Last night, the weather in Memphis was going crazy. One minute it was 60 degrees and sunny and the next, trees were falling and the skies were black. The storm chaser and me had no choice but to dip out of work early and go run.
In Tennessee we are fortunate enough to get every high and low of every season. I’m someone who thrives in change and becomes easily complacent when things start to seem too routine so I try never to take a season for granted. My running is the same way and since I refuse the treadmill, my attitude towards it could easily be affected by the weather. But being the eternal optimist that I am, I choose stay happy and running all year round.
During the summer, I love waking up around 4:45-5:00 a.m. to get my miles in as the sun comes up. In the fall, I look forward to midday long runs on the weekends and meeting friends after work for dark jogs in the cool fall air. Winter isn’t particularly my favorite, but some of my best running memories involve being the only soul on the road while running on ice to a nearby coffee shop. In the spring, nothing beats the element of adventure that is provoked from running in the rain or a brewing storm like last night.
My love of running is closely tied with my love of the outdoors and crazy weather is just part of it. If I was to only get out there in the perfect running weather, I would be limiting myself and missing out on some of my favorite bits of adventure. Yes, the summer is hot and humid, the fall is filled with short days, the winter is cold and icy, and the spring is it’s own kind of mess, but if I let that hold me back I’d be running outside only 50 days of the year.
You can make an excuse as to why you shouldn’t run, or you can find a reason as to why you should. Running in uncomfortable weather is not only doable, but it’s exciting. If you are ever to find yourself in a rut in your training, I suggest running when the weather would least expect it.
These are affiliate links based on the gear that I own, wear, and love. Because let’s be honest, the right gear makes everything much more enjoyable!
Nathan Streak Vest
I think this is my favorite piece of running gear. It’s very inexpensive, but it makes me feel so much safer when I’m running in the dark at night because of the reflectors on the front and back. Oh, and it’s hot pink. But they make them in yellow too so it’s all around a great gift for runners!
I have three of these and love them. This tank gives me the feel of only wearing a sports bra without showing if I just ate my weight in cookies.
If you don’t have a pair of Sugoi tights, you should definitely invest in some! They are the warmest and most comfortable pair I’ve ever worn. I can’t sing their praises enough and am so happy I finally splurged on some for myself.
And thank you to my favorite couple with the three most precious kids for donating to my St. Jude fundraising page! Tiffany and David, y’all are the best and Maggie thinks so too.
What’s your favorite and least favorite weather to run in?
Favorite piece of running gear?
Change: Scary or exciting?