Monday, October 08, 2007

Asterisk

It just sucks that you can put in months of training only to have it all flushed down the toilet by global warming. Maybe this heat wave is not part of some politically charged environmental "theory," but as polar bears lose their seal hunting habitat and as the leaves in Northeastern Ohio struggle to even show the slightest hint of fall color in the middle October, one has to wonder. And as I check the insanity inducing 15 day forecast for Columbus, Oh and it is STILL supposed to be hot in two weeks I want to scream! Down with weather-related asterisks!

Seriously, it sucks so much that success in our sport, unless your national or international class to a limited extent, is measured by a clock. And weather can speed up that clock making it impossible to demonstrate the success that we have worked so hard for. Sure, we can all say "given the weather, that's a great performance." But no matter how much we weather-affected runners rationally understand that to be true, the fact that the clock shows a slower than goal time makes us feel, at least a tiny bit, like we have failed. We can latch on to those couple of people who ran phenomenal times despite the weather and wonder why, if they could do it, I couldn't? Or wonder what would have happened if we would have just started a little slower, or just drank more gatorade, or on and on and on. It is like purgatory. Not heaven. Not hell. Just stuck in the middle wondering.

So here's to you all October 7 midwestern marathon runners. Given the weather you pulled out some great performances and I know by me saying that you don't feel any better.

4 comments:

Uptown Girl said...

Global warming? Yup. I like your assessment of purgatory. It wasn't AS hot as Chicago or Minneapolis/St Paul in Scranton but it was pretty darn close. Mother nature can be the ultimate equalizer and humbler at the same time.

She definitely put the beat down on me yesterday:-p I hope it gets better for you in Columbus (it better not be 92!).

Joseph P. Wood said...

President Bush assures us this is merely just a "warm spell". All will be well, especially when NYC becomes the America's Venice...

Hope the weather forecast changes for the better for you!

Quinto Sol said...

The latest weather forecast is rather nice... 60 max... a person who claims to know about weather patterns said that forecasts are only accurate within 36 hours... anything else is guesswork at best...

check out this website:

http://www.weather.gov/

Jim said...

The weather is indeed freaky, but there's no way it can still be this hot in 2 weeks.You're going to have perfect fall marathon conditions. But just in case, enlist MRP to rent a scooter and ride along side of you with a mister/spritzer filled with ice water!