Arizona is a beautiful place. But, during the summer (March to November) temps rise above 115 degrees, making running outside nearly unbearable. If you’re a Zonie runner, you’ve got to log some miles outside during these sweltering, hell-like months.
Here’s the pros and cons of running in Arizona during the hot, hot heat.
Pro: You can get a glowing, sun-kissed tan.
Con: You might get a really bad sunburn instead.
Pro: You drink more Nuun.
Con: You have to buy more Nuun.
Pro: There’s no weekend morning race traffic, road closures and the like.
Con: There’s no races in The Valley during the summer.
Pro: The trails and running paths are empty.
Con: The paths are empty, meaning nobody will find you if you pass out from the heat.
Pro: Waking up for morning runs when it’s only 90 degrees, not 115, will help you get your day started off right.
Con: You’re not a morning person.
Pro: Long sleeve tops, leggings and lightweight running jackets are all on sale.
Con: You’ll never wear. Because, Arizona.
Pro: It’s a dry heat.
Con: It’s still heat. And it sucks.
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