Wind, Running & Strength Training

My weekend was full of wind, wind and even more wind with a few sprinkles of rain.

Saturday I headed down to the beach for my long run and nearly got swept off the path by 20mph gusts!

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There were lots of running groups out, but everyone was just heads down trying to cut through the howl and strength of the wind.

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These waves may not look like much to you, but the ocean down here is usually super calm and almost glass like. I have never seen Fort Lauderdale beach with waves like this!

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Running in the wind feels 10 times harder than a regular run! I had 10 miles on my schedule, but I called it a day after 10K because I was tired. Plus my stomach was giving me some trouble, so that didn’t make things any better.

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I don’t remember taking this picture, I must have hit the button by accident, but you can see how gusty the wind was by my hair!

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Anyway, I feel guilty now because I didn’t do my long run last week while we were on a bit of a mini vacation, and this weekend I cut it short by almost four miles. My rule has always been “NEVER compromise on your long run” and now I’ve done that two weeks in a row. Who have I become?!!

I have an inkling that I probably should have taken a little more time to recover after the marathon and this is my body’s way of saying that. Although I didn’t finish the marathon FAST, I was on my feet for A LOT OF TIME. Plus months of training can be mentally exhausting, I suppose.

I had intended to run the Fort Lauderdale Half and Palm Beaches half easy and to ramp up slowly to run the Miami Half at the end of January as my goal race. But after running a strong PR at Fort Lauderdale I’ve had it in my head to PR again at PB….

I’m trying to get myself back in check and on a good routine. I’m wondering if I should skip the PB half in two weeks just to take the pressure of “I want another PR” off ….. hmm.

The good news is there will be PLENTY of time for quality running this upcoming week thanks to the holiday and a few days off of work!

Other than running stuff, I also got in a decent upper body strength workout. I normally go for high weight, low reps, but on Sunday I decided to switch things up and go lower weight, higher reps:

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Planking at the end of that workout was hard. I am not even mad that I only held for 1:15!

And in other important news, I have a really cute cat.

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So cute that he trapped me on the couch by sleeping on me. I just couldn’t get up because I didn’t want to disturb him!

I hope you had a great weekend! And a big thank you to everyone who read my Friday post about the dangers of cub petting!

Are you doing a Turkey trot this week? 

Do you cook for Thanksgiving, or just sit back and enjoy the feast? 

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  1. Susan
    November 24, 2014 / 6:06 am

    I am looking out the window and see we have a windy day, too, but I really do NOT want to run inside so this post inspired me! Thank you.

    I will get up and run on T-Day but no Turkey Trot.
    It’s the one holiday my husband and I get to stay home and spend it together (always going to families houses for every other holiday). We cook the entire feast! And put up our tree. T-Day was always my favorite holiday but now even more so because of our tradition. Just a super relaxed day of the parade, food and FOOTBALL!!

    What are your plans?

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:05 am

      THe wind is no fun to struggle through BUT it is better than running inside! Plus, the wind will likely be at your back at some point which can be nice! During the miles when the wind was at my back I run 25 seconds/mile faster with no increased effort! I definitely felt like it was pushing me along.

      I will be running but not doing a Turkey Trot either. Every year I say I’m going to sign up for one and then I never do. I’m going up by my mom’s this year (she lives in north-central Florida) in a small town that doesn’t even have a Turkey Trot so that made this year’s decision easy. She does have a lot of pretty trails near her though, so I’ll definitely take advantage of that and get in a nice run before the big dinner!

      • Susan
        November 25, 2014 / 6:37 am

        You are so right and since I do walk/run training I was able to plan the running when the wind was at my back! I am grateful that when I got up the wind was there but not as crazy as it got later in the day!

        I plan to run Thursday morning too. It’s nice to just get out and get fresh air because after that it’s all about eating good food and being lazy!

        Enjoy it!!

  2. November 24, 2014 / 6:19 am

    I can’t believe you just said “only 1:15 minutes”…because I’m crying after 42 seconds and shaking so badly you’d think there was an earth quake.

