As the temperatures continue to climb, it's hard to resist going outside to soak up all that extra sunshine. Even if you don't consider yourself much of a runner, you might just find yourself actually summoning the motivation to pound the pavement for the sheer sake of basking in all that glorious vitamin D. But it might be hard to sustain that motivation throughout the entire summer, especially once you remember how lovely indoor air conditioning feels, and how awful sore knees can be. Rest assured, though, there are a few tips for outdoor running that'll help you stick with this fitness routine for more than just a week — and hey, who knows, maybe running will become your new favorite workout by the end of the summer.
Look, I get it: Getting into the swing of a running routine can be really hard. It's easy to say you'll stick with it after that first successful jog, when the endorphins are rushing through your body, and you feel like you're literally on top of the world. But then you try to go for another run later that week, and your legs feel like jello, and you wonder why people do this "for fun."
The reality is, running isn't always going to make you feel like a million bucks. It might take a few weeks, or even months to make this workout a habit that you won't quit, but trust me, it's not nearly as hard as you think, and it'll be so worth it in the end. Here are five tips to help you ease into your outdoor runs and stay motivated all summer long.