Today I ran the windiest 9 miles of my life. The wind came and went during the run, but there were definitely times where I felt like I was running in place, and then the gust would pass and I would almost fall over. Luckily, I didn’t fall once, but it was a little tougher than a normal long run!
I started off the day with an amazing breakfast, despite the fact that it came out differently than planned. The plan was to make an omelet stuffed with spinach, artichoke, and goat cheese, but the omelet fell apart as I was trying to close it so I just scrambled everything together.
1 egg + 1/4 cup egg whites, scrambled with a handful of frozen artichokes and organic chopped spinach (defrosted in the microwave first), topped with 1/2 oz crumbled goat cheese. On the side I had a piece of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Sesame toast (my favorite bread) and an orange. 6 pts+ total for the plate – not bad!
After letting that digest a bit, I headed out on the run, a little unsure of how it would go because of the wind. I tried to set realistic expectations – mostly just to finish rather than to have a specific time goal in mind, though underneath it all I was hoping to still keep the pace under 10:00 if at all possible. It’s funny because for my long runs, since I’m doing out and back most of the time, the first half of the run is harder than the second half. I think once I’m past the halfway mark, I’m confident I can finish, and already heading back to the start rather than approaching the turnaround point. I know that seems counterintuitive – its just how my brain works!
I ate my favorite running fuel between mile 5 and 6:
I love these so much that I actually look forward to eating them on my runs and try to space them out a bit so that I have more to look forward to.
When I got home, I felt like a million bucks.
This is the first run I’ve used my Camelbak for in a loooooong time, and I always forget how much I love that thing. It doesn’t move at all during the run and holds my keys, phone, and fuel. Plus its easy to drink from while I’m running, so its perfect. I only put water in it rather than Gatorade or sports drinks so I don’t have to worry about cleaning it often (slash ever…).
When all was said and done, I finished in 1:28:49, or a 9:52 pace! I was so happy to finish with under a 10 minute pace because the wind definitely slowed me down a bit. I finished feeling strong and confident, though I was definitely ready to stop when I hit the 9 mile mark.
Is it windy where you are? Have you ever run, walked, or biked when it was really windy? How’d it turn out?