After Goodwill, I headed to Tulsa and checked in at my hotel downtown, which was about 5-6 blocks from the start) and then headed over to the race expo before it closed and checked in and got my packet. Then it was back to the hotel for me. Since room service wasn't too outrageous, I opted for that instead of trying to find a restaurant and eating alone or getting carry out. I felt very fancy pants eating in my hotel room. I was in my jammies and reading in bed by 7:30. Fabulous. I just relished the quiet and didn't turn the TV on once the whole stay.
After a couple of incidences where I have barely made it to the start or have been late, I turned the ringer way up on my cell phone alarm, took the time to figure out the hotel room alarm AND had a wake up call. I was up at my desired 6:30 wake time, had slept wonderfully and was ready to go! I got ready nice and slow and headed out the door to walk the half mile or so to the start. I timed it perfectly and after a short wait for a port-a-potty I headed into my corral (B) to wait for the start. They started the race in "waves" Each subsequent corral was started 5 minutes after the one in front of it.
Soon I was off. The first half of the course was gorgeous.
I got 1090 place out of ???? and 98th in my division out of almost 500 runners by running a new PR of 2:02:51. Still chasing a sub 2 hour half, but I am proud and happy with this race. It was FUN! And it also helps that I felt strong throughout the run ;)