The weekend started Friday night when Derek picked me up in the airport. My flight to Midway and the connecting flight were uneventful. We went to the hotel bar for dinner and he got a beer. It was nice to catch up. The following morning, it was raining, so I skipped my two mile shakeout run. I went to a small bakery for breakfast before picking up my packet. Back in my hotel room, I spoke with a fellow classmate at JHU who is defending her thesis sometime in December about tips for the defense. Then, I joined Nicole and her family for lunch. Nicole and I took a quick trip to the supermarket so I could get breakfast and pick up a few things. She brought my by Oral Roberts University.
|I am not sure what these hands are doing at Oral Roberts University.|
Splits: 6:48/7:06/08/15/18/6:56/7:12/14/01/09/06/21/12/20/28/14/37/34/28/32/32/ 8:10/17/7:52/8:18/7:37/1:57 (.29) 10K - 44:03 10M - 1:11:12 - Half 1:33:41 - 20M 2:25:15 Overall 39/1682 Division Place 2 Gender Place 37/929
I was pleased to discover that I had won second place in my age group and will get an award in the mail. After the race, I showered and walked to an Irish pub to meet Nicole and Bryce. I was able to catch the Patriots game and a beer and enjoy some good food and brews and celebrate our accomplishments.
|Nicole and I celebrate our victories and enjoy a sampling of good beer.|
After, I walked back to check out of the hotel and passed Arnie's bar. I still miss my late mentor.
Nicole dropped me at the airport and I flew home. Overall, I'm glad I went to Tulsa and ran in a new state, Oklahoma. Now, it's Snowball Series races for DC Road Runners Club and two bachelor parties and two weddings before the next marathon - likely New Jersey.