No, I hadn't been following the weather, but there are two ways it can go: too hot, or too miserable (rain and cold). And since 2007, most of the time you hear "bad weather" and "Chicago Marathon" in the same sentence, it refers to the heat.
I went immediately to WGN to see what Tom Skilling, local Chicago meteorological hero, had to say.
Huh. That is not good.
Now, I know that it's impossible to predict the weather a week in advance with any accuracy. But, I was there in 2007.
(Warning: I'm about to use hyperbole to talk about the 2007 Chicago Marathon as though it was a mythical tragedy instead of just a canceled road race.)
In 2007, it was hot. It was very hot. By the end of the day, it would be nearly 90 degrees. Maybe not the worst weather ever, but Chicago is notoriously flat and usually has mild-to-cold weather. I don't know how we made it through.
|Replace "Terrorist Attacks" with|
"Marathon Problems" and you're on!
I was there, man. I still have PTSD from it. When the weather is just right and I see joggers sweating... Flashbacks. It's like I'm there again, man, in
Most weather reports have calmed down some and are predicting highs in the low 70s, although if you believe Tom Skilling it will still get into the 80s. Additionally, a mass email went out to all participants to remind us of the "Emergency Alert System" to notify us of their terrorist-threat-level-esque alert system for marathon weather. I get that the weather is no joke, but I also get that 30,000+ runners have been training for months (and traveling from great, expensive distances) to get to this day.
Please, please, Carey Pinkowski, don't cancel the race on us?
Ay! Fingers crossed for some crisp fall weather! Nothing worse than racing in the heat.ReplyDelete
You have no idea how nervous I am - this is my first and I just want it to be fun. Let's hope the weather plays nice!ReplyDelete
Majo, funny you should say that - just this morning I was walking the dog thinking, "Hm, it's a little chilly out here..." Nooooo - it's actually perfect out right now!ReplyDelete
Ugh, I knew we all would get punished for being infidels! I'll send out temperate-weather vibes for all of my fake internet friends running. Y'al deserve the best.ReplyDelete
I don't think they'll cancel, just be more prepared.ReplyDelete
I'm freaking out about the weather, but at the same time, I RAN 14 MILES ON 105 HEAT. I can freaking deal with 80's weather. And since the heat wave was across the country, most people also trained under 100+ heat.
I thought your report was funny though -- it's almost like my WTC report! HA!
I know a girl who was at mile 16 when they cancel it, and she still had to walk the rest of the 10 miles to the end. That was going to be her first marathon, and she never ran another one again because of the disappointment.
abs stinks. how is it that every yr chitown is hot?!?!ReplyDelete
your report cracked me up, you have nyc to look fwd too as well :)
ahhh, I hope the forecast continues to calm down. Are you running? How could I not know that? My fingers and toes are crossed for ya!ReplyDelete