3 Things I Love About Summer Running | Tuesdays on the Run

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Summer running. You either love it or hate it, and I suspect a lot of that depends on where you live!

The topic today is what do you love OR hate (or both if you want to knock yourself out!) about running in the summer.

Don’t forget to link up with ErikaMarcia and me too!

Upcoming topics:

  • June 6- Global running day
  • June 13- Summer Running Gear
  • June 20- scenes from my run
  • June 27- Rate your month and your year so far.
  • July 4- Do you do any special races/running events for 4th of July?
  • July 11- What running items do you use for non-running activities?
  • July 18- What do you love/hate about summer running?
  • July 25 Rate your month
  • August 1 How do you display/store your running bling/running clothes/running shoes?


3 Things I Love About Summer Running

I know, usually, I go negative when we are talking about running in the summer.

My reasons are no different than anyone else’s: it’s hot, it’s gross, and summer is supposed to be chill out and be lazy time. Blah Blah Blah- you know the score on how I feel about running in the summer.

But I’m going to try to be positive here. There’s gotta be something I love about summer running, right?

Let’s see…

I love jumping into the pool after the run. That’s such a great feeling of relief and release. And minus the shoes, the tech clothes are basically swimsuit material so it’s all good.

I love feeling accomplished. I take things a little easier on the blog in the summer, so it’s a slippery slope. Take things too easy and boom- you’ve forgotten to write for a week. But the summer running keeps me honest there.

After a summer morning run, I usually am motivated to get stuff done BEFORE I crash on the couch with the kids.

In the summer, there is no option but to get up early before the heat sets in. So there’s this:

And this:

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And this:

So yeah, it’s worth getting up to see!

Look at that- I managed to stay positive about the blistering heat and humidity. 😉

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  1. I actually had a post about summer running and i’ll be darned if I didn’t mess up and write about the wrong topic for today. I love summer but have to remember that I can’t take running to seriously!
    You are right about the slippery slope thing!

  2. I kind of like it because I am off during the summer so I can wake up early to do my runs and then I can go back home to rest. But I agree that the sunrises are beautiful!!

  3. I love summer running because the gear is light and cute…the sun is up when I run…and I hate being cold! But it is tougher!

  4. I used to love summer running but not so much any more

  5. Finding things to love about summer running = TOUGH STUFF! Give yourself a treat for that.:) I somehow *love* to keep telling myself that *summer miles bring fall smiles*! I know that the tough work will pay off, big time.

  6. I used to loath summer running, but after being injured for so long, I’m grateful! I couldn’t run until 9:30 one morning … last year, I would have hunkered in on the treadmill, but this time, I was out there!

    Gorgeous sunsets!! 🙂

  7. I definitely take summer as down time. I still run to maintain my base and don’t have to start from scratch, but there’s something about summer where I’m not scheduled and have to do this, and have to do that. Even though I haven’t had a summer break in years, I’m still programmed to think of summer as time off.

  8. I had pretty similar reasons. I meant to mention the whole sunrise/sunset thing but forgot (because yeah, I threw that post together in about 45 minutes yesterday).

    There are many things to hate about summer running — but there are still good things about it!

  9. As much as I hate running in the heat, I will always take that over the cold any day! The thing I do love is that I tend to be much slower in the summer, so by the time fall hits, I feel like the Flash! And my motivation is always at its highest during the summer!

  10. I am one of the “chosen few” who actually love summer running (well, most of the time LOL). Being sidelined (for another 6-7 weeks at least) has really made me appreciate not only the summer runs (sunrises, quiet city streets, being “done” before most of the world has awaken, etc.) but also EVERY run, no matter the time of day or temp.

  11. The beautiful sunrises and sunsets make the challenges of summer running worth it. Its rare to get such beautiful scenes during the winter.

  12. I like your perspective, those sunrises are beauitful! I definitely don’t “love” summer running but I’m trying to give it a chance and not be so miserable about it, haha!

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