I love to run early in the morning, but normally in the summer that doesn’t allow me to escape the heat. This summer the morning air has been cool and my morning runs a blissful refresh!
Diary of a Running Chick: July 18th, 2016
The weather has been great in Los Angeles this summer, or at least it’s been perfect in West Los Angeles by the beach. That’s where I’m lucky to live and lucky to have my morning runs. The westside is always 10 degrees cooler with a nice breeze, but this summer our mornings have been a treat. We haven’t yet had a heat wave and the cool air has been a runner’s dream.
The westside has stayed temperate all summer and the mornings have been wonderful. There is still a nice fog and it’s only in the 60’s. It’s perfect for heading outside to run. I’ll be honest though, at first I was a little disappointed in the constant fog. I thought I wanted it at least 75 degrees in the morning. I thought that was my ideal summer morning. But instead we’ve been having these nice gradual warm ups every day and I’m now in love with our cooler weather. The mornings are a little chilly at first, but once I start running I warm right up. It’s so peaceful and refreshing!
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There was a shift in me and I’m not sure when it happened. I now love the cool weather. It’s so invigorating. It really makes the run extremely nice and dare I say comfortable. I feel light and free as I run. It’s great because who doesn’t want running to feel effortless? I’ve completely embraced the weather. I can’t change it, but I can control how I feel about it and its awesome!
It now makes me laugh that I didn’t like the cooler weather at first. I always do that! I didn’t want it to negatively affect my runs and I couldn’t help my apprehension. I wanted it to feel like summer, but most days after my 50 to 60 minute run the sun is starting to peak out and it’s already heating up. I’m now so grateful that I already ran and beat that heat!
These cool summer mornings are certainly a treat and I’m cherishing every one. It’s Los Angeles and the 90 degree weather is around the corner. A heat wave is coming sometime this summer and my nice refreshing runs will get hotter and hotter. At least now I have a nice reprieve from the heat while I’m out for my run.
Summer is the perfect time to embrace running and the perfect time to run in the morning. The sun is up, but it’s always cooler than the afternoon. It’s truly my favorite time to run. There are fewer people out too, which I love! This summer, because of the cool mornings, even fewer people in my neighborhood are getting up. It’s so quiet outside and who doesn’t love that?
I’m going to continue embracing my cool morning runs and loving them until they’re gone. I’ve learned that I really love running in the cooler weather. The best part is, because I flipped my summer switch, I’ve been rocking my shorts and tank tops no matter what!
Cool summer mornings are my absolute favorite! Get out there and embrace them while you can.
Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram
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