1. Welp, I’m officially panicking about the 20 miler on Sunday.
Sunday’s forecast is abysmal, to put it gently. Apparently the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda are scheduled to arrive in the Chicago area Saturday evening into Sunday morning, bringing with them heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Per usual, I’m particularly concerned about the potential for thunderstorms, given the whole “running exposed on the Lakefront for approximately four hours” thing. I know from experience that the obvious threat of thunderstorms almost guaranteed to arrive during a run isn’t enough for CARA to cancel–I have three 18 milers and their corresponding tales of waiting out storms in underpasses and bathrooms to prove that. Unless it’s storming at 6:30 a.m., I’m quite certain they won’t cancel.
However, the 20 miler won’t be done by, you know, 7 a.m. It’s going to take literal hours to run. So what are they going to do if it starts storming mid-run? CARA has never seemed to have a mid-run thunderstorm contingency plan, so I have no reason to believe they’ll have one for the 20 miler–though if they do, it would be awfully helpful if they’d at least inform us pace leaders about it ahead of time.
I suppose at this point, it would be more efficient to link back to my thunderstorm-related complaints I had for the Chicago Marathon last year, because it boils down to the same thing this year with CARA: just communicate with us. I can’t, for the life of me, understand what harm it would do to show people you’re prepared for bad weather and that you have a plan in place to keep your participants safe should electricity shoot down from the sky. I absolutely understand keeping your security protocols under wraps, because announcing to the world what you plan to do in case of a security breach is a security breach in and of itself. But it’s not the like weather is sitting in a dark room somewhere, waiting anxiously to see if CARA reveals its plans so it can find the holes in them and exploit them.
2. Even if it doesn’t thunderstorm, I’m still concerned about the “heavy rain” situation.
At the end of the day, if it rains, it rains. There’s nothing I can do about it. It will be unpleasant. I’ll wear a garbage bag until it’s time to start running, put my phone in a Ziploc bag, slather my skin in Aquaphor, and hope for the best.
My concern, however, are concerns that I had in the first place, which are only exacerbated by the predicted heavy rain. For whatever reason, I’ve really struggled with blisters this year. I got blisters running my half marathon in April, and marathon training hasn’t been much better, particularly in the past few weeks. I have an especially brutal blister on one of my toes that seems to reignite after any run in even vaguely humid conditions, which doesn’t bode well for Sunday.
I started wearing my Injinjis more regularly, hoping that having some fabric between my toes would keep them from rubbing against each other and blistering. No such luck. I put Body Glide on my toes before my run on Wednesday and finished blister-free, but I also only ran about 5.6 miles.
So if anyone has any blister avoidance tips, I’m accepting them. My toes would appreciate your guidance.
3. *heavy dramatic sigh* Guys, I’m so upset that I haven’t had any random encounters with the Jonas Brothers while they’ve gallivanted around Chicago this week 😦 I doesn’t help, of course, that I don’t live in the city anymore, and they’ve primarily been in the city…but still. They were in the area on my birthday! Why didn’t they come visit me?! 😦 *more heavy dramatic sighing*
I obviously didn’t take it too personally, since I’ve bought myself a ticket to their show in Rosemont in a few months. Nike’s the one who should take it personally, since I’m channeling the majority of my birthday money into Jonas-related things rather than marathon swag this year. It helps that, per usual, I’m not all that into this year’s design (which means I will inevitably be super into it on Oct. 14, also per usual). I like the look of the tank top, but I bought that same tank top (the Nike Miler) last year and honestly don’t like the fit of it at all. It’s too loose and bounces around too much for my liking. Plus I hate that the arm holes are so big. If I wanted to show off my sports bra to the world, I wouldn’t wear a shirt. I’d really like a half-zip, but right now Nike.com only has men’s half-zips available, so I don’t know if they’ll have any for women. I sure hope they do! I have more marathon swag than any one person could possibly need, but my only half-zip is from the 2013 marathon. It’d be cool to have one from my first Oct. 13 Chicago Marathon and one from my last (for now) Oct. 13 Chicago Marathon.