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Tips for running in the wind

Best tips for running in the wind!

Best tips for running in the wind!

Running in the wind.

Yesterday I completed my last long run before the Boston Marathon. I had 14 miles on the schedule with the last 6 miles to be run at marathon goal pace. Piece of cake right? This distance was much shorter then some of my longest training runs so did I need to worry? Typically the answer would be no but I woke and checked Weather Bug dismayed to see a weather alert. It was going to be partly cloud with 50 mile per hour wind gusts. Say what?!? Not only would the wind gusts drop the temperatures significantly into the single digits but the win speed was definitely going to affect my pacing. Rather than to pull the covers back over my head and to go back to sleep I decided to tough it out and get out there. P.R.’s are not made by taking the easy way out.

The weather has been so great this training cycle that I haven’t had to do much layering up but today would require winter running gear to stay warm and to block some of the wind. I wore three layers on top including a windbreaker, a neck warmer that could be pulled up over my face and ears, wind-blocker gloves a hat, and long running tights with compression socks underneath. I could have used thicker tights as my legs were pretty cold as I ran and I tend to get hive like welts on my skin on super cold days (allergy to the cold?).

This run was definitely one that builds character. It was not easy. I was running an out and back and sadly the headwind was on the second part of my run. I didn’t mind the tailwind too much during the first seven miles however the wind gusts felt like they might knock me over at times and brought and almost frostbite chill to my cheeks. The temperature felt like 6 degrees! Brrrr! I am hoping Mother Nature just needed to get this weather out of her system before marathon Monday! I ran through our little village and got to my turn around point dreading the wind on the return home. It wasn’t the miles that I feared but the wind gusts that were causing the flags throughout town to stand stiffly out straight in the wrong direction. Today there would be no other runners to run behind as wind-block. I hadn’t been this uncomfortable on a run in a long time. The wind gusts made me feel as though I was running backwards and the cold was plainly “Nasty.” I felt discouraged and contemplated ways to catch a ride home with a friend who lived nearby.

Frozen after a crazy windy 14 miler.

Frozen after a crazy windy 14 miler.

I pushed through the negativity, and did my best to drop the pace whenever possible. I knew I needed to get the work done. Β I continued on my way and decided that Β even if I didn’t hit my pacing my training cycle had been great and this would be my last long run until I would make my way to the starting line in Hopkinton. I focused on form and pushing through the wind. The miles slowly ticked down until I reached the last big half mile hill before the last mile. Knowing I was in the last stretch I pushed onward and dropped the pace for my last mile to between 7:05-7:30. I was so happy to be home. I was exhausted. Running in a stiff wind and the cold can really zap your energy. I was so happy to be done with this run and to get into a hot shower.

Now, only 2 weeks to go until the Boston Marathon! EEK!!!!!!

Tips for running in the wind

Running in the wind got me thinking about tips for running in the wind as this is something that every runner will deal with.

Here are my best tips for running in the wind:

  • Add an extra layer. Running in the wind will drop the temperature so you may need that extra layer to stay warm.
  • Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Even though the wind may cause you to feel cooler and less sweaty you will still be losing fluids. Don’t get tricked into thinking that you don’t need to drink as much.
  • Running in the wind will cause you to expend more energy so make sure that you are well rested otherwise it might make more sense to head indoors and to hop on the treadmill.
  • Lean into the wind a little bit. You will waste less energy.
  • Take turns running behind a friend to take a break from the extra effort needed when running into the wind. This is what cyclists do when they are drafting!
  • If you can try to run in the headwind first and take advantage of the tailwind on the way home.

What are your best tips for running in the wind? Please share them here.

Run like the wind!

Organic Runner Mom

Proud member of Team Stonyfield for the 2016 Boston Marathon

Proud member of Team Stonyfield for the 2016 Boston Marathon


24 responses

24 responses

  1. Great tips! To be completely honest, I usually just avoid going outside if the wind is that bad! But I know I should train in the wind sometimes in case a race ever falls on a windy day. Will definitely be following your advice next time I have to run through wind! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Congrats on reaching taper! Let’s just say that living in Chicago… I know a thing or two about running in the wind! The worst is when you realize that you aren’t moving forward. Even though you are running. In fact, you might be moving backwards… lol

  3. Yes, running in the wind is so brutal. You are a total rockstar for getting out there in those conditions!! Great tips! We had a super windy day last month and I literally felt like I couldn’t breathe. I did as much as a could outside and then hightailed it to the treadmill to finish. It definitely build character and confidence. If you can do that run, you can do anything!!
    Happy Taper!!!! xoox
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  4. Ugh! That is the worst and you are one tough mama!! I seriously would rather run in the snow (which we currently have 6 inches of!) than the wind any day of the week and twice on Marathon Monday. Of course, you will have picture perfect weather on that day since I ordered it months ago πŸ™‚ Nicely done and I’m sure so happy to have that last long effort behind you!
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  5. Great tips! My last long run before running the NYC marathon in 2014 was windy with 40 mph gusts and while it sucked I did because I thought to myself that this could be race day. Well, it ended up that race day was super windy 40mph gusts for most of the race, so I felt lucky I did have that training run under my belt. Good luck in Boston
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  6. Hi Sandra! I’m new to your blog – coming over from the Healthy Living Blogging Boost FB page. First off, I LOVE your blog header image! The farm and people running… how cute! I also like that it looks like a watercolor. πŸ™‚ Second, you have some really good tips for running in the wind! They also translate well if you’re just going to be outside on a cold windy day, too! I’m not a runner at all, but I will definitely be using these tips come next winter! πŸ™‚

  7. I like the tip about running behind someone πŸ™‚ Running in the wind can be awful – especially in the winter or if it’s raining!

  8. Thanks for sharing an interesting story. Actually, I think running in the wind is not so bad. The wind makes you work harder and use more energy to move forward. So it will help you boost your stamina and speed. Not too bad, right? While running in the strong wind, you shouldn’t tense your shoulders too much, let them relax. And maybe you would love to wear sunglasses, the dirt can hit your eyes.
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  9. I’ve haven’t experienced running on a windy day before but this sure is informative! In a tropical country like ours, we usually have the dry and rainy season and mostly for my morning runs, there’s not much wind, just cool mornings! I can’t imagine running in the cold and at the same time against the wind! Brrr.. that would pretty sure be COLDrrr…. you are very brave and fit runner mom!
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  10. Running is so empowering and invigorating, but I know it takes a lot of dedication and stamina to stay on your feet. These are great tips for pushing through! Thanks so much for the advice!

  11. Great tips! The reminder to stay hydrated is especially important. I often forget about drinking water when I’m running in the rain as well (since I’m already surrounded by water!), but know that it is still a key component.

  12. I just had my first child about four months ago, and I’m trying to get back into my workout/runnning routine. It’s so inspiring to see moms like you out there kicking butt! You go, girl! πŸ™‚

  13. Running in the wind is not fun! Great tip about staying hydrated. Just the other day I came back from a run and felt nauseous simply because I had not drunk enough water during my run even though I was not sweating that much, at least I thought!

    I try to cover up my ears when it is very windy too. They tend to hurt after a run in the cold with a sharp wind. Great tips – thank you for sharing!!
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