California Dreamin’

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.

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The last time I raced in California was a half marathon in 2010.

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.

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  1. the marathon weather Gods haven’t smiled on you this year. Que sera sera. At least you’ve gotten through your training in good shape. That’s all you really can ask for. Good luck!
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  2. Ugh, the weather. I’m so not looking forward to it. I’m just crossing my fingers the wind isn’t too horrible. I think I will be okay with rain so long as it’s not blowing into my face. I’ll be checking back here to make note of the rain running tips.
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  3. Good luck! See ya on the other side.
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  4. Well I just read your last post and the comments and it looks to me like most people were agreeing with you so I think you are good:). I want to wish you all the best for CIM! Here’s to hoping the weather won’t be THAT bad!
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  5. Good luck! I did a 1/2 in the pouring rain in September. It wasn’t bad until I finished. Then it was cold and miserable!

    Hopefully the weather forecast and is way off. A lot can change in 2 days. Wishing you perfect weather conditions and a great, zippy race!
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  6. I haven’t done a half or full in as much rain as they are predicted. I think it will give us a good story to tell! And I’m like you, much rather run in rain than heat! Hope to meet you at CIM!
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  7. Good luck and enjoy the run Amanda! Rain or not I’m sure you will rock this race. I’m curious to find out what the “trying something new” is.
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  8. I”m still hoping that the forecast changes for you!!! GOOD LUCK this weekend!!!! =) =) I know you are going to do amazing!!
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  9. Good Luck Amanda! I heard it was going to rain and was thinking of you. Running in the rain can be fun, but for 26.2 it obviously not the most ideal. You have an amazing attitude and are so tough.. you’re not going to let a little water stop you. Fly through the water like a Penguin #birdie :) go get em! xoxo
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  10. I’ve never run a race in the rain but have run in the rain – I like to have it start while I’m running but not go out into it…but I do use a ton of blister shielf powder just in case when it’s humid for blister protection!
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  11. I love running in the rain! I once ran a 6 day circuit race in the rain. It never stopped raining the whole time. That got to all of us during the evenings sometimes. But other than that I love the rain during races. I just run as I always do and make sure I drink enough. Easy to forget how much you sweat even in the rain. So drink enough is my only tip really for this. Enjoy!
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  12. Take an Umbrella!!! (did that once for a 10km, I was running with my wife!)

    Wear white cloths and cause a seen!

    OK here is one, you shoes are going to get wet, so don’t worry about it and waste energy at the start of the run trying to keep them dry.

    If the wind isn’t blowing it’s going to be fun.

    Good Luck
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  13. Good luck and fast feet my friend!!! I’m sorry about the rain but I hear you about running in the cold versus the heat. You will do great and can’t wait to hear about it!
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  14. Good luck!!!

    I came close to running a half in the rain but at the last minute…the sun came out :)
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  15. I’ve run two halves in pouring rain – one warm rain, one cold rain. For the cold one, I kept my windbreaker on the whole time even though I was soaked to the skin. It helped reflect the heat back to me and kept me warm.

    Good luck!
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  16. Good luck this weekend; I’m sure it’ll be great regardless of the weather! Hopefully the forecast changes, but if not at least you’re prepared.
    And, I’m shocked people were offended at your 10 post. You put a disclaimer on there that it’s your opinion, and I can’t see what was offensive anyway!
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  17. Best of luck! Never a marathon, but I did race an 8k a few wars back in slushy snow. There’s at have been at least 6 in of that slush everywhere that was coming down during the race too. My toes were numb, didn’t feel them the entire race. But it sure was a blast!
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  18. The weather has been pretty kind to me for my races, so I don’t have any brilliant advice for you! Except to say that I like your packing style. :) I also went back to read yesterday’s post and people are just silly. I’m a self-proclaimed princess and I still love you. ;)
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  19. My first marathon back in 97 (Houston) was in freezing rain. I’m much better prepared for this one. Have a safe trip! My bag is bulging too.
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  20. Have a great trip! Hopefully the rain will hold off or won’t be too bad. My first half was in terrible rain and wind. I’ll admit, it was actually kind of fun with how terrible the conditions were!
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  21. I was wondering if the CIM was in the area of heavy rain. The North Face 50 is running this weekend and that’s the forecast for those 50 milers as well. Yikes!

