Thursday, March 25, 2010

the wind wins again!

Wind = 98697654 Me = 0

So my idea of running my tempo run today outside in up to 40 mph wind gusts... not my best ever. The plan was to warm-up 1 mile then do 3 miles at tempo with the wind at my back leaving 1 mile at tempo and 3 easy miles into the wind. (Side note: Is it cheating or just smart to do your tempo miles with the aid of the wind?) It was a great plan in my head (and that is where it should have stayed). I knew it was going to be difficult on the way back but I figured I could handle it since I have battled the wind on my last 5 or so runs. Plus, I couldn't bring myself to hitting the treadmill today. The wind was so ridiculously strong today that it literally stopped me in my tracks. I ended up doing a run/walk mix on the last 3 miles not because I was tired but because I could no longer fight it.

Do you think I can count this as both a cardio and strength training? Now that I'm done I feel like I partook in one of those strong man competitions.
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On a completely unrelated note I'm thinking of starting a picture of the week and/or things I'm loving right now post. What do you think? Any interest? It's not necessarily running related but I thought it might help break up my constant posts about the wind and my travel schedule.

13 comments:

Jeri said...

sidenote answer: totally not cheating. brilliant actually, and I would've called you dumb if you HADN'T utilized the wind for the tempo portion. :)

Jocelyn said...

Don't let that wind win!

The Laminator said...

Wind-assisted tempo? Haha! That's awesome. And yes, the run against the wind completely counts as strength training. So you win on both accounts!

X-Country2 said...

I've thought about a "things I'm loving" post of the week. I vote you do it. I'd totally read it. :o)

Jess said...

I like the idea of a things I'm loving post.

And major props to you on getting out there in the wind. We had some wind here the other day and it was so tough to battle through it.

Marlene said...

I always love seeing photos of all kinds, so that sounds like a great idea to me!

40mph wind is no joke. That definitely counts as strength-training! I bet you'll be hurting this morning!

bill carter said...

Outsmarting a nasty wind? Priceless! And totally legal in my running book.

BTW, that is one SWEET ride. Way to rock the minivan Jamie!

J said...

I think your idea is a good one to show weekly what your loving or whatever. obviously you are not loving the wind. i am not either. i am not loving these cold temps either! I want spring!

kilax said...

I love the new post ideas!

The wind was AWFUL yesterday! I applause you for getting out there!

aron said...

i hate the wind!!! UNLESS its at your back :)

at track the other night we were running straight into it on the last couple repeats GAH its horrible!

Tara said...

40 mph wind? No thank you!!!!

A pic of the week sounds like fun!

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