I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
from up and down, and still somehow
it’s cloud illusions I recall.
I really don’t know clouds at all.
Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is my ideal race conditions. Do you have a best case scenario? Oddly, mine is cloudy and rainy days. I’ve had some of my PRs on the wettest and windiest days of all things. I don’t seek out rain for sure. When I get up for a race and the rain is pouring, there is nothing I dread more than that first chill of rain hitting my skin and then standing around in wet clothes waiting for the start. Once I get started running, it really doesn’t bother me too much. I dodge the largest puddles, even though I’m completely drenched by that point, and curse that flood of water into the already wet shoes, oh! no bueno!
My first marathon was a cold (50 degrees) rainy and windy day.
My 10-mile PR was cloudy and drizzling.
My half marathon PR was in the remnants of Hurricane Patricia.
If it’s not raining, it has to be in the 50s for me to be comfortable. Anything warmer than that seems to take a toll on me, even though it’s wonderful spectating weather. Maybe it’s the black hair that attracts heat? I need to figure out a better strategy for that because in Texas, chances are pretty darn good it’s going to be warm and sunny. So, I’m going to experiment…how would I look as a blonde? Not like Beyonce…I know.
So rainy days are my ideal, so I take it as a plus. Race day and rain=score!
What’s your ideal race day weather?