I would be lying if I said that the weather wasn’t turning me into a worry wart right now. Right now weather.com predicts that it will be a high of 84. I know I’m not the only one, as the BAA finally acknowledged the temperatures and sent out a weather update. When they go to that extent, you know it’s going to be a hot one.
I’ve been in this situation before. In 2007, I ran my second marathon at Twin Cities Marathon… and it was SO hot. It was the same year that they actually cancelled the Chicago Marathon, but Twin Cities was actually a degree or two warmer. Yikes.
That being said, I know that worrying won’t do anything but mentally exhaust me. It won’t make the temperatures drop down. I guess it won’t accomplish anything, so why worry about it? I know that’s easier said than done. But instead, I’m going to proactively combat against it.
Here is what I’ve planned so far:
- SUNSCREEN… I will be bringing this to the runner’s village to apply as close to the race as possible (find me if you need some!). I have some Coppertone Sport that is the spray so it won’t wash off like the other stuff. This will also be a strategy to make new friends before the race.
- RUN SHIRTLESS… this will be a huge help, but I’m not sure if the world is ready to see my six-pack abs yet. Too bad for all the spectators out there.
- BODY GLIDE… can you believe that this is my eighth marathon and I still haven’t used this stuff? Yeah, I can’t either. I remember in Chicago last year, when it was a little toasty, I drizzled water on my head, which dripped down my body and led to some super painful chafing on my thighs. If I have Body Glide, that will make that whole experience a little bit more pleasant.
- SUNGLASSES… I have some awesome sunglasses from Ryders Eyewear that I haven’t tried out yet and left at home when I ran Houston. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST THING I PACK! I think there’s some crazy stat that you lose a lot of energy from squinting? Plus my blue eyes are extremely sensitive.
And well, most importantly… to HAVE FUN. I know that it sucks. All of us running Boston have prepared for months through sweat, tears, you name it. And now, because of the weather on one day, we might struggle at reaching our goals or PRing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. After all, we’ll be able to look back on it and say “Remember when we ran Boston in 2012 in record-setting temperatures? And despite that we STILL rocked out a great marathon?”
Any other tips for beating the weather on Monday? Have you ran in a super-hot race before?
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