I (Rhonda) finished out June with another Race 13.1 series race in Roanoke, VA on June 18th – have I mentioned how much I LOVE this series? And a local race – the Palmetto Endurance Half Marathon in Anderson, SC.
I ended up getting a late start to head to Roanoke. There were several terrible accidents along my route and my normal 4 hour drive ended up being almost 6! I was tired, ready to eat and go to bed. First stop was Fleet Feet Roanoke to pick up my packet and bib. Next I met my future Daughter-In-Law, Arielle, at my hotel. We got me all checked in and unloaded and then headed out for dinner at Longhorn Steak house. An uneventful evening but it was so amazing to catch up and chat and relax after that drive.
I wasn’t far from the race start which meant an uneventful morning. The race was set to run along the Roanoke River. It was a somewhat hilly course but very pretty and definitely worth a repeat. The temps were perfect to start. It was warming up by the finish but during the race it was actually very nice. I finished up and headed straight to the hotel to shower and eat. I wanted to get on the road to home as soon as possible.
Next up was the Palmetto Endurance race. Packet pick up was at Complete Nutrition in Anderson, SC the evening before. My husband was running this race as well so we drove over and got the packets and then came home for a good dinner. We were up and at it nice and early Sat morning. Wow what a difference in temps! It was hot! Oh and let’s not forget about those insane hills! The race proceeds go to support local Autism Awareness and for that alone I would repeat again – that and a good challenge. The Race Director was super – they even gave me one of the awards they had set aside for place winners as a reminder and congratulations of finishing my 40th Lifetime Half Marathon. My friend, Lisa, also ran this race and placed 1st in her age group and her husband placed 1st in his age group in the 10K! So rewarding to see others you love placing!
That was the last of my 5 races in June. Now a week off and then I am off to run in Maine and Vermont!