Mississippi Blues Marathon - Run

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Jackson, Mississippi
United States
Mississippi Blues Marathon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 35m 15s
Overall Rank = 73/842
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 3/25
Pre-race routine:

Woke up three hours before race time to make sure the body was awake before the race started.
Event warmup:

I jogged for about 5 minutes to get the legs loose. I really didn't want to wear myself out before this race.
  • 3h 35m 15s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 13s  min/mile


My pace was solid (outside of the restroom break at mile 17) until about mile 19.5. It was at that point that my left leg felt like it was about to give out, so I slowed my pace a hair to keep my form in check. At mile 20 there was a long hill that pushed me over the edge.

The last 10k took me over an hour to get through. Every time I was close to rallying another hill came along to bring the pace back down. This race really ramped up the difficulty after mile 20.
What would you do differently?:

I'm really not sure. It's possible that aiming for a 3:15 was a bit aggressive for this course. My progress leading up to this race was promising, and I did really well in my longest run leading to my taper.

Marathon running just requires tolerance for a type of fatigue and hurt that I'm not as well conditioned for. At least now I get to get back into a tri training mindset. Ultimately this marathon training was to help get my run form back, and I definitely accomplished that.
Post race
Event comments:

It's a challenging course, but it is a well run race.

Last updated: 2013-10-11 12:00 AM
03:35:15 | 26.2 miles | 08m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/25
Overall: 73/842
Performance: Average
Course: The course is pretty hilly. It runs you all around Jackson, which has a lot of hills in the downtown area.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4