Some records are going to be broken on April 16, 2012…and I am not talking about runners’ times. The 116th running of the Boston Marathon is going to be a hot one. Not just hot, hot, but record breaking hot. Hot even for non-runners. But dangerously hot for marathon runners.
All goals for Monday are getting thrown out the window. With temps predicted to be close to 90 at the finish in Boston, I am not the only one who is changing my race goals. Going into this race, my goal was: qualify for Boston for 2013, which meant running under 3:40.00. Now, my goal is: finish the race. I have no goal time other than to finish. Although I have been training my butt off, and yes, I practice Bikram in the heat twice/week, I really am not trained to run in the kind of heat that is predicted for Monday. Most runners aren’t.
My inbox is getting filled with “Weather Update” emails from the Boston Athletic Association, with the most recent one titled, “Warm weather advisory for runners in the 2012 Boston Marathon.” Well, it’s an advisory not a warning, so I feel much better (not really). The email basically reads: if you’re not an elite runner and/or experienced marathon runner, it is advised not to run. And, if a runner decides not to run, they can defer until next year. But, if you do run, this is not a race to PR in. Slow your pace way down, and walk when you can. “Speed can kill.” Wow. This is serious.
When I started thinking about the weather months ago, I thought about what I did not want. And the forecasted weather is exactly that. Every time I check the weather, it creeps up a degree. There is no indication it is cooling down at all. Google, “Boston Marathon weather” and the entire front page is articles speaking of how dangerous the conditions will be for runners Monday. So, with all this scary news, how am I handling it? I am running. I didn’t come all the way to Boston with my family and life hostage to run next year. And, since I am running, what positives have I found in running in one of the hottest Boston Marathons ever? With some help (a LOT) from my family, this is what I have figured out, and how I am going to make the most of this:
- I have already qualified for the greatest Marathon in the world, and I am in Boston and am going to run it
- One of the many emails I received from BAA spoke of wearing white clothing on race day: my race day outfit is white and very small
- I won’t be cold
- I will be running a Boston Marathon that will be always talked about
- I will get a tan
- My muscles will be nice and loose from the heat
- I have gotten very creative in the ways I am going to stay cool from how to wear my hair to cold packs to running in a bikini
Just like every other runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon, I am competitive and I set some personal goals for race day. I was never planning on placing or coming close to placing, but I had set personal goals. Now, with temps 35 degrees warmer than I wanted, I have changed my personal goals. My only goal now is: FINISH the Boston Marathon. I do have another goal, too: avoid needing any medical attention. I do not want to see the inside of an ambulance or a hospital or even have to talk to a doctor.
I am not going to “race.” I might even walk. Maybe crawl. But I WILL cross the Finish Line in Copley Square. I have 7 hours to finish the course. It is happening.
Want to make sure I achieve this amazing goal? You can track me to the finish. Text the word, “RUNNER” to 345678. You will get a text back asking for the runner’s number you want to track. Mine is 16544. You will get text messages of my time during the race: 10k, half marathon, 30k, and Finish (that last one is definitely the most important). If you need additional info, click here.
See you at the FINISH!