We eventually were away from the group behind us and the leaders were way off in front of us and we were in a good little 8 man group. We got to about 10km and were running through a park, in the dark, and took a wrong turn. We went left when we should have gone right. Eric and another guy noticed that there may have been a turn arrow sign in the shadows, so we all slowed up, hollered at the Japanese runner who had led us on the wrong left turn ;) and kinda jogged around looking for a sign. Luckily, right as we saw a 10km sign on our left, we also saw a course marshal with a flashlight waving us back the direction from which we came. Luckily we turned around because he was standing near a timing mat that gives intermediate splits and makes sure runners don't cut the course. Many runners weren't so lucky and were eventually disqualified for cutting the course or missing timing pads.
We ran on unpaved roads at times, gravelly roads and just completely middle of nowhere pitch black roads until the sun started to rise. The race started at 4:00am, so we were a good two hours into it before the sun started to light the sky.
I hurt really bad energy wise at around 37km or somewhere around there. I had hit the last 5km of the Bangkok Marathon at a very good pace just a month earlier and I had figured that I could do it again this race. I didn't have the legs or the energy and I just kinda kept my legs going with the goal of finishing. As the kilometer markers passed by, I kept looking at my watch and feeling like I was on pace for right around a 3:30 marathon, but wasn't sure because sometimes the distance markers are a little off.
Something funny happened after the race. Eric and I went to shower and head back to Bangkok after we finished. After breakfast and showering, we were in the car and I got a call from Mr. Shiny Bottom. What?
We drove back to Bangkok with our cool trophies. Kinda felt a little cheesy, but after the dust settled, we had run a good race and are happy with our cool trophies ;)
Ayutthaya Marathon 2013
Guy Full Marathon in 3:29:50 (PB) 5th place Age 40-49, Overall 8th place
Eric Full Marathon in 3:35:51 (PB) 5th place Age 30-39, Overall 11th place