Do you have a backup?

If you’re targeting something big, consider a backup plan in case of adverse conditions

As I’m sure you’re aware, this past weekend the Twin Cities Marathon was cancelled at the last minute. Even if it hadn’t been cancelled, if someone was targeting a fast time it would have been a very tough day. Start time temperatures were pretty high and the afternoon high reached 92°.

What should you do if a race you’re planning to run turns into something like this? Well, it depends on your goals.

There are times when it makes sense to go for it. If you were entered in TCM for the experience, then you probably wanted to do it no matter what the weather would be.

However, if you were entered in a race with this kind of weather forecast and had a challenging time goal, say breaking 3 hours or qualifying for Boston, what would you do?

I’d like to suggest that, if you’re running a race with this kind of goal, it would be a good idea to have a backup plan. Have another race you’re already registered for or a race you know allows late, even race day, registrations.

If getting the best performance out of yourself is the ultimate goal, it makes a lot of sense to do all you can to prevent circumstances out of your control from sabotaging your effort.

We can’t control the conditions. However, we can control what we do about them. While the backup is no guarantee, maybe it would be windy or another hot day or who knows what else, it gives you a second chance. There are no guarantees but there are improved odds if you have a backup.

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