Nov. 21st was the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, OK. My duty for the day was pacing people who wanted to finish in 5 hours, or basically be a guide along the course as to where a person should be if they wanted to finish in 5 hours. To keep an even split (11:27 per mile) is pretty hard.
Today, the challenge was gonna be more with a strong south wind, and warm temps. As the day progress, people were having issues from cramps to dehydrations. Running in these conditions does take a toll on a person if not trained properly. Drink, drink, drink...was the call from the beginning.
At mile 12-ish, people were given the option of taking a detour to the center of the universe...an extra .3 mile added to 26.2...thus making the total distance of 26.5 miles. By this point, my group had fallen apart, and I opted for the extra .3 and went to the center of the universe. Just had to make it an ultra :) But as a 5 hour pacer, I had to make up time for the detour. We made it up in the second half of the marathon.
|Center of Universe medal|