The Mississippi Blues Marathon features some great Blues music before, during and after the race. Mississippi’s Blues heritage is celebrated and supported by the marathon as well. This was my first year to run the Blues and my first time to hear our very own local guy Patrick Harkins (son #4’s guitar teacher!) to play our national anthem on electric guitar at the opening of the race! I am sure Jimi Hendrix would have approved, because Patrick played it well!
Patrick is the owner of Fondren Guitars in the Fondren area of Jackson. A small shop with a big vibe! You feel “cool” just walking into the place! He carries a selection of new, used and vintage guitars and other instruments as well. He offers lessons for all types of instruments and for all ages. All of the teachers at Fondren Guitars are great with kids and they manage to keep wholesome and cool in the same environment which pleases the parents!
Patrick and son# 4
If you were at the Blues Expo hopefully you checked out his booth and if you did not then you need to next year. You should check out the store as well!
The Rock Band program has started up again and this will be the third season that son #4 participates. Rock Band is a program that helps the students learn to play as a band and then perform a concert at the Fondren Arts, Eats and Beats festival. This year they hope to play other venues as well! So if you are local come check them out!
Son #4 finding his "rock" voice!
If you are not local you can still check out Fondren Guitars’ eBay page here and Facebook page here. They ship guitars all over the world!
So I am a little late sharing about the Mississippi Blues half marathon! Sorry, but life happened and I had to pick up my pace and then catch my breath!
Never the less, I have to tell you about the Blues! The day started out foggy and humid and the temperature was rising! So that meant running a very hilly course with heat and humidity. Not a good combination for anyone, but especially me! When it is hot and humid I tank!
The forecast called for a possibility of rain; I was hoping but it did not happen! Instead the sun came out full force! I am used to my shaded trail, not full sun! Winter was gone and it was suddenly Spring!
I ran with two friends and we started out keeping our pace nice and steady only to realize that we needed a bathroom break at mile two! Not wanting to use port a potties we decide to stop at a coffee shop with one bathroom! Well it turned into a six-minute break, but we pressed on!
The Blues is a tough course and my goal was to finish not gain a PR, but I had made the mistake of driving the course a couple of days before the race and that made things harder because I knew what was coming. Knowing the course did not help (preparing through training helps!) I will not do that again! I am sure someone will disagree, but running has taught me a few things such as, I do not need to know the course or every pot hole in it! I just need to know the direction that I am going and accept that I can only see so far ahead. So I need to run the course as it comes to me and realize that I can only take the next step! Very much like life!
Hubby and me after the race!
Yes, I did finish the race in 2:55 and my hubby gained a PR! He finished in 1:50, two minutes faster than his St. Jude half and this was a much tougher course!