had experienced. There were so many spectators cheering; it really got the adrenaline going.
|Indulgent selfie at the start line since I wasn't |
with anybody I knew
|I hung with these pacers until about mile 8 or 9|
I didn't keep to a strict training schedule for OKC like I did for Tulsa. By that, I mean, I didn't always do weekly speed and hill runs. Though I got faster in this race, I think I do better if I have more of a weekly training plan that meets goals of mileage, speed, and endurance.
This race also reminded me that as a runner, I just work with what I've got. It was a rough day for the OKC Memorial race in terms of the humidity and wind. I drank more along the course than I usually do. The heat was affecting me; it was probably the warmest and most humid I had ran in since September. I had two Gu's along the way, and they seemed to help, but I'm pretty sure my electrolytes dropped. About 15 minutes after my race, I was walking to meet Josh and the kids. Both of my calves cramped up, and I was on my tiptoes yelling. Josh was close enough when I dropped my stuff and yelled, and he caught me. He and some kind stranger got me on the ground and helped me work the cramps out. So painful. I limped for about 4 days, and it wasn't for another 3 days that my legs were pain-free.
|I sent this pic to my cousin Annie after she texted me that she was tracking me. |
We ran the half together 4 years ago.
|After I could stand upright again we snapped this pic downtown.|
And I'll make it official by putting it on my blog: I've got my eye on a full marathon in October in Wichita. Good time of the year in terms of the weather, and the course is relatively flat. I'm excited about this next challenge.
I think one of the best things I've come to appreciate as a runner are fellow runners. Whether it's talking about running or training together, that's been an encouraging piece of my running story.
|Some of the Wilshire Runners|