“Stop fighting it!” That’s what a fellow marathoner yelled at me years ago in the middle of a very windy out-and-back marathon. “Don’t fight the wind, man,” he said. “Wait until the turnaround, then pick up the pace when the wind is at your back.” The sheer simplicity of that advice! Until he mentioned it, I was dug in. Wind be damned, I was going to keep my pace or die trying. Thanks to that veteran marathoner’s advice, I did neither. I ended up running a great race.
I’ve remembered his tip in every windy race and run since. That’s the thing about a great piece of advice: Like a trusted friend, it’ll always be there when you need it.