Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa
The storms last night did the trick and paved the way for slightly cooler temperatures this morning in Tulsa. We met up with the race director Chris and another race official Jack who led me through the course on their bikes. Jack had to run after a few miles, but Chris kep leading the way through about mile 15. The course was really a lot of fun- definitely flat and fast, there were incredibly already a lot of fallen leaves along the course. Most of the course ran along the Arkansas River, and we started out on the actual course (the road adjacent to it), but after a brief run-in with the police, we were down to the path next to the river. It was fun seeing the sites of Tulsa, hearing about the intense high school football rivalries, etc., and the last few miles were really gorgeous as we cruised through historic residential areas before finshing up back in downtown. Paul, a local runner from Fleet Feet joined me for a few miles here and there today too. With Route 66 being a new marathon, it was fun to be the first person to run this fun course. The temperature had climbed up pretty well by the end, but I finished strong and cruised back to the hotel for our usual routine. Then we had an awesome lunch of brunch with Chris, and we were on the road again. We took a minor detour in our road choice to Dallas, but made it here soon enough. We're staying with great friends here in Dallas, and after a tasty dinner at a hole in the wall Italian place, it's time for bed again. As usual, the eat, sleep, run mantra continues to hold true. Hard to believe there are "only" 3 marathons to go now. Temperature here in Dallas is about 100, and hoping it'll cool a few degrees by morning, but we shall see! Hope you all are well- thank you so much for all your amazing support!