Always some unwelcome creature around during the taper, particularly the last week. For some it’s a cute little worm. For me it’s a monster. Or so it seems.
Cut mileage? Don’t have to ask me twice. Cut back on the booze? Doesn’t hurt at all, especially considering I felt like crap the day after my birthday. Time spent not running means I don’t have to resort to the DVR for Dancing With the Stars? oh yeah. (Anyone think that The Situation is going to be this season’s version of Kate Gosselin?)
But what the monster does is make me read forums and Facebook pages and other discussion about the weather on 10-10-10 and how it’s warmer than ideal. And seeing things like “you’re screwed if it’s warm, might as well pick another marathon now if you’re going for a time goal” or “well the weather forecast changed 3 days out in 2007 and 2008…it got hotter” doesn’t exactly make me feel much better.
I guess I wouldn’t be so stressed out about it if it weren’t for the fact that I do get affected by the heat, moreso than others it seems. And there’s evidence to back that up-as recently as the New Haven 20K and of course I can’t forget my infamous choke job at the 2008 Mini 10K. Not to mention in both the 2006 and 2008 NYC Marathons, I went with a sleeveless top and shorts and felt comfortable while a lot of others had long sleeves and/or tights on.
History is not on my side, but I wonder if there is any hope of rewriting the history books on Sunday. As I know there are a lot of you out there who do race well in the heat-is there anything else I could do to salvage my race besides the obvious (e.g., staying hydrated)?