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Friday, February 3, 2017

Surprise, a humid race!

I'm really getting sick of this pattern. Sunday's weather is a low of 60, a high of 76, and 86% humidity. I just can't catch a break! For the three+ hours I'll be running, the humidity will be in the 90's - as high as 96% - but so far it looks like the temperatures will remain in the low 60's, which I can totally handle.

My race plan for Sunday is to shoot for 3:10. That's taking two minutes off recent times, but if I race smarter and my iffy knee holds up well (I plan to wear a strap again, since it still feels weak after 5 or 6 miles), I think I can run 3:10. My problem now is interpreting my insane Garmin. I don't trust it at all now: it's been WAY off for three races. My calculations put it at a 4-second per mile difference for the marathon distance: so instead of running 7:15s, I will need my watch to read 7:11! Complicated? No. Annoying? Exceedingly so.

This week was a bizarre taper of short days and days off, with our schedule packed with birthdays, car repairs, and work travel, so I'm hoping I'm suitably rested. Come Sunday I'll have results for this three-week-apart marathon experiment!


  1. I can't wait to see how you do! Boo for humidity though... I'm in Charleston so it's always humid here but at least lower temperatures offset it somewhat. It's hard to see how you could really do in ideal conditions when you never have them. Lots of times in training I've felt like I'm fitter than what my time says just because of how rough the weather was on the day I ran, you know?

    I think you will kill it though- coming off your wins in the last few races and resting up a bit. You have such a strong base of lifetime miles.

    1. Thank you! And the forecasted temps dropped almost ten degrees during the race - I think it will get up to 67, but that's really not that bad at all. I'm excited!

  2. I hope you ran a strong race this morning! That sounds so dang warm and humid! I hope it didn't end up being as warm as the forecast! Can't wait to hear how it went!