Summer Running Has Arrived

by - Monday, July 01, 2019

Now that I'm recovered from my appendectomy and the wedding is officially over, I'm ready to get back in to a normal running routine again. And lucky me, somehow that coincides with the hottest part of the summer.

I went out for a quick three mile run after work today, and I did a lot of zig-zagging across the sidewalk so that I could run in the small bits of shade that existed.


Running in the summer is always tough, but it's especially tough to try to re-establish a running base while my body is also adjusting to the new hot and humid temperatures.

I haven't had a chance to ease myself in to summer running. I just threw myself in the proverbial deep end.

I think if I want my summer running to be more pleasant I'm going to need to shift back to early morning runs. It's more humid in the mornings, but the sun isn't quite as brutal.

If you've been reading for a while, you probably remember that back in the day, I was a morning runner. I'd set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. and knock out my runs before the sun was even in the sky, and before I had to start a long commute to my office.

But my schedule has changed a lot at work in the last five to seven years, and now I have more flexibility. So as a result I sort of shifted to become a lunch time or late afternoon/early evening runner. That schedule let me maximize sleep and gave me a nice mental break during the day.

Running at lunch time though is not realistic when the highs are climbing well in to the 90s. Even if I carry water with me like I did tonight, it's pretty brutal.

So even though waking up early to run doesn't really seem as appealing as it used to, I think that's what I'm going to need to do if I want to have any sort of consistency this summer. I miss running, and I'd like to get back into it now that some of my life insanity has calmed down. So early mornings, here I come.

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