We really haven't had much hot weather here to speak of, so thinking about warm weather tips and motivation is not first and foremost on my mind. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is looking a little toasty, and so it's good timing for me to review what I do differently to get through a run in the summer than in the winter.
Sweating makes you feel extra badass- Do you dread the thought of heading out into a morning that is 99.9% humidity? My Florida friends talk about this a lot. But we Midwesterners suffer from some pretty intense humidity in the summer months as well. I won't lie..the humidity really takes a toll on my running. After a run on a humid morning, I could just wring the sweat right out of my clothes. And that makes me feel like I worked so much harder than on a comparable run in the winter. So let's put a positive spin on it. What is it about sweat that feels so cleansing? Here are a few sweaty mantras you can adopt:
"Sweat is liquid awesome"
"I don't sweat, I sparkle"
"Sweat like a pig to look like a fox"
"Sweat is fat crying"Next time you say you don't want to go out for a run because it's too hot...too humid, pull out one of these mantras. Celebrate your sweat. Embrace it! You earned it!
Summer running gear is so much cuter- Because for me it's all about the gear. I just love my summer running clothes. I get to wear skirts and tanks, and I have such a fun variety! Planning my outfit the night before an early morning summer run makes me feel motivated to get up with the alarm and head out the door.
Getting ready to run is so much easier- Since you don't have to wear as much to run in the summer, morning prep time for a run is significantly less than in the cooler weather. Slip on your skirt or shorts, your tank and bra, and you're ready to hit the road. But if you're going for a longer run, take the time to use your Body Glide. Chafing is no fun.
You have less clothes to wash-In the winter, my laundry is doubled. There's tights, and base layer tops. There's a second top. Maybe a vest over that. Long wool socks. Gloves. A hat. Summer laundry is just so much easier.
|I'm loving the light singlets that are out this summer! This one's from New Balance.|
You get to see the sunrise-Would you want to miss this?
|Last summer sunrise. Not sure why I looks so stunned.|
|A much welcome drink on a recent warm day. Oh, and check out the cute Skirt Sports skirt I won!|
Beer tastes so much better after a hot sweaty run-Maybe you don't partake, but for me, the best post run drink is a cold beer. I don't drink a lot of beer, but I do enjoy one after a run. I also feel like I've earned it! It's really a great way to refuel. My husband is a homebrewer and we've always got something tasty in the fridge. My go to is usually Spotted Cow (from New Glarus in Wisconsin) or a German Weiss beer. But my husband is brewing a Belgian Wit beer for my fall marathon. And naming it BQ. I hope it brings me good luck.
|Only available in Wisconsin, I'm afraid.|
And it you need any more motivation to run outside in the summer, here's my famous/infamous picture from last winter:
Which do you prefer? Summer running or winter running? No fair if you live somewhere tropical--we know what you like! Any tips for surviving the summer heat?