EXTREMELY DIFFICULT (about: 2008)|
L. B. from USA (1/6/08)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Mississippi Blues Marathon
First of all, I want to extend my thanks to all the volunteers who made the race possible, and to the race directors for the time and effort they put into getting the race together. The race packet was the best. Tech shirt, sunglasses, Gu, Blues CD. It was great. The weather was perfect.
Now for the course. I gave this course a 1 because of the difficulty. The grades of the hills and the never-ending up-the-hill and down-the-hill completely trashes your legs. By mile 10, my legs were cooked. There is a 5-miles stretch that starts at mile 13 that is flat, but unfortunately for me, my legs had already had enough, and then the hills started back up again until the very end where you have a mile long 15% grade hill to the finish line.
For most people this is not a PR or BQ course. If you like a challenge, this course is for you! I'm glad that this was only a training race for me because I would have been very disappointed. I was just happy to finish a course that will test your strength mentally and physically, and humble you as a runner.
May the New Year bring everyone a PR!