A week from today, I will be taking part in the Lake Effect Half Marathon. It will be my second race of the year. It is only the third year of this race; however, it is already quite popular. This is due in part to an article in Runner’s World last year:
Unfortunately, the race has tended to live up to its name:
I expect the weather to be a challenge again this year – but for different reasons. The current forecast for race day is:
That will be fairly miserable but certainly not surprising for this time of year. Actually, it’s not the race-day forecast I’m worried about! The four days preceding the race look something like this:
That will actually be the nicest weather that this area has seen in months! Unfortunately, there is so much snow on the ground right now, the warmer temperatures are sure to cause flooding. Onondaga Lake Park, where the race is held, is notorious for flooding. Just a few months ago, after a series of warm days, it looked like this:
Not impressed? Back in 2011, it looked like this:
I’m trying to stay optimistic. I certainly welcome the warmer temperatures. I really hope they don’t turn the course into a mess. I know the race is going to be held either way. We’ll see what happens!!
My current half marathon PR is 1:17:52. Hopefully, if things go just right…