Some days during a race, there are terrible high headwinds (as was during my Miles for Music 20K yesterday).  Unless it is a teammate and you want to be nice, there are no rules on drafting behind other runners.  Like cars do it in NASCAR, use the person in front of you to do the work for you.  Tuck in behind a pack or behind some taller runners and let them battle the wind.  Sure, you will still feel the wind if it is that bad, but every little bit helps.  A second here and there will add up and get you your PR or that age group award.

If you have teammates around you, talk to them – take turns breaking through the wind – it will only help both of you conserve energy and help the team get a better overall place.

As always – happy running.

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Nickolas Joannidis
Nickolas Joannidis
I have been running for over 35 years, having done practically every possible racing event or distance from the 100 meters through the marathon. I competed in varsity high school cross country and track at Saddle Brook High School in the mid-1980's, varsity cross country and track at Division II Pace University and finished well over 200 road races since then, including 20 marathons with a lifetime best of 3:14:50. I was the president of the Hoffmann LaRoche corporate running team for 7 years, growing the team from 25 to over 90 during his tenure. I coached many of these runners to achieve their goals, whether they were beginners or advanced. In 2011 I was an assistant coach for the Fair Lawn Recreation track team, helping the 10 to 14 year old group. I am currently personally coaching dozens of runners, from beginner levels to advanced levels and getting them to be prepared to meet their goals.

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