|a picture of a puddle of water|
Like many of you, I too have put in hundreds to a couple thousand of miles of training and racing in 2012. For many of us a December marathon is a great way to close off the year, for me I am really looking forward to this Sunday’s California International Marathon. Not only is the CIM in the city I live in and am from, it is a course I am familiar with, my training has been pretty good, I feel good and confident going into the race, and many of my family or friends will be either running or cheering during it, so there is plenty to get excited about. Now with every news station in the Sacramento area reporting their “STORM BEAT” updates with live on the scene reporters, it has caused for many concerns about the 3rd storm that is supposed to hit Sacramento sometime Friday and work itself well into Sunday. With a 7:00 am start time for the CIM, many runners are making their concerns heard via social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, including myself. I even went to the extent of taking a picture of a puddle on the ground outside of my house and posted it onto Instagram. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, it is important to stay focused on things we can control, and let’s be honest as much as people say they “MADE IT RAIN”, did they really?!? With that being said we cannot control the weather and other conditions that come our way come Sunday morning as we hit the pavement on a 26.2 mile journey from Folsom to Sacramento. So for those of you that are still worried about the weather here are a few items that you can control to make your California International Marathon a positive experience no matter the weather conditions.
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The first thing you can do is put the power in your ability to email or post on Facebook, assuming that you have power from your current location. Email race directors (NOW!!!) and ask them to consider moving the marathon indoors. Fitting 10,000 runners indoors is pretty simple if you get creative. One way to do this is to find 10,000 treadmills, with there being hundreds of gyms throughout the Sacramento area, I am sure this is possible. The other and probably more realistic option is to suggest that the marathon be moved into local malls, breaking up groups based on predicted marathon finishing times, and running either a loop course or out and back running from one side of the mall to the other until the 26.2 miles are completed. The reason that groups need to broken up into groups based on predicted marathon times is because it would be ridiculous to expect 10,000 runners to fit in one mall.
If moving indoor is not possible due to fire code concerns, then keeping the marathon outside would probably be okay even with heavy rains. To minimize the amount of downpour you get hit with assuming it is raining during the marathon, simply ask the pacer for your group to kindly hold an umbrella up for you during the run. Explain to them that you will be supplying them with a bright colored umbrella and write in large bold numbers the pace time he or she will be leading. It just makes more sense that since pacers are familiar to running with a pace sign, exchanging it with an umbrella won’t make too much of a difference. If the wind gust are pretty strong, other runners who are trying to run the same time, can be an asset. Again making sure you ask them KINDLY, to circle around you and the pace leader to block the wind while still allowing the pacer to hold the umbrella up for you.
If those 2 options fail and you are forced to take the marathon on yourself then this final recommendation might be your best bet. When you get into the Sacramento area, buy or rent a wetsuit. The course runs downhill from Folsom to Sacramento, so if the rain is strong enough you can just swim the course. If you opt to swim the course make sure you have the proper settings on your Garmin, since you technically are not running the course, your workout on your Garmin Connect profile should reflect that accordingly. Now as for an official finish time if you swim the course, I am not sure how that works, so you will have to discuss that with CIM officials, which I am sure they will be happy to answer those questions in full detail.
Remember with the rain and winds, it is most important to focus only on the things you can control. Of course these options listed above have a bit of sarcasm associated to them, but if they are something you are serious about, more power to you. We have all logged in our miles and a little rain/wind won’t stop us from finishing another 26.2 miles, or if it is your first don’t let it take away from the journey that you have enjoyed up to this point. We are 4 days away from another great day and moment to enjoy, make the most of every moment, enjoy every step, every mile, and be sure to smile at the end. Happy running!