Each year--usually in the fall, a group of RunnersWorld friends assemble on 11th Street aka Route 66 and make a trek eastward toward Catoosa to see the Blue Whale. It's a 31-mile round trip and is a good training run for an ultra that someone may or may not have in their near future.
|Thanks, Isabel, for the pic|
This time around, 12 runners met at the Quik Trip at 11th/Utica Ave and headed out around 6:20.
Me--I had dead legs, and it took a couple of miles to get loosened up and out of the suck zone.
Old Route 66 is packed with landmarks. The old Rose Bowl is one and sadly is in a state of disrepair. I am afraid one day, I'll run by and see it leveled.
This year, Tammy Cryer set up an aid station about half way between. She had taken requests and had a well-stocked table of goodies. My favorite-pickles and Oreos stackables were on hand and I partook liberally. She also has pickle Popsicles which really hit the spot.
We reached the Blue Whale in around 4 hours--not really a land-speed record, although stopping at each QT and hanging around the aid station adds up. Our moving time was actually not that bad. We averaged 13-14 minute miles for most of the way out.
|Thanks, Lynna, for the pic|
The blue whale is a cool place, and especially so at night.
We spent around 15 minutes here goofing around.