Thursday, January 26, 2006

Cruel Wind

It must be something about Thursday or the fact that it's medium long run day but I always seem to run low on energy. Perhaps a schedule change is needed for the coming weeks...

Weds or hump day is usually good with an easier run and volleyball in the evening. In fact, I did my 1st double this year on Weds with a easy paced 6mi 630am treadmill run, followed by a super easy 4 miler (it's hard to run so slow and short) at lunch. There was a fresh snowfall and the roads were rather greasy but it was a nice run. I also brought along a little hand held GPS unit to test and record my running route but it seemed to misfire in regard to speed and distance, or do I really run that slow? My story and I'm sticking to it is that it's an older unit and most of my routes are car odometer measured. Felt great, walked to and from work and volleyball was fun and did not seem too taxing....

That is, until today's run and the cruel north wind to go along with the tired, resisting and complaining body. It wasn't especially cold and windy for January; at -5C and 25-40k winds we've had much worse. There was a nice blue sky and sunshine, the roads were fairly bare with only bits of snow and slush. But still needed to wear all the clothes from my bag, and it was a struggle from the get go. (Sorry for all the whining but who else is going to listen?) Managed to struggle around town, resisted the temptation to cut the run short and headed out on the highway and this is where the wind really started to howl and it felt more like walking or treading H2O than running. Finally at the Ghost Road, I gave up 'the ghost' and headed back for home with the wind at my back for a few miles at least. Final total was only 11 miles in 1:35 instead of the planned 15.

I'll be making another attempt on Friday which is usually a higher energy day, especially if I leave work early . I'm also looking forward to doing another long run with the gang on Sunday. I know they will pull me along and make it easy and fun.

Meanwhile, it's time for ice cream!! That and a good nights sleep should work wonders ;-)

3 comments:

robtherunner said...

I could use some ice cream myself. I hope the wind goes away.

Andrew said...

I'm about to go run in that cold north wind myself just now.

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

mmmmmmmmm ice cream. What a great way to finish up a run.

And I really doubt you run "slow"..lol.