First of all, congrats to all the people that safely and happily finished Boston on Monday. I was watching MissZippy and Impossible is Nothing as well as some others with the online split tracker. That was fun!
Those two slowed up from their cool-temp plans and did what they good (had to work plenty hard I'm sure even so.)
The thing I don't get though is why anybody (that is not hoping to win something) would "race" under those conditions.
Being a marthon maniac I understand about running races for fun, without time pressure (and marathons are particularly challenging even without a pace goal) and this seems one of those times.
I mean, does a mountaineer waiting to climb Everest wait for the worst possible storm to make the climb as difficult and dangerous as possible and show others how they can persevere? Not on purpose they don't.
I reserve my PR attempts for near optimal conditions. I don't see the point of hurting badly when you can't possibly do your best time. There are gray areas where the conditions aren't perfect but you might be strong enough to tough out a PR...and so you give it a shot...that I get.
Frankly, if I qualified for Boston (which I hope to do when I'm in the age 60 group with a 3:55 in 2.5 years at CIM) I will consider actually running Boston to be a really big "victory lap"..I would not try to PR there at all. There's too much fun to be had slowing down just a touch and seeing the sights and sounds, taking lots of pictures, etc.
What do y'all think about this? Am I a wuss?
Would you have tried to run as fast as possible for conditions on Monday, pushing as hard as possible? Or would you have just done whatever kept you reasonably comfortable?