Whew. Well at least a few of you are sticking around to read after I offended half the running world with yesterday’s post. Thank you.
And so today’s topic is well, the topic you’re probably sick of by now, my marathon! (cue the clapping and cheering). I’m leaving on a jet plane today for California. Sunday, it appears, I’ll be running in pouring down rain for 26.2. Sounds like fun, no?
In all seriousness, though, as unpleasant as that might be, it beats the heat of Boston this year. By about 26.2 miles as far as I’m concerned. Rain, particularly cold rain, isn’t a ton of fun, but my body tolerates cold far better than heat.
So I’ll throw in some extra Body Glide and Aquaphor, layer up on the throwaway clothing, and don a garbage bag to the starting corral, all in the interest of staying as warm and dry as I can until the gun goes off. My suitcase will likely be bulging (as I type this at 2 p.m. on Thursday I have yet to begin packing).
Anyhow, the work is done and all that’s left to do is execute according to plan. I feel pretty confident that I can, too, which bodes well for race day. So wish me luck and see you on the other side!
Ever run a marathon or half marathon in the rain? Tips?
A footnote–I am doing one thing new this race (gasp!). I’ll let you know what and how it worked on Monday.