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Friday, May 11, 2012

My Frenemies Hills and Wind

When I headed out for my 10-mile run yesterday, there was a perfect breeze blowing. By the time I hit the monster hill a few miles into my mapped out route, the breeze had turned into wind. And when I hit the hilly turn around point at five miles, I was running into (what I later found out were 29 mph) serious gusts of wind. The kind of wind that makes you look at your watch to make sure you are indeed still moving.

While I ran back down the monster hill with the wind trying to blow me over from the side, I started thinking about the things I love and hate don't love about hills and wind:

Love: When an uphill is followed by a downhill.
Don't Love: That not all uphills are followed by a downhill.

Love: That hills make me a stronger runner.
Don't Love: That I feel so ridiculously weak while being made stronger.

Love: A tailwind that pushes me forward.
Don't Love: A tailwind that makes my hair blow into my face. My hair touching my face is one of the most annoying things to me. I would rather run through the pain of chafing or blisters than have my hair blowing into and touching my face.

Love: Being cooled by the wind when I have to stop for a red light.
Don't Love: The gravel and dust that gathers at the street corner being blown into my face and sticking to my sweat when I stop for a red light.

Love: How flat my stomach looks after a very hilly and windy effort.
Don't Love: How thirsty the hilly and windy run makes me and how quickly my stomach stops looking flat because of all the liquid I ingest.

Love: How I feel when I reach the top of a hill.
Don't Love: How long it seems to take to get there.

Love: Seeing my pace dip into the 8:00s when I'm eight miles into a long run.
Don't Love: Seeing my pace climb into the 10:00s when I'm only a few miles into a long run.

Love: Knowing I can run a hilly race if I have to, although I would take wind over hills.
Don't Love: Knowing that a race is going to be hilly.

And those, my friends, are just a few of the thoughts that filled my head during my run yesterday. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!


  1. I can't run in the wind (my allergies get insane) I can do hills. This is actually when I decide to run outside. Living in the desert (triple degree weather)and as single mom of two..I've found love for the treadmill I own. I even used it to train for my half marathon :-)

  2. Great post. It basically sums up my feelings about hills. In my perfect world all up-hills would be teamed with a healthy tailwind.

  3. oh so true for the hills. when i go to KC now I make myself runs tons of hills since they aren't available in FL. it is definitely a love hate

  4. I will always take wind over hills. Boo wind!

  5. I hate knowing that I have to train for a hilly race... then I have to suffer over those hills for weeks at a time, instead of just once.

  6. we just have the wind here, no hills. and i signed up for a super hilly race in kansas city. should be interesting. i am so totally with you on the flat stomach after a hard effort workout.... and then i inhale some gatorade and it goes away.

  7. We can be BFF coz I hate hills too!!!

  8. You summed up hills and wind perfectly. But I would take hills over wind any day. Hate wind. Hate it.


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