    Not trots de turkey for me this year, just a lot of great family time!

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:07 am

      Oh, I’m usually crying by 45 seconds in too! I just tell myself “15 more seconds, 15 more seconds” until I get to where I need to be. I really want to get to 2 minutes by the end of this year. Yep, that’s my big 2014 goal, haha!

  3. November 24, 2014 / 6:44 am

    I get the pressure of wanting another PR, especially after how major your last one was…but as I told a friend last night, running progress isn’t linear. Sometimes you run a race and don’t PR, and that’s okay. If you paid for the PB half and you want to run it and you’re in shape for it, I say do it. If you PR, great; if you don’t, it’ll teach you an important lesson and help strengthen you mentally!

    It’s been super windy here, too. I have no clue where it’s coming from but I hope it dies down before Sunday!

    • November 24, 2014 / 4:11 pm

      I know you’re so right, Ali. I have paid for the race entry fee, but I haven’t booked a hotel yet. So I feel like if I want to back out I’m still kind of breaking even in a weird way since I won’t pay for the hotel room. Hmm.

      I went out for a rare morning run this morning and it was completely still and windless here, I hope it’s the same for you!

  4. November 24, 2014 / 7:23 am

    Nice job planking!! Those beach pics are beautiful – sounds like it was super tiring to run against that wind. My mom always cooks so I just kick back and relax (well after a morning 5K) 🙂

    • November 24, 2014 / 4:12 pm

      I thought about you and everyone else who ran NYC and told myself I was being a wimp, but it was exhausting. I now have fifty times more respect for you all for finishing NYC in 30mph gusts! Whoa!

  5. November 24, 2014 / 7:37 am

    I am the salad maker….and deviled eggs! But I love love love salad so of course that is my responsibility!! I have found a 8 mile Turkey Trot that is pretty close so we might go do that! More calories out the more I can put in!! I hope your next long run goes better! That wind looks fierce!!!

    • November 24, 2014 / 4:13 pm

      Mmmmm deviled eggs! I don’t eat egg yolks (I just don’t like the chalky consistency), but I love the extra flavor the whites have on deviled eggs!

      An 8-mile turkey trot sounds awesome. I didn’t know they came in any variety beyond 5K!

  6. November 24, 2014 / 9:06 am

    I’m heading home to Rochester for the first Thanksgiving since I moved to Columbus, so that should be fun! The only thing I have to make is a pecan pie 🙂 I’m planning on running my hometown’s turkey trot before the festivities begin.

    Those wind gusts are really insane! Those waves look like some that we experienced in the Outer Banks this past summer – giant squalls and riptides. Hope people were staying safe!

    As for your upcoming half at Palm Beaches…I think you should go with your gut. If your gut tells you that you’re putting too much pressure on it, you might be. You went from running a marathon to training for a half in a pretty short time span, and you achieved a new PR! It might be good to give your body some time to train and rest up for January. But go with what feels right.

    • November 24, 2014 / 4:14 pm

      Mmmm I love pecan pie! I know everyone gets crazy about pumpkin pie and all things pumpkin, but I’m not a fan. Pecan is the way to go!

      I am leaning towards backing out of it right now. It will be so much easier to take the 13 easy and slow if I’m not surrounded by thousands of other excited runners!

  7. November 24, 2014 / 9:42 am

    Kristina, you are SO STRONG! I am drooling over your lifts.

    As for skipping 2 long runs- you are right, you just ran a marathon and a PB half! Your body will prob do well with cutting the long runs a little bit. Remember, it’s when we rest and recover that we come back STRONGER! I’m excited to hear what you decide for your next half- go with the flow, or try for another PR!

    • November 24, 2014 / 4:16 pm

      I’ve got my heart set on PRing at Miami, so I may back out of Palm Beaches. The only reason why I feel super compelled to do it is because after Feb. we won’t have any more long races again until Fall 2015. I feel like I should do all of the ones that I can now just because I know I’ll miss them once I no longer have the opportunity. Hmmmm!

