What makes a perfect run? Are there certain runs where you can’t stop grinning and you can only hope to recapture the feeling again and again? I don’t know about you, but those are the best days.
Let The Sun Shine
My perfect run starts with sunrise. I’m a morning person, and I love watching the colors of the sun light up the sky. Being a part of that just makes everything right.
Cloudy With No Chance of Rain
The Florida sun can be unrelenting, so while I love morning and daytime runs, a little cloud cover doesn’t hurt. Clouds can provide some protection from the insane UV rays. In the same vein, I love rainless runs. The less water, the better.
50% Humidity Sounds Right
Living in a state where we regularly see humidity percentages of 90 and up, it’s nice to get a break. No humidity wouldn’t be reasonable, but 50%? That sounds heavenly, even on a hot day. I could probably run forever if I wasn’t struggling to breathe thick hair and chafing in sweat-sodden clothes.
Fast Feet, Light Legs
There are days when your legs just won’t turn over. those are terrible days. But then there are days when you feel like you are flying, and the make it all worth it. Those days don’t come often, but when they do, I cherish them.
A Beautiful View
In this regard, I’m not picky, but having a great view helps make my perfect run. It could be beach, or trail, or even city. As long as it’s something different and fabulous, I’ll take it.
Running Is Better With Friends
I’m lucky that I am as comfortable running alone as I am with friends. But friends are better. My perfect run is filed with friends, and I am so happy when they are there.
Long Distance, Please
My perfect runs are long runs. I’m not a sprinter, and never have been. I crave lots of miles, and I am so happy to be back in the double digits.
What makes up your perfect run?
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Oh yes, Jenn! Long runs with friends in beautiful surroundings are the BEST!
When these three things come together I don’t even mind the weather.
I mean, some days the weather won’t be ignored here, but we do our best with what we have.
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
I agree with these! Usually fall is the best running weather here. Once the summer is over I stop paying attention to humidity because its no longer an issue. The only problem with running during that time of year is its dark in the mornings and harder to catch the sunrise.
Winter is best for us, but it takes so long to get here and then passes so quickly. Boo. And yes, dark mornings are hard.
It’s funny, I was just thinking about those perfect runs today. my run this morning wasn’t bad, just average- and it made me think about those runs where it feels like you could effortlessly go forever. Yes, lower temperatures and humidity would definitely help! And I’m with you on the long runs… the longer the better!
I guess if we had those kind of runs all the time, we wouldn’t appreciate them for what they are. Dang it.
Deborah Brooks says
low temps, low humidity and running friends makes for the perfect run for me
Fist bump. Those are so great.
Darlene S Cardillo says
Yes to all.
I need friends to run with. I love to run early (but never have time to). No humidity and clouds – YES!
And some nice scenery.
OK. Now that explains why my runs have not been great lol
I’m glad we got to the bottom of it!
I agree with all of these! Though 50% humidity is pretty high in the desert. We usually have 20% or under so I’ll take that.
Hilariously, I actually sat and tried to figure out my humidity sweet spot. At first, I was like ZERO, but I realized that would probably make me shrivel up and incinerate. 70% is pretty good here, but it could be lower.
Really for me it comes down to those days when it just feels easy. They’re rare!
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Kimberly Hatting says
Yes! All of the above . That said, I don’t mind single digit runs, either 🙂
I LIKE those, but they aren’t perfect for me. I want the long runs.
I dream of 50% humidity! We rarely have low humidity being right on Lake Michigan, even in winter. When I ran in Colorado, the low humidity felt amazing (even factoring in the high altitude!)