Oh summer running. I love summer running, I really do. Even on the hottest, most humid days I still prefer it over running in the cold. Sometimes though I think that I get summer running amnesia. I start to question if I’ve ever run in such hot weather before. How do I still like summer running even when it can be so challenging?
Runners and the Weather
As runners we complain about the weather all the time. I feel like 90% of the time we are complaining about the weather, 5% or less of the time we are happy with the weather, and maybe 5% of the time we don’t think about it. Would you agree?
Summer Running Amnesia
Anyway, this summer has been really rough. Or has it? I’ve really started to question if I have just struggled more than usual or did I just get summer running amnesia and forget how difficult summer running can be. I thought back on previous summers and didn’t remember it being this bad.
Last summer I was 6-8 months postpartum and just getting back to running long distances again. I wasn’t running a ton of mileage and I did a bunch of treadmill runs when I couldn’t get out early enough. There was only one run that I remember being particularly hot, and that was when we were on vacation at the beach and there was a heat wave. I had a 9 mile run to do that day and it was my longest postpartum run up until that point.
The summer before that, in 2018, I was pregnant. So of course running was hard, regardless of the heat. However, I was in my second trimester throughout the whole summer and that point in time actually felt pretty good compared to the spring and fall. I even ran my own (unofficial) half-marathon for fun that year.
Back in 2016-2017 I was injured. I had hurt my foot/ankle in June 2016 and it gave me trouble on and off until October 2017. During both of those summers my mileage was not high and I was grateful for every single run.
Don’t ask me to remember 2015 and before that. Back then I was training for marathons and I was a whole lot younger and I don’t remember much else about those years.
Keeping things in perspective
I guess my point is that it’s all about perspective. This summer I am running at later times of day and often pushing a jogging stroller. Of course it’s going to feel harder than running at 5am solo. I’m also running higher mileage than I have in a few years.
Earlier this week Marcia made a comment that this is the hottest summer she remembers in all her years of running. Well that’s saying something! Ok, so maybe it’s not all just in my head. I’m struggling big time but there are lots of factors involved. It won’t stay hot forever and I will be missing this in the winter.
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Do you suffer from summer running amnesia?
Do you think this summer has been hotter than usual?
Do you adjust your running in the summer?