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Mar 17

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Dust Bowl Run

This week was a stabilizer week, before another bump up in mileage in the coming week. So, today’s long run was only 5.5mi, with some focused heart-rate targets as a main set.

What I thought would be a relaxing run on a sunny and warm afternoon turned into my own little adventure race. It could have been called the “Dusty Buddy” or something.

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With 20mph sustained winds, 45mph gusts, and open spaces during one of the driest winters we’ve had in a while, I soon found myself running through a dust-storm. Even when the wind was at my back, it was sand-blasting my calves, and bouncing inside my sunglasses.

Tips for training in windy conditions.

As a headwind, it forced me to lean pretty far forward, and even leap over a couple of tumbleweeds that seemed to be guided by runner-seeking sensors.

As a sidewind, my posture was all over the place, leaning into the wind sideways to counterbalance, until the gust suddenly stopped, sending me lurching sideways like I had enjoyed too much green beer before my run.

Video: How to run in windy conditions.

Nonetheless, any run is a good run in my book, and I’m glad to get out there!

More: War on Tumbleweeds

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