      You are super strong too! I miss your videos!

      • November 24, 2014 / 7:41 pm

        Back out like not even run it? Or back out as in not chase the PR?

        Maybe I will do a vid of T-giving break!

        • November 24, 2014 / 10:23 pm

          I’m considering backing out completely. I haven’t booked a hotel room yet … I was thinking about just driving up to West Palm Beach on race morning but realized that would require me to get up at like 2:30am and then have to deal with parking. Bleh. I could just sleep in my nice bed until 5am and get up and do a long run on my home turf… that’s sounding more appealing right now!

          I wouldn’t hate it if you did do a vid this break! But only if you have time! No pressure!

          • November 25, 2014 / 6:00 pm

            Okay, that does sound a lot more appealing. 🙂

            My video is in the works. I am succumbing to peer pressure, and I am a pleaser.

  8. November 24, 2014 / 10:00 am

    The same thing happened to me this weekend – my long run was compromised by really icy conditions and turned into a 9 mile run. I’ve heard that if you run again within 24 hours, it still achieves it’s purpose (building strength, teaching the muscles, etc.), but I’m not sure how accurate that is.

    I’m starting to feel a little worn down myself and am ready for a training break. Once this marathon is over, I am taking the month of December off for some unscheduled workouts and fun! I would do whatever you feel is best for your training. Every race does not have to equivalent to a PR even though that is easier said than done.

    I will definitely be doing a run on Thanksgiving day – we’ll see if that involves our local I Like Pie run. I don’t really like to cook for Thanksgiving because my husband LOVES to cook, so I watch football and relax. 🙂

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      I’ve heard that about splitting up the long run too. The science seems to be there, but it just feels a little bit like cheating!

      I’m all about watching football and relaxing on Thanksgiving too! My mom will be cooking this year so I’ll definitely be sitting back and enjoying myself! I’ve already got my day planned out run>eat>football & nap>eat leftovers>sleep. It’s gonna be a good day! 🙂

  9. November 24, 2014 / 10:21 am

    Running wind is really hard! Sometimes I think it takes a bit for the tired to catch up to you, I felt fine after my half, but when I went ot work out I felt it lol I think you should still do your half and not stress about the time. Sometimes taking a few easy weeks can really give you a great boost, you may head out and feel fabulous! You have enough events though, you will snag your PR 🙂 Great upper body work !

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      It is hard! During the run I kept thinking about the NYC marathon runners dealing with 30mph gusts. That must have just been awful!

      I’m thinking about backing out because the logistics of the race are sort of stressing me out just as much as the race. I haven’t booked a hotel yet and I’ve just realized I’ll need to get up at around 2:30am to have time to eat, drive to the race, find parking, use the port o potty 10 times and line up. The only time I’ve gotten up that early to race was the Princess Half! I don’t know if I want to do it again, haha.

  10. November 24, 2014 / 10:54 am

    It was so windy here this past weekend too!! It must be from living on the coast. I bake banana bread every year for Thanksgiving but other than that I leave the real cooking to my parents!

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      Mmmm I bet your banana bread is a highlight! It’s such a perfect food – great for breakfast, a snack or dessert!

      I’ll be kicking back and letting my mom do all the cooking this year too 🙂 Can’t wait!

  11. November 24, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    Your idea of “low weight” high reps is definitely different than mine!! You are STRONG!
    I know what you mean about feeling like needing a break. I haven’t been able to get into the running groove mentally since my marathon. I haven’t done anything farther than 5 miles, and all pretty easy workouts. I have only run on trails. I feel like I have a mental block about running on the road. I have given myself until after Thanksgiving…
    I would listen to your inner self on this one, as I recall, you didn’t take much time off after your marathon.
    I signed up for a T.Trot–5 miles.
    I will be baking pies (here), and help cook when at my parents house… 🙂

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:32 pm

      It’s true. I only took one full week off of running before I started back up. My first week back was super light and I felt ready to run again, but I think it’s all catching up with me now… along with other life stuff!

