Welcome to another edition of Marathon Musings! (aka where I dump all of my miscellaneous thoughts about my first marathon, only 5 1/2 days away!)
First of all, thanks to everyone who entered the “Guess my marathon time” contest! (If you haven’t guessed yet, there’s still time! Deadline to enter is 6:59 a.m. Sunday morning.) I mentioned to the Gypsy Runner that a lot of people have guessed faster times than I would’ve. He gave me a funny look (eyebrows arched), and said, “Maybe that means something.” He’s right. I often have less confidence in myself (especially in my running ability) than others have in me. I’ll say things like, “There’s no way I’ll run that fast” or “That person is way faster than me.” I’ll just have to do my best Stuart Smalley leading up to Sunday. “I’m good enough, I’m fast enough, and gosh darn it, I’m going to kill this marathon!”
OK, now for the main point of this post: the weather. I have an Accuweather app on my iPhone. It’s very informative with hourly forecasts, “Real Feel” temps, and radar maps. However, its powers can also be used for evil… being that it gives forecasts up to 2 weeks in advance. So, starting on Tuesday the 20th, I couldn’t help but start stalking the weather. I know, I know — 2 weeks is way too far in advance to trust ANY forecast. Heck, even one week is too long sometimes, especially during stormy Northern California late falls/winters. Despite these logical arguments, I began every morning by checking the weather in Sacramento. Here are 2 related tweets:
This kind of back and forth nonsense continued through the week and into the weekend, where the forecast would call for cloudy or partly sunny skies one day, then almost an inch of rain and thunderstorms the next. By Friday, I resolved to stop getting worked up about the weather. I knew it was too soon to tell, and even if it rains — so what? I’ll deal with it.
Fortunately, the recent forecasts from the past few days suggest that it will be cloudy with a chance of rain. More importantly, they’re calling for low winds from the south and a high of 61 F — so even if it does rain, it won’t be freezing cold.
Now, the bigger question is: what to wear? I will most definitely wear shorts, since my legs usually have no trouble keeping warm. As for the top, I think I will wear my Lululemon racerback tank, with some homemade arm warmers to start. I might also wear gloves, as I had a lot of trouble keeping my hands warm during the LMJS 10K yesterday (temp: low 50’s and heavily overcast). I already have sweats that I was going to donate to Goodwill anyway, so I’ll be wearing those on race morning. If it’s going to rain steadily/heavily, I might get a poncho. Does anyone have tips for what to wear in this kind of weather?
p.s. For your general information, here’s a page showing what the weather was like for the last 29 CIMs.