Back in OKC tonight after a short business trip to Tulsa. It was our annual Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma (NGEAO) sports tournament. This year it was held at the newly completed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa. All in all, it was a rather successful trip. I met a lot of people I do business with on a daily basis and managed to make a few new contacts. I also got to hang out with people I work with on a daily basis in a more relaxed, fun atmosphere. It's nice to set aside the work stuff for a day and a half and just have fun.
Wednesday night was the mixer at the sports tournament. It's basically just a reason to drink beer and hang out for a few hours. All the drinks are free and everyone seems to drink about 3x more than they should when the word FREE is attached to alcohol. I went in knowing I was limiting myself to only a few drinks so I had the upper hand on most people there. About 2 or 3 hours into the evening, the liquid courage began to surface and people started dancing and acting like they had drank their weight in beer. It's always an enjoyable time watching the show. You see the less serious side of people and it's kind of refreshing. After a few hours, I was done though. There is only so much you can handle when you are actual sane and sober enough to put a filter on you conversations. I made an escape about 11:15 and was very happy to see my bed around midnight.
Today was a very relaxing day. I started off by waking up on my own about 8:15. I laid around for about 30 minutes or so and got changed into my running clothes. I told myself that I would run 5 miles no matter what happened, and being sober and in bed early was a great idea when the next morning rolled around. I made my way to the hotel's fitness center, although I am not sure it is worthy of the name. It was basically 2 treadmills, a recumbent bike, elliptical machine, and one station of weights. It was also about 80 degrees and humid so I don't think it ever really sees much action. I did manage to find an oscillating fan and placed it in front of my treadmill which helped cool me down during my run. The run was quite enjoyable actually. I hadn't run with my iPod in a while and the music was refreshing. It was a good mix of country, rock, and christian. I didn't push myself today because I wanted to make it through this week healthy. My knees have been hurting a bit lately so I don't want to overdo it with 12 weeks left in the schedule. My goal is to get in my long run Saturday morning and then actually get a cross-training workout in on Sunday. It's been a few weeks since I have been able to do 2 workouts on the weekend and I think that may be contributing to my aches and pains.
After running, I went upstairs and got ready for the rest of the day. Our afternoon plans consisted of grabbing some lunch at the golf clubhouse and then we went to the bowling alley for the bowling tournament. The theme of this year's bowling was "Boot, Scootin', Bowling". We all received colored-straw cowboy hats, a country CD, a bandanna, and a pack of shredded beef jerky. They were nice little party favors and I ended up getting Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits II which will be a nice addition to my collection. I ended up getting stuck on the end lane which kind of takes away from the fun of the event, but it was still a good time and I met a few new people along the way. After bowling we hit the road and made our way back to OKC. It's good to be home and I was able to catch the first episode of Survivor and The Office tonight! I can't believe the fall premieres have already started. Fall is definitely in the air.
Another big OSU weekend ahead. We are playing Rice at home and it's an evening game. Evening games are always more fun because you have all day to tailgate and enjoy the company of your fellow OSU family members. We also booked a room at the Atherton Hotel on campus. It is my first stay at the hotel and it's a very convenient location for a night of fun and music on the strip. I am definitely looking forward to another exciting weekend in Stillwater.
Off to bed for now. Hope you all have a great Friday.
Wednesday, Sept 16th - 3.0 miles in 27:25 (9:08 pace)
Thursday, Sept 17th - 5.0 miles in 49:30 (9:54 pace)