On Saturday I ran my 6th half marathon in OKC at the HITS Running Festival. This race was not what I was expecting. It was a smaller race with ALOT of hills!!
For the expo they had some tents set up outside, which would normally be okay but it was about 37 degrees and rainy. We got there about an hour after they opened on Friday and walked right up and got our packet. That was nice.
WHAT I WORE:
I ended up changing my outfit 3 different times because of the cold weather. I originally planned on wearing a tank with a skirt. Than I added my pro compression socks and arm sleeves. But when I woke up Saturday morning it was 35 degrees so I decided to change it up again. I broke a huge running rule.. I wore the yoga pants I just brought from Lulu and the long sleeves shirt I wore on Friday. This was my first time to wear both of them but it turned out okay. I still wore my pro compression gear under that. I also wore a throw away jacket till mile 4.50.
BEFORE-My wake call was at 5AM.. I ate my breakfast and took my AdvoCare O2 Gold right when I woke up. A snickers bar with some Gatorade. I usually have a problem eating before a race.. I’ve tried bagels, bananas, pb, and a few other things but I always end up taking a few bits and throwing the rest away. So I was happy when I ate all of the snickers bar. DURNING- I had some Candy Corn and some AdvoCare Rehydrate Gel that I was planning on taking…but my stomach was still full from the snickers bar so I ended up not taking in any fuel. Unfortunately this is fairly common for me..not sure what my deal is. I did drink all my nuun though.
This was by far the hilliest course I have ever run, and I’ve run a lot of races in downtown Tulsa ( known for their hills) This course was one hill after another and it killed me at the end. We started at Remington Park and made our way down to the capital building and the OU Medical building. We ran a mile in a parking lot… This was a race first for me. There were a lot of cones and turns in the parking lot. They did have cops stopping traffic at all the major intersections.
The race started at 7AM. We left the hotel at 6:20 and got to Remington in 10 minutes. We had no trouble finding a parking spot which was nice. I went straight to the bathroom line and made it just in time for the start of the race. They did not have an official race clock and they blew out their power a few minutes after the race started. But it all worked out. I had a 7 minute PR in this run and I won my age group! My average mile time was 8:28.
The shirt, bib, and medal from the race.
This race was a good experience for me and I’m glad I was able to run it.
The HITS series is coming back to OKC next year.