      I love that you and others have commented about doing Turkey Trots that are more than the 5K distance! I had no idea those existed! Down here I’ve only seen the 5K variety!

  12. November 24, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    It’s been super windy here, too – one of our basketball goals blew over last night!
    I think that you are probably right in the fact that you didn’t take long enough off after your marathon – you got back into serious running very quickly. It is good to listen to your body and just run according to how you feel sometimes -it helps keep the running fun!!!

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:35 pm

      WOW! I hope it didn’t fall on anything important!

      The fun part was exactly what I was thinking about this morning. I asked myself if I was having fun because that’s what it’s all about. I AM having fun, but for some reason the palm beaches half is sounding less and less fun. It would stink to lose out on the registration fee, but then I just think what’s $65 bucks in the grand scheme of things? The forfeit could be worth it if it relieves some stress during a time of year where there are a million other things going on!

  13. November 24, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    Don’t be hard on yourself for cutting your long run short – that wind sounded pretty horrible! Plus, yes, your body needs time to rest and recover, even when we think we’re back to ‘normal’, and 10km is still a decent run, so, yay! 🙂

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:36 pm

      You’re right Lou! After the truly long runs during marathon training, I sort of lost perspective on what a “long” run is. I mean 10K is pretty long, isn’t it?! 🙂

  14. November 24, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    I ran on Hollywood beach and the wind was insane! It made the run that much harder. I know how you feel about wanting to PR in Palm Beach. I have no time plans for Miami so I’m hoping that I will be able to shave a few minutes off my time in a few weeks. Miami is so crowded that I plan just to run that half for fun. I know a lot of people running so it will be nice just to have a fun run with friends 🙂

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:38 pm

      Oh, I never even thought about Miami being super crowded! That is definitely something to think about… have you heard if there are congestion issues?

      The biggest race I’ve run was the Princess Half at Disney. There were SO many people but it wasn’t too bad except for a couple of spots where things really bottlenecked. It would have been hard to PR there I suppose because of that. Hmmmmm! Now you’ve got me thinking!

  15. November 24, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    That crazy wind came up here to Pittsburgh today! I agree with others–don’t feel guilty about cutting it short. Sometimes Mother Nature wins out. I also agree that your body could definitely use the rest after all your marathon training.

    • November 24, 2014 / 10:43 pm

      Oh, that’s where it went! We had no wind today. It was still … and hot … and humid!

      I think you guys are all right. I still want to focus on the MIami Half in January just because our racing season is so short here and after Feb. I won’t have any races to run again until next fall…. but after Miami I will need to reassess. I think I’ll probably drop from Palm Beaches just because the race AND the travel situation are giving me a headache!

  16. November 25, 2014 / 1:05 am

    WHOA that wind. I HATE wind!! Don’t feel guilty about cutting it short. Life happens, but you still got out there and ran! Your body will probably love you more for it 🙂
    Your cat=too cute.
    I’m running a turkey trot 5K and convinced my younger brother-in-law to run with me! It’s his first race everrrrr. I am SO excited to run with him!

    • November 25, 2014 / 12:33 pm

      That’s awesome!! How exciting that he’s going to run his first race!!!

      Thank you, I will let Cecil know you said that. He already has an inflated ego, so I don’t think it will do too much damage to tell him what you said 😉

  17. November 25, 2014 / 6:50 am

    The time on your feet for a marathon is definitely exhausting, and it takes longer to recover than you would think! You will get back into long run mode. And yes wind definitely makes running feel so much harder!

    • November 25, 2014 / 12:34 pm

      The wind if awful! I’m so grateful now that I never have to contend with that.

      I hope this weekend at my mom’s will jumpstart my love affair with long runs again. The weather should be perfect by her and she has great trails!