At least that’s what the B.A.A. had to say yesterday in the email they sent out to everyone running tomorrow. They’ve actually taken the unprecedented step of offering deferrals to anyone who opts not to start tomorrow because of the predicted heat. They’re recommending that anyone but the “very fit” not run. Is that me? I don’t know. They’re also recommending that anyone who hasn’t had at least 10 days to acclimate to the heat not run. I do fall into that category. And of course, they are urging anyone with any sort of health conditions stay off the course.
Last I checked, the high is supposed to be 88 at 2 p.m. in Copley Square. I’m not thumbing my nose at the B.A.A.’s email, but I’m still going to toe the line tomorrow, as is everyone in my group. My plan–run at a much slower pace than planned. My goal–to avoid the medical tent. To hopefully not walk (even though the B.A.A. recommends that, too).
I know they B.A.A. has to do a little bit of CYA here. Remember what happened in Chicago a few years back? The B.A.A.certainly does. One big concern here is the bandit runners–an accepted tradition here. But this is one year where having extra feet on the course, and bodies to take needed hydration away, is a real danger.
I’ll admit I’m a bit scared to try this. If it weren’t for the money invested to get here, the time spent to train, etc., etc., I’d probably bag it. But I’m here, I came to run, and so run I will.
Good luck to everyone starting tomorrow. Be safe, be smart.