Here we are, midweek of Race Week, and the weather forecast has proved to be a flip-flopper. Remember when I said it will be completely different than it was last week, when Weather.com called for low 60s and rain on Race Day? My forecast was proven correct just a couple days later, when that same website predicted mid-60s and sunshine for the Akron Marathon. Today, we're back to low 60s and rain.
I've been rather lucky without dealing with such Race Day humps as bad weather. My marathons have been especially fortuitous without so much as a scattering of rain drops. Last year, I was expecting showers and even created a trashbag rain slicker, but the rain never arrived. Luckily, I still have that modified trashbag to use this year.
Yesterday, after reading a tale of two barefoot marathon wins, I had the thought, 'You know, cluck it, maybe I should just run the marathon without shoes.' Granted, my longest barefoot run this year was five miles and my longest ever was 10 miles, but this is the year if ever there was a year when I could focus on taking it slow. First, there was taper sickness and now the madness.
Of course, I haven't practiced at all running barefoot on the Towpath, which makes up a three-mile stretch from about miles 11 to 14. If you remember last year's race, I picked up a pebble in my shoe during this stretch, which forced me to stop and lose my pace group. The crushed limestone surface of the Towpath is anything but smooth and would require some serious focus to run it barefoot.
As I considered this option, I decided to make it a goal next year to get comfortable running barefoot on the Towpath and similar terrains. For this year's race, though, I'll stick to shoes, my new Altra Adams.
Packet pickup is Friday. And then one last hump to traverse.