…and the happy race results keep rolling in. Adele Laboz and Jeffrey Dweck raced the Lehigh Valley Marathon today, and both left Pennsylvania with new PRs. Adele crossed state #13 off the list with her 3:36:21 (8: /mile). Meanwhile, Jeff got his Boston Qualifier with a 3:09:30 (7:14/mile). Not only does that stamp Jeff’s ticket to Boston, but it was good for 3rd place in his age group. (Jeff’s race clearly had nothing to do with all the hard work he has been putting in, and is clearly attributable to my patented “BQ or don’t come home” speech.)
Congratulations Adele and Jeff.
To say that it was hot for yesterday’s Boston Marathon would be an understatement. To say that I’m proud of our team for toughing it out despite the conditions would also be an understatement.
Late last week the forecast started looking bad, but they were still “just” calling for temps in the 60′s at the start, and high 70′s or low 80′s my early afternoon. At that point it still seemed manageable, and runners hoped to put together a fast race. By the time the race rolled around, temps were well into the 70′s at the start, even worse for the second and third waves, and hit the 80′s early on. At that point it became clear that the standards by which the race would be judged were very different than other years.
It’s looking like the conditions will be challenging for Monday’s Boston Marathon. If the current forecast holds, most of the race will be run with temperatures in the low to mid-70′s, which is far from ideal, but also better than the mid-80′s that are predicted as the day’s high.
High temperatures can lead to dehydration and overheating. Your body tries to stay cool by sweating and by sending more blood to the skin where it’s cooled. That’s all well and good, except that your working muscles want that blood for themselves. As such, you’re having an internal tug of war over your finite blood supply. Either you slow down because your muscles get less blood, or you overheat because your body isn’t using its resources to cool you. One way or another, something’s gotta give.