In eight days, on Saturday, January 17, the Charleston Marathon, Half Marathon, and Shrimp and Grits 5K will be run through the streets of one of America's most beautiful and historic cities: Charleston, South Carolina.
Runners will be treated to a healthy dose of southern hospitality, a flat fast course, and an added bonus: Next Saturday's weather will be perfect for marathon runners.
Four-time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers, once proclaimed, "The marathon can humble you."
He was right.
Sometimes, though, the weather conditions can do the humbling.
At the 2012 Boston Marathon, we toed the starting line with temperatures reaching the low 80s. By mile 18, I was taking a tour of the Boston College campus (it is beautiful) in the back of a van filled with dehydrated runners, like myself, who succumbed to the heat at 18 miles into the race.
So, with early morning temperatures in the high 30s and high temperatures predicted to be in the mid-50s, conditions in Charleston next week should be ideal.
Remember, if you plan to run the Charleston Marathon on Saturday, it's time to taper. Your work is done, "The money's in the bank." Run easily and relaxed this week, and you'll be fresh and strong on the starting line when the gun goes off.
I will be the featured guest speaker for both seatings of the pre-race dinner on Friday evening. I have a couple of motivational speeches prepared and plenty of both of my books ready to sign for you.
I'm planning on running the half marathon on Saturday.
Hope to see you next Saturday in Charleston.