    I love you attitude regarding running in the rain. Although you’ve run so many marathons, you must have done it before.
    Luckily I haven’t suffered the rainy races YET. So can’t make any suggestions based on experience but from what I was told…
    1. Wear tighter fitting clothing since you don’t want hanging, heavy, bagging clothes once it gets wet.
    2. If your family is going, consider having them hold onto some dry sneakers and tops – if not during the race, for after the race.

    Have a great run. This one is all yours :)
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  22. I don’t have any tips- just wanted to say that I really dislike running in the rain. I have run a few half marathons in the rain and I am quite grumpy while waiting in the starting corrals (my boyfriend shakes his head and walks away!). I am always very cold, so rain makes it worse for me. Oh well. I still get out there and run the race! Now, if it is a training run- hello treadmill!!
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  23. I ran one in the rain last year- but only part of it was in the rain – the beginning. I actually had a rain coat I kept putting on my waist and then wearing based on the rain (it was also 20-40 mph sustained winds). It ended up being helpful – well the rain, notsomuch the ridiculous headwinds :)

    Good luck!
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  24. Good luck! Sounds like you’ll have perfect conditions. (BTW, I enjoyed your post yesterday and agreed with so many points, hehe)
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  25. The weather does not sound ideal, but I know you can handle of it. Cheering from here!!
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  26. Garbage bags really work well! And make sure you have plenty of warm, dry clothes at the finish line to hop right into :)
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  27. Wish you could have better weather but I’m sure you’ll make the best of it! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
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  28. Best of luck my friend.Somewhere along the line you must have made the mother nature running gods angry. It’s probably b/c they know you can handle it! Will be thinking of you like crazy!
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  29. Have a great weekend – can’t wait to hear about your success with trying something new!
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  30. Good luck in SAC and safe travels today. I really hope that the weather takes a turn for the better, but it kind of doesn’t look like it. I have never run a marathon in the rain before, but I imagine that extra body glide will be needed. I would probably run in tights too. Have fun anyways, you are going to do great!
    PS- I still loved your post yesterday :-)
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  31. The weather update from Oakland is that this 2nd storm moved through faster than predicted. The final storm Sunday is predicted to be strongest right at race start and then quickly mellow out by noon. No idea about winds, but I heard 20-40 mph possible. I’ll be drafting behind a pace group for sure! As for what to wear – I’ve heard lighter is better, don’t skimp on the body glide, and wear a hat.
    Have a good trip! See you in Sacramento!
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  32. Best of luck Amanda! I did a half in a complete downpour last year – a hat and body glide are critical! You’re going to do great – can’t wait to hear about it!
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  33. Good luck at the race. I live near the course of CIM and today isn’t too cold. The wind & rain are what’s bad. But, it’s suppose to be better by Sunday.
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  34. Glenn Jones says:

    I assume you’re talking about CIM? I work in Sacramento , and I was happy to get out of town last night (I live in L.A.). They are predicting 3+ inches of rain this weekend. Good luck and try to stay warm!

