I’ll run in the heat, rain, cold, or snow with
no very little complaining. The one element that I despise and will avoid at all costs is the wind. I hate it. For me, there’s nothing as depressing as pushing yourself and feeling like you are barely moving.
I always check wind speed before a run – and especially before a long run. If the wind is anything close to 20 mph, I always choose the treadmill. The forecast for Saturday’s long run called for chilly temps (28) with winds sustained around 17-18 mph (and gusts up to 30 mph). It was going to feel like 15 degrees with the windchill.
If I were further along in my marathon training, I easily would have chosen the treadmill. I’ve done distances up to 20 miles before on it. But I felt that I wasn’t mentally prepared enough for 14 miles on the treadmill yet – I hadn’t run that distance since late spring (about 9 months) and was worried that I would wimp out and hit “stop” when I got tired the last few miles. The only option was to run outside.
I wore capris, a long-sleeved shirt, Saucony Jacket, Athleta vest, Saucony hat, and mittens. (More info on my clothes at the bottom of the post.)
I was dressed perfectly for the weather and was warm enough for most of the run. The vest was great – it helped protect my body against the chilly wind without causing the rest of my body (arms) to overheat.
I decided to run south for a couple of miles and then head north and double back to our home. Last weekend I ran 6 miles north and 6 back for my 12 miler and didn’t want to do the exact same route this week. I also knew that I would probably be lacking motivation by mile 10 so I wanted to have to run the final 5 miles home.
The first few miles were slow and comfortable.
- Mile 1: 8:30
- Mile 2: 8:15
- Mile 3: 8:13
The middle 6-7 miles felt AWESOME. I was easily maintaining just over an 8:00 min/pace and felt that I was running within myself.
- Mile 4: 8:03
- Mile 5: 8:03
- Mile 6: 8:09
- Mile 7: 8:03
- Mile 8: 8:03
- Mile 9: 8:06
I turned around at mile 9.10 to head home and realized I was in for a LONG 5 miles – I was running directly into ~20 mph winds.
The miles dragged on. I seriously looked at my garmin every .1-.2 miles wondering why it wasn’t moving faster. I felt like I was struggling 100x more than I had been the last 6 miles and yet I running ~20 seconds slower. I think if I had been running with my cell phone I may have called my husband to come get me. It was THAT awful. But I was miles from home and the only way to get home was to run. I kept telling myself that the faster I ran, the faster it would all be over.
I had intentions of pushing the pace a bit the last few miles – but that obviously never happened. It took every ounce of energy I had to run the last miles in 8:11.
- Mile 10: 8:20
- Mile 11: 8:22
- Mile 12: 8:15
- Mile 13: 8:24
- Mile 14: 8:11
Total: 14:01 miles
Total Time: 1:55:05
I know running in (and into) the wind will only make me a stronger runner. It’s resistance training. I kept repeating that to myself during those last few miles (but it didn’t make the time go any faster).
Do you enjoy running when it’s windy?
What’s your cutoff for wind speed for running outside?
What I’m wearing:
- Athleta Prevail Vest (this one is similar to the one I’m wearing – they don’t carry the one I am wearing anymore)
- Saucony Run Vibe Beanie
- Saucony Guide 6