I’m all in! The boy and I took an easy jog this morning before heading to the Boston Expo today for some most necessary items.
Tomorrow is the day and heat is on the way! BAA has sent numerous emails in the past 2 days with warnings about the unseasonable heat wave on Monday. The latest: 90 degrees as a high. The latest from BAA (after offering deferment to 2013):
-The weather conditions that we will be seeing on Monday, April 16 will involve even more risk. It will involve an increased element of risk to all participants due to the heat. Only the fittest runners should consider participating.
-Therefore, in cooperation with the Boston Marathon’s Medical Team, it is our recommendation that anyone entered in the marathon who has not met the qualifying standards for their age and gender strongly consider not running, and that they strongly consider deferring until next year.
-Everyone who does choose to participate should strongly consider running significantly more slowly that they normally would plan to run a marathon. We have extended the opening of our finish line in support of this recommendation.
-For the overwhelming majority of those who have entered to participate in the 2012 Boston Marathon, you should adopt the attitude that THIS IS NOT A RACE. It is an experience.
When asked if I was going to go ahead and run Boston this year, my response was quickly: OF COURSE! I have worked too hard for the past 12 weeks to just give it up. I don’t really know how many more Boston’s I will be able to run, due to qualifying times, possible goal changes, etc. So, I am going to run the ones I am able to! One day I will not be able to do this; today (tomorrow) is not that day! I may not have the best marathon time tomorrow, but I am going to approach this 26.2 as I do all the others: conserve. I know the training I’ve put in and I know what I am capable of. I am willing to adjust my race goals depending on weather and how I feel. And I am already prepared to take extra precautions thanks to the heat. But I am going to run it and I am going to finish it!
I’m ready for the morning and am excited for all the day will bring!
Talk to you on the other side!