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Monday, October 8, 2007

Marathons...

UGH.


First off, the Chicago Marathon just can't catch a break. Last year, they had the winner fall down at the finish line and this year there was a horrible mess with the temperature. This is frightening. It's OCTOBER. I was out at 4pm yesterday planting flowers and the heat was killing me. They shut the marathon down early... can you believe that?? I wouldn't have finished - and I even considered the Chicago marathon this year. That article gave me chills.

My thoughts go to Marine Corps. I have already run a marathon in 80-90 degree temperatures. I know what hell it is and how much it slows you down. What do I do if Marine Corps is as hot?? The differences between that and Disney are tremendous - Disney doubled the water stops, something I don't have faith that the MCM has the bandwidth to do. Disney also starts 2 1/2 hours earlier than the MCM - in preparation for potential heat. I don't know if I could do 26.2 at 85 degrees starting at 8:30am (I think it starts at 8:30 - if not, this should be something I am figuring out).

So, my thought is that if the forecast is for a sunny day hotter than about 80 degrees, I'm bailing on the marathon. Please don't be shocked. I will run either Richmond on November 10 or Philadelphia on November 18. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are real threats... and I really don't want to take the risk for a race that isn't my target.

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