Anyway, back to Cowtown. If you have not run this race, please consider running it next year. The race is organized very well and I enjoyed the course for the 1/2 marathon. Plus, they have 2 days of races. Saturday was the shorter races and on Sunday they had the 1/2 marathon, marathon and an ultramarathon. I will be back next year! I am just not certain what distance I will run. Maybe I will do another marathon. You never know!
I drove down to Dallas Friday night and stayed with my bro-in-law and sis-in-law. I love them so much. I have only lived in Tulsa 4 months so far but they have already hosted me twice. YAY! Saturday, they took me to the race expo which was huge and then we toured downtown Ft. Worth. The best part was Saturday night. I attended my first Team Red White and Blue event. They hosted a pasta dinner at Rahr brewery. I had such a great time because I got to meet so many great people that I have only been interacting with through Facebook. Plus, I won a raffle with a race entry for next year's Cowtown. YAY!!!! If you don't know Team Red White and Blue is a nationwide organization:
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
I lucky enough to be the Tulsa Chapter Team Captain. We are a growing chapter so you will hear me talking about Team RWB a lot as we grow! Additionally, if you have specific questions about this great organization, please let me know. I am more than happy to fill you in on the details!
So I pulled my lazy butt out of bed early Sunday morning because I had to drive from Dallas to Ft. Worth. I got there with plenty of time to spare. The weather was awesome so I didn't freeze my tuckus off waiting for the gun start. Have I mentioned that I don't like cold weather?! Anyway, while waiting I ran into many of the Team RWB members in my corral. I was very happy about this because I could start with them. Plus, they were running with the flag and I have wanted to do that for some time! The gun went off pretty much on time. I started with the guys for the first mile but they were pushing the pace more than I would like so I only got to run with them for the first mile. But that was enough to propel me through the entire race. We got so many "Thank yous" as we passed spectators. That was so awesome! I was very emotional. I believe I teared up each time someone said "Thank you" and "Go Team!" Plus, spectators would yell, "Go Christi" which each time freaked me out because I kept forgetting my name was on my bib! Anyway, I don't have mile by mile updates because I have a very short memory. I just ran a solid and very consistent race. My average was 10:30 per mile and I am so happy with that. I have come along with my training. Just last summer I was struggling to even workout but I am consistently working out everyday now. And it is showing. I was hoping to have a PR at this race but it did not happen. But I was damn close! I missed it by 30 secs. I was hoping to hit 2:10 or 2:15 but I was a quarter mile out when I hit the 2:15 mark. However, I know that I will get my PR. You can bet on that! My stats for the race are below:
Total Time: 2:17:42
Age Group: 136/416 which is in top 33% of my age group!
Gender: 1052/4038 which is in top 26% of my gender!
Overall 1/2 marathon: 4040/7094
Great race and a great weekend! Now its time to prepare for my next race... OKC 1/2 marathon I believe will be the next one!