Race Recon: Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon
Since this is my first marathon, ... I think I am probably pouring over the details too much. So, to ease my stress, to calm my fears and to prove to myself that my training really did prepare me fore this race, I looked at the elevation charts. That wasn't enough. So, I looked at google maps. That wasn't enough. So I took a drive down some of the streets. That wasn't enough. So, I split to course up into sections and ran part of the race. OK... now I'm getting close. But wait... was that hill really as steep as I think it was? I'm going back to take some pictures. I'll add more pictures as we get closer to the race.
Here are some of the pictures from the toughest hills on the course. It's not all up hill, but it'll be cool to tell you kids that you ran a race that was all up hill both ways.. in the snow.. and the heat. Nah, that'd be silly.
Chavis Park: (shout out to the Chavis Cheatahs)
|I mention Oakwood because it's all down hill through this portion...well kind of. Take advantage of this section be still pace yourself there's a pretty good hill coming up at mile 5.
|This hill goes up and up and up... Thankfully this is a really good neighborhood to run through and there's some good crowd support. It doesn't stop going up until you reach peace street.
Hillsborough street also has a hill ... I'll get to that. It's not too bad.
Next is the climb to Meredith College:
|This hill is only a half mile long, so it's not too bad. This is the calm before the storm
|This is another half mil climb through the scenic campus. but it's only a half mile so I think I can take it
MIle 13.5: Don't forget to wave to the WRAL TV folks as you pass by the station if you're running the marathon.
|WRAL one of the title sponsors of the event. Don't forget to look for famous people when you turn onto Nazareth Drive. Who knows who will be handing water to you. It might just be your friendly Anchorman, Anchorwoman or reporter..
|There is an uphil climb to get to this point... But I feel like I've said that before.
|Maybe you'll want to stop and smell the flowers? WRAL has an awesome Azalea Garden.
Avent Ferry Road: Miles 16 &17
Lake Johnson: Miles 18 & 19
Gorman street and Thistledown Drive:
|So, a beautiful trail drops you off at the bottom of Gorman Street. You'll have to find some inner fortitude to crawl your way up this hill for the next mile.
Alright so that's it for now, I still have to do some recon on Dorothea Dix, West Lenoir street and Boylan Avenue.
We are going to make it folks. No giving up.
Remember why we run this race: For a Marathon Finisher's jacket and three medals (5k, marathon, Remix)