Thursday, January 26, 2012

Running with the forecast, or why it pays to plan ahead.

Friday is supposed to be the warmest day of the week–it’s also supposed to be the wettest. I had an 11 miler schedule for tomorrow, but given the forecast, I opted to get it out of the way today.

In the winter, more so than any other time of the year, it’s important to look at the forecast several days out when planning your run. This is especially true when you’ve got long runs or speedwork on your schedule. An easy five miler in the rain? No big deal. A recovery run with temps in the teens? You’ll manage. An 18 miler with a 20 mph headwind and freezing rain? No thanks!

I tend to be pretty obsessive about the 5 day forecast. Sure, it can change, and sure I’ve toughed it out in all kinds of weather. We all know that come race day, you have no control of what Mother Nature does, but I’m a firm believer that marathon training is demanding enough to prepare you, even if you change your plans to fit the forecast.

As for today’s run? It went great! 11.1 miles total, down through Central Park and back home along the Hudson River Greenway.

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