Bad news! My streak of having ridiculously hot races will continue this weekend. I’m bummed.
I picked the Toronto Waterfront Marathon because it is at the end of October. I was hoping for an average fall day. The average high and low in Toronto for this time of year are 13 and 8 Celsius. Mother Nature has other plans and it’s looking like a high of 23, low of 12 and humid and sunny. Ugh.
Unfortunately, this race also doesn’t have an early start time. I will be starting around 9am which means I will be running straight through the hottest part of the day. This means revising my time goals.
As much as I’d like to think I can still shoot for my A goal of under 4:30, I don’t think it will be smart. I usually don’t do well in the heat and actually had to shorten a 20 mile training run because of it. My new plan will just be to run whatever speed feels comfortable based on the conditions.
I’ll make the best of it but it’s hard to not feel a little disappointed. As I mentioned in my last post, this has by far been my best training leading up to a marathon. It’ll be tough knowing that I could probably go faster if the conditions were more favorable.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some clouds and a cool breeze coming off the water. I’ll try and make the best of the experience and just hope I finish healthy. Good luck to everyone running!