What is Your Favorite Time of Year to Run?


Some of the Athletes I coach were discussing this topic today. They were doing a workout for our winter track program in our indoor training center. At the end we went outside to do some sprints to open up their stride and it turned out to be significantly colder than I had anticipated. I was worried this would be a detriment but they all said it was a relief since the training center was getting pretty humid from the sweat and heaters.

I laughed when I heard this because I understand my runners well enough to know they would not choose to run in the very cold temperatures. From there the debate continued as to when the best temperature or time of year was to run.

I personally am a fan of late summer and early fall. The Spring in Oregon tends to be still quite cold and usually very wet. I remember a few years ago during a High School Track and Field Season we had 12 days of nice weather. Thats 12 out of about 90. The summer in Oregon is typically very nice but I do not run long distances as well in the heat. Late summer or early fall ends up being just about perfect. Not only is the scenery incredible with the changing of the leaves but the temperature is right around the 60 degree mark most days.

For many of you I would imagine that your climate determines a lot about when you prefer to run. Pleas share with us what is your favorite time of year to run wherever it is you live. If you have pictures, send those over as well and we will feature it in a future post.

4 Comments on this post


  1. JC said:

    I would have to say late summer and early spring also. The temp seems just about right and something about the angle of the sun during that time of year makes the environment look extra beautiful. Although I would have to say that running in the middle of July and August is a great challenge due to the heat. I enjoy knowing I am pushing my running limits. Of course I stay well hydrated and make sure I warmup and cool down correctly.

    November 19th, 2009 at 12:09 pm
  2. college runner said:

    Summer is my favorite time to run. I used to be a sprinter at a small college in southern California, and I must say that even though it could easily be in the upper 70’s to 80’s in January, I loved the hot weather. Running in warm-ups to me is uncomfortable, and simply being out in the cold just isn’t very much fun for working out. I love doing a hard workout in the heat, then jumping in the pool to cool off.

    November 19th, 2009 at 9:26 pm
  3. Coach Cory said:

    SUMMER! The hotter the better. I love running the dead heat of the day in the middle of the summer. haha I think I get this desire from all of my years of training for wrestling and all of the days and nights spent in a small over heated room sweating my eyes out.

    I don’t agree with much of the training philosophy from my youth years in wrestling, but some of it has grown on me. So, whenever the temp hits around 85 or higher, you can be guaranteed that I will be out running.

    November 23rd, 2009 at 12:46 pm
  4. Scott said:

    Wrestling is very intense. It takes a certain mentality to become a good wrestler, one I simply do not possess.

    November 23rd, 2009 at 10:36 pm


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