** Ignore the first and last miles on the profile below. These were my warm up and cool down miles to and from the preview run. **
November came in like a lion this morning but this didn’t deter a huge group of hardy runners from running the back half of the Thunder Road Marathon course.
With the rain coming down, I opted for parking at the Dowd Y and running over to BB&T Stadium where the run was to start. Yeah, I still had a mile to run back but I could hit the way for a chance of clothes and a warm shower. This was definitely worth the extra couple miles.
Pulling up to the park next to the stadium, there was with an awesome scene of runners warming up in the rain. Run for You Life’s training group organizes these preview runs and our Charlotte Running Club promoted them throughout the community and our club.
Our course preview run rolled off about 6:30 AM. Each pace group had a different lead to keep them on pace. I joined with the 8:30 and under per mile pace group.
Heading out on Caldwell, the wind was blowing without mercy. In fact, there were several places along the course that had huge head winds.
The NoDa area and 35th street was pretty much an uphill grind. Plaza and Central were pretty flat and downhill. In fact, our pace group ran some of its fastest miles in this section.
Heading over to Monroe Rd. by WCCB studios has a nice hill. Monroe rd. has some uphills all the way back to Presbyterian Hospital. We went downhill by the Memorial Stadium on CPCC campus.
Then, other than a false flat by the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Stonewall is all up hill.
Maybe the toughest part occurred when we turned on North Graham Street. The wind was blowing so hard that it was all I could do to stay up right.
The RFYL guys get a thumbs-up from me. Pace groups, monitors out on the course, and water stops make the world of difference. Thank you for being out on a cold and rainy morning. I know the runners in my group really appreciated it.
Big shout out to John, Jason, and Clayton, you guys will do awesome on race day.
Sharing one thought at time,
The Cool Down Runner