|Running through the heat in Chinatown|
As Napoleon Dynamite said, "what the heck would you do in a situation like that?!?" (referring to the attack by 50 wolverines.) As tough as it is to get to Boston, this is a tough one. Holy dilemma Batman! This is also a very personal decision and don't listen to me (please defer to my PRE photo and blog disclaimer, that I'm not a Dr. or a coach, but I do play one on T.V.) As light as I try to make my blog, running a marathon in that kind of heat is some serious shit...people have died from this as one did in Chicago in 2007.
I didn't run Chicago in 2007, but I did run it in 2008 which was equally hot. Not always known for being smart, I was aware of 2007 and when I went out for a 2 mile jog the day before the race around 10 AM, it was already toasty. I knew I was in for a hot one. Definitely singlet weather. What I remember about that race, is that I have never ingested so much liquid in a race. I also continually doused myself in water later in the race. Not the kind of wet t-shirt contest I had in mind. As my wife cheered me on around mile 24, I sneered at her like Regan did to her mother in the Exorcist (was that the second exorcism reference in this blog...creepy.) I came up two minutes short of a BQ on a stress fractured leg.
That story is not meant to depress those running on Monday, Chicago was one of my favorite and more memorable races including ripping my shorts before the race even started by hopping a fence into my corral. I guess my point is, I took the precautions necessary and had a great race. As the BAA officials are stating, it's probably not a PR day, but Boston is a monster that rarely offers a PR opportunity to begin with. As my running club coach often reminds me, you train in all kinds of weather because you can't change the weather on race day. Just see my waterboarding race report from Portland, where it rained heavily the ENTIRE race--that sucked, but it provided another BQ.
Which brings us back to deferral. For me personally, I have run on a broken leg in a race so I'd strap on my Brooks and run it, but that's just me (consult disclaimer again.) That window of opportunity does not come very often and you don't know what your calendar or health will bring to you a year from now. Flu, injury, aunt Elyssa's wedding. Too much left up to chance. Watching from home, it's easy for me to say, I'd run and try to enjoy it (with a LOT of water) as I don't know what tomorrow brings.