It was rough to get out the door today. For some reason the stomach was feeling off early on. Then Goddess made a game of making it difficult. She’s good like that.
But I was on a tight schedule for the day and had to get it done.
It’s warm today, in the low 60’s. Too warm for my liking, especially with today’s workout, which was a long warmup followed by three miles at 10K pace plus for the tempo. Besides the temperature, the wind certainly wasn’t going to help. When I headed out the door, it was in my face at 20mph, gusting to 35mph. I took no time at all to warm up, since it was everything I could do to get to and maintain a 9-minute pace.
Then it was into the trees, where the wind was completely blocked and I was quickly on my way to overheating. But it was a nice stretch of road. And after the first three miles were done, it was time to get to business.
I planned on using the wind to my advantage and heading north, with the wind to my back. But for the first mile I was still in the trees, so I had to get back out into the open. And the only way to get into the open was to get out of the holler that I was in (yep, I said holler, although we aren’t between mountains). Here’s the profile:
Needless to say, the heart rate was appropriately through the roof at when I hit the 4-mile mark, so I had to throttle back a bit once the terrain flattened out. Then it was time to cruise with the wind to my back. The breathing was steady and the sweat was flying. Everywhere. I was constantly having to squeegee the sweat out of what little hair I have just to keep it out of my eyes.
At about 5.75 miles, I was impressed that I was flinging sweat behind me, against the wind, so far that it was making it down to splatter the backs of my legs. Then I realized that it wasn’t me. It was raining.
I’m good with that.
So the tempo ended at six miles, as planned. It coincided with a turn that now gave me a 30mph crosswind. And 1/4 mile down the road, another turn made it a 30mph headwind for the last mile home.
And that’s when it really started pouring. My forward motion, coupled with the wind, made for a driving, driving rain. It felt like I was getting shot everywhere with BB’s. But I was smiling. I LOVE IT!!!
I probably looked something like this guy:
Except I wasn’t wearing pants (shorts, silly) and I do not run with headphones. And I was grinning.
BTW, that pic was taken by someone who’s photos I enjoy daily. If you’d like, browse over to Daily Dose of Imagery and have a look at life in Toronto, Canada. Some beautiful shots there.
Hopefully your run, or other chosen activity today, was just as enjoyable.