But, running in the heat is just the price I pay for living with as much sand in my teeth as I can handle, lips that are constantly chapped, and wait...WHY do I put up with the heat??
Honestly, as long as you plan and prepare, running in the heat is something that can be managed. Extra water, extra time (slower running), and some other small changes (light clothing, a hat, a shady route) will have you getting in your workouts regardless of what Lucifer offers to give you for your soul. (I asked for a BQ marathon. Weeeellllllll, about that..... WORTH IT)
Unfortunately though, some people often times throw caution (and frequently their health) to the wind and push beyond their limits. All for a few less clicks on this:
This weekend the Green Bay Marathon was canceled after only 2 hours and 35 minutes had passed on the clock. As a result, the race has a whopping 10 finishers. That means that you could have been a female and qualified for the Olympic trials (sub 2:39) but not had an official time. That also means that exactly 10 people can use the Green Bay marathon this year as a Boston Qualifier. Loads more details here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120520/GPG0101/305210048/Cellc
|Keep my A goal in spite of record temps?|
Yeah, I got this....
On the flip side, at what point do we (as runners) hold ourselves accountable to throttle back on the speed and drink more when we start to see spots or things like Marky Mark trying to sell us a ticket to the Chocolate Factory?
Personally, I get very frustrated when things like this happen. Part of it is frustration at the proliferation of litigation, but a lot of it is that a few people ruin the bunch. In fact, marathoning is almost the only sport that regularly freaks out about high temperatures. Most people who have finished an Ironman would consider you a wuss if your race didn’t have 80 degree temps - same for most ultramarathons in the Midwest.
But, no one died during the race and who knows what would have happened if it would have gone on for the full 6.5 hours?
So, what do you think? Should the marathon have been canceled? Should the race director had more medical staff on board? Had a machine to control the weather?