What do you do at 5:45am when you wake up to howling winds? Windows shaking, trees swaying, roof rattling? Then the news comes in that there are trees over Mole Creek Road blocking the route into Deloraine. What to do?
- Text your running buddy and say you’re not coming in for the scheduled 6:45am 12kms?
- Roll over and go back to sleep?
I thought about doing both these things, but nope, I got ready and went. I chose to take the old farm jeep and had to go the long way into town because the road was blocked. The jeep can handle going over smaller branches but it is a bit slower. And gosh was it windy!
Welcome to autumn in Tasmania. March is the most settled month of the whole year but not so this week. We’ve gone from coolish mornings and warm to hot days to the first dusting of snow on the peaks complete with strong winds. AND all in the space of Monday to Friday.
As I rounded the corner to Louise’s house there she was waiting. We had a quick discussion on course for the 12kms, deciding that if it got too awful we would just head back. We chose to stick to the lower roads to try and avoid the wind as much as possible. BUT we quickly found out that nowhere was safe from the wind.
At one point we were running out a very flat section of road, but because of the full on head wind I was only managing 7:04 minute per km pace – that’s over a minute slower to what we usually do on the flat! I was bent over putting all the force of my body into that strong wind and felt like I was getting nowhere fast! It was like running up the steepest hill! Then we turned around and my goodness! Light as air! With every step the wind carried us forwards – it was like flying!
According to weather reports there were 140km gusts on Mt Wellington on Thursday night and closer to home 83km gusts in the little town of Cressy.
We did it. We persevered and ran those 12kms. Louise kept saying we would feel good at the end and she was right – we did!
Were we safe? Yes, I think so. We chose our course carefully to avoid trees, we ran on open roads without obstacles that could blow over and run into us. We lent into the wind and took smaller steps. As Louise said, this run was good training for Convicts and Wenches next weekend; it’s often gusty and windy on the beaches we will be running on.
Runner’s World has some tips on running against the wind – love the last paragraph:
Keep a copy of the famous Nietzsche quote in your back pocket, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Training in adverse conditions will pay off for you in the future.
Happy running 🙂
I went out to take some photos of gum trees on the farm this afternoon and came across a pair of swans and a pukeko as Pauly calls them or purple swamphen as they are known in Australia. This is one of the dams on the farm. It teems with life, even our famous platypus, but he wasn’t to be seen today 🙂