On Sunday I ran my 2nd marathon at the Route 66 Marathon. It was freezing!!! The temp when we started was 23 degrees and it only warmed up maybe 1 or 2 degrees throughout the run. I could not feel my toes or fingers most of the race. It was rough. This is my 3rd year to run in this race, I’ve done the relay, half, and now the full. They changed a lot of things this year but i’ll talk more about that later.
The expo was good, we didn’t buy anything. They had a bloggers forum where I got to meet Bart Yasso!!
I was pretty excited! Here is a pic of the bloggers panel.
They answered some questions, mainly about blogging. I enjoyed it since I’m new with blogging and barely know what I’m doing.
Ben tried out the Alter G Treadmill. He had to wear those goofy looking pants that zipped into the treadmill. He liked it and said he would love to use one if he got the chance to. I wore jeans and boots to the expo so I couldn’t get on… sad face. If you live in Tulsa, they have one of these treadmills at the Health Zone.
What I Wore:
I bundled up for this race! I wore a hat, gloves, 2 pairs of socks, Pro Compression socks and zulu socks. A nike thermal long sleeve shirt, lulu pants, and the vest i just bought from lulu. I am so glad that I bought this vest, it was very expensive but well worth the money! Ben wore the same 2 pairs of socks that I did, hat, gloves, tights with shorts over them, a nike tank under his OU shirt.
My wake up call was 5AM for an 8AM race. I wanted to have plenty of time to eat my breakfast. I ate the top half of the chocolate chip bagel and two PB snickers at 5:15. I took my O2 Gold at 7AM and a few ENERGYbits. I had a few more bites of the bagel before I left, I tried to eat more but my stomach was not having it. During: My plan was to take fuel at miles 5,10,15, & 20. I didn’t quite stick to this plan…I know you’re shocked. Ha. Anyways I took 3 chews before the race started and the last 2 around mile 5. I used half a GU at mile 10 and then had to pitch it. My stomach started hurting after that and I didn’t eat anything until mile 21ish. At this point I was starving so I ate 4 chews. I was still hungry but I did not want my GUs. I just keep thinking about everything I was going to eat when I was done.
Before we started they told us to watch out for ice at mile 3, a school left their sprinklers on so the area was icy. When I came to it I hopped on the grass because I didn’t want to chance it. There were a few other icy places throughout but I didn’t have any problems. They changed the course and the finish line set up from last year. The first half of the race was a lot more entertaining than the last half. Although I did enjoy running through TUs campus around mile 20. This race has a lot of hills. However they were pretty spread out and not very steep. When we crossed the finish line we had to walk a ways to get water and the medals. I walked out of that area and found the food in a white tent around the corner. All they had was water, Gatorade, bread, bananas, and spaghetti. I took some spaghetti because I was so hungry and it was warm, but I could only eat a few bites of it. I need to start bringing food for after the race since I’m so picky post race. My husband said they had some muscle milk when he finished but they must have ran out.
They had a 2-minute wave start for the 4 different corrals. Ben and I were in corral B, so it was weird to watch the first group go and then have to wait 2 minutes before it was our turn. Like I said earlier it was 23 degrees when the race started. I was somewhat warm in the corral with everyone being so close together. But man was it a different story when we took off running. The first mile was the worst; I seriously could not feel my toes or fingers. I told myself I was done if it didn’t get better. Luckily I got feeling back in my toes, so I keep going. I threw off my jacket at mile 3 because I couldn’t zip it up and the wind was blowing it like crazy. I ran with 3 hand warmers. I put one in my vest, one in my tights, and I carried one in my hand. They did nothing for me; I couldn’t even tell that I had them… I threw the one away that I was carrying around mile 5. At one point, I think around mile 20, I had to drop my water bottle because I could not feel my fingers and it was starting to worry me. Right around that time I came to a water stop that had a HEATER!!! I stopped for like 2 minutes to get some feeling back in my hands. God always knows what I need!! It was the only heater on the course too, pretty crazy if you ask me! I also ran with tissues and I had to stop and blow my nose every other mile. Something that Route 66 defiantly got right was the water stops. They had so many stops on the course and they were very organized. They had a big Gatorade sign and then volunteers handing out Gatorade. Right after that sign was a water sign that surprisingly had water under it! It was so nice because I was listening to my music and I could not of paused it to make sure I was getting water. I turned on my music at mile 8. My vest had an Ipod hole and a place for the cord, it came in very handy although I couldn’t change the songs because I couldn’t feel my Ipod in the pocket. My splits were so off… the first half of the race I was on a 9ish min pace and the second half was a 10-11ish pace. My fastest mile was 8:48 (1st mile) and my slowest was 12:13 (mile 22). I finished in 4:34… 44/128 AG.
I was really sad when they did not give out finishers shirts. I was looking forward to this shirt because I’ve heard they have the best finisher shirts and mine from OKC is too big, so I was hopping for one that fit. I don’t know why they stopped doing this? They did have finisher shirts that you could buy for $25.
The bibs had our names and where we were from, which was pretty cool. The shirt was a cotton t-shirt, and the medal was HUGE! My husband ran the half and his medal was half the size of mine. They did have the wrong dates on the back of the medals, Saturdays date instead of Sundays, but that’s not a big deal to me.
Overall this was a great racing experience, learned a lot. The volunteers were outstanding!! It was so cold but they didn’t seem to notice. There were several changes from last years race to this year and honestly I did not like most of those changes. Although, they probably would not of bothered me so much if it wasn’t so cold and I wasn’t so hungry. I will run this race again, just probably not the full.
Crossing the finish line!!!