Saturday morning is where the real weekend fun began. I had The Color Run scheduled for Saturday morning, and I had already begun to dread it since I had to get up so early to drive to Tulsa and since I was bailed on. It was supposed to be a super hot day in Tulsa and I was sure the humidity would suck, too. But I had paid money for it and I needed that post-race picture; plus, I had convinced Mark to come with me so we could find something to do in Tulsa afterwards. I had packed a bag Friday night and had everything laid out since the plan was to be on the road by 5:30 am. When I crawled out of bed the coffee was brewing and I quickly got ready. I had to prompt Mark a few times before he rolled out of bed. You have to tread with care when waking Mark up super early, he can be awfully grouchy when forced out of bed before light on the weekend! Poor Bella was not at all happy to see us go, but she ran, got into bed with the kiddo, and promptly curled into a furry ball when I told her we were leaving. We took the turnpike the entire way into Tulsa and the trip flew by relatively quick. Mark slept in the backseat with his pillow and I had no problems keeping awake on my own. As we started getting into town I tried waking Mark up numerous times, but he would not wake up! Finally, I got him up a couple minutes before I found parking and had him drinking coffee, but I knew he wasn't quite there yet. We found parking in an apartment complex about a third of a mile from the race start. We started walking towards Veteran's Park (where the race was taking place) and I could tell Mark was having some waking up issues, so I told him to go back to the truck and just meet me at finish. After I assured him that it was no big deal and that I would not at all be mad, he went back the way we came and I jogged to the park. I was concerned about getting there on time because I still had to pick up my packet, but once I got there I realized I had plenty of time and that there were hardly any lines at the packet pick up or at the porta potties either one. So I got my packet and got ready when I realized they didn't have a check in. This annoyed me, I had just assumed that an event that big and expensive would definitely have a check in. It was only a 5k, however, so I figured it wouldn't be too much of a pain to hang onto my stuff for the next 30 minutes or so. I got into the crowd at the race start and stood around for awhile when I realized the waves were taking a really long time to get back to me. I started hopping around to try and see where the start line was and saw that I was probably close to a quarter of a mile back and the crowd was not moving noticeably for long periods of time. So I started pushing my way through the crowd to try and get closer to the front. At this point I just wanted to get it done, I figured it wouldn't be the ultimate color run experience since I would be running it alone, so I was ready to get on about my business. Finally somewhere between 8:30 and 8:40, I got into a wave that was allowed to start! (Waves started at 8:00!) And we were off. It was a fun experience, and I know the run was for fun and not speed, but I was annoyed because the walkers would walk all the way across. I kept having to run up on the grass and in between people coming from the opposite direction to get around them. I don't have anything against walkers, but a little consideration and leaving maybe a two person width gap for runners would have been much appreciated! Everyone walked through the color throws and many people laid down in the middle of the road and rolled around in the color, it was a very fun atmosphere! The air was thick and sticky. It wasn't very warm yet really, but the humidity was horrible. I finished up around 9:10 and opted out of the color finish party, I was ready to find Mark and enjoy the rest of the day. I jogged back the way I came from and met Mark at the apartments we had parked in earlier, I didn't mind him not being at Finish, the reason I wanted him to come along in the first place was to explore Tulsa post-race. And to get my post race pictures, of course ;):
The truck's windows are heavily tinted and the apartments were pretty quiet and empty, so I had Mark hold up a towel for me while I changed and cleaned up in the parking lot. I had brought a wash cloth and water and such and actually did a decent job of cleaning up considering the conditions. I finished up in the truck while we started to drive around and figure out what we were going to do. Mark used to live in Tulsa so there were a few things he wanted to do; that, combined with a few things I had done research about and wanted to do left us with a full plate! First Mark showed me where he used to live, then we went to visit the Center of the Universe. This phenomena is a tad tricky to explain, but it's a part of the detour on the marathon course I plan to do in November (I will post an official blog about this soon!), so I was excited to check it out. One stands on the cement circle and when speaking can hear one's voice reverberate, it's super cool! Then we drove around downtown looking for a hotel that is bizarrely narrow from a certain angle. We never did find that hotel. We decided on lunch at Cherry Street somewhere and parked a block away because the street was blocked off for farmer's market. We wandered around that for a bit, but they were just starting to wrap things up so it looked like we missed the best of it. After walking up and down Cherry Street, we ended up eating at a Mexican restaurant that was SO good! I got the brisket tacos with avocado salad and what I think what was cilantro rice. I definitely would like to eat here again when we go back to Tulsa!
Everything was amazing (the Queso Blanco - to die for) and somehow I managed to stop before I became an overstuffed turkey. After that we decided to do a bit of random exploration before we decided on picking our next stop. After driving around a bit we saw a sign for the Tulsa Garden Center which just happened to be on my list, so we stopped there. We walked all over the grounds and saw so many pretty flowers and plants. We got a few good pictures. This is the entry garden upon arrival:
Some of the prettier flowers:
Mark demanded to be cropped out of this one because he looked a bit grumpy:
And here's take two:
I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the gardens, and Mark actually did, too! After the gardens we saw a sign indicating that the Philbrook Museum was near by, so we ventured there. This place blew my mind. It was so massive and luxurious, I could never imagine living in a place like that.
|Love the columns!|
|One of my favorite displays.|
|The other wall.|
|There were beautiful high ceilings throughout, love the skylight here!|
And the outside grounds were so beautiful and sprawling, I wish I had taken more pictures, it truly was an experience to remember!
|The view from the back patio, note the gazebo at the end.|
|View of the house from the gazebo.|
We left the facility feeling quite cool, indeed! Then we drove around downtown a bit more looking for the illusive hotel. Mark used to go to this shop called Starship Records so we went about finding the place to drop in and take a look around. Mark went through every record they had and ended up finding one of his favorite bands. And I found this:
Yesterday I spent the morning relaxing and watching Heroes on Netflix, then I started cleaning and went grocery shopping. After grocery shopping I came home and worked on laundry and getting tonight's dinner ready: ham and beans with cornbread muffins and spinach. I'm not a ham and beans kinda gal, but a lady at work had brought some up and I really enjoyed it so I thought I'd try and recreate what she had made. (She refused her recipe.... the best cooks do! :-P) I then cooked dinner and did some more cleaning and finished up the laundry, I ended up in bed by 11, w00t w00t! Now I'm off to relax for the rest of the evening. Today was decent and both of my Zumba classes went well, but it was still a Monday and I'm puttered out! In fact, I'd say my evening class went really awesome, I had nearly 20 people and everyone had a really good time from what I could tell. They even clapped at the end of class! I really enjoyed tonight's class and I think most of my students did, too; it was the perfect capper for a Monday. Anyhoo, I'm off to sleep! Ttfn!