Today's a big day for my race-day prep ... March 30 popped up in the 10-day weather outlook!
Often this milestone creeps up on me, but because this year so far has been a series of prolonged cold stretches sandwiching tiny pockets of pleasant weather, I'd been peeking at the longer-term outlook quite a bit already.
And while I've been trying to keep a stiff upper lip — "guys, 40s aren't that bad!" — I have to admit that my spirits and running motivation have been rising and falling with the temperatures.
So thank God that it's 10-day-outlook-checking time, because while the next few days look rather chilly, March 30 is currently forecast to be a balmy 66 degrees.
I must find comfort in worrying about what I can't control — and what's not even all that certain, to boot! — because I've been doing this with all my races in the past few years.
To be fair, the (few) ups and (many) downs of 2014's temperatures have prepared me for most of what a Midwest spring can throw my way, and it's only a 5K for which I have a pretty generous range of personal goals.
I'll keep checking back, though, if only to eagerly anticipate springlike temperatures.