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10 Reasons To Love Summer Running
“I hate running in the heat.”
“I sweat too much.” (No such thing.)
“I don’t want sports bra tan lines.” (Why not? They’re sexy and classy and look great with strapless dresses at weddings.)
“You have to wake up too early to beat the heat.”
“The gym is air conditioned. I’ll just run on the treadmill.”
“I get too dehydrated running when it’s hot out.”
You’re all insane, you people who say those blasphemous things.
I’m not running today, that’s for sure. Instead, I’m blogging from bed where I’ll likely be spending the majority of my day.
Things are not so great on the Crohn’s front today.
By the time I left the office last night, I was shaking because I was so cold. No one else in my office was blue and freezing, so I figured that was a bad sign.
I went to the gym and, fully clothed, stood in the sauna for a while to warm up. I’m sure that’s exactly what Crunch had in mind when those saunas were installed in the locker rooms. “This sauna will be great for people to sit in after exercising, or during a Crohn’s-induced fever fit. We are brilliant!” I know, that conversation most likely happened between some higher-ups, and for that I’m grateful.
I actually did take a Chisel class at the gym, which went shockingly well. We did a cardio warm-up followed by a ton of upper body and shoulder moves, and those 45 minutes of slight sweating proved what I already know to be true: That working out is good for me.
I know not to overdo it when I’m sick, but I also know that exercising gives me a super mental boost. When I’m sitting at a desk or laying in bed, all I think about is how crappy I feel. But when I have something else to focus on — like trying not to bite it when I run up and down on my step (yes, we use steps, early-90s aerobics-style) — makes me temporarily forget about the fact that I’m sick.
I got through the class fine, and survived the subway ride home — only to discover my fever had climbed to 102 degrees. Yay!
Also, this happened:
His cuteness blows my mind.
Then Brian and I “celebrated” our anniversary by exchanging gifts and watching missed episodes of “Mad Men” and “30 Rock.”
As for gifts?
I gave him a card and a piece of pineapple cheesecake.
He got me (well, us, since we live together and whatnot) a juicer.
A friggin’ juicer.
So kickass. And I’ve had three juices since last night.
I drink them in wine glasses so I feel fancy.
But this post is not intended to be about how I sweat through both a sweatshirt and all the sheets last night, nor is my plan to write about how the things happening in the bathroom these days are downright scary.
Instead, I want to talk to you about how you should embrace summer running. Remember when we talked about winter running a few months ago? Well now the temperatures are climbing, so you should strip down and hit the steamy roads. Here’s why…
1. You will wake up early to run before the sun rises — and then you have the entire weekend ahead of you. In the summer months, particularly if I’m training for something (ahem, New York City Marathon), I’ll usually wake up around 5 AM in order to get my long run in. So if I’m out the door at 6:00, I’m done running by 9 AM. I still have so much time to play! Plus naptime! It’s not like in the winter where you wait around for the ice to melt and the temperature to climb. No no. Get up, run hard, and the day has barely started. It’s brilliant.
2. Two words: Cold shower. When it’s hot outside and you’ve sweat through your clothing, nothing is better than peeling off that sports bra (sometimes it takes a while and a significant, never graceful effort) and hopping into a chilly shower. It’s so refreshing.
3. The Central Park water fountains are on! I don’t know what the deal is with hydration beyond the confines of NYC, but here in the city, the water fountains in the park get hijacked as soon as mid-fall. So all throughout the winter, you’re at a loss when thirst kicks in — or you have to carry your own, and yes, Camelbaks are very sexy. I love heading out for a summer run knowing there are hydration stations all over the place.
4. It’s not shockingly dark outside. You want to run at 6 AM? Or 8 PM? Either way, you’ve got daylight working in your favor. Sweet. Also, safe.
5. Fewer layers! Less laundry! This is probably my favorite thing. I love being able to just go outside wearing sneakers, thin little socks, short shorts and a tank top. And also a sports bra. And a Garmin. And sometimes a headband. In the winter, you have to pile that stuff on, but in the summer running just feels lighter. And I don’t go through my workout clothes nearly as quickly.
6. Summer rain! I love summer rain showers. They’re fun to run in, plus they’re refreshing and stuff. Just, you know, use extra BodyGlide or whatever.
7. Training in tough temperatures will make you stronger. Right? I mean, be smart about it and don’t be a cocky jerk, but you never know what race day will be like (Hey there, Boston Marathon 2012), so learning to train in all conditions is crucial.
8. Your friends are more likely to join you for a run. In the winter, getting people to meet me at 6:15 was a slight challenge (except Kelly, she’s always game for an extra-early wakeup). But in the summer? Pretty much everyone is on board — even the ones who claim “not to be morning people.”
9. The sweat. Yes, I still sweat plenty when I run in the winter. But there’s something to be said about returning from a run completely drenched, which happens after nearly every summer run, whether it’s long, short, fast or slow. It’s satisfying. It makes me feel like I’ve worked hard. It’s fulfilling.
10. Who cares about the weather — you can run! Remember that. Whether it’s hot, cold, raining, sleeting, hurricane-ing or just downright beautiful outside, remember that you can run, so you should.
There you have it! Ten very legitimate reasons why summer running is fun.
NOW TELL ME: Which do you prefer? Running in heat or running in cold? Also, why?