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!