I ran the Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte, NC Saturday. I was on the fence about doing this marathon but jumped at the chance once the airfare dropped a couple of weeks ago. I'm glad I did - I thought it was a well done race and I had a great time. I flew down on Friday and got to met up with NJShoreRun
(aka Steve) .
My main goal for this race was just to run it easy since I ran Philly 3 weeks ago. That's a little hard to do in a race that has roaring engines at the start when the guns go off. I ran the first half a little faster than I should have but still had a decent race. I managed to meet up with Steve a couple of times during the race which was cool. We actually ended up running it in together at the end.
I really liked this race. I stayed at a hotel that was six blocks from the expo and start/finish line so it was super easy to get in and out (and never saw the inside of a Charlotte porta pottie), plus the airport was only about 15 minutes away. I'm always amazed at some of the criticisms people write on MarathonGuide.com
(too hilly, too cold, a waitress was mean to me, blah blah blah). I thought this was a great race and would definitely do it again.
Finish time = 4:13:36
At the expo
Somewhere around mile 14? (thanks to P Kay)
with NJShoreRun at the Finish