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.