Rainy race revisited

Approaching the finish line

Last year, I ran the LA Marathon in a fierce storm. I was wet and cold for over four hours, but I didn’t complain even when I had to stop at an aid tent for a band-aid for my bloody ankles. The band-aid came off after five minutes.

The rain made the race more interesting, the chafing worse, and the post-race period awful. In hindsight, it wasn’t that bad running through rain. I felt like badass for running through this. (Afterward was a whole different story, I was miserable. It took me a long time to feel warm again even after changing in to dry clothes and drinking some tea.)

It was good to experience. I don’t want to do it again, but I might have to.

Weather for the LA Marathon

I checked the 10-day forecast on Friday. I laughed when I saw this. It can’t be as bad as last year. I’d rather have this than lots of sunshine and predicted highs in the 70s and 80s like it’s been recently.


7 thoughts on “Rainy race revisited

  1. I agree a little rain and overcast is better than hot. Even temps just in the high 70’s made Chicago a bit uncomfortable for me (and I ended up soaked in water anyways in an attempt to cool off). I remember the conditions for the LA marathon last year. I hope it isn’t as bad. Either way you’re going to do a great job. Plus it’s still 7 days out and these things can change.

  2. Eh, it’s a week away…forecasts are always crap that far in advance! It’s kind of crazy to see those kind of humidity %s being ascribed to LA, though. In my blissful memories of living there, it’s always blessedly dry. 🙂

  3. Great race pic. Your muscles are insane!

    On the Oakland Running Festival’s wall, one of the race organizers advised us not to check too much, as weather forecasts are rarely accurate this far in advance. But that will probably not stop me from checking in every few hours next week.

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