Once I wrote a blog post about running in windy weather. I wrote it because where I live it tends to be windy a lot and running in the wind is unavoidable. Yesterday was one of those very windy days and I had a long run to do. Like windier than usual. I briefly considered putting it off for later in the week, but later in the week is all booked up. There is no time for a long run later in the week.
Since I also had to watch Downton Abbey before I could go for a long run this limited my running routes as I now had no time to drive somewhere less windy and run. To get to a less windy area I just have to drive about 2 miles and I am at a much lower elevation and less windy. I could have run down the big hill, but the thought of running back up the big hill at the end of a 13 mile long run was somehow worse than running in 28 mph winds.
It still would have been windy down the hill, just not as bad.
So I made a critical error and I ran with the wind to start with. Let me just say the last half of my run was about 2/3 into the wind and was incredibly mentally challenging. All because I wanted to run a loop type route instead of an out and back and out and back.
I kept thinking the run felt so hard and I felt so tired. I questioned how in shape I was. I wondered it I was overtrained. Then I turned and ran cross ways with the wind for a quarter mile and marveled at how good I felt!
I think the day would have been rather perfect for running if not for the wind. It was sunny and in the 20s.
That wind was a butt kicker, but I got it done. Take that wind!
Now I wonder if maybe I should always run into the wind at the end, otherwise I wonder if I wouldn't turn around earlier if I had to run into it to start with on a long run.
What is worse than a long windy run to you? Maybe if it were raining too. I hate running in a cold rain.