While I am loathe to admit it, summer is officially at a close and autumn is taking over. With an end to the sunny season, now is as good a time as any to reflect on what can be learned from summer running. For this Friday Five, I'm linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run.
1. Run smart - As runners, we love to show our tenacity, our drive to push the limits of what was previously thought impossible. While this amazing attribute has gotten many of us through those tough races, it can also result in ignoring common sense. More than one run this summer, either due to heat or humidity (or both!), I should have called it quits early or cut way back. If I had listened to my body in running by feel, fewer runs would have ended in pain and suffering.
2. Hydrate - Dehydration is a sneaky little bugger. It can happen quietly over time that, before we know it, we're panting like crazy for water. Even if carrying a hydration pack or handheld seems unnecessary, it's better to be safe than sorry. I found myself hurting for water more often than I should have.
3. Early to bed, early to rise - Very rarely during the summer do the morning temps happen to be worse than the afternoon. In stalling and ho-humming to the point the sun was high in the sky by the time I hit the road, crazy hot miles for the day were inevitable. Setting the alarm a tad earlier and having everything laid out I need for the run makes all the difference in completing the workout before the day gets too toasty.
4. Dress for success - Dark-colored clothing is the enemy of summer runners. Choosing the wrong color turned me into a human Easy-Bake Oven on more than one occasion. Instead, defaulting for "light and bright" from June to August both keeps me from sweltering as well as wakes up the driver who isn't use to looking for runners on the berm of the road.
5. Enjoy it - Summer is an amazing time to just get out and enjoy the sport we love. Focusing too much on all the factors that could (or did) sabotage my runs made me lose gratitude for what was around me during those miles. Smelling the sweet scent of food on the grill, seeing all the vibrancy of the trees and flowers and hearing so many people out having fun allows me to take in so many things by just being.
How did your summer training go? What have you learned from those many hot miles?