Less that 24 hours to go now.
I am down the final prep. I am still trying to figure out what to wear. Forecast is not looking good. Right now it is is 71 degrees, 97% humidity (welcome to Texas winter). Those conditions would make for a hot/humid run. However, this is Texas and, as the expression goes: "If you don't like the weather now, just wait a minute, it'll change." Cold front is coming through today and is supposed to drop the temps by 20-30 degrees and bring the rain. So tomorrow is looking to be a wet and chilly run. They will hold the run, rain or shine. Lightening however, is another story. There is talk that, if there is lightening, they may postpone the start, postpone the race or even cancel it. They may even pull runners off the course is they detect lightening during the race. We heard that back in 2011 when we were lined up at the start and the weather was threatening - not a popular decision by a lot of runners (lots of boos, catcalls). Everyone is watching the weather today and crossing their fingers. We really won't know until race time tomorrow.
I like the 50 degree temperatures, but running in the rain will be a pain. No matter how much you prep or try to avoid it, you are going to get wet. I may try to Camp Dry my shoes to stave off the wet, but, after 13.1 miles and 2.5 hours in the rain, I figure it is pretty much inevitable. I am just trying to dress for the weather. Some people run in rain gear or ponchos but I'm not one of those. I've done if a few times and I usually wind up sweating more than actually getting rained upon. On top of the rain, we may be facing a stiff breeze (15 mph). That usually affects my times more than a few raindrops.
Heading downtown now to hit the expo and pick up my packet. Time to pick up some more race swag. New shirt, shorts, more energy gel packs, another cowbell, race towel. One group has set up a collection bin for shoes for the homeless. Runners are encouraged to donate their old shoes. I forgot to take mine last year so I plan to drop off my old New Balance shoes that got demoted to yard duty a few years ago. I do have another set of New Balance trail shoes that I used for Philmont that have "seen better days". Not sure if they will take those. I also plan to take time to scope out (drive) the course one more time just to see any changes.
|Yard shoes - they helped my do my first 1/2 marathon|