The Winds of Change–RunLog 4/1/19

Happy April Fool’s Day – I hope that you got to chuckle and laugh a few times today.

No nothing in this post will be on the Fool side of the coin, but I did chuckle a few times over the course of the day.

This morning’s run was brought to me by Zephyrus, the ancient god of the west wind and he was definitely blowing at a pretty steady 20 mph, with gusts that made me run in place a couple of times. The temps were purported to be 32*F, but with the wind chills, I really do not believe that the feels like temps ever reached freezing. Yeah, my history buff side is showing and the ancient Greek mythologies were one of my favorite subjects.

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Even so, I will call the winds this week the “Winds of Change” and once we get by the N’oreastah (rain with a chance of snow on Wednesday), the weather should start getting more Spring-like. We will see, but the snow is leaving the back yard and the puddles are getting bigger.

So yeah, the winds played a big factor in the run today. On the way out it wasn’t bad and after the first mile I purposely slowed down. This was supposed to be an easy recovery run, but where I didn’t run a long run yesterday, I had a little extra pop in my step than I normally would have.

Even so, I when I was coming back out of Pepin (against the wind) and up the Philbrick Hill (against the wind), I still managed to somehow keep a decent pace without trying.

Once I got to the top of the hill, even though I was only scheduled for 4.0 miles, I decided that I was feeling good enough that I wanted to do one more. It was a good choice and I enjoyed myself even though the breeze was pretty stiff in places.

Usually, I dislike running in heavy winds, just one of my foibles, but today I decided that I was just going to do it and did. While I will do my speedwork and tempo runs on the treadmill for a while longer (faster speeds and colder weather, usually result in pulled muscles for me), I plan to start running outside more often, unless the weather is totally shit – you know like a N’oreastah.

A nice easy run, but now I gotta start working on my slow runs being slower, because my fast runs are going to be getting faster – a lot faster if I do it right.

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