Warning: if you are running the Madison Half or Marathon this Sunday, STOP READING.
What is your WORST nightmare? Mine is heat and humidity on race day. And no, I’m not being overdramatic.
The forecast for the Madison Marathon on Sunday is calling for heat and humidity. I feel your pain runners, I feel your pain. If I wasn’t doing the San Diego Marathon the following weekend, I’d be signed up for the Madison Half on Sunday. Thank GOD I’m not.
Why do I hate the heat and humidity? Because I was cursed with it in 2010. I was all geared up to run my very first half marathon (the same one that’s coming up this weekend). I hadn’t even given the heat a thought until about mile 6 during the race. People were dropping like flies. I was running by people being hosed down on the side of the road by firefighters. It was ungodly hot.
Everyone who lived along the course put sprinklers in the road for the runners. I thought this was the greatest gesture in the world…until I took my shoes off. I had blisters all over my feet and ended up losing two toenails. Gross, I know. But that’s what you get for running in soaking wet shoes.
Anyway, they closed the course, but I finished my half marathon. May 30th, 2010 goes down in history as one of the top 5 worst days in my life.
If you’re running this weekend and chose to keep reading after my stop sign, the best of luck! I’ll be there cheering you on and taking pictures!