Did you watch the coverage of the Boston marathon yesterday? I dunno about you, but it always gets me so excited. I can’t believe how fast those elites are. Even in the crazy heat. Blows my mind. Wesley Korir won it in 2:12:40 (which is a 5:04 mile pace!), and Sharon Cherop won the women’s race in 2:31:50 (which is a 5:48 pace!). I can’t even run ONE 5:48 mile, much less 26 of them in a row. People are so fast, it inspires me.
When asked about the heat, I loved Korir’s response after the race. “..the heat? It was hot.” He says that he excels in hotter conditions, and he knew that would help give him an edge over the competition. Check out his post-win interview HERE. He sounds like such a humble, funny guy.
Unlike the crazy heat the Boston marathoners had, today’s temperature out here in Boulder is ideal for my little 5K race tonight. 65 and partly cloudy. But ya know? I think I’m with Korir on the temperature thing… I love running in hot weather, dripping sweat and wearing shorts and a sports bra. I grew up in tropical, humid, blazing hot Singapore (it’s on the equator). And that’s where I ran for 6 years, so I grew to love (and somehow learn how to handle) the heat while running.
But running an entire marathon in 90 degree sun?!? Yeah, you guys who ran it? Are BAMFs. That is hardcore and I tip my hat to you. Congrats!
The BAA offered that participants could defer to the 2013 race, and about 4300 registered athletes did not run. Probably a smart and safe call, but now I’m wondering how that will affect this fall’s registration process for the 2013 Boston Marathon. Will qualifiers with times closer to the 3:35:00 cut off not get in now because of the 4000+ 2012 defer-ers?*
*Revision to original post: The BAA required that if runners wanted to defer their race to 2013, they had to pick up their 2012 packet. So it sounds like a lot less people deferred than I originally thought (thanks for clarifying that for me, Luke!). From the official policy on BAA’s website:
What did you think about BAA’s deferment policy?
I think it was fair and a smart idea (safety should always be first), but part of me is sad that they wouldn’t let me defer my 2011 BQ when I had emergency surgery 3 days before the race last year. But oh well! Just had to re qualify :)
Would you rather run a marathon when it’s hot and sunny, or cold and cloudy?
Hot and sunny any day.