They tell you to get a good night sleep before raceday. That never works for me. I didn't get to sleep until after 12:30 and had a weird nightmare. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
I got up at 5:00 and put myself together and headed to the complimentary breakfast. By 6:00 I was in the car heading downtown. I was seemingly the only living being in Tulsa at that hour of a Sunday morning, but I go a darned good parking space about a block from the starting line.
It was quite cold, but they had several tents and as a member of Half Fanatics I had a special place to drop off my bag. And keep warm.
Being at the start line around 6:00 made the wait for the 8:00 gun a long cold wait. But we finally entered our corrals. Native American drums were played and a Native American prayer prayed and the National Anthem sung we were ready.
Of 56 races I have run of all lengths before Tulsa, I have only been started by a horn. Not today. The sheriff walk up to the start line with a shotgun. They fired a blank to start the race for each corral.
The race went well. They ran us through some of Tulsa's best neighborhoods. On tour was through a monastery/high school. Very pretty. I was running a sub 2:00 pace through 10k. I was excited. But, by 15k my pace was down and I thought I might still get a PR (2:06:38). Yeah well, that wasn't going to happen either. My first race of 2012 was run are 2:11:00 and by mile 12, it was clear that even that was not going to happen.
But I was till having a good run so the 2:13:23 was a great time. Half Fanatics had our own recovery zone with food, beer, even our own medal. One of our members scored her 50th state. WooHoo!
The finish was ore than a mile from where my car was parked. That was bad planning. But they did have a shuttle that left me off two blocks from my car. On the other hand, it was also two block from the Catholic Cathedral. Time: 11:45. Pretty sure the Cathedral would have a 12:00 Mass. Yeah, I checked. Yeah, they did. Yeah, I went to Mass.
After that it was back to the Hotel, take an ice bath then a nap for a couple of hours.
I have not down loaded my cameras yet, so pictures, tomorrow.