My Love-Hate Relationship with Summer Running

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Wow! What a run! I’m pretty sure I just ran the fastest four miles of my life!

  • Mile 1: 8:35
  • Mile 2: 8:29
  • Mile 3: 8:20
  • Mile 4: 8:11 <— !!!

Total: 33:37 (8:25 pace)

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I’m not sure where the heck the motivation and energy came from for that run, but I’m pretty jazzed about it, especially since I had zero motivation this morning. Ultimately, a comment on my morning post from Jess got me out the door to run:

You can do the 4 miles! Just think about how annoying it was when you couldn’t exercise. Now, you can!

Just thinking about how difficult it was for me to go to Whole Foods during my Colitis flare motivated me to run”¦ fast, apparently. An exercise mantra that I will never ever forget: Running is a gift.

Clearly, I had some serious internal motivation working for me on my run this morning. I also think that the cooler tempatures had something to do with my speed. It’s been in the upper 80’s/lower 90’s for the past couple of weeks now, so summer running has been really tough. It takes so much out of me!

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Our marigolds are looking great.

During the winter when I was freezing my butt off running outside, all I could do was think about how amazing it would be to run during the summer. I always thought I was a warm-weather runner, but now I know I am sooo wrong about that! I actually have a love-hate relationship with summer running.

What I love:

  • The roads are free from snow.
  • Waking up early and not having it be pitch black outside.
  • Not shivering for the first five minutes of my run.
  • Sunsets during evening runs.
  • Wearing lightweight clothing.
  • A sweet runner’s tan.
  • Seeing other runners outside during my runs. 
  • The feeling after a good, sweaty run.
  • Cold, refreshing showers!

What I hate:

  • Getting up super early to beat the heat.
  • Constantly being thirsty on runs. (I need to start bringing water with me!)
  • Hot, humid weather that makes breathing so much harder.
  • Hot, humid weather that makes my legs feel like lead.
  • Sunblock that drips into my eyes and stings them. 
  • Slower races times.
  • Continuing to sweat for a solid 15 minutes after finishing a run.

What do you love and hate about running in the summer?


Today’s lunch was leftover Shortrib, Farmhouse Cheddar & Fontina Grilled Cheese from the Beehive. Reheated, it tasted just as delicious (possibly better) than it did last night. I love that.

On the side, I had some steamed Romano Beans from the farmer’s market. I added minced garlic, Garlic Gold, nutritional yeast, and a little bit of olive oil to them. They turned out really garlicky!

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After lunch, I treated myself to a Marylou’s Almond Joy iced coffee. I also bought one for Mal. He was a little upset that I spent my anniversary gift on him, but if he went to Marylou’s and didn’t buy me an iced coffee, I’d be pissed!

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We’re having friends over for a barbeque tonight, so I’m off to prepare for it!

Happy Thursday, guys! 😎



  1. I hate to admit it, but I stop running in the winter. I find it too hard to breathe in the cold weather.
    You should try Neutrogena Sport sunblock. I find that is doesn’t sting my eyes.

  2. I live in the south, so running in the summer weather is most of the year. It makes me really appreciate the few months of the year when the weather is cool and not humid. I don’t really have to deal with snow or ice, so I love the winter! I guess the only thing I don’t miss about winter running is my hands being numb when I finish my run… and the wind.

  3. I hate running in the summer because down here in GA, it’s been in the low 100s all week! I have to wait until 830pm just to run in the low 90s!

    I love running in the summer because I always have more motivation to keep it up: shorts and skirts, hello! 🙂

  4. I’m with you Tina! I cannot stand the humidity and dead leg feeling. I feel like I cannot get enough air in my lungs and like I’m running in slow motion! Do you ever get that slow motion feeling?? I live right outside Boston as well and this weather has definitely been a downer for keeping up with good running times/distance.
    Bravo on your fast run today! It is PERFECT running weather. Much cooler than it has been!

    Also, have you had Marylou’s Funny Bone flavored iced coffee!? It is the crazy good. So delicious. Especially if you’re a peanut butter fan 😉

  5. I totally relate – I was just thinking about that myself! While I love running in the summer weather – at the same time – it’s so darn hot. I really like the cool, crisp air that accompanies winter runs.

    On the plus side, I do enjoy getting a tan while I run 😉

  6. I know what Mal should get you for your gift – a reusable iced coffee cup! If you don’t have one yet, you should get one! And shouldn’t it give you a discount everytime you use it at Marylou’s? And if you run and go directly there post run – keep one at the store!!!

    Not like I’m 100% environmental – but just thinking about it as I read your blog!

  7. My love-hate relationship with running has turned more into a strictly hate relationship. It is WAY too hot in Philly, and I can’t stand the humidity. I figure that walking all around the city counts as exercise!

  8. I have to say this is one thing I love about San Francisco weather. It’s GREAT running weather. Our temps are moderate year-round, so it’s never a worry. Of course we miss out on all the great aspects of summer, but at least if we go a little inland we can experience the heat if we want to! And every once in awhile we get bouts of higher temperatures, but it’s such a treat that I’ll just skip a run if it’s too hot, or tough it. I know it will be cooler soon enough 😉

  9. I love summer running for all of the reasons you mentioned and don’t really mind any of the negatives you listed. I love running when it’s warm out (but not too hot — I usually go early in the morning or in the evening when it’s a little cooler).

  10. Running truly IS a gift…so is any form of cardio for me at the moment! 😉 I recently (2 weeks ago) had knee surgery and before my knee pain (the past few months) had been very active with running and other activities. Now I have to wait a couple more weeks to WALK as a form of exercise and another 6 months (at least) before I can do anything resembling running or jumping. I will comply with doctor’s orders, though, knowing that it’s all a part of the recovery process. I will not ever be running as far or as much in the future, but I am grateful that I can someday! Yes, it truly is a gift and I will treat it as such when I am able to again! Good for you on your run this morning and glad you are feeling better!!!

  11. Happy BBQ-ing! I love all the light during summer running, and clear roads, and not having to plan ahead so much weather-wise. I hate the sweat, and how it can give me blisters.

  12. I feel about the same for summer running especially when we’re in triple digit heat! I either have to run super early on weekends or really late on weeknights and always have to carry water. I love my Nathan hand held water bottle.

  13. Awesome job on that speedy run!

    I love running in the summer because it doesn’t feel like I’m being slapped in the face with cold air, but I hate it because the humidity makes it harder to breathe. 😛 I’ve been having too much trouble running outdoors lately, so I’ve taken it indoors for the time being.

  14. Great job on your run this morning! I’ve always wanted to be a runner, but I have horrible knees.

    You and your Marylou’s! They entice me for some reason. I just might drive from NY to MA for one! 😉

    Enjoy your BBQ tonight!

  15. At the moment, it is winter in Australia so I am totally embracing the cold frosty mornings at the moment. I do outdoor ‘bootcamp’ style training, the 6am mornings are fabulous for me! Dreading summer I have to say, I have to go super duper early to avoid the heat!

  16. I don’t run much in the winter. Winters are for increased step and spin classes for me, then I run in the summer, with the occasional rollerblading and step class thrown in. I love being outside running in the summer, and enjoy the challenge of running farther than I did the week before. I HATE when it’s too hot and I feel like I can’t move, or the worst– a headache from the heat. Ugh.

  17. Tina, the thing I hate most about running in the summer is one of your entries: the sweat dripping into my eyes and making them burn. I have a couple of suggestions that might help (if you haven’t already tried them). I actually put Body Glide on my forehead. It’s not greasy and provides a bit of a barrier. I try not to put sunscreen or makeup on my forehead. Sweaty bands and hats help. Finally, I try to have a couple of paper towels handy to wipe away whatever does get in my eyes. My running friends and I have decided that other than the snow, we think we’re actually cold-weather runners. Have fun!

  18. Go Tina! I find that sometimes the workouts that I really don’t want to do end up being the best/fastest/strongest 🙂 I also hate the whole waking up early thing to beat the heat.

  19. Almond Joy coffee sounds great!

    I am not a runner, I tried in the spring but failed. I hope to try again someday considering the amount of money I spent on shoes and gear..I digress. I agree that it’s great how far you’ve come since your flare up.

    Keep up the positive posts, you’re very motivating!

  20. Does Mary Lou’s flavors taste pretty artificial or is it good? There is a place by me that has A LOT of flavors, kinda like Mary Lou’s, but it tastes like they put syrup in it…maybe they just put too much?

  21. I am pretty new to running, but I’m over the heat already. My first 5 miler was last week here in MN and it was in the 90’s! I seriously didn’t know if I’d make it. People think it is cold here. It’s not! Mostly what I hate is the high dewpoints and humidity levels. It just sucks the life and fire out of me and I feel like I can’t breathe before I’ve even barely started. I’m definitely a fan of fall and spring running:) Heck, I’d even take our frigid winters over this!

  22. Way to go on that run, Tina! Especially after that low motivation morning…awesome! I’m back and forth on summer running, but similar to you, coming from cold, snowy winters in Calgary, it’s hard to complain when there’s no ice and lots of warm rays. 😀 Happy summer running!

  23. I always think running in heat is better than running in rain or extreme cold. The cold always gives me earaches and headaches. And rain just adds to the sweat and that’s never fun. It’s all about beating the summer heat!

  24. Great job on the fast 4 miles – especially when you weren’t motivated to start with. For the most part, I prefer running outside in the summer. I don’t run in the dark – so I basically can’t run outdoors in the winter. It’s dark when I leave from work and dark when I get home. Also, I have a much harder time breathing in the cold, dry weather. I love summer!

  25. The heat can suck my…well, anyway. It makes me mad. I think I hate more things about summer running than I do winter running. I totally hear you on the continuing-to-sweat thing. MY favorite is when I’m in a hurry and I run, take a shower, get out and am still sweating. Delightful.

    I want to know if anybody has any amazing secrets for dealing with sweat while running in the heat. I find that if I try to wipe my face with the back of my hand I’m just spreading sweat on sweat, and wiping my face with my shirt only works for so long. I don’t sweating anywhere else but when my face really gets going it’s so hot and uncomfortable.

    Wow, that was a super-rant. Can you tell my half-marathon training this summer has been frustrating?

  26. Tina, have you tried to re-create you Almond Joy iced coffee at home? I’ve tried, but I’m wondering what you’ve tried and liked, and what flopped?

  27. Hi Tina! Just got the mission sun block stick from CVS. It promised to be no sting and after this mornings Littleton Appleman Tri, it proved to be true! Check it out!

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