Summer Runnin’

Hi from the beach! Matt and I are here for our annual Outer Banks, NC week long beach vacation with his family and family friends. One of my favorite weeks of the year!

duck outer banks sunset

We made the drive to NC on Saturday afternoon, and before we left I got in a long run for Marine Corps Marathon training. I rocked my new Will Run for Bacon tank – comfy! You’ll be seeing a lot more of it. :)

will run for bacon tank

My buddy Sokphal joined me for the adventure, which started at her place in Rosslyn and took us up through Rock Creek Park in northwest DC.

sokphal tun

I hadn’t run in Rock Creek in ages – it’s so pretty in there! Also, hi to the blog reader that was out there running too and said hello! :)

running in rock creek park

As pretty as this run was, it was a total strugglefest, not gonna lie. Is anyone else feeling ROUGH in this humid running weather?! Aghhhhh! I was so spoiled last weekend running in low humidity Oregon!

rock creek park run

Thank you to Sokphal for putting up with my requests to stop and walk/drink water/stretch/do anything but run on a frequent basis. And thank you to her for helping me to power through to make it to 10 miles, too! If I’d been alone I’m pretty sure I would have just quit a mile in… this is why I never run alone. ;)

running rosslyn key bridge

Best part of the run? When I convinced Sokphal to stop just shy of her place so we could get Starbucks and walk the rest of the way to cool down. ;) #tomatoface


Grande iced whole milk latte with 1 pump mocha? Don’t mind if I do.

I can’t wait for fall running weather – every single summer I go through this period where I’m like, “Oh my gosh. Do I actually hate running and just didn’t realize it until now?!” And then the second the weather cools down and we have beautiful mornings I realize it was actually just the heat I didn’t like, not the running. :) Thankfully I have awesome running buddies to help me to power through all the humid runs until fall!


How do you feel about running in the heat/humidity? It’s crazy how much harder it is!


  1. 1

    Fortunately Vancouver doesn’t get much humidity but I grew up in Toronto where it gets brutally hot! I don’t think I would be running as much if I lived there still! Haha

  2. 2

    Yaaaass! Glad I’m not the only one that feels this way. Here in Kentucky, we actually had a mild