We spend all winter complaining about the snow, ice, cold, etc, wishing it were summer. Now it’s summer and people complain about the heat? What’s wrong with you people? You’re just never satisfied unless the temperature holds at 60 degrees & sunny, am I right?
Here are the reasons that I think summer running is awesome and you should too:
- It is beautiful outside! Flowers are blooming! Trees are full of leaves! The sky is blue! The birds are chirping! Sunshine! Lollipops! Rainbows! Oh, sorry, got a little carried away there. The point is, get out there and enjoy the beauty around you.
- Just like you felt like a badass for running in sub-freezing temps, you’ll feel like a badass for running in the heat. Or you will feel like a mailman (rain, snow, sleet, heat won’t keep you home).
- You can finally put all your performance clothing to good use. I don’t know about you, but outside of races and speedwork sessions, I may as well be wearing cotton for the majority of my runs from October – April. Easy runs in temps under 60 degrees? I barely break a sweat. So why do I stock up on so much technical fabric? Finally, in the summer, I can see what these clothes are really made of. (Um, polyester.)
- Likewise, Erin was right, ending a run dripping in sweat feels so much more satisfying than ending it with just a light perspiration on my brow. Even if I had to run 1-2 minutes per mile slower, I feel like I just got an awesome workout. Plus you’ll burn more calories. Even if you’re running slower. (At least I do, according to my Garmin, which I use with a heart rate monitor.)
- Sometimes, you can get lucky and get caught running in a summer storm. SO REFRESHING.
- Actually, you’ll spend most days wishing it would rain during your run.
- But if that doesn’t happen, your neighbors might have their sprinklers on and you can run through them. (If not, turn on your own sprinkler.) It’s fun. I promise. You’re wearing technical fabrics. They will dry quickly. Too quickly.
- If it ends up being balls hot on race day, you’ll be ready for it, zooming past all the folks who trained on treadmills in air conditioning like a bunch of pansies, or in the early morning “cool” hours, instead of acclimating to the heat. (Yes, I’m calling some of you out. Sorry. Not really.)
- You’ll get a tan. (Wait. Scratch that. Wear sunscreen. Tans are bad. After all, I do fundraise for the American Cancer Society. PS give
methem money on my behalf.)
- You’ll feel all high and mighty and can preach to other runners about how badass you are for running in the heat, and why they should run in the heat too. (Kind of like I’m doing right now.)
- You can’t run to the nearest ice cream shop on a treadmill. Or at 6am.
- Likewise, ice cream trucks don’t drive through your gym. (But if they do, let me know, I’d like to join that gym.)
Also, in case you haven’t guessed it, I think pretty much everything is awesome. Consider this post, and my similar winter-related one, just part of a series in “everything is great” blog posts. Sorry (actually I’m not), I see the glass half full. I refuse to take off my rose-colored glasses. (Or maybe I’m just the PR professional for my own life, always spinning everything in the best possible light.)