Give me a sunny 30* day and I can run forever. Or a spring day where 50* feels like tank top weather. Or my personal favorite – the first fall day where a long sleeve shirt is perfect. But summer? Summer is not my friend.
Summer makes me feel sweaty and gross – before I even get out the door.
Summer allows me to chafe in places I didn’t even know could chafe.
Summer makes me, a die hard night owl, get up at 4:30 am to run at 5:30.
Summer makes me burn in places that should never have seen the light of day in the first place.
Summer means shots of pickle juice and the addition of salty things to my diet. (OK, maybe that’s not so bad.)
Summer means a night on the couch (and a 3am visit from the cat) so that I don’t wake the sleeping people when I get up to head out the door at sunrise.
Summer means using the treadmill that hasn’t been touched in several months. With the AC unit cranking right next to it.
Summer means going for a run and coming back looking like I’ve gone for a swim, but smelling like I haven’t seen a shower in months.
But that’s ok. Because running through the nasty heat of a Virginia summer means that fall running will feel awesome and I’ll suddenly be a faster runner as the temps drop.
Or at least I’ll keep telling myself that as I muddle my way through yet another summer marathon training.
What about you? Do you love a warm weather run or are you a cooler weather fan? Jump into the discussion and link up for Tuesdays on the run.
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13 thoughts on “It is not a secret that I am not a fan of summer running”
I’m with you on all points. Except the whole get up at crack of dawn thing! I probably should, though.
I do not love warm weather running, but since I’m nursing an ailment right now and taking some time off, of course all I want to do i run! I’m actually jealous of everyone’s summer heat/humidity/run posts. Ugh. Hopefully I’ll be back out there soon! AND great attitude – you WILL be stronger for running in these temps. Just imagine what you can do when it’s back to much more management heat?
O man, I messed up an linked up the wrong topic/post sorry.
I love summer, but it is hard to get an substantial miles done in this heat!
I don’t mind the summer too much but definitely prefer fall weather. The temperature is just perfect and the leaves are gorgeous.
I love summer running–the gear is light and cute, the sun is up when I go, and I hate being cold. But like you the heat and humidity makes me a slow runner. Still, I’ll take it.
I used to love summer running until this year for all of the same reasons you have mentioned. I am feeling pretty sluggish on my runs this year and yes that first fall day will feel like heaven. Thanks for the link up
IT’S HARD, for sure, that summer running! I definitely hate it less since moving from San Antonio, Texas to Chicago, Illinois.:)
Pickle juice? No. Just no, can’t even try … and I love pickles. 😉 Oh, and I love summer running now! 🙂
Cooler weather, all the way. While I may not be willing to go out in 30-degree weather either, it’s a no when it’s hot outside. I don’t really take cold showers, but if I’m all sweaty from a summer run, even a gym run, I like that feeling of cold water.
Summer running is definitely tough, but part of me enjoys coming home looking like I jumped into a pool with all of my clothes on! Makes me feel like I did something!
You probably know that I’m a summer lover. I can handle the cold weather (#iowa), but summer is my favorite. Like you, I do appreciate a crisp fall morning, though, in a long-sleeved top 😉
I’m the opposite: I would much rather be hot and sweaty over freezing cold any day. While summer running isn’t 100% perfect, I think there are more pros to summer running than winter running.
Oh the chafing…definitely not fun! Summer running is my least favorite time of the year too. I’ve been trying to embrace it more this summer and hoping I can do that “mind over matter” thing that runners do so well!