  35. Living in Seattle, I run in the rain all the time. Once your completely soaked, I don’t think you’ll notice it much. If your feet are soaked, though, that could be uncomfortable. Being from Sacramento, I know they’re not used to big rain, so hopefully they’re over exaggerating. Good luck!
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  36. I ran 5 miles in the rain for my first marathon, and yes, lube up as much as you can, I got horrible chafing in some spots. Good Luck, hope you have a great race!!!!
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  37. Good luck on your marathon girl!! And I think your list of things you don’t get was fine, everyone likes and dislikes different things, I hope no one was mean. We should all be able to express our feelings. <3
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  38. I like you attitude! have a great race!!
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  39. In a funny way I’m getting excited now to go brave CIM in the rain! After reading Aron’s post over at runner’s rambles about running North Face 50 in this weather, I decided to quit my whining (I was being a bit of a baby about the stormy forecast ) and just be grateful I’m not running 50 miles on muddy trails with 10,000+ ft of elevation gain! We’ll have a great adventure :) Can’t wait to meet up!
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  40. Sorry about the rain. Between that and the heat in Boston you are getting all kinds of crazy weather thrown your way. Can’t wait to hear the new thing you are doing on race day. Wishing you all the best.
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  41. I actually don’t mind running in the rain, and I agree, much better than overheating like Boston. I don’t like the wind though, so hopefully you don’t get that as well as the rain. Have a safe trip and can’t wait to hear about it! Have a great race!
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  42. Good luck at the race. Every time it was supposed to rain for a race I was running, it didn’t. I’ve had the same modified trash bag at the ready though, just in case. Hope it’s not too bad. Run well and drink well. Cheers!
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  43. Well, it is pouring like cats and dogs out here right now. And I think it is supposed to rain solid through Sunday at least. Hopefully you get a respite from the rain though for the rain. Regardless, I hope it goes well for you out here. I’m watching tonights Stanford-UCLA Pac-12 title game, and I’m expecting rain the whole game lol
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  44. good luck and HAVE FUN this weekend!
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  45. One of my best marathons was run in POURING rain and even hail the whole time (literally). I would take it over heat any day. ENJOY and good luck. I will be thinking fast (and dry!) thoughts for you. Hugs!
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  46. I thought your post yesterday was funny! Good luck at CIM!! Hoping that the weather turns a little more favorable for you!!
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  47. If you have a supporter and an extra pair of shoes and socks, switch them out if the rain lets up. Best of luck!
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  48. Good luck!!! I ran a 4 mile race in the pouring rain and it was soo much fun, but that was not 26.2 miles.
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  49. I haven’t done a whole race in the rain, but I did a 12 mile trail run in the rain. I felt great while I was running except for some pretty major chafing. I’ve also heard hats to keep the rain off your face.

    Good luck!!
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  50. It is what it is, right? That’s what I repeated to myself at Baystate Marathon 2009. We had rain, sleet, and even mixed w/ some snow! We dodged (unsuccessfully) deep puddles and I’m sure most of us flirted w/ hypothermia. The.Most.Miserable.Race.Ever.

    But then again, I too ran in that oven called Boston Marathon 2012. Because my husband and I ran together FOR FUN, I don’t think of it as a bust. But had I gone into it looking for a PR, I might place Boston 2012 at the top.

    But for now, Baystate takes the cake.

    Have fun @ CA!!!!!
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  51. Go Miss Zippy! Looks like you still have a few loyal followers. ;) So glad you’re not worried about offending people! Even if it does pour, I bet you’ll have a fantastic race, you’re so well prepared. For anything. I’ll be keeping an eye out for results.
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  52. I ran StG entirely in a cool drizzle. I threw my gloves at mile 8ish and by mile 18, I wish I had them….the temps were dropping as the race progressed and I my hands were starting to cramp up. But it was a PR none-the-less! :)

    Go, girl, gooooo!
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  53. yep-wineglass was in the rain and RNR prov 1/2 marathon was too. you’ve got it covered. garbage bag, throwaways, lots of body glide/aquaphor. good luck!!
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  54. Yeah! You’re coming to CA! I know it’ll be raining -but it’s a warm rain. It’ll actually be great run/race weather;-)

    ENJOY! plus- it’s pretty much the flattest marathon out there so take it all in!

  55. I ran the Maine marathon last October in the rain. Braiding my hair was a must, it was still a matted mess when I finished, but if I hadn’t braided it it would have been a bigger mess of wet, tangled,dreadlocked hair. Definitely a visor or hat!
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  56. weather conditions seriously affect my runs…especially this humid, sticky stuff we’re used to! Yuck! but I’ve only run in the rain ONCE and it wasn’t for a half, so guess I can’t speak from experience!
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