Spurred on by GettingFitter's post and some gentle encouragement from my DH I decided to go for it this morning. While my husband was sitting in the relatively sheltered red squirrel area I set off along the bund. My goodness me! I thought it was windy when I did my graduation run but this was well above and beyond! A sideways howling wind certainly provides an element of entertainment. The wind was so strong it was trying to whip my feet out from under me and I'm amazed I don't have a bruise on my ankle from where it made me kick myself repeatedly. I tried to stay on one side of the path but kept getting blown to the other side and there were a few gusts that threatened to take me over the edge to join the ducks and geese sheltering from the wind in the pools! So a very zig zagging, short stepping and exhiliarating route ensued and I finally reached the end of the bund and turned the corner to head up the track by the estuary. What a relief! And just that slight drop down to below the bund took the bite off the wind and made me feel very happy I'd decided to do this run in the reverse direction to normal so that I now had a following wind.
I also decided not to count in my warm up and down walks so just logged the 35 min run and was amazed to see that I'd got a PB of 5.69k, pace 6.04, speed 9.75. I'm sure most of that was down to the following wind on the last section of the run but I kinda figured I'd take the credit seeing as the first part of the run was so hard