Sam's Blog
Read as Sam shares his feelings and experiences while completing the 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days!
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!
2006-08-17 02:29:13 GMT
Comments (7 total)
Sam & Crew,
Wonderful to hear you are in Dallas. The temp tomorrow is projected to be 105 so get going early and keep hydrated. God bless.
Dick & Judy
2006-08-17 03:03:36 GMT
Go man, go! Praise God for this endeavor!

Pastor Kerry Doyal
--Kerry Doyal
2006-08-17 03:10:25 GMT
With "just" three to go....I concur with other friends of yours...Just Go Man Go...and praises be for your safe journeys....may your crew be safe too....Guess I should have invested in an ice machine company....Aunt Lea
2006-08-17 03:13:50 GMT
I'll be looking for you tomorrow morning at White Rock on my way to work. What an incredible journey - only three left!!!
--Lenora from Vicksburg
2006-08-17 03:42:45 GMT
An amazing journey you're on, and so close to finishing it. Congratulations to you, I hope that your efforts are rewarded with a lot of renewed attention to the plight of people left homeless and in need of continued help. You are awesome!
--Nancy in Utah
2006-08-17 06:34:45 GMT
I joined up with you in spirit after the CNN coverage. I've just started training for my first half-marathon and can't imagine how you do it. I'll use your challenge and determination as motivation when I get down.

I'm really impressed with the fact that almost every one of your blog entries starts with positive comments. I hope you keep this positive attitude throughout the last few days and then celebrate your success like you've never celebrated before.

Enjoy the trip but know that through out the journey you've brought many people along and pulled many storm victims up out of their situation.

God Bless and Thank You.
2006-08-17 10:32:28 GMT
I am amazed! I just exported your times into Excel and noticed that your average time is 4:06. The first 25 marathons were at 4:15 and since then (through Route 66) the average has been 3:57. So you can rightfully claim that you've "negative split" 50 marathons in 50 days!

I am going to have a letdown in a few days when I can't look up what you've done everyday.

Keep it up - be smart - we are pulling for you!!
2006-08-17 14:29:13 GMT