I have run a few “lap style races” were the wind has been brutal and can honestly say there is nothing worse than adjusting from a head to tail wind a few times in a race. Sure it’s easier drafting people or using them as a wind break if you are running in a group but often you just don’t have that luxury.
Truth is that the wind can be a great strength training tool. Yes, even the wind can be your friend! The wind will provide a certain amount of resistance and will tax your muscles differently than normal when coming from an angle.
Keep in mind though that the wind can be exhausting. To conserve energy and use the wind to your advantage, start your Sun Run training run into the wind rather than battling the breeze and risking a chill on the way back.
Interested in using the wind as a workout? Try this.
The Wind Workout
1. Run a couple of sets consisting of a 10 minute run into the wind followed by a 5 minute run with the wind. This will condition you to adjust to a slower pace while running into the wind.
2. Adjust your running style by leaning into the wind from your ankles to reduce the wind resistance.
3. Stay as relaxed as possible and keep your running form strong.
Tilman von der Linde, RMT.
Muscles in Motion – Vancouver