We’ve had a few false starts, but it looks like spring is finally sprung here in Kansas! So for today’s “Friday Fives” I thought I’d talk about a few things I actually enjoy about spring running. 🙂
1. It takes a lot less time to get ready
Gearing up for cold weather runs makes me feel like a total badass (I can’t be the only one, right?). But I’ve got to admit, it is nice to be able to throw on a thin pair of tights, sports bra, tank top, shoes and socks, and then be ready to hit the road. You don’t have to worry about being properly layered, whether or not your hat covers your ears, or how many pairs of socks are going to be necessary/if your big, fuzzy, wool socks will even fit into your running shoes… It can take a lot of thought just to get ready to run in the cold. Especially if the cold is accompanied by the wet.2. The plants are alive and everything is green again!!
I love the winter months, I really do, but unless it’s snowing winter isn’t exactly the most visually appealing season. At least in the spring the grass is a nice bright green, flowers are blooming, the trees are growing leafs again. It’s great. 🙂
3. The warm weather runners finally come out of hiding
I’m not trying to put you guys down in anyway or anything like that. I’ve honestly missed you! I mean, I really do prefer to run by myself, but winter running can get super duper lonely. Like, no one is out and about. It’s usually just me and one or two other crazy runners out braving the cold/snow/ice. But once the weather starts to get a little nicer more and more people start coming out and I always see more people out running, which is nice! Like I said, I prefer running alone, but I do like to smile and wave at all the other runners (or walkers, or dogs/cats, or kids on bikes, etc.) that I see. 🙂
4. Running in the rain
Running in the rain is one of my all time favorite things to do, regardless of the temperature, but I think spring showers are the most fun to run. Like I mentioned before, aside for maybe a light jacket, you really don’t have to worry too much about layering for rainy spring time runs. You also don’t have to worry about icy patches (although I swear really slippery mud is just as dangerous!). Plus being wet and warm (or at least wet and slightly chilly) is a lot more fun than being wet and cold. That can get pretty miserable at times, especially if you weren’t mentally prepared for it.
5. Nice weather
All right all right, we all know at this point that Ashley isn’t the worlds biggest fan of warm weather, and that she would definitely take a cold snowy day over a warm sunny one pretty much every single time (yeah, I don’t know why I started talking about myself in the third person either…). But I can’t deny that there is something kinda magical about the first warm, sunny days of the season. Like when it’s in the mid 50’s to low 60’s, the sun is shining through some big puffy clouds, all the fun changes in the plants and what not that I mentioned earlier,, and a slight, pleasant little breeze. Yeah the first few days like that are a lot of fun, I must admit. All of that gets really old, really quick. At least I think it does anyway.
What are some of your favorite things about running in the spring?