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Friday, February 18, 2011

My marathon weather history



The latest conditions for the Austin Marathon call for temperatures at the start around 60 degrees and a high of about 75. And humidity will probably be 1,000,000 percent.

Ok. Ok. I've done this before. Run marathons in much worse conditions, what with freezing winds at the 2009 Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth and a freak heat wave at the 2010 Chicago Marathon.

Here, in fact, is a look at the weather conditions for each of my previous seven marathons. I pulled the weather from the weather underground site wunderground.com. I list what the weather was at the start and finish of the race (7 a.m. and noon for continuity).

A look:

2005
December 11, Dallas White Rock Lake Marathon: 38 degrees at the start. 60 at the finish.

2007
December 9, Dallas White Rock Lake Marathon: 46 at the start. 39 at the finish. (brief periods of light rain)

2008
December 14, Dallas White Rock Lake Marathon: 66 at the start. 75 at the finish with speeds averaging 21 mph. (Cramped real bad here.)

2009
February 28, Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon: 35 at the start, 46 at the finish. 24mph wind speeds made it feel like it was 23 degrees. (Chilly)

October 4, 2009 Portland Marathon: Start 44, Finish 50. (The most perfect day to run a marathon. Unfortunately, I didnt run a perfect marathon).

December 13, 2009 Dallas White Rock Lake Marathon: Start 48, Finish 54 (Great weather. Ran a PR of 3:36)

2010
October 10 Chicago Marathon: Start 59, Finish 81. This is not a misprint. EIGHTY ONE DEGREES!!!! (Yes, I cramped up all over the place. Just like 2008. Hmmm. A trend. Lesson: When its that hot, take it easy!)

Again, with temps expected to be pretty uncomfortable during Sunday's race, my goal is to take it easy, real easy for the first 13 to 18 miles, running wayyy slower than my marathon goal pace (7:40 min/mile), and then if I have something left, turn it on at the end.

I will take it easy.

I will take it easy.

I will take it easy.

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2 Comments:

Blogger lindsay said...

good luck! holding back is tough, but just remind yourself over and over that it's for YOUR best to hold back. step 1: running a cramp-free marathon and an awesome time. step 2: running another marathon for a super pr! :) it may be warm, but you still have big speed in you!

February 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Good luck tomorrow! I guess it's going to e warm, huh? I like your weather analysis--WR Marathon has had some crazy weather.

February 19, 2011 at 8:56 AM  

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