It’s Friday and I’m linking up with the wonderful ladies of the Friday Five linkup! I haven’t been doing this linkup lately and I missed participating. Cynthia, Mar and Courtney host this awesome linkup and it’s always lots of fun. This Friday I’ve decided to write about summer running- we all love to complain about the heat, but what if we looked at the bright side instead? (Literally- it’s much brighter out lately!)
1. Focusing on speed not distance. Many of us here in the south are in our “off season,” as it’s typically too hot for most races this time of year. Being that I’m not currently in training for any distance races, I get to shorten up my mileage and focus on speed workouts for a while. This is refreshing to me as I love speed work and actually dislike distance training. Of course I put the time in when it’s necessary to get my mileage in for those half marathons and longer OCR events, but I much prefer the short, fast workouts.
2. Fun Run Season! There are so many themed fun runs this time of year by me! Color runs, glow runs, 5k beach runs. Some of them free, others for an entry fee. Either way, there are plenty of ways to keep my runs fresh and fun. Especially running with friends.
3. Not fighting with the track/x country teams for use of the public tracks. During spring and fall when I do my speed work, I’m constantly in conflict with the track and cross country teams. It takes some serious maneuvering of my schedule to make sure I’m not infringing on their training! Since I have a lack of free time due to working two jobs, sometimes it means there are weeks when I can’t get to the track to do my speed work and I have to go elsewhere. During the summer, the teams aren’t really training much, so there are more available times for me to go do my 400s 🙂
4. Daylight is longer; not having to run at 5 pm is nice! When winter is here, it gets dark at 6pm (ish), so I typically have to get my runs in earlier, especially if I’m by myself. I don’t feel super comfortable running by myself in the dark, especially because two of the places I run are not well lit or very public. It’s nice to have more free time after work and before I go out for my run. Plus we have some gorgeous summer sunsets here!
5. More time to cross train and try fun new fitness activities. When race season rolls around, I’m usually too busy trying to fit all my scheduled runs in to do any other form of cross training or fitness. This is also because of my crazy work schedule so I don’t get as much time to work out. When I do, I need to make sure I get my runs in so I’m ready for the races. But during the summer, I can run less frequently (i.e. 3 days a week rather than 4 or 5) so I get to work in new fitness activities as well. Tonight I’m going rock climbing at the local indoor gym (because unfortunately there aren’t any outdoor rocks to climb here). I can’t wait and it’s going to be super fun! Plus it’s also a good form of grip strength training for OCR’s.
QOTD: What are some things you love about summer training?