Despite having run 3 marathons in the past 3 months, I’m pretty relaxed about this 4th marathon in as many months, mostly because the time cutoff is 7 hours, which means I can walk a lot.
However, in writing this post I discovered a note to myself saying the marathon is “hilly!” so my anxiety about this race just ticked up a bit, and my expectations of walking ticked up a lot. I’ve also only run three (3!!!) times in the last month, the longest being 6 miles. Definitely hoping to coast on my prior marathons and it won’t be pretty…
Speaking of not pretty, I was really excited for the medal, which has always been a super cool huge guitar, sometimes with a swinging pick, but they unveiled the design for this year, and I am disappoint.
I mean, seriously, look how amazing the medals are from prior years, and compare it to this year’s.
I don’t want some dude playing my guitar, even if it is BB King. And it’s not even BB King, it’s his legless torso with a pained, ghostly rictus. It’s a weird, ugly medal that will grimace at me until I replace it with another Mississippi marathon medal (which will be never). (I originally said “stare” at me, but his eyes are closed in sad resignation at this unappealing homage.)
Despite gas being only $1.90 a gallon (!!!) in downtown Jackson, I’m skipping the rental car since the hotel, expo, start, and finish are all within a few blocks of each other (and the rental car, with taxes, fees, and parking, will end up costing about as much as a taxi to and from the airport, but with a taxi I won’t have to worry about driving, navigating, or refueling before the return).
Forecast varies with a 30 to 80% chance of thunderstorms, so that’s not great, but temps will be in the 50s to mid 60s, which is ok. I’ll be doing my anti-rain dance on Friday as I eat the first of potentially many fried chicken sandwiches, as there’s a Chick-fil-A directly across from the hotel. Since I didn’t grow up eating Chick-fil-A and we only recently got a single location in NYC, it’s a “novelty” fast food restaurant for me, and thus anything eaten there doesn’t count.
Have you ever run the Mississippi Blues Marathon? Do you hate this year’s medal? Do you love Chick-fil-A? Share in the comments!