There’s a saying that goes something like, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” That can be applied to running. You can’t go back in time to become a runner, but you can put an end to your hesitation and procrastination and get started right now. Here are just eight of the many reasons you should finally join the sport and become a runner this summer.
The warm weather is here
It’s way easier to convince yourself to run in summer than winter, so get into the habit of training now while it’s nice out. Then, when the weather inevitably turns cold and miserable, the routine will already be established and it will be easier for you to carry on with it. You may be able to break into the sport if you start in the winter, but the cold weather will give you a big reason to give up when you become discouraged.
racing season is upon us
There are so many races in the summer, and for many people, that’s the best part about running. No matter where you live, you should be able to find a race to test your fitness and progress. After you race, you’ll see what running is really all about, and you very well could be hooked.
Long days and pleasant nights
The days are so long in the summer, which means you have so many hours available to get out for runs. Whether you’re up bright and early for a run or hours after you finish work, you’ll still be able to enjoy the sun, so you really have no excuse not to hit the road to try the sport.
Nothing can beat running in new places when you’re on vacation. Whether you plan to go camping this summer, hit up a cottage or travel to a new city, anywhere new and different is a great place to run. Plus, you can explore on foot during your training runs and figure out where you want to visit later.
Why wait any longer? Maybe you’ve been putting off trying the sport for a while, or maybe you just decided it’s something you want to do now. Whatever the case, there’s no reason to hold off on becoming a runner now.