It's no secret that I love Summer.
And, I love summer running. I can say, in all honesty, Summer is my favorite season for running, as well as any form of fitness that I can take outside.
While many find the heat (and humidity) of the summer months too much to bear, I find it invigorating. After all, I'd rather be too hot than too cold. Call me crazy.I doubt I'll be able to persuade any heat-haters to come over to my side (and that's alright), but I will share a few reasons why Summer is my jam.
For starters, you don't have to worry about second guessing the weather. Even though the humidity may vary, and there will be an occasional "cool" day, the temps are going to be comfortably warm for the most part. Even rain won't be a big deal-breaker (it may actually be a welcome refresher).
As far as the temps go, you can say goodbye to multiple layers. It won't take as long to get dressed before you head outside, nor will you need to ponder the need for gloves or a headband. It won't take very long to feel warmed up, either, once you get moving.
Taking a walk break, mid-run, won't leave you freezing as you catch your breath. In the dead of winter, a simple walk break isn't as comfortable. In fact, pausing for short walk intervals may actually enhance your performance (race day or not) if it's an especially hot day.
And if it's a windy day, the odds are favorable it will be more of a balmy breeze than a freezing cold wind chill. Besides, you'll probably be sweating...a little wind may feel nice.
If you have any fall races on the calendar, training in the summer heat will give you an edge come race day. Sure, you can opt inside, with a fan blowing in your face, and sweat it out on the treadmill. You'll still get the mileage done. But, what if it's unseasonably warm on race day? All those air-conditioned treadmill miles won't be your best weapon. Running outside, when done with care and caution, can be its own reward.
Let's not forget the extended daylight, both in the morning and evening. It's no secret I love my sunrises, whether I'm running, walking or biking. I can assure you, I enjoy them more in the summer because I have more time in the earlier hours (before heading to work).
In all fairness, I can assure you that I enjoy fitnessing outdoors, year-round. I love the freshness of Spring, the crispness of Fall and the tranquility of Winter. I simply love the heat, sunshine, and simplicity of Summer more. No hard feelings.
Anyways, that's my story. We all get to do this fitness gig our way. I'm lucky, and quite grateful, the heat doesn't seem to affect me as much as it does others. Besides, we all know how I feel about running indoors ala Milly. Even my time with Sebbe (my stationary bike) is about due for a sabbatical (absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?).
Your turn...what's your favorite season for running? Do you make it a point to get outdoors, even in the extreme heat and humidity?