Running Intervals In The Wind

by Bryan on 6/6/2008 at 4:56 PM in Health and Fitness

First, let me clarify—it sucks. Big time. Last night, while doing my interval workout, I had the pleasure of 26-28 MPH winds, gusting to 40 MPH. 40 MPH! And of course the only time the wind let up even a little was when it was at back, never when it was in my face. So I did what any runner would do and I HTFU, and did my intervals. There was one saving grace—the temperature was only 90°F, with 48% humidity.

We've had this crazy wind for the last couple of days, and I knew ahead of time that it was going to be a challenge, so I googled for "running against the wind" and found a pretty recent blog post by Coach Jenny Hadfield, titled appropriately Running Against The Wind. In this post she addresses the challenges and benefits of running in the wind.

Back to my run...it was 3 x 800m with 400m recovery  jogs in between, plus a warm up and cool down for a grand total of 5 miles. After a 1.5 mile warm up, I proceeded to run my intervals in 3:51, 3:55, and 3:58, and then finished with another 1.5 mile cool down. I'll take it.

Oh, and before I forget...Julie and I registered for the 2nd Annual Run For Dad 5K, the Saturday before Father's Day. Unfortunately for us, the boys won't be able to do this with us (watch us, that is), because their mom is getting remarried on that day. That just means more pancakes for us! That's right, the race ends at a restaurant, where they will be serving pancakes to all of the runners. Sweet! We'll both be looking for one last PR at the 5K distance before taking the summer off from racing (that's the plan anyway).

Legacy Comments

Yeah, its funny how the wind is always in your face, even in and out and back course.

Posted by kevin on 6/6/2008 6:15:42 PM

I thought that changeable wind only happened on my courses!

Posted by AndrewE on 6/8/2008 4:31:03 AM