The title is a lie. I actually hate summer running.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know that I often complain about the heat and humidity. It makes me slow and I despise sweating. However, we’re not even a third of the way through the hot Atlanta summer, so I thought I’d take a step back and try to be positive. I challenged myself to come up with 10 reasons I love summer running. Here’s what I came up with:
1. For no part of the run am I cold. In the winter, I feel good once I get going, but I’m usually cold the first mile or so. Not in the summer!
2. I never have to debate what to wear. In the cooler temps, it’s a serious decision to make at 4:30 in the morning. One wrong move and you’re either shivering the whole time or pouring in sweat. I had no idea you could drench your hair in sweat in 17 degree weather…but you can. In the summer, it’s pretty easy. Cover your body in the least amount of lightweight clothing possible.
3. My hair grows faster from all the sweat. I honestly don’t know if this is true or not. My stylist says that it makes the hair follicles open up and that helps it grow. Sounds logical to me so I’ll take it.
4. Shirtless male runners. There is a particular one on my mid-week 5am route that definitely should never put a shirt back on, ever. It makes my whole run.
5. Sprinklers! In the winter, sprinklers are rarely on, and if they are, you certainly are trying to avoid them. Nothing feels better than running through a sprinkler halfway through a summer tempo run.
6. More morning runners. I’m a morning runner year round, and it can be lonely in the winter. I see lots of runners out in the summer trying to beat the heat in the early morning! (See #4)
7. Ice baths aren’t as brutal. It’s pretty hard to talk yourself into an ice bath when you’re cold from your run. Not so hard in the summer. Gimme all the ice.
8. Less layers = less laundry. I think this is true. I tend to change a bit more in the summer but all my clothes are smaller…so yes. Less laundry.
9. Sunrises. As a 5 and sometimes 6am runner, I’m running with a headlamp in the fall and winter, and am definitely not seeing the sunrises on my runs. I’ve really enjoyed starting the day with beautiful colors in the sky.
10. It makes me stronger. I know, this should be #1, but it’s the obvious one. I know that once the temps drop, so will my times and I’ll feel stronger.
So I say…I’m going to embrace the summer running, and all the benefits that come with it. Bring on the heat!