There are runners that love Summer running. That’s not me. I am highly suspicious of anyone that actually loves to run in heat & humidity — joking (sort of). If you’re with me and humidity can feel soul sucking, I want to share ways to at least make it more bearable — if not actually fun.
I’m linking up with My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Runs with Pugs, Zenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for 5 ways to make Summer running — actually running at any time of the year — more bearable.
1: Slow down!
I’m starting with the one tip that in my humble opinion is the most important. If you’re really pushing yourself in the heat and you’re miserable, I have to ask you why are you pushing yourself? I have a race, you answer. Run by feel for those harder runs instead of by pace. Slow way the heck down on those easy runs.
2: Walk when you feel like it
Yes, real runners do walk. Gold Medalists walk — well, anyway the gold medalist Jeff Galloway started the whole run/walk method. Using run/walk intervals can actually help to decrease the suck.
3: Bring your attention inward
I sometimes chuckle at the runners who say they love to run to be in nature, and then always have earbuds on. Hey, whatever floats your boat! Tuning into your breath and your heart can make your runs feel more joyful. With practice you will realize when it’s time to walk or ease up on the pace instead of pushing yourself until you collapse at the end of your run.
4: Throw in a *little* speed
That could be strides or a fartlek. Maybe ditch the set intervals and just run fast for a little bit.
5: Visualize yourself running easy
I’ve bookended this post with what I feel are the most important tips. How many times do you say to people that running is 90% mental? How often do you actually work on your mental game?
Take a few minutes — even one will do! — the night before and hopefully right before your run and visualize yourself running easy, loose, with a smile on your face. Really try to feel how this would fee. It’s said your mind can’t distinguish from what you visualize and what actually happens.
Bonus Tip: Run with a slower friend
This one goes back to tip #1. If you’re a speedy runner, you may have trouble running slowly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard speedy runners who run with slower friends say “that was great. I could run forever!). As a slower runner, you’re welcome!
By now you may be asking yourself — what’s fun about any of this? Where’s the music, the podcasts, the chatter with friends? None of that is bad, but few of us run every run with friends or really run a race with friends, although sometimes it can happen.
When we stop being so hard on ourselves, and when we bring our attention inward, your running may feel easier (YMMV). Check it out and see if any of these tips makes those hot, humid, buggy miles feel easier (and hence more fun).
Check out Can You Conquer the Summer Heat (click here) for more Summer running tips – and check out the end of that post to links for even more Summer tips.
Do you enjoy Summer running?
If you don’t, why? If you do, why?
What Summer hacks can you add?