A Summer of Not Training for a Marathon

It’s been a lovely summer of not training for a fall marathon.

Those who know me will know that I am not a fan of summer running. I don’t like running in the heat and humidity. Because of this, I have always preferred to run spring marathons.

I find running long runs in the winter to be much easier than in the summer. Sure, you can end up having to slog through a winter like we had in 2014, but I’ll take 32km in -5ºC and a bit of snow over the same run in 25ºC and high humidity every time.

That’s not to say I haven’t missed the long run this summer. I have. Even on the hotter days, there’s still something very enjoyable about getting out with my running buddies for a few hours of running every Sunday.

This year is Ginny’s year, and that means my running has taken a back seat. I’m still getting out during the week for shorter runs, and I’ve even managed to put together a 178km month in August which is pretty decent.

But the long Sunday runs have been replaced by Sunday city exploration with the kids. It’s been fun.

Toronto exploring

I am starting to think about a spring marathon again (yes, BMO).

As Ginny and I were talking today, if you are doing it right, training for a marathon is all encompassing. You wake up thinking about your next run, spend the day thinking about your run, and you go to bed thinking about your next run.

Does it seem weird that I miss all of that thinking?

The runstreak I’ve embarked on has been a decent substitute of late. I’m missing out on those mentally and physically taxing long runs, but I do still get the benefit of having to think about my run every day.

That means thinking about what I eat, planning life around the run and generally having running on my mind all the time.

While it’s been a bit different this year, it’s still been a great summer.

Now bring on fall please!

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