After a questionable spring, I am SO eager for summer running!
I know, I know....I'm kind of alone in a corner on this one, but I prefer the heated (albeit frequently humid) temps of summer.
For me, a treadmill run is difficult. I have long legs (I'm 5'9), and my strides are lengthy because of those long legs. I have never actually stubbed my toes on the 'mill, but I have come close. I'm also quite klutzy, so if I were to stub my toes, I would probably face plant rather quickly (and most ungracefully). As a result, my form/gait/stride length are all compromised when I run on the treadmill. A treadmill run, for me, never simulates a "real" run because I cannot run in the usual manner. Is it any wonder I tend to almost always feel injured (in some capacity) after a run on the 'mill?
I figure, if I'm gonna get just as sweaty running inside, I might as well just do the run outside and actually have some scenery to enjoy. Besides, the whole robotic, repetitious, running-in-place thing is totally not my gig (#boring).
It's a given, I much prefer to run outside, and I think everyone can learn to like it (maybe even love it, eventually). Here's a few things to consider in making YOUR outside summer run enjoyable:
First and foremost, have realistic expectations. The heat (and, especially, the humidity) can and will do a number on you. You may have to run a bit slower than usual, and possibly you may not be able to go as far. That's alright. Not every run needs to be at your fastest pace. Why not just run simply because you CAN?
|Get outside and enjoy the sunshine!|
|A lot of my runs begin in the dark, and end in the sunshine|
|Running under the stars...|
|Have water, will run|
|Training in the heat = easy running in the cooler weather|
How do you feel about summer running, Yay or No Way? What's the earliest (or latest) you have gone for a run to avoid the heat? Have you ever trained exclusively outside through the summer?
And also with Nicole for the Fit & Fashionable Friday link-up