The Winter Series Race #3 has an appropriate nickname of "The Dreaded Windy Course", it is a wind tunnel, sometimes w/ wind from the North, other times from the South and occasionally from the West. It's another out and back course w/ less than 200' of elevation gain. With the wind usually blowing - it can be pleasant one way, miserable going the other.
I picked up #12 yesterday after school and hopped on over to the trail. My knee was starting to swell and I would not have run if I was going by myself, but w/ the kid it was hopefully going to be helpful, for him and me. As we continued on the knee loosened up so it was bearable.
So we are running to a pacing plan as a goal this time around. Going to aim for 8 min pace the first half, turn around and see if we can keep that up or increase as we head for the finish and I am allowed to be vocal and keep him at that pace for the first 2 1/2 miles.
Back to yesterday - after an easy 1st mile we did the next in 8 minutes, eased off for the next 1/2 mile, turned around and were hit in the face w/ the wind. No fun at all, in fact it was miserable. Slogged for another 1/ mile then tried to push the pace - did a 1/2 at 8 min pace, recouped for the next 1/2 and then did it again. Last 1/2 mile we were just wanting to be done, eased back home.
Going back to the knee - I was okay w/ it swelling up - recent history will indicate by Saturday morning I should be good to run. So today I will sign up for the Super Half on Sunday. Training for that has not been optimal - but I am determined to run hard and see what happens.