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Dress warmly. Pay attention to your body. Learn the signs of hypothermia and pay attention. Hypothermia is an injury that you should stop running for and get treated.
It can become a slippery slope to the hospital or worse.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013
Let us know how it goes. Rooting for you.
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)
Lots of good advice below, and I'd add that you'll do yourself a huge favor by putting vaseline on your feet before the race begins. Wet sloshy shoes are an enemy to long miles, and vaseline is your shield!
That, and a baseball-style cap with a deep visor brim to keep rain off my face, helped make my first HM survivable and FUN.
Good luck! Smack it down, and know that if you can run 13.1 in this weather, you can run in just about anything!
A windbreaker will definitely help. Make sure you have a hat with a brim to keep the rain out of your eyes. If you can find one that has flaps for your ears, that will be a bonus. I've had sideways rain in the ears and it's not at all pleasant. It hurts when it's coming down hard, and I've even had it fill my ears with water. Of course, we're talking South Florida afternoon monsoon-type rain.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Good luck on your HM! Just wear an old sweatshirt that you wouldn't mind tossing if you get too warm. If its as bad as they predict, should make for an interesting defeat!
There is no passion in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nelson Mandela
Always do what you're afraid to do ~George Bernard Shaw
Good luck, we know you can do it. Make sure you have your layers for you may start off chilly, but after a few miles you can get a little warm. Best wishes and Happy Running.
I want to run that race so much! :)
that being said, I am very familiar with the wind off of the lake. I hope it changes before Sunday! Make sure you have a windbreaker!
Jeckie (aka. Sarah) - Lowell, MA - EST
Half Fanatic #3032
I have no "goal weight". MY goal is to be as healthy, strong and active as I can be. This isn't about my relationship with the scale but my relationship with the world.
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Sending you virtual cowbells to ring you in, wings for your feet to help you take the next step, and the warmth of friendship to keep you warm during the run. I am proud of you for being there!
"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Olympic Marathon Winner
Oh boy! This HM race on Saturday was already going to be tough for me due to some weight gain and reoccurring chronic injuries, but now add wind, cold and rain. And I am not just talking a little wind! The course is right along the lake, (next to Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vermont) and even on a normal day there is some wind. However, when the forecast calls for wind and rain, the rain will come sideways at us and the wind will be howling.
If I can get through this upcoming Half Marathon, it will be a huge accomplishment and one that I can be very proud of!
Learn to love yourself!