Thursday, January 15, 2009

If I eat only cookies, pop tarts and ice cream for the next 2 days

Do you think I can put enough body fat on to keep me warm for my marathon on Saturday?

Holy. Crap.

This is the latest weather forecast from Weather Channel for my marathon on Saturday:

Sunny"

That 8 degrees is the "real" feel. And, I think it is really cute that they have a sun icon there. Like that is going to make any difference. If it feels like 8 degrees then clearly the sun is not doing its job is my thinking.

Uhm hi, yeah, I have never been outside when it was 8 degrees much less ran in 8 degrees-- much less ran 26.2 miles in 8 freaking cold ass degrees.

Holy. Crap.

Yes. I am freaking out.

But cookies are making me feel better. . .

PS. I have the absolute worst marathon luck!

16 comments:

  1. Uhm. Yeah. That's cold.

    What's your layer plan for the marathon? Just curious. I assume you're not going with standard running skirt...?

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  2. You can do it. You can do it. You can do it! You CAN do it!!
    Be prepared for frozen water at the aid stations. I was told that's what happened at Phillie in Nov. Maybe they'll have warm water on hand. Either way, it's going to be an awesome race report, Nat!

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  3. well if running makes the temp feel 20 degrees warmer, it'll be like 28 degrees!

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  4. Continuing my thought from the BQ thread: I promise you, it will not be THAT BAD.

    1. Not much wind. The "Real Feel" is basically the wind chill, isn't it? So it will "feel" mostly closer to 15 (I know, that still sounds bad).

    2. The sun WILL make a difference. Out on the pavement with the sun beating down, it will certainly feel warmer than it is.

    3. More reason than ever to start out nice and slow and let your body warm up. Throwaway layers will definitely be your friend at this race.

    You are going to have a good one. It's going to suck at first, not gonna lie. But once you warm up, you will feel good, but no danger of overheating, that's for sure! You will be able to hammer the last half. Can't wait to read the report!

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  5. You will not have to worry about over heating. See, there's a bright side to everything :-)

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  6. ugh. sounds like a tough day.

    good luck. run fast. savor the scalding hot shower after. you will have earned it!

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  7. Stay home -drink hot cocoa-read a book-pet your dog.

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  8. If you were really hardcore you would run in a tank and shorts...just sayin' :)

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  9. And that my dear, is why I don't commit to races in the winter. :)

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  10. No you don't. You are going to do great and it will be perfect running weather!!!! YOU. CAN. DO. IT!!!!!!!!

    love you!
    Stick

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  11. your favorite brother in law5:02 PM, January 15, 2009

    You runners are soft. We ride in that all the time. After 10 minutes you'll feel fine. :)

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  12. Yeah...after 10 minutes you won't feel anything.

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  13. Just Shut Up and Run!
    But keep writing interesting blogs.

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  14. Watch, you will go out and run another PR even if it is 8 degrees

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  15. From someone who runs regularly in those kind of temperatures, it's really not as bad as it might appear! If the sun it out, that'll make all the difference and by the end of the first mile you'll feel be ready to shed a layer. Depending on what the projected high temperature is during the race, you might even wish to wear a short-sleeved shirt as your base layer. When the sun is out, I find myself perfectly comfortable running in 20 or 30 degree weather with a thick short-sleeve shirt, a headband and a pair of gloves. As long as my extremities are warm, my own body temperature takes care of the rest. Some of my fastest times have been in the cold weather.

    Good luck!

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  16. BRRRRRRRR. Glad it isn't me! Good luck! :)

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