60 and 60

Have you ever been stopped dead in your tracks while running?

I mean seriously stopped dead.

Physically?

Wednesday was rockin’ and rollin’ around here.  A strong cold front was pushing through and we got a few batches of strong winds.

The first was in the morning, with winds out of the south at 20-30 mph.  That worked out fine, since my run in to work is headed north.  So it was a wonderful tailwind.  No effort and still managed to knock out consistent 8:30 miles.  Which was a surprise, since the prior evening’s 10-miler really worked the legs over.

During the day we had a line of storms roll through.  The 55mph winds that accompanied it were interesting, blowing down quite a few trees that were damaged during the ice storm of two weeks ago.  But I was safe and snug in my office, watching out the window.  After the storms rolled through, the winds remained quite strong, slowing turning west at 25-35 mph.  At the rate they were turning westerly, I was thinking that I’d get a quartering tailwind for the run home.

That’s what I get for thinking.

Late afternoon, the winds remained west-southwest.  Quartering headwind for the run home.

And they picked up.

So I got a five mile resistance training session in, facing into a 45-60mph quartering headwind.  Good fun.  I just had to watch for trees and power lines.

At least it was 60 degrees.

And the invisible smack-down.  Mid-stride.  Going from moving forward to stopped dead,  just like that.

I couldn’t help but laugh.

Because it’s good to be alive.

Photo by Kelley Mari

(not me by any means, although that’s what it felt like.   Vroooooom)

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One thought on “60 and 60”

  1. I got stopped dead once when I tripped over am 18″ high, 12″ square wooden bollard. Didn’t see it coming, ‘cos I had my fleece that I was trying to take off tangled around my head. Felt pretty stoopid after . . . and stoopider a few hours later when I was getting the concussion x-rayed. Won’t be making that mistake again. Probably.

    Running when there’s a 45-60mph wind in your face sounds pretty tough though, even by my accidental standards!

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