Cold winter days and erratic spring days are left behind. Summer is here, which means longer days and fewer layers on. All this makes runner happier than ever.
So grab your shoes and hit your favorite road, route, or trail. It’s time to get sweaty! (And it won’t take very long!) Here are 10 reasons to love working up a sweat on the run this summer.
1. It’s sunny when you wake up.
Sat goodbye to dark dull mornings. Now you are awaken not only by the loud sounds of your alarm clock, but the sun is waking you up, too. Getting out of the bed is much more pleasant when you know that there is no need to run in the darkness.
2. And it’s light out for the night runners, as well.
Do not be afraid, the sun is still here! No more entering the dark world after the work is finished. Now, you can leave the office, go home and change, and get your run in—all while it’s still light out.
3. ‘Tis the season for sports bra runs.
4. Let’s be honest: forearm sweat is pretty badass.
5. You get branded as a runner with those tan lines.
Yes, the racer-back tan lines are inconvenient if you’re a bridesmaid this summer and will be donning a strapless dress. But otherwise, those terrible tan lines you inevitably get from long summer runs—the sports bra tan, the shorts tan, the sock tan—have you branded for life. Or at least a few months until they fade or you can take a tropical vacation to even them out. (But still, always wear sunscreen!)
6. That post-run watermelon never tasted so perfect.
The days when you had a giant stack of pancakes or a big mug of hot chocolate after a run are all in the past now. Instead, we’re seeking all the watermelon we can find. It’s sweet, it’s refreshing, and it’s really hydrating. . .It’s hard to get enough!
7. And that post-run shower never felt so refreshing.
8. All the local water fountains are on.
9. You can practically feel yourself getting stronger.
Fall PRs are made in the summer, right? For every hot, humid, OMG-I-want-to-die run you tackle this summer is another minute you’ll shave off your personal record once the temperatures drop in a few months. (OK, we made that statistic up, but it’s obviously true to life.) Getting out the door and slogging through steamy miles now will make you value those brisk fall runs even more.
10. The eye candy is infinitely better.
Shallow? Sure. Superficial? Totally. But we’re only human, and we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to enjoying the runner watching in the summer months. Shirtless marathoners-in-training? Don’t mind if we do…