October 4, 2007
do not panic until Thursday
So it's going to be warm in Minneapolis this weekend. Not horribly warm - maybe mid/upper 60s with lots of cloud cover. Certainly not as warm as it is here. But much warmer than I would consider ideal.
I ran this morning's 5-miler much later than usual, partly because I could afford to dawdle for once, and partly to remind myself what running in real heat felt like. 81F, 85% RH, bright mocking sun illuminating all the tiny water droplets suspended in the air. It made me think of Bible pictures I saw as a kid, with beams of sunlight barreling out of the sky, so solid-looking you thought you could climb on them. I can think of two marathons where I was pretty well-trained but ran in less-than-ideal conditions. Both times the weather cost me maybe 2 or 3 minutes, tops. In the grand scheme of things, that's not so bad. Anyway, what can I do?
Posted by joe positive at October 4, 2007 11:13 AM
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There's nothing you can do, except face reality: marathons are all about conditions. I trained to run fast at Napa Valley two years ago. I considered myself PR-worthy, then a major El Nino-esque weather pattern descended on the Bay Area and I got to run a point-to-point into a 20mph headwind. I guess the only thing you really can do is change your goals. Focus on place instead of time--look around you and know where your competitors stand and try to beat those that are a tick or two ahead of you. You know all this pedantic garbage anyway. Good luck this weekend.
Posted by: duncan at October 4, 2007 1:44 PM
Best of luck! I think that if anyone should be ready for the heat it would be you! I can't wait to hear all about how well you did!!
Posted by: Beth at October 5, 2007 12:54 PM
Man, it is marathon weekend for 3 running-blogs.com bloggers! Good luck to you, you are going to run in my hometown. Be tough out there!
Posted by: Meghan at October 5, 2007 9:40 PM
You will ROCK if it's warm. You live in Florida! Times will be out the window for Chicago and MN marathons....it will be place, not time. Have confidence. You recent PRs of speed in shorter distances should give you confidence..and you are heat-adjusted. Good Luck!
Posted by: Jennifer at October 5, 2007 10:42 PM