One of my goals for 2016 was to complete the Back2Back Challenge this month. That's two half marathons in the same weekend and in different states. You could also do two marathons if you wanted to. Two of my running friends did the full on Saturday and the half on Sunday. My hat goes off to them! Kim & Philip are BEAST! As for me, my goal was to do the half marathon for both races. I was a little nervous about this before the race. I've never ran to long distance races within the same weekend so I wondered how I would feel.
The first race was in Jackson, Ms. It's called the Blues. I'm not sure of the exact reason they named it the blues... maybe it's due to the HILLS. Yes, HILLS! and lots of them. Maybe people get the blues when running them. :<>) It's a tough course and this year we started the race off with rain. It was a nasty morning. We were actually all just praying for no lightening so they would not cancel the race. We were ALL determined to do this Back2Back challenge and get the extra bling. Thats right... us runners LOVE our BLING.
The race started with all of us in our garbage bags or plastic to try to stay dry. However, I soon ditched mine cause it was getting hot in the garbage bag. I had on a new vest that kind of repels the rain so I wasn't worried about a little mist. The rain finally stopped so we were all just focused on the hills. One of my girl friends actually thinks I'm crazy cause I do like hills. It makes the course interesting compared to flat one. If you ever want to do a challenging course, I suggest trying the Blues. It won't disappoint.. I promise!
|My bib for the race!|
|Byron, Kathy, Frank & Me after we finished.|
|My Bib for First Light|
|Some of our group at the hotel before the race. I LOVE these people! and I LOVE my running vest my hubby got me for Christmas!|
|Blue side for Blues|
|Yellow Side for First Light|