Summer has arrived around here, and it seems like every runner either loves it or hates it. For those of you who hate it, you’re probably tired of hearing me talk about how I love summer running! The truth is that as much as I love it, I definitely do my share of complaining as the months go on. I thought this was a good time to highlight all the reasons why I love summer running. I plan to look back of this when I’m struggling with summer running. Maybe you can do the same!
Longer hours of daylight
There’s so much more time to run! Morning runners can get out when the sun is already coming up; evening runners have more time to run at the end of the day. Running in the daylight just feels a little easier than running in the dark!
Easier to wake up in the morning
Going along with that, it’s easier to wake up in the morning when it’s already starting to get light out! Ok, if I’m being honest I am still usually waking up in the dark when my alarm goes off at 4-4:30. But most people sleep until at least 5 and can wake up to a little daylight!
More runners and walkers out and about
No matter what time of day you run, you’re more likely to see other runners and walkers when it’s warm out. Even early in the morning more people are out in the summer months.
Easier to get dressed
Wearing one layer is much easier than wearing 3-4. Better yet, just wear a sports bra. I find summer running clothes to be so much more comfortable, probably because there is less of them that need to be worn!
Less layers=less laundry, and that’s always a win. Especially when you have multiple runners in your house!
Nothing getting in the way of your headphones
I only wear my headphones once a week when I do my long run. But during the winter it is SO annoying to wear headphones, a headlamp, and whatever sort of hat or headband is needed to keep you warm. Every time I put on my headphones now without a headband I’m like “wow, that was easy!”
Get some sun
Of course we should all be wearing sunscreen when we are out running. But even with sunscreen on it feels good to get some sun. It also lightens up my hair which is nice because its been like 3 years since I got highlights.
Hydrate with cold drinks
Doesn’t hydrating feel so much more enjoyable in the summer? I love coming home from a hot, sweaty run and chugging some ice water, Nuun, Liquid IV, or Gatorade. I actually have a much easier time staying hydrated in the summer because during the winter I might forget to drink as much water.
Run through the sprinklers
Isn’t it fun to run through the sprinklers during a hot summer run?
Run with family and friends
I bet you’re more likely to get your friends and family to run with you during the summer. As a mom who does stroller runs, it’s much easier to get out for a run when you don’t have to get yourself in layers AND your toddler.
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Show off your tan lines
You’ve got to be proud of those watch and shorts tan lines! Maybe we will even have places to go this summer to show them off.
Get in a good sweat
There’s nothing like finishing a workout and being covered in sweat. It makes me feel like I worked harder. I guess another bonus is that I’m more likely to shower quickly after finishing my run!
Summer miles= Faster fall times
All those runs in the summer heat will pay off for fall races. I think that’s why I love fall marathons. As hard as it is to train in the summer, it feels so much easier to race when it cools off in the fall.
Running in the summer rain is enjoyable
A rainy run when it’s 30 degrees? No thank you. A rainy run when it’s 70 degrees? That sounds nice! The warmer it is, the better the rain feels.
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More options for where to run
Sometimes the winter weather can limit the places we can run. In the summer there are more trails and you don’t need to worry about ice!
Run on vacation
Another bonus is being able to run somewhere new if you go on a summer vacation! I love summer running at the beach when I go away.
No guessing about the weather
As hard as it is to wake up every day knowing it’s going to be hot and humid once again, it’s kind of nice to know what to expect. You can always just wear shorts and a tank top. Unless it’s going to storm, you can probably run outside. The winter is full of unknowns with the weather and you may need to wear anywhere from 2-4 layers.
Run with the sunrise
There’s nothing like getting to see the sunrise during a run! Summer is such a nice time for this. If you’re not a morning runner maybe you can get in a sunset run.
It’s easier to bring/find water
Many areas have water fountains that get turned on in the summer months. If you plan to carry your own water, I find it’s easier to do so in the summer. In the winter I already have too many layers on so I don’t want to add my hydration pack. Sometimes I bring a handheld, but that’s annoying to carry with gloves. And if the bottle happens to drip, it feels so cold! None of these are concerns during the summer.
It always feels good when the weather finally cools off!
The big payoff to running in the summer is getting to appreciate the cooler days. They will come eventually, even if it feels like the heat will never end!
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