Monday, April 27, 2015

{Team Castro Racing} Weekend Roundup!

You know it's racing season when every weekend we seem to be running from here to there ... literally. Like, my legs are just about to fall off, but then again, that's why I run, right? Because I can. Because I have legs. And life. And air in my lungs.
But still, ouch.

On Saturday, John & my big bro headed off early to Tulsa for the inaugural Golden Driller Marathon.  My brother is especially lured into inaugural races, and with this one being right here in the state, it seemed like a no-brainer. 
(For me, Queen of roadside oddities, the fact that the medals had one of them on it was beyond fabulous). It was a little warm to run a marathon, but it was better than the ice storm of Cowtown!

The start/finish
 This race was done on trails, so there weren't any street closings and such, which is pretty cool!
Course Map
Kurt coming in for the finish!


Kurt's medal is there, it's just spun itself sideways :/

 In the end, they did AWESOME! Hubby even made a new PR (personal record) time in under 4 hours AND took third place in his age division! 
Earning him this Golden Driller mug.

swag.
While the men were off in Tulsa, the remaining members of Team Castro were gearing up for the Super Hero 5k!



"Batman doesn't smile", he says.

TCR is ready to go!
 We met our running pals there, Batgirl & Supergirl!






Evan blew us all away - the three adults and three kids on our team that he left behind in the dust never saw him again until the finish!

He had run the whole 5k in under 30 minutes! 
AND ran each of us in as we made our way to the finish.

These two may or may not have just walked and chatted the whole time...

Evan Batman took first place in the elementary school age division!
Ka-POW!


and we finished up with an award for best costumes! 


The weekly yoga class we do has been really helping with our hip abductor - related running issues. Emma's runner's knee didn't bother her (of course, there was wasn't a whole lotta running going on, but...), and I was able to run the whole 5k with minimal ITband pain. Don't get me wrong, it was still hurting, but it didn't cause enough tension to give the telltale ITband straight-leg-of-death stride, which is AMAZING, and I can't wait to tell her this week!

The icing on the weekend running cake was the annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I find it hard believe that it's been 20 years since the OKC Bombing. It doesn't seem that long ago.

This year, we did the relay, so that hubby can officially say that he's run every event in the Run to Remember, from the kid's marathon all the way up to the full. Relay teams are made of 5, which is good because with the 4 of us and our always present Uncle K, who is basically a TCR member anyway, we fit right in! 

The legs were divided up into two 10k's - Kurt & Emma, two 5k's - Evan & Me, and one 12k - John. 
This was Emma's very first 10k, so she was going to run us in to the finish!


After dropping Uncle K off at the start chute, we waited for him to race by at the start.


After we saw Flash off, Superman & Batman boarded the relay shuttle to leg 2, where Evan would run the timer through the most famous part of the race - Gorilla Hill. 


The crowd LOVED seeing a tiny Batman running through the course. We watched some of the GoPro footage last night and it was FABULOUS! They ate it UP. 
Gorilla Hill was just MADE for Evan to run through. 
Once he got to the third leg of the race, he transferred the timing chip over to Superman, who had escorted him, along with Flash, all through his leg of the course. 


and a butt slap to tell him he was good to go!
 Flash & Batman rode the shuttle back just in time for me to load my shuttle to leg 4 and hand Robin over to the two tired runners. Luckily, we parked in a GREAT spot RIGHT by the shuttle station, so they got to sit in the car with the heater on full blast until it was time to meet me at the end of my leg of the race.
UNfortunately, John ran so fast that I barely made it off the shuttle and they were calling my number, so i forgot to call them to let them know I had started my run!
Half way through, I remembered, but it was still too late. By the time we made it to the exchange point, we had a good 10-15 minutes of time to wait while the shuttle made it's way with the rest of the team in tow. (Which actually worked out well since Superman needed a bathroom break anyway).

Once they arrived, the transfer was made and Robin was off on the last leg of the race, and her very first official 10k! (Escorted by Superman)


Flash, Batman & I headed back on the sweaty/pee smelling shuttle to meet them at the finish line.



Here they come!!


We all got to cross the finish line together, as a team, and it was the BEST finish EVER!

Afterwards, we collected our Carl's Jr burgers and devoured them!
(We totally failed on getting to the free pancake breakfast that morning, so we were STARVING!)



Afterwards, we headed up to the memorial itself to relax in the memorial grounds. 



The kids got to go see the Survivor Tree, and hear its story. 


While the guys rested their legs from back-to-back races. 




It's always nice inside the memorial grounds. It's quiet and still, even with everything going on just outside the walls. And it's even more beautiful on the day of the race because the remembrance chairs and the fence outside are covered in medals, bibs, flowers, and notes dedicated to the memory of the 168 that died that day. 


Happy weekend, everyone!

(Want more? Additional photos/videos will be on our Castro Team Racing facebook page!)
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