There’s no nice way to say it: summer running is hard! I’ve trained for half marathons over the summer before, but with me being in the midst of training for my first full marathon this summer, I have found running this summer to be more challenging than in the past.
Summer is one of my favorite months of the entire year. My least favorite is winter. I hate layering up, especially when I head out for a run. I hate dealing with snow, ice, wind, the cold, pretty much anything and everything associated with winter. Even though summer means I can wear shorts and tank tops, especially when I’m out running, it also means that I’m sweating much more than in the winter. And what often comes with sweat? Chafing, which is so incredibly painful!
While in the winter you get to battle conditions like cold and wind, in the summer you get to battle heat and humidity. Although I would much rather be hot over cold, the summer weather conditions do make it difficult to run sometimes. There are plenty of times over the summer when I question my sanity about running outside, but I’ll take being hot and sweaty over not being able to feel my face, hands, and toes any day.
One of the many reasons that I love summer is the longer days and greater number of hours of sunshine. I hate how dark and dreary the mornings and evenings are in the winter, especially when I find myself at work for the majority of the daylight hours. It is often a race against the clock to beat the sunset so that I can run after work, but during the summer that is far from the case. During the summer, especially on days of long runs, its often the opposite, trying to beat the clock to get outside for that long run before it gets too hot and humid.
Summer running is also more scenic. Many of the flowers and trees that bloomed during the Spring are still retaining their color. During the winter, the scene more sparse and far less colorful. I love the way that the sun shines through the trees and creates picturesque backdrops while I am out running.
So while there are pros and cons to summer running, and I do have a love/hate relationship with it, I would take running on a hot, humid, sunny day over a cold and snowy winter day.
QOTD: Which do you prefer: summer or winter running? Why?