Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well so far. It’s been pretty good here in Tennessee, though summer has arrived in full force complete with temps in the upper 80s and humidity at almost 70% each day (ick).
I have a serious love/hate relationship with summer. I love the warm weather and long days as it gives me plenty of time to get everything in my day done. But the warm weather and high humidity here in Tennessee can also put a dent in my running and outdoor workouts at times.
While I have learned how to survive the summer heat over the years, today I wanted to share some running tips for beginners and share some of the more fun reasons why working out and running in summer rocks.
Fabulous Weather. I love the warm weather. It means that I don’t have to bundle up with multiple layers of clothing just to be able to go for a run. As long as you can manage the heat, it is quite pleasant to get outside and absorb some natural vitamin D.
Fun Gear. Summer is such a fun season. I get to wear shorts or skirts (my fave) to go for a run or workout outdoors. I also get to sport super cute tanks and headbands.
Long days. Probably my favorite aspect of summer is the long days. When I am deciding on when I will get outside, I have a lot more options during the summer. I can run early morning (when it starts getting light) all the way to almost 9pm (when it gets dark). This helps beat the heat and gives me more freedom and time in my day.
Get a tan. I’m not someone who is obsessed about getting tan. I honestly have never set foot in a tanning salon and watch how much time I spend outdoors. However, a by-product of so much outdoor running is that I inevitably will add some color to my fair skin. Which I like. Be sure that you are wearing your sunscreen to keep your skin healthy. Sunburns hurt!
Vacations. Ahh. Vacations. That beloved time when you get to get away from your everyday life and (hopefully) relax. I love vacations. And I take my running with me most of the time. Vacations allow me to do some exploring and trying out a new route with new scenery. Or better yet, combine the two to have a healthy vacation and run a race while vacationing away from home – a racecation.
Fresh Food. Yummy summer food. The season is full of all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies that are good for the body, good for the diet and good for working out. Everything from strawberries (try my strawberry banana bread) to fresh squash and zucchini (great on the grill). Not to mention, summer is the perfect time for my go-to have any time of the day snack and/or meal – the smoothie. Be sure to check out some of my easy healthy recipes.
Cross-training options. Lastly, summertime is great for some fun and interesting options to cross-train on the days you are not running. Go for a bike ride. Hit the pool (or ocean, or lake) and go for a swim. Go for a scenic hike. Rollerblade in the park. The options are endless. The important thing is to do something that you enjoy and have some fun in the sun.#Summer has arrived. Check out these 7 reasons why #running in summer rocks Click To Tweet