This should be a quick, “so what?” That is right, “so what?” My belief is to only concern myself with the things I can control. However, I think it is important to be ready for anything and know that what the weather is will directly impact the race.
In my times at marathon weekend I have seen it all. I have been hot on marathon day and I have experienced one of the coldest days on record in Orlando. One of the things I have seen happen, time and time again is how quickly things can change. So if you are headed down in the middle of the week, regardless of the forecast I would pack for every type of weather. I would pack for cold all the way to the heat. Being a week out from marathon weekend will give us our first hint of what things might be like on race day, but they can change in a heartbeat.
Back in 2010 for my coldest Disney, I was running the Goffey challenge and it is hard to put that weekend into words. Since the race was in Disney, I had checked the weather some but not in huge detail. At the expo, I first heard about the possibility of really bad weather but we still did not take it too seriously. When we got back to our hotel room we decided to turn on the local news and we got the bad news. I found out it was no joke.
On Saturday the day of the 13.1 as we gathered together to walk to the start line, we could begin to see sleet falling and hitting us. So many of us were wearing garbage bags it made a funny sound bouncing off of us. Things would only get worse. I think the high that day was in the middle 30's. That sleet eventually turned to rain. It was just zero fun at some points. Following that it continued to get worse.
On Saturday night as we prepared for the marathon the next day the temps dropped into the mid to low 20's and the wind began to howl. I remember waiting in the bag drop area, hundreds if not thousands of runners were crowded around the oversize tents trying to stay away from the wind gusts. It was the coldest marathon I have ever run. At the end of the race on my hat you could see the frost all over my hat. I looked miserable!
That was the most interesting race experience I have ever had. It was probably the only time I have raced a marathon where the night before there was no excitement. It was all misery. It was just so cold and I had already suffered in the 13.1 that day, I had no motivation to run the marathon the next day. I got it done, but I did not enjoy myself. Maybe that is part of the reason I have never done Goofy again.
As much as I say don’t worry about the weather, I check the weather daily. If you are trying to qualify for Boston and this race is going to be warm, you might need to make adjustments. So don’t stress or worry about it, but I would watch it.
So are you ready? I would love to know if you plan to be there on marathon weekend. We might have a little something for you if you plan to be there so please, just let us know.
It is hard to believe we started this training and this series back in August and this is where we are at. We are ready to make it happen! Congratulations on an amazing journey and enjoy every step! It will be an incredible weekend.