Mary Baum

Weather Checking Fanatic

I have a confession to make.

I am a compulsive weather checker the week leading up to marathons. I can’t help it. As soon as the 10 day forecast is up for the day of the race, I am all over it. Luckily for this upcoming weekend (unlike Nashville), the weather is looking pretty promising…

High’s in the 50’s is definitely my perfect racing weather! The pre-race will be a bit chilly, but will be completely worth it to run in some incredibly ideal temps! I know this is by no means  a guaranteed forecast, but I am going to hold on to it! Send me some well weather wishes!! So since I have been running in such hot temps all summer, picking out what to wear for next weekend is going to be a bit tricky. I default to shorts pretty much no matter what – I don’t think that I have ever raced in running crops! These are the shorts I plan to run in on race day:

They are the speed shorts from Lululemon. They are super comfy, and have a great storage pocket in the back. I can pair them with my compression socks, and have a little bit of extra warmth. However, depending on how cold it really is going to be, I may go ahead and wear the Run Inspire crops (don’t worry, I have run in them before, just not a marathon or anything). At this point, I am definitely undecided. I have a feeling it will be game time decision!

As for the shirt, I will definitely be wearing a tank with some arm sleeves. I picked up a pair when I ran the NYC marathon, and I am excited to be able to put them to use! I have always ended up taking off my long sleeve shirt whenever I have worn one in the past, and I just don’t feel like having to deal with having a shirt tied around my waist again.

As for the pre-race, I am going to have to make a thrift store run this week to grab some throw away clothes for sure! For those of you that have not run in a cold race before, wearing old clothes to the start of the race, that you have no attachment to, is a great idea. You can throw them to the side once the race starts, and be ready to go! The best part – most races donate all discarded clothing to charity, so it’s really a win-win for everyone! Unfortunately, living in such a warm state, I do not exactly have an influx of old, cold weather clothes. I have a few staple items, but that’s about it. To the thrift store I will go! Hopefully I’ll find some awesome sweats – the stuff I have the possibility of finding is usually pretty priceless! I’ll be sure to report back. ;)

I only have 10 miles on the dock for this entire week leading up to the race. I see some sleeping in and relaxation in my future. I am sooo excited!

Do you constantly check the weather leading up to a big race? What about what you wear – crops or shorts if it’s cold out?

*** All of the clothes photos are from the Lululemon website***

14 Responses

  1. Theodora
    Theodora October 1, 2012 at 8:21 am |

    I think that was about the forecast for NYCM last year–I wore a skirt and t-shirt and was fine once I started.

  2. Heather
    Heather October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am |

    I run in skirts, if its cold I will put a pair of capris under them. if it’s just “chilly” I will paid skirt with compression socks. I get hot easily so up top just a shirt or tank with arm sleeves unless its freezing.

  3. Meghann
    Meghann October 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |

    Jealous of the current forecast! When I ran Chicago, it was so hot! Crossing my fingers the cooler weather sticks around for you!

  4. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes October 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm |

    In the days leading up to a race, I try my best to not compulsively check the weather forecast, but it’s really no use; I’m a type-A person, so I am all over the forecast like you, Mary! Your forecast looks like ideal running weather. :)

  5. Julie @ Sweetly Balanced
    Julie @ Sweetly Balanced October 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm |

    I always check the weather leading up to a race day, I feel like you have to especially when you live in a state like NY where the weather is constantly changing and unpredictable!! I love those Lululemon shorts/pants! My fiance just got me a new cold weather running shirt from Lulu for my bday and I’m obsessed!!

  6. Whitney @LiveRunLoveYoga
    Whitney @LiveRunLoveYoga October 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm |

    I check the weather compulsively like you! I hope it’s cool for you! Last year was hot!!

  7. Steph
    Steph October 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm |

    I totally do! Also, before every long run. Also, pretty much every day. I’m a weather checking addict. And I love lululemon shorts! They’re so amazingly comfy :)

  8. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness October 2, 2012 at 6:53 am |

    That IS such perfect weather!!! Jealous that I’m missing out on those perfect conditions this year. Think Chicago will be that nice on race day 2 years in a row for me next year? ;)


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