Monday, November 19, 2012

The Voyage to Tulsa #Rt66run

A quick update after my exciting marathon weekend. I'm pretty sore today, which means I had a good run at the Route 66 Marathon. I can't wait to write the race recap for you, but I'll wait until the official race photos come out. (I was very smile happy for the photographers...) In the meantime, I'll share a little bit about our pre-race activities...

My friends Patty, Laura, and I set off for Tulsa, OK early Saturday morning in my mommy minivan. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much in one day... or enjoyed a long car ride. I couldn't believe how quickly 9 hours went by, despite numerous stops (Hey, we're hydrating the day before the marathon.)

Once in Tulsa, we went straight to the race expo at the Civic Center (after some creative navigating to get around the construction that had our exits closed. Grrr). I thought the expo was great! Lots of exhibitor booths (especially for a race this size), displays of old fashioned cars, live music... and our favorite, the free photo booths! We had so much fun being silly taking pictures.

And I always like running into new friends at the expo...
Peace out with Dave Mari.... and Jess meets Jess!!  :)

I liked the women's shirt and all the goodies that came inside the race bag. I love product samples! Plus I picked up some goodies for my little cheerleaders. 

Unfortunately, our trip had a little bump. Our downtown right-at-the-start-line hotel had a huge overbooking and we were misplaced at another hotel... 10 miles out of town, but with traffic and construction, it was a good 20 minute drive. Our room was comp'ed, but it was still a P.I.T.A. Once we finally got checked in, we had no energy to make a return trip to downtown for the VIP Party. Instead, we grabbed a quick cheap dinner at Mazzio's. I was in my pj's and snuggled in bed by 8:00pm. Ahhhh...

Race bibs laid out for the big race day in the morning!
It wasn't until about mile 9 of the race when someone yelled out my bib # did I realize how cool it was. In the Route 66 Marathon, I was running 26.5 miles (marathon+detour). Check out the last three digits on my bib...

Race recap to come soon!
In the meantime, put the Route 66 Marathon on your race calendar for next year... It's a GOOD one!


  1. This is on my fitness bucket list for next year! I totally cannot wait to run the Route 66 marathon... I am a Route 66 fanatic so this is a dream of mine!

  2. Ohh you drove right thru the town I work in!!! Rolla, Missouri!

  3. Awesome Jess! Can't wait to hear all about it!

  4. Can't wait to read about the race!

  5. Great start to a weekend of race! Can't wait for the recap!


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