Mississippi Blues Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Jackson, Mississippi
United States
Mississippi Track Club
68F / 20C
Total Time = 2h 20m 18s
Overall Rank = 505/975
Age Group = 24-29
Age Group Rank = 46/61
Pre-race routine:

Hot shower to loosen up. Few sips of gatorade. Drive in, park, go to the line.
Event warmup:

A quick jog and a late trip to the porta potty. Heard the national anthem (guitar solo) from the john.
  • 2h 20m 18s
  • 13.11 miles
  • 10m 42s  min/mile

I kept it slow through the first 7, then figured I'd go out and truly put in a best effort 10k to the finish. I knew the hills only got tougher, but I thought I had saved enough. I was wrong. It was ridiculously humid and in the high 60s today, and it sapped me. By mile 11 I was cooked and my pace was near a crawl.
What would you do differently?:

Run the race the weather gave me. I had trained in 30-40 degree temps, so today was a shock. However, I live in Mississippi so I knew better and should have respected the conditions more.
Post race
Warm down:

Beer, pizza, whining about how tough it was out there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The weather and me letting my weight get back up to 10-15 pounds over my ideal race weight.

Event comments:

Despite the weather, this race has done a fantastic job in the two years they have held it. The threat of storms kept the musicians off the course, so that was a bummer, but understandable. It's just a really well organized and fun event with a really tough course that happened to have a double whammy of some major humidity today.

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Last updated: 2008-09-18 12:00 AM
02:20:18 | 13.11 miles | 10m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 46/61
Overall: 505/975
Performance: Below average
Course: Same as last year. Hills, hills, hills, and more hills.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5