The other day I had to take a break from running for a few days. No more intervals or long runs, just swimming and napping to recuperate. My body was giving me clear signs that things were not going well and that I was pushing the whole living-like-a-pro-athlete-but-you’re-not deal a little too far.
Then voilà , the next day it was … cooler. Not cold, not colder, just cooler. Probably not too much of a difference in temperatures during the day but first thing in the morning I ran at 7:00 a.m. instead of having to get up at 5:30 a.m. Last night I even had to put a light cotton sweater on to eat outdoors. It was a completely different environment and with the promise that summer was coming to a close very, very soon.
It used to be that the planet had distinct, predictable seasons in each hemisphere. It also used to be that middle and long distance runners had a “race” season. One in the spring and the other in the mid to late fall. In 2017 that is no longer the case and the lines that used to separate summer from fall, race season to training season, have started to blur.
I love summer but as a runner I love autumn and winter even more. The running is easier and faster and smoother. So as summer comes to a close I anxiously look at the fourteen day weather report to watch for that day when the temperatures drop and I can training during lunch hour again. Thank goodness Venicemarathon will always be organised well into fall, the fourth Sunday in October this year!
If you haven’t yet signed for the Venicemarathon there is still time to train, with cooler temps yet!
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