Or did I?
There’s so much to love about summer running:
- Longer days, making it easier to squeeze in early or late runs
- Warmer temps, which means less clothes
- The feeling of moving freely because of fewer layers
- Clear trails — at least clear of snow and ice
So what do we have to complain about when it comes to summer running?
- As much, if not more laundry — all those sweaty running clothes
- Humidity that makes every run feel like a battle
- Heat from all that sunshine beating down on you
- Feeling like you’re running through an African Savannah because of overgrown grass
- Slower paces because of the heat and humidity
- Stinging eyes from all that sweat
- Frizzy (frightening) hair
- Heat cramps
- BUGS! Gnats may not bite, but they still drive me insane
So what’s a runner to do?
Accept the things we cannot change: the heat, the humidity, the bugs (anyone know a non-DEET spray that actually works?). Remember that all too soon trails will be buried under snow and ice and we’ll be buried under a gazillion layers again.
Enjoy those unicorn runs when it’s the right temperature and low humidity. Remember all those o’dark thirty runs and enjoy the extra light. Adjust your expectations and accept that you’ll probably run slower (but faster in the Fall). Explore new places to run. Try a new type of cross training (kayaking, anyone?). Jump in a pool after your run (oh, how I wish I had that option!).
Talk to me:
Do you love to hate summer running?
Or do you just love running in the summer?
Which season do you think creates the most laundry?