Sam's Blog
Read as Sam shares his feelings and experiences while completing the 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days!
South Carolina and into the single digits!
We actually succeeded on the early start today and began just before dawn, which made for a fantastic temperature and not much traffic.  As running in Columbia was somewhat of a last minute change, I ended up running another half marathon course (the Governor's Cup) twice- forwards and backwards.  It was really a nice course, but definitely not flat.  There were more than a few good sized climbs, but that just kept things interesting.  It was a fun run, and because of the somewhat last minute location change, there was no local support, but Eric ran a good bit of the first half with me and Kirsten did the second half with me, so they were great company as always.  We finished up and did have one news station at the finish, then were off for our normal routine.  Ate lunch in the car on the way to Atlanta, and when we made it into town went straight to CNN studios for several interviews- one with CNN Pipeline live and another that is still to come I guess.  We then made our way to the beautiful home of a wonderful Rhodes alumni here in town for a great dinner and reception of Rhodes alumni here in the area.  Great to see many people I hadn't seen in a while and meet new ones too.  Bobbo graciously invited us to stay with him at his home and we are looking forward to a wonderful rest tonight.  Tomorrow will be a big day and I'm very much looking forward to it.  There should be several people running the entire marathon with me as well as a good many friends running on and off throughout.  I'm also excited to have Dean Karnazes running with me tomorrow- I'm just hoping he was able to make it into town despite the Atlanta security scares of today. Strong rainstorms this evening should make for pretty nice temperatures tomorrow!  Thank you all so very much for your contined support and prayers!
2006-08-11 01:19:01 GMT
Comments (5 total)
Sam & Crew,
I think I told you once that you and Dean running together would be a run worth watching. Tomorrow will be a great day for Ultra Marathon runners. Its great to see this support for you and the team. Looking forward to next Saturday in the Bay.
--Dick & Judy
2006-08-11 02:19:20 GMT
We'd love to be with Team Thompson as you roll through the single digits on your way back to BSL. But rest assured that you're very much in our thoughts and prayers. Godspeed!
> Cousin Mark, Betty and Mr. Whitney
2006-08-11 10:37:38 GMT
Single Digits...not the temperature that is for sure but...amen....the "finish line" is almost in sight. Love and hugs for your entire crew...wonder if your Mom will recognize a kitchen when she gets home! Seriously, may you all stay very strong and be bolstered by all the good wishes and prayers for safe "journeys" to come. Aunt Lea
2006-08-11 12:47:52 GMT
Just read about your journey on the internet. If everyone had a small portion of your generousity of spirit, what a wonderful world this would be. Thank you for remembering those still in need. You can add me to the list of those who will be praying for you and your crew. Bless you.
2006-08-11 13:43:42 GMT
way to go..keep it going..I salute you on bringing awareness with your challenge and media coverage.
2006-08-11 21:25:10 GMT