In addition, I will be wearing the Newton MV2 racing flats for this race. I wore them for the Augusta half marathon, and they worked out great. The only thing is that they are built for 10ks and half marathons. I really wanted a lighter Newton to race in, since I wear them on my training runs all the time. THe shoe guru that I purchased them from told me I should be okay based on my size to wear them for the full marathon. I definitly feel faster in them!
If you are running Boston and are anything like me, you have been checking the weather every 7 minutes to see if there is a cold front moving into Boston Monday morning. Right now, the temperature could get up to 88 degrees on Monday! I personally love running in brisk weather, but am trying to be optimistic about this forecast. Obviously, I will have to adjust my PR goals and focus on running a strong, smart race where I can place well in my age group and have the luxury of passing others the last part of the race. I also will be aiming to NOT to visit any medics.
Any race temperature over 60degrees negatively affects race performance. I found this neat calculator online that calculates, based on the temperature, how your goal time will be affected. I was surprised that for a goal time of 3:10 in 80 degree weather my time would only slow by 6 minutes. I will be putting this theory to test.
Check out the calculator HERE
After doing my extensive research today, I realized I have two things going for me regarding running a race in the heat.
1) I have lived in Georgia for a whole two weeks and ran two speed workouts and one long run in over 80degree weather. Today it was 72 when Jordan and I ran and I hardly broke a sweat - of course that was only 3 miles at 8:25 pace!
2) I am small, and female. I read that taller, larger males have the hardest time in the heat - more body surface to heat up, I guess!
I will be spraying myself with sunscreen before the race and of course take care to stay hydrated - while avoiding over-hydrating - which can lead to death! I will be wearing a sports bra so I can get a cool breeze on my belly and am thinking about wearing a visor, I still can't decide if it will help me by shading my face, or if it will add more heat to my body.
I will still be hoping that the weather changes, but am very excited to run Boston for the experience of it. And I will certainly be pushing my hardest, even if it isn't reflected by a PR. There is always the jacket to look forward to!
|2012 Boston Marathon Jacket|
|Poor, unsuspecting pups|
|Cooking balls of meat|