One runner's ode to all the things she will miss about running in the summer.

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It is now officially fall. In my opinion, fall is the best season to run. The air is crisp, the humidity falls and after spending all summer sweating your butt off (quite literally), you feel speedier than ever. However, I don’t want to disparage summer. There are a few things I will miss about summer running.

  • No longer having to be a morning person. I am not naturally a morning person. I’d much rather stay up late and sleep in. However, during the summer that just isn’t an option, so this past summer saw me waking at 5 a.m. each and every Saturday for long runs. That early wakeup affected me all week—I’d go to bed way earlier than normal and naturally wake earlier than normal, as well. For this night person, the change was kind of fun. It’s nice to have already run 16 miles before 9 a.m.
  • Losing three pounds naturally during each and every run. I’m only half kidding here. I sweat like crazy, so I lost a few pounds during almost every single run.
  • Options to run at night. I prefer running during the mornings, but it was nice to have the option to run in the evenings if I couldn’t get my run in early.
  • Easy running clothes choices. For summer running, there’s no need to really think and decide what to wear while running, because I know I’ll be wearing shorts and a tank. There’s really no deviation from that because it’s hot. All. Summer. Long.
  • Feeling like a total rockstar because you ran __ (fill in the blank) miles in the summer heat. The truth is that running in the summer gains you respect. Most people try to avoid the sweltering heat and humidity in the summer and yet runners flock towards it to reach their goal. I would never encourage anyone to be smug or conceited about their running, but I do think feeling proud of yourself for getting out there in the heat and feeling like a rockstar is warranted!

What would you add to the list?

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