5 Last-Chance Activities for Your Summer Running Bucket List

fri5Every year, as summer approaches I write a list of all the awesome amazing things I hope to accomplish. And every year, near the end of July I start feeling panicky that summer is almost over and I’ve hardly done anything on the list! And here I am at the end of this particular July and as usual I am trying to cram in all sorts of warm weather fun before fall rolls around. Sure I have things like take my son to the zoo and clean and organize this or that on my list, but I also have a complete list of running items I’ve yet to check off my summer bucket list. I best get cracking!

Here are the 5 things that should be on all our running bucket lists this summer.

1. Splash in some puddles. We’ve had lots of wet weather here in Central Ohio and running in warm rain feels so good. So take it one step (ha) farther and run stomp right through those puddles. Feels like childhood!

Knocked off 2 goals at once: ran with the kid while wearing a sportsbra.
Knocked off 2 goals at once: ran with the kid while wearing a sportsbra. He loved it?

2. Run shirtless. We’ve talked about this before. Pair with short shorts and enjoy the sun and breeze on bare skin.

3. Indulge in a cold treat. Finish your run at a fast-food restaurant and walk the last couple blocks with a milkshake. Or savor an adult beverage. Mmmm.

4. Run with the kids before they go back to school. Or throw ’em in the stroller and show off your favorite hobby. If you don’t have your own, surely you can borrow a niece, nephew, or your running buddy’s offspring.

5. Embrace the heat. No need to check the weather report to plan your outfit. And summer means less laundry! Heat acclimation will also pay dividends when cool weather and fall goal races roll around.

What are you planning for the remainder of summer?

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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  1. Love this, a bucket list of true play! I’d add laying on the grass at night and watching the stars, especially in August with more shooting stars. Bicycling through the neighborhood. Going swimming in a cold lake. Reading decadent mindless books. Running for fun without structure, goals or watch!

  2. Perfect! And great timing! Today is my running friends’ annual ice cream run. Nine miles of hills and heat culminating in some of the best ice cream in Portland!