>UPDATE: Make that wind gusts up to 50 mph and a wind-chill that makes it feel like 25-30 degrees. Oh, and did I mention I’m still getting over a bad cold?
So some of you may recall that I’m running the Boston Marathon for the first time on Monday. You may also know that I’ve had a busy semester and have only managed to squeeze in a beginner-level training plan and won’t be setting any personal records (PRs) there. And many of you may know that Boston is a difficult marathon in the best of circumstances, so even if I were super-duper trained with speed and hill work as well as extra long runs, I might not come out with a PR.
As if all that weren’t bad enough…have you checked the weather forecast for Boston on Monday? High temperature: 43 degrees. 70% chance of heavy rain. And winds — my god, the winds — from the East with predicted speeds up to 23 mph. And guess what general direction the point-to-point course runs? Yup, that’s right — East. (Well, OK, mostly NE, but still.)
Fuck. I’ll be lucky to freakin’ finish. My PR, the one that got me in this race, is 3:43. I’ll be happy with 4:30 in this one, I swear.