I confess: I did not run outside yesterday, solely due to the wind. Generally speaking, I’m not a fair weather runner. As one of my friends always says “There’s no such thing as bad weather. There are only poor clothing choices.” While I may not agree to that 100%, I do usually put on my big girl panties and go out for a run in most weather. So, here are my tips for running in the wind, even if I didn’t follow them this week.
- Dress appropriately. There’s a reason that the weatherman always mentions wind chill – wind makes it feel colder if the temps are at all cool. I tend to dress appropriately for the “feels like” weather, but I make sure I always have a zipper top. Why? Because I never run a straight out and back and I find myself constantly zipping and unzipping to keep from overheating.
- Protect your eyes. Wind can do some nasty things to your eyes. It’s very drying. It can also pick up dirt and leaves and other debris and push them into your face.
- Be aware of your surroundings. I live in a neighborhood filled with 100s of years old trees. While I’ve never had a tree come down when I’m running, there have been plenty of small branches raining down during a windy run. If your route has lots of trees, you might want to rethink it if the wind gusts are intense. Running in the wind should not put you in danger!
- Run by effort. The resistance is real! You aren’t going to go as fast into the wind as you will when the wind is at your back. We’ve all had that run where we felt like we were running in place as we headed into the wind. Don’t let that discourage you!
- Use running in the wind to your advantage. Doing a straight up out and back? Run into the wind so it helps push you home. Working on intervals? Get an extra workout by running into the wind during the fast intervals. Running hills? Run up a hill into the wind (and get the bonus wind at your back for the downhill!)
Wind doesn’t have to be a running deal breaker. It won’t be your easiest run and it may be darn cold, but training on windy days will make you stronger and better able to handle races like last year’s Cherry Blossom where they couldn’t put up signs or tents because of the crazy wind.
I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 2.0. Today’s actual topic is running hacks. I’ve written about using running items in real life and hacks to make running better, so I’m pretty much out of hacks.