The summer is over and the autumnal breeze has arrived. But we can't complain. At least it's been warm still; cold can be fairly off-putting as you set off on your morning run, shivering!
But we have had a few windy days over the past couple of weeks. It is certainly more difficult to run against the wind and it takes much more effort.
In 1998, I was aiming to break the world marathon record in Amsterdam, but a wet, windy day put an end to that and I fell short of the record by 90 seconds.
It was a lapped course, and no matter what way I turned, there was a swirling wind, almost forcing my slight frame backwards.
I was very eager to make the time, and a group of male runners who were pacing me gathered around to try and shield the wind. God love them, it helped, but not enough to break the record. As a result, I suppose it is safe to say I am not a fan of running against the wind.
A headwind will penalise you far more than a tailwind will help. While a tailwind does aid performance, significantly you only get back about half of what you put into a headwind when you turn around and run with it at your back.
If possible, try and push into the wind for the first part of your run as you will be conquering the most difficult part when your energy is at its peak. If you are running at six-minute-mile pace with a tailwind of 10 miles per hour, this would increase your speed by about six seconds per mile. The equivalent headwind would slow you down by about 12 seconds per mile.
Don't shy away from running on windy days. View them as a good training session and don't worry too much about the times, as they are going to be slower than normal. But you will certainly know you have been for a run if you go out for your normal routine on a windy day.
If you are running with a group, take it in turns to block the wind. There is an 80pc decrease in wind resistance when drafting off another runner.
When running into a strong wind, you should treat it like you are running uphill. Lean the whole body slightly forward as one unit. Keep your shoulders slightly ahead of your hips.
I have often talked before in this column about when you are running to cooperate with gravity by tilting the whole body forward as a unit. This is easier to do when you are running into the wind because you have the force of the wind against you and it is easier to relax into it. Make sure not to bend at the waist as this will put pressure on your lower back.
When you are running into the wind, your arms should swing forward. Bring your hands closer into your body and swing them in an upward motion from your hips up to your chin. Shorten your stride and relax into the wind.
Avoid running along a road or path which is wide open to the full elements blowing against you. Try and find a route that will give you headwind and tailwind or even somewhere that is a little sheltered.
We have had a great summer, with an Indian end. Let's hope it's followed by a nice autumn and winter so that we can continue to enjoy the brilliant and beautiful endurance of running.