Friday, March 09, 2007

Into the wind

If you have run for awhile, you should have heard or realized that you should run into the wind as you start your run on a really windy day. Presumably, you will have the wind at your back as you finish.

Today was one of those days when if you didn't follow the guidelines, running into the wind to finish your run would not have been pleasant.

I would much rather face this unpleasantness at the beginning when I am fresh and eager to go, than when I am tired and just "wanna go home!"

When the wind is at your back, the temperature can change improve dramatically.

When summer rolls around, the heat becomes a factor and in some cases, running into the breeze is better when you are finishing. The breeze can help you stay fresher. Of course, you will still loose some effort to the resistance but the benefit of the breeze may tip the scale. (You should also avoid the mid-day heat and run either early in the morning or late in the evening.)

So let's end on that warm thought. I need that now. Instead of the cold biting wind, recall the hot sun of a summer day, and the warm breeze that evaporates your sweat just about as it appears.

May the roads/trails be kind to you!

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