The weather for the week looks like showers every day with temps in the low to mid 60s through the weekend. Lows in the 40s. I know the race isnt for 7 days, but I like to look ahead. I'd love it to stay in the 40s and 50s for the race as I think that is my best chance to get 3:15.
I've been obsessively checking the 15-day forecast every day since the end of September. A period of rain was first forecast after the 14th, then around the 14th, and today it seems to have moved to before the 14th, so hopefully that pattern holds. Right now it's "Times of clouds and sun, High: 60 °F" which would be pretty good.
Steve, good luck next week. I made the mistake of getting fired up during miles 11-13 because it is slightly downhill and I paid for it later as I carried the same pace through miles 13-16 which is really the only part of the course with any hills to speak of. When I say hills they arent very tough or long, but its a change up from the rest of the course. During my training I found I was 10-15 seconds per miles faster for the part of the course for miles 11-13 (21-23 also) than I was for 4-6 when I used the same effort.
Thanks for the heads up, I'll keep that in mind when I hit that stretch. I'm not too worried about hills. When I first started running over a year ago, it was on the sidewalks of Brookline and Allston/Brighton, all around Corey Hill. I've been doing most of my recent training on flat loops, but I'm hoping my legs remember.
What's the surface like? Is it all pavement/roads? The Run to Remember went over those metal grates on the overpass on Memorial Drive at the BU Bridge - not fun.