If you live near the great lakes you get pretty good at amateur meteorology.
At least if you have half a brain. If you don’t, you just watch the local forecast and scream about how any storm that shows up is “media hype.”
(As an aside: Nothing pisses me off more than the “I’M SUCH A WEATHER GEEK! I WATCH THE WEATHER CHANNEL LOL”! types who ultimately react to every missed storm/cold front/warm front with “LOL U WEATHERMEN CAN’T GET IT RIGHT!”. Really, assholes? Really? I’m a rank amateur who understands the basics about how forecasting models work. And *I* get that its more complicated than simply reading radar.)
That said, I started my Boston weather watch on Monday since frankly, I wasn’t all that concerned. I was troubled when I saw a couple highs forecasted in the 80s, but was even more troubled when I saw how much difference there was between the GFS and the ECMFW. Particularly troubling was that the ECMFW was trending warmer since I understand it’s generally more accurate.
That said, once I saw this on meteostar yesterday evening I knew we were toast:
70s at the start, mid 80s by the finish.
More or less the worst case scenario for a marathon in the northeast in the spring because 1. trees aren’t really grown in yet 2. sun is at a lower angle than it would be in like…July 3. If you’re from the north east, you’re probably not heat acclimated.
On one hand, at least this winter wasn’t brutally cold. I did a 20 miler in weather that topped out at 77. ATB was fairly humid and it was about 60 degrees when I drove home.
On the other hand, FUCK. This is what we get for that tailwind last year. I realize nature isn’t vindictive but this sure as hell feels like it.
Of course, I’m not in PR shape so this is an excuse to not run horribly fast. (As tempted as I am to not run at all, I want to visit some people. :-/) Unfortunately, I’m also too fat to run shirtless. Oh well.
Can’t control the weather. Stay hydrated, folks. And eat salt. And for the love of Vodka go out slower than goal pace.
Semi-related: Who will be at the expo at like…10ish on Saturday? (lolz – bold question.)