Did I call it or did I call it? I said in that earlier post that no matter what the weather looks like or is predicted to be, it will ALWAYS be in the 70’s on race day or any day I show up in DC. I also said that the days before and after the race will be nice and cold and perfect but on race day no matter what it will be 70’s. And sure enough…
I’m having a crisis of what to wear. They say to dress for 10 degrees warmer than the day is supposed to be. So does that mean I dress for 80+ degrees since it’s supposed to be 70+ degrees? Where I live, the lows are still around 75 degrees. Theoretically it should feel normal to me. But that’s not true because of the wide range DC has. The lows on race morning are still supposed to be in the low 50’s.
Had an interesting… um… conversation with the spouse about my
complaining stressing over the weather reports. Well, what was said was “Why are you wishing for it to be so cold when the other day you were wearing a hoodie inside the house and covered in a fleece blanket and it’s 78 degrees in here?!” …….. errr… it felt drafty?? Look, I don’t need those kind of observations in my life ok?!! I’m not running a marathon in my house am I?! I just wanted nice cool weather for the marathon to compensate for how awful I’m going to be running out there! Note to spouse: Please don’t argue with me about my insane, neurotic, paranoid, complaining, irrational, nonsensical race day commentary. I’m nervous!!!!
But seriously, I don’t know what to wear. If it’s 51 degrees when we start, that’s hypothermia to me. But then it goes up 20 degrees over the next few hours? Also, the big wild card is the rain. Funnily enough I’m not too worried about that. For one, last year it said the night before the race that there was a 50% chance of rain and it ended up being clear skies. Second, I’ve run a marathon in the rain before, at Disney in Orlando earlier this year, and it’s not as bad as you would think. It was kind of funny to me actually because we’re all there doing this really hard physical thing and it’s raining on us too! Everyone I talked to afterwards was laughing about it. And this is Florida in-your-face rain.
If I wear the Oiselle race singlet, it is like wearing air, or nothing. It’s sleeveless and barely there. I tried it on today with arm warmers and it wasn’t really adding a lot of warmth when your shoulders and core are exposed like that. So do I wear another short sleeve shirt and warmers instead? I don’t have any long sleeves to layer underneath the singlet and my short sleeves are all too loose to wear under the relatively fitted singlet. Look, I know this isn’t a big deal but I guess I’m obsessing about the things that are in my control at this point – unlike my actual race performance. I know it doesn’t truly matter. I could show up in a big ol’ hoodie with a pumpkin on it and it will be whatever it will be.
Anyone else stress about the race day minutiae too?