Two weeks ago I found out that Brian and I got entry into the NY Marathon. Let me start by saying, “HOT DAMN”! I’m so freaking excited I could pee. I’ve booked airfare and hotel accommodations and I obsessively search online for things to do while we will be in New York. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to run with 50,000 other runners. Considering the marathon I ran in spring had about 300 other runners, NY will be the polar opposite. And having millions of people lining all 26.2 miles and cheering the runners on is something I can’t imagine until I experience it in person. However, before I get to run through the streets of New York, I must train for the marathon. That means running through the streets of Green Bay in the summer heat. I have a 13 mile run to get in this weekend and the Saturday temperature is projected to be 88 and Sunday’s temperature is going to hover around 90. Holy hell, what did I get myself into? If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I don’t react well to heat. You also know that my internal temperature gauge is approximately 20 degrees warmer than everyone else’s temp. You also know that I hyperventilate when I overheat and I’ve done this in 70 degree weather. So an actual temperature of 90 degrees does not bode well for this runner. I may spontaneously combust at a projected temperature of 90 degrees. Yikes!
So, while I am THRILLED to be running the NY Marathon this fall, I’m not thrilled with having to train in summer. I don’t think I truly realized the gravity of what it would mean to have to log long runs in heat and humidity. I guess I need to leather up because there’s no way around it. But I may need to download Empire State of Mind and some other New York related songs to remind me why I’m doing this. However, if anyone sees me laying under a tree, melting away this weekend – please dump some water on me, call Brian and tell him to pick me up and remind me it will be worth it when I get to finish in Central Park in November!
Until next time,