So, here we are. 2014. Another year, another day and another early(-ish) morning run.
For me, New Year’s Day is not about beginnings this year; it’s about continuity. Yes, it is still a time for reflection and for looking forward, but more than that, it’s about being in the moment and appreciating this particular part of the journey.
I woke up later than usual this morning and, as I had the day off work, headed to the seafront for my morning run. According to my training plan, today’s workout was to be a 45 minute tempo run. I was looking forward to this workout as I really want to work on controlling my pace, but unfortunately it didn’t quite go as planned.
The wind had picked up a bit since last night, but a run along the seafront still seemed be doable. Ok, so the waves were pretty high, giving the promenade itself a good soaking at times, but the wind wasn’t hitting me head on so I figured I could handle it.
Unfortunately, after about 1.5 kilometres, I realised that the strong gusts were going to make it pretty difficult to maintain a consistent pace, never mind a tempo run. So, I headed back up to town for some shelter.
I had hoped that the buildings would offer a bit of protection from the weather, and they did to some extent, but I was still taking a good battering from the wind and the rain.
In the end, I gave up after 2.5 kilometres and headed home. But I didn’t mind too much. I’d still managed to get out and, even though the conditions were pretty difficult, it was still kind of fun running along with the waves crashing on the path ahead.
Hopefully tomorrow will bring some calmer weather, but for now I’m enjoying a relaxing New Year’s Day in front of the television, preserving my energy for next time.
Did you run today? What do you do when the weather makes running outside difficult or impossible? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.