What’s not to love?

About spring running? Yesterday morning started with a 10-mile run with friends. I’ll admit, I was a bit whiny–it was just one of those runs where you’re mentally a bit run down. But I got through it and got on with my day. I had planned a 3-mile run for later in the afternoon and all day long, I kind of dreaded it. I was feeling tired, unmotivated, etc. Finally, though, out the door I went.

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Hanging in the sun after a great spring run

It was sunny and warm, and you know what? It was a great run. I saw some deer, a bluebird, and could smell fresh mown grass as I made my way along my chosen route. The flowering trees and spring flowers out everywhere were spectacular. And I was doing it all in shorts and a sleeveless shirt. It doesn’t get much better.

As I closed in on about a mile to go, I felt like picking up the pace. My legs felt fresh and I was just enjoying the day. I nailed down a really strong final mile–my 13th of the day, and heck yeah, that felt great.

I know it can be hard to acclimate to the warmer temperatures–and I know I don’t race well in them–but I do love hitting the road when it starts to warm up like this. Give me spring over winter any day, thank you very much.



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  1. Im a determined NONRUNNER–except in the austin spring :)
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  2. Sounds awesome!!! I do love running in the Spring!!!
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  3. Can’t wait for hot, sweaty runs!
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  4. I love when we have a great run when least expect it! Great work getting in 13!
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  5. YES YES YES. I actually preferred running in 115 degree weather in Iraq over running in 20 degree weather back home! Give me the sun and warm air, thank you very much!!

    Awesome job on the two a day! YAY!!!
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  6. I’m with you – spring is my favorite time to run!
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  7. I’m partial to fall, but it really is hard not to love this weather right now (except, you know, the environmentalist in me who thinks that we’re all doomed…)
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  8. I am looking forward to experiencing this spring weather. So far we have only had snow. Yuck!
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  9. TOTALLY agree. Loving the weather!
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  10. Me too! I am ok with the heat and muggy conditions as long as my run stays around 10 miles or so. It’s very cleansing and refreshing for me. This morning was glorious!
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  11. Speaking of which, I need to get more sleeveless running shirts! I only have one for some odd reason!

    I love the smell of freshly mowed grass!!
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  12. Ahhh fresh mowed grass. Lovely.
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  13. Good for you! I was going to go out for some extra miles yesterday afternoon as well but just the weather was TOO warm. It was in the 80′s and that’s too hot for me. PLUS I’m just not an afternoon runner/exerciser. I figured not doing the extra miles would leave me stronger for the long haul on Saturday (all be it in the rain – poo! )
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  14. I believe there’s a law against not enjoying unseasonably nice weather. Glad the run turned out so well for you. Cheers!
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  15. Spring here mostly involves rain, but if it is a warm rain then I actually LOVE running in it! Great job on getting all 13 in!
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  16. That sounds amazing! It was so warm here yesterday (and today), but I’m sick so it’s so hard to not get out there and run, but hopefully I’ll be back on track next week and the weather will still be nice!
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  17. Looove the spring!! The birds tweeting, the flowers blooming, the sun shining- it sounds so cliche but its all true! This weather just makes you want to get outside and enjoy it :)
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  18. Glad you had a great run! Jealous of your beautiful weather:) So nice.
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  19. We’ve had crazy warm weather here this past week, but it is suppose to slid back down to normal temperatures soon. Hopefully it’ll hold for the weekend!!
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  20. It is gorgeous here the week, too… all the fair-weather runners are out! It really is the perfect time to run, I’m trying to make the most of it before it gets too hot.
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  21. Somehow, it is MUCH easier to get out these in the warmer temps… at least until I get to the end of the street and I’m already dripping in sweat, beat red and huffing and puffing. ;)

    Nice double!
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  22. I feel the same about Autumn running. When the air cools just a little and it starts to get dark out. It just lifts me. It’s so cool that you got to see a deer. That’s something I’ll never see on a run here.
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  23. I love to see all wildlife on my runs..especially when I am alone… I still prefer winter running..I have been known to be a summer complainer. PS. you look gorgeous!
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  24. It’s no shocker that I don’t run well in the heat, but I actually don’t like winter at all so I’m looking forward to some spring time acclimation (but another downfall of spring is my horrible spring allergies. Desite the gluten-light thing, I’m suffering already – bleh). Good job on the 10. I so need to find a group like that to push my pace a bit.
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  25. Totally agree! It is beautiful outside and although I have tons of work to do, I’m itching to get out there :)
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  26. Looks like you are beeming from that spring run! Glad you got out and enjoyed it….
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  27. I’m much more partial to fall weather for running, but it is hard to complain when the days are this nice!
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  28. Nice job! Sounds like you’re more than ready for taper happiness :)
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  29. So glad you got out and enjoyed a nice spring run!

    I actually really enjoy winter running. Maybe it’s the crazy Wisconsinite in me, lol. But I’m excited for spring running, I’ve been in a running slump lately and I’m hoping the nicer temps will help running and I get along better :)
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  30. LOVE training in warm weather–I think it makes us tougher. My 2nd marathon was a flop and I partially blame the heat, but I still won’t complain about warm temps ever!

    Love this picture of you–glowing!
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  31. We had snow again this week! Sheesh. I’m ready for some spring weather and it’s supposed to get up to 60 degrees today for my brick. I’m so excited!

    Great pic!
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  32. I prefer autumn because in spring I suffer of allergy. However the spring colors and the warm weather are amazing.
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  33. YAY Spring! Except I hate it here. In like a LION!
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  34. ACHOO!!!!! lol
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  35. I’ve been loving the relatively cool mornings for my runs, and the warm afternoons for playing outside. Love running past all the pretty blooms, too.
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  36. Sounds like a great run, I love the warmer weather!!!
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  37. We actually had the most perfectly spring-like winter…and now it’s raining like crazy! Sound like you got to have a wonderful run :)
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  38. Oh it sounds almost “Disney-esque”!
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  39. yay for spring!!
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  40. Can’t beat running in the spring – anything goes. I’m a better cold runner – faster at 9 degrees compared to 90. But, OH, how wonderful to feel the sun!
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