Oh, I am taking a break from reading the rules of what makes “Dolphin-Safe” actually (as per Government Standards) “Dolphin-Safe”. That and tracking down updates on Tax Credit legislature and tariff rules for canned tuna…

We have had a sustained cold for our region the past few days. I looked at my weather ticker and it reads 21F. Wow 3 degrees higher than before. Now, I know some of you would love to be at 21F or even half that, I understand. However, the forcast for today says that our temperature should (almost) double to 41F. I don’t see it happening.

And since I have a race tomorrow, I fancied a peek at the weather. Thank goodness that I will be creating energy while running, here’s the forecast:

Tonight (Which will be the temperature when I make my way to the race) – Fair to partly cloudy. Low 24F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

At Race Start (9am) – Few Snow Showers. 29F feels like 19F, Winds 13mph.

At (estimated) Race Finish (11am) – Few Snow Showers. 34F feels like 24F, Winds 15mph.

I don’t mind the snow showers, in fact, unless you live with snow from October-May, you probably enjoy a tromp through the white stuff. Plus it makes for a beautiful run that reminds you of why you are alive.

What I don’t like is that wind! 13mph, that’s twice as fast as I will be running and doing some simple physics (I don’t want to lose you) if it’s a head wind then the relative speed will seem even greater. So, I need to plan for the cold and wind. And more importantly, I need to make sure that I have plenty of warm dry clothes for after the race. I don’t need pneumonia now, who does really?

So, I am thinking that if I am running with Marty that we’ll hit under the 2 hr mark. It very well could be 1:59:xx but we’ll get it, well, unless we some how get frozen out on the course, then all bets are off. To our advantage, we have both run the course before. After thinking about it, this will be my 5th running of Strawplains Half marathon and I have ran with Marty’s wife twice and Marty once (soon to be twice). I did run the race by myself in 2003.

And with that, it leads me into something I have needed to comment on for a while, I guess it never made it to a sticky note and that is my podcast. It is not dead, trust me. But it is delinquint, I know. I feel shame.

Episode 7, Calhoun’s 10m, is in editing mode right now, I have mapped out the audio I want, I just need to make notes of what I want to say before the clip and copy the clip and stitch together. Most of the hard work is done, I just have the somewhat tedious part. I did copy the files and brought them here to work, just in case I could get some the audio copied here, it would save me time at home. I do plan on recording audio from Strawplains, so that will be Episode 8 and will (more than likely) be out in late February or early March.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon