Friday, April 30, 2010

WTF Weather

So, I love -- LOVE -- hot and sunny weather. I love it. I even love when it's humid and sticky.

I don't really love running in hot and sunny weather. Over the summer I'll run in the morning -- 5:45, 6am -- before it really heats up, but even then, if it's a humid stretch, it's treadmill city to me.

So, you can imagine my internal conflict when I saw this weekend's weather report. High 80s both Saturday and Sunday? Sunny? Hot? YES! WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!

...but wait. Don't I have to run ten miles on Sunday? The day where there's a high of 88 to 90 degrees, with humidity and possible rain late in the day? Um...what?

You can further imagine how unsettling it was to get an e-mail from the sponsors of Broad Street, essentially saying the following:

"Dear Runners: So, you've seen the weather forecasts. Didn't see that one coming, did ya?? Neither did we. You know damn well you haven't trained in these conditions. And you know you weren't expecting this weather. We won't tell you what to do -- except for not get drunk on Saturday night. And make sure you start hydrating three days ago. And by the way, if you die during the race, it's TOTALLY your fault.

PS -- have fun at the expo!"

Ugh. Lame.

Remember how I was sort of vomiting with nerves already? Compound that by the fact that the last time I ran in this kind of heat and humidity -- over the summer -- I actually DID nearly vomit into a trashcan on Kelly Drive. (In front of a coworker, no less! Who hasn't really asked me to run with her again since. Hmm...coincidence, I'm sure.) And that was only FIVE miles.

Well, there's a long time between now and that starting line. I know one thing for sure: I am going to the Expo tomorrow morning and picking up my race packet (not to mention spending cash on a Bondi Band or two, and a SpiBelt). After that...well...I'll let you know if I end up dying.


  1. Hahahaha that is basically what the email said, good thing the mets are in town and no one will be drinking and watching the phillies. Oh wait.

    Well hopefully it won't be too hot and humid in the morning, and there are water stations every mile. Good luck!

  2. Hopefully, the humidity will be kept at bay for awhile. Remember that you can ALWAYS slow down. Good luck!

  3. I got the same email from Broad Street and now all I can think about is how I was already afraid of the 10 miles, and now I'm convinced I won't be able to finish them. Heat is the worst!

  4. I think I groaned when I read the email.

    Good luck Sunday!

  5. I thought I was the only one who love love loved hot and sunny (and even humid) weather! You're right though...running in said weather is not so much fun.