There are certain things that I talk about all the time when it comes to running. Most often it’s the the weather. And as I said on Instagram the other day, sometimes I tend to focus on the bad parts of a run or the runs that don’t go well. Most runs have good parts and bad parts. Some are just better than others. As I was thinking about this I decided that there are 5 factors that can make or break a run for me.
Let’s start with the most obvious. We all have our preferred running weather. For me it’s right around 45-55 degrees. If I’m racing I prefer it to be a little cooler. No wind, no rain, maybe a little sunshine. On days like that I feel like I can run forever!
I am not a huge fan of hills, but they are unavoidable where I live. I’ve learned to appreciate slight rolling hills just to keep my legs guessing. But those big, monster hills that take your breath away? No thanks.
Have you ever gone on vacation and had the chance to run somewhere with perfect scenery? I feel like those kinds of runs just fly by. Around where I live the scenery is nothing special, so I appreciate the times when I get to run somewhere different.
If I have the right gear, I barely notice it. If I have the wrong gear, it can completely derail a run. Chafing, blisters, or feeling too hot/cold can all be side effects from wearing the wrong gear. I try not to make the same mistake more than once, but it happens.
5. How my Body is Feeling
Some days my legs feel loose and ready to run. Other days they feel more like lead. Sometimes this might be due to high levels of training or a tough workout the day before. But other times there’s no rhyme or reason to a tired body. If something is tired, achy, or feeling “off”, running can be a real struggle. The mental side is huge too. Being in the right mindset can get you though even the toughest run.
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What factors will make or break a run for you?
What is your ideal running weather?
Ever make a big mistake with running gear that you regret?
Linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday 5!