Monday, March 22, 2010

windy 17

Although Chicago is not named the "windy city" because of the weather I have no doubt that had those particular politicians not been around Chicago still would have ended up with the nickname. I absolutely, freaking hate the wind and these past few days of running have been horribly windy. Living and running by the lake definitely doesn't help!

I ended up moving my long run of 17 miles to Monday afternoon. I had planned on running long Sunday afternoon after my sister and brother-in-law left but I scratched that (and felt incredibly guilty about it for some weird reason). I was tired from the weekend and my motivation was severely lacking so I opted for a 5 mile easy run instead. I dragged ass but was grateful once I returned home. The weather was supposed to be slightly warmer (upper 40's not upper 30's and snow!) but silly me didn't check about the wind. Where I live there was really no way for me to start into the wind so on my out and back course most days I end up in the wind. It's usually not as bad as it has been these last few runs. BUT... After how I felt tonight, even with the ridiculous wind stopping me in my tracks for the return 8.5 miles, I want to move all my long runs to Monday! I don't know what it was but this long run may have been one of my best feeling 17 miles ever!!! My time wasn't anything to write home about but I felt so strong and this run really helped my confidence. Lately I have been feeling frustrated and defeated. It has been tough to find my "mojo" for lack of a better word. Not sure if it's back but I think I may be on my way.

This week is going to be another tough week for fitting the remainder of my scheduled runs in between travel days. I have 2 back-to-back day trips - Phoenix and Oklahoma, City. Yeah, day trip to Phoenix. I only hope I can sleep since I'll be spending more time in the air than I will in my house! In addition, moving my long run to Monday kind of screwed the week up. This week should be a recovery week anyways so I may just cut it back a bit more than originally planned.

14 comments:

Xenia said...

Well done on the 17 miler! I really need to have a long run like that soon--feeling good regardless of time. This is also a cut back week for me, so I'm hoping the extra rest will set me up well for my 18 miler next week.

Good luck with your crazy work travel schedule. I don't envy you.

The Laminator said...

Wind sucks! I can do rain, I can do snow (if it's not heavy), but I absolutely cannot stand the wind either. Uggh...

Good job on the 17 miler! I'm glad your long run mojo is back!

D10 said...

Wind does make runs feel so hard. Great job pushing through.

I really don't know how you keep so well to a schedule with all your travels. Awesome.

How's your dad doing?

jawsome said...

If you can find your mojo on a windy 17 miler, I would saw you're golden! How many people can even RUN 17 miles more or less feel good while doing it!

Marlene said...

I can't imagine running long on a Monday, but glad to hear it worked out for you!

Good luck with your travels this week.

Marlene said...

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Jeri said...

The wind is a Grade A B!tc# in my books. I always factor it in to my runs w/what direction/route I'm going b/c it affects me so much. Good job on the 17 though. :)

Jess said...

nice job on the 17 miler!

MCM Mama said...

Great job on the 17! Glad you felt strong and are feeling more confident.

Sounds like you have a crazy week coming up.

J said...

I hate the wind too! But I am so glad that you had a great 17 miles! I think running a long run on a week day can be fun!

X-Country2 said...

I hate wind the most of all. Way to tough it out!

Tara said...

Oh, I HATE running in the wind. I would much rather run in rain. Way to get out there and get your 17 miler DONE! Hurray for long run mojo! Could you share?

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