Usually by May I am complaining about the heat and humidity in Baltimore, but not this year! I have still been wearing capris and long-sleeved shirts for most of my runs. I have a feeling that all of sudden the heat will hit us, but I am actually sort of excited about it.
I know I always complain when it gets hot, but it’s different from my cold-weather or wind complaints. Running may feel harder, but it’s still more enjoyable for me to be out running when it’s warm. So for today’s post, I thought would share some reasons why I am excited for summer running!
1. We had a rough winter. Ok, it really wasn’t THAT bad and could have been much worse. But it dragged on, and was really random. We had a mild December and then a couple of 70 degree days around the holidays. Then a massive January snow storm that limited my outdoor running for a few weeks. It seemed like the weather was constantly teasing us by warming up and then getting cold again. Lately we have had SO much rain. I think there has been alot of wind too. So at this point, I am sick of all of those types of weather and am ready to deal with sun and heat and humidity!
2. Summer running clothes. I’ve said this before, but I prefer shorts and tank tops to tights and jackets. Plus, less laundry!
3. Lots of sunlight. I probably got a vitamin D deficiency or something throughout the winter because I felt myself just craving the sunshine. As we get closer to June we approach the longest days of the year! This means the sun will be up just about as early as me, and will be out later in the evenings too for the nighttime runners.
4. More races. I tend to race the most during the months of May-November (for obvious reasons). I have been slow to sign up for stuff but it’s nice that there are races all the time and I can just sign up at the last minute.
5. Post run activities. I am so much more motivated to get out the door in the morning when there are fun things to do later in the day, like sit outside and enjoy a drink, or go to the pool for a few hours!
All of that being said, I don’t expect summer running to be easy. There will be days when it is a real struggle and I will be missing cooler temperatures. However, I always remind myself how much LESS I like the cold weather!
This chart helps to keep things in perspective. It’s totally normal to slow down in the heat!
A few other tips for summer running: try using coconut oil to avoid tangles in your hair, wear sunscreen, and use body glide!!!
A few years ago I wrote this post about my appreciation for summer running! Summer Running: It’s Not All That Bad
How do you feel about summer running?
Are you running in shorts and tank tops yet or is it still cool where you live?