Hurrah! Weather.com’s 10-day forecast FINALLY rolled out far enough to cover April 18th. Confession: I left my computer on last night to minimize the time between waking and discovering what the weather-meister saw in the skies for Marathon Monday in that crystal ball of his. (Those of you who know me well will grok the gravity when I reveal this: I checked the weather before I turned on the coffee.)
Drum roll, please: weather.com says the temp in Hopkinton on Marathon Monday will range from 38 – 56 degrees. It will be partly cloudy, with a mere 20 percent chance of precipitation. The fitness comfort rating, whatever the heck that is, is a seven–which translates to “moderate” (which sounds a heck of a lot better than today, which is rated a “0” for uncomfortable). Just to be on the safe side, I checked the forecast for Boston, too, and it is pretty much the same thing. (You are on your own if you really need the G2 on Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brighton and Brookline as well. Personally, I will operate under the assumption that there are no planned flash floods or tornadoes or, heaven spare us all, one more blizzard in between points A and B, or H and B as the case may be. If you do check and there is some mid-race calamity in store, please do not alert me–ignorance will be bliss.)
Sounds like a most excellent day to run my first marathon, don’tcha think? 🙂
Of course, most advise against paying attention to the forecast this far out. After all, this is New England. When Andy Schachat called me a couple days ago to let me know to expect a call from a local TV anchor, I shared with him my can’t-wait-til-the-ten-day-forecast fascination, and he said it’d be silly to look until three or four days pre-race. He knows a thing or two about this, having run several marathons and been the announcer at, like, most road races in this area. The debate about when to pay attention has hit the Boston Marathon’s Facebook page too, with Bostonians counseling out-of-staters to wing it until 24 hours pre-race.
If the 10-day outlook was grim, I’d fall back on that, listen to Andy et al and say it’ll change, this is New England, who knows what the day will bring. But since it’s looking pretty darn perfect, well, a little faith in meteorology can’t hurt! 🙂
Here’s hoping your mood is sunny, your skies are partly cloudy and your fitness comfort rating is a perfect ten!