Friday, February 1, 2013

Wind at our Backs

Yesterday, Susan and I negotiated a time/place to meet up for our usual Thursday outing.  But she texted me shortly before and said she was feeling kind of wimpy and wanted to go shorter.  The temps were in the low 30's (better than last week's 20's), but the wind was brutal.  Weather channel said 16 mph winds bringing a pretty fierce wind chill - felt like it was blowing even harder.  We had barely gone a tenth of a mile down the greenway when she said she didn't think she could do it and turned around to head back to our cars.  I was trying to figure out how I was going to make myself go back out alone. 

But the run back wasn't quite as bad without the wind in our faces.  So she suggested we drive to the other end of the route and run back where the wind would mostly be at our backs.  I wanted to get in a workout so I drove us over to County Park lake and we ran back to her car.  Coming up the hill from the lake we had that awful wind in our faces again, but soon we turned and had the cross-wind and shortly after that it was at our backs.  This made all the difference because I actually got kind of hot and sweaty once we turned.  It wasn't a terribly long run - right at a 5K, but better than nothing and great considering the conditions.

I finally have a plan to get to the pool today.  Kids are being picked up from school by neighbor, I'm working from my friend's office in Columbia all day and then will head over to the ARC later this afternoon before heading home.  I'm massively failing at this resolution/goal so today I'm going to try to turn that around.  And I'm behind on my biking too so this weekend I'm going to get on the trainer at least once - probably during Team Virtus's super (bowl) century.  Though I doubt my butt could take the pain that they are dishing out.

Swimming = 0 yds (fixing that today)
Biking = 48.0 miles
Running = 44.4 miles


  1. Nice working around Mother Nature and getting that run in!

  2. I'm dreading the super century.

    Good idea to avoid the wind! When I was training for my first half marathon I used to drive across town so I could run the uphill section of my route first and end it on the downhill.