This week’s Topic is: What do you love/hate about summer running?
- Less Layers
My running bag seems practically empty. I can get changed in minutes.
I love the SUN!! It motivates me to get outside and get my dose of Vitamin D!!
- Longer Days.
As a working runner, this is especially important to me. It is no fun running in the dark after work. When it is dark, it limits the places where I can run.
- More Racing Ops.
In the winter, there are very few if any races scheduled for the weekend. In the summer, there are many. I can choose by distance, location, type of course, etc. I am in my glory as a runner who loves to race.
- No Training Runs
I run my half marathons in the other three seasons. So in the summer, I can just relax. I run when and where I what. I run whatever distance I want.
- Mosquitos/Ticks/Black Flies
I am very susceptible to insect bites so I need to always apply insect repellent. Sometimes I am lax and I pay the price with lots of itchy bites.
Dry heat is great but when it is humid, it is tough to get the miles in and the speed.
- More Laundry
Less layers but they are sweaty. That means that I can’t wear items more than once like I do in the other seasons.
- Competing Activities
In the summer, there’s hiking, tennis, boating, outdoor music and plays. It’s hard to fit it all in and sometimes, I just skip the run in favor of a summer-only activity.
So I think I LOVE summer running more than I hate it.
Does that mean I should move to a warmer, sunnier climate?
Happy Running! What do you love and/or hate about running?