Running the Boston Marathon is a challenge on a good day, but throw in wind and rain and the difficulty ramps up even more.
This year will be the first soggy Boston Marathon since 2015, with the rain becoming heavier during the late morning and afternoon. Winds will be coming in out of the east-southeast, adding a 10-20 mph headwind at times.
Temperatures will start the day in the 40s, ending closer to 50 by afternoon. While many runners prefer that, as opposed to say big-time heat, it can also create concerns over hypothermia.
First of all, think in layers. Hats, gloves, and light jackets that can keep you both warm and dry. It’s always easier to peel layers than not have them at all.
It’s especially important to stay as dry as possible before the race while waiting to start in Hopkinton. If you can’t find a tent or building for shelter, perhaps purchase an inexpensive pair of wind pants that you can tear off before hitting the road.
All of the clothing left behind in Hopkinton is donated, so you won’t be wasting it.
During the race, since rain will be falling, chafing will be an issue too. It would be wise to carry a small tube of anti-chafing cream to be more comfortable. If your skin becomes too irritated, it may force you to run differently, adding extra stress to your body.
Moisture-wicking socks are also important, to avoid blisters if possible.