9:15 avg pace (damn you wind)
Lesson learned: don’t run 20 miles when there is a wind advisory. When I checked weather.com last night, it said 25 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph. Hmmm. I really wanted to get this done on Saturday and not push the run to Sunday so I figured it would be a training in mental toughness. Oh it was. I threw all hopes of maintaining a consistent pace out the window and just tried to run along with and against the wind. At certain points I must have looked like the biggest jackass because the gusts were so severe my running slowed to a crawl (I seriously thought I was going to levitate).
Two things made this run bearable: (1) it’s not that cold so the wind wasn’t that biting, straight-to-your-bones feeling and (2) my neighbor, “Maximus“, joined me for the first 8 miles!
I won’t bore you with splits. To be honest, I’m exhausted and don’t feel like retrieving them. Let’s just say that eastbound was great (wind at my back) and westbound was a nightmare.
I’m looking forward to hanging in tonight with Matt and Hawk and watching Friday Night Lights. A beer or two may be consumed. And lots of carbs.
Have a great weekend everyone!
PS: Wanted to give a shout-out to my friend Anne who just completed her first race this morning, the Frostbite 5 Miler. She did awesome, despite all the wind. Apparently power lines were down and they had to re-route the course. She ran a great race…I’m very proud of her!