Poignant Irrelevance

Thursday, October 04, 2007

dumb, part 2

the director of the chicago marathon has officially posted a weather advisory on the website regarding the likely forecast of hot and humid. i guess i can no longer live in denial. i can no longer dream of a crazy storm blowing away all the hot air. i have to prepare for it. but i ran a humid marathon in '05! i should get some sort of waiver man!

i have concluded that the worst likely outcome from this hot air is that i may be forced to train for another marathon next summer. next summer was to be the summer where i focused on other aspects of life, while still running 30 miles a week. i was laying it all on the line this summer, going out with a bang so to speak.

i can only assume i am not alone--there are most likely 40,000+ other extremely pissed off runners out there right now who trained all freakin' summer for this one cool day. argh!

i have trained well, i think. i am as prepared as i can be.

i came across an article today, as i scoured the web for tips on how to run a hot and humid marathon. this author says your time will slow by 1 minute or more for every 7 degrees warmer than 54 degrees (which is deemed the optimal temperature for a marathon). that doesn't seem like a lot of time. if the race-day temp averages 75--> (75-54) / 7 = 3 minutes. lets say you double that to be conservative; my 4:05 - 4:15 goal goes to 4:11 to 4:21. that might not be conservative enough. just thinking about the pain from running so long in the humdity, that makes me want to freakin' hit someone.

ok, i am going to start packing, and keep on punching things for a while longer. the game face goes on tomorrow.


  • Good luck on Sunday! I wish the weather forecast looked better - be careful out there!

    By Blogger Marisa, at 7:47 AM  

  • Oh Brent. You are so deluding yourself if you think you are going to live a life without running obsession. Next summer and the next and the next...!

    Sorry about the heat/humidity. Good luck tiger!!!

    By Blogger M@rla, at 6:38 AM  

  • *Brent, you have trained well, so forget the weather and just go for it. Your running grove will find you. Have fun and enjoy. :)

    By Anonymous aprilanne, at 4:19 PM  

  • sucks about the weather. don't beat yourself up about time, and good luck!!

    By Blogger Danny, at 12:45 AM  

  • OMG! Just saw this!

    I'm assuming you were in the cut-off, because the article says they closed it at under four hours. What a disappointment!

    By Blogger M@rla, at 1:12 PM  

  • I'm reading about Chicago and I'm just stunned.

    I hope you're OK and that you didn't suffer too badly. Let us know how you're doing.

    By Blogger Helen, at 9:30 PM  

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