On Monday I went for a nice easy six mile out and back run. The first three miles were super windy. It was ticking me off but I kept telling myself to be patient because when I turned to head home it would be at my back. When I finally did turn around, the wind was somehow still in my face. In fact, it kept getting worse. At one point I felt like I was pumping my arms and legs but not going anywhere. It seriously felt like the wind was chasing me at every turn.
I love running in the rain, tolerate the heat, and handle the snow. But the wind drives me absolutely nuts. Speaking of nuts, I sometimes yell at the wind out of frustration during my runs. I am sure I look (or sound) a bit crazy.
Last night my husband and I headed out for our evening walk. Like the rest of the Midwest, our weather quickly went from pleasant on Monday to chilly with rain and even snow by Tuesday. As we began our walk it felt even worse with the added wind at our faces. I turned to my husband and said, “If I could have any super power I would wish for the power to stop wind.”
My husband laughed at this and called me “Wind Stopper.”
It lead to a long conversation about what super powers we would like to have as runners. I am not talking about having super speed. I am happy with my speed and enjoy being able to work at improving that myself. I am thinking of the powers that could help things we have no control over. For instance, if I could have a second super power it would be the ability to come home from a run and not be so ravenous that I eat everything in the kitchen before I even have time to realize what damage I have done. (Side note: I do realize I have control over this to. But at the time it doesn’t feel like it!)
At other times I would have loved to have had super healing powers to rid myself of the many nagging injuries I have dealt with over the years.
What super powers would you like to have as a runner? Does the wind make you as angry (or nutty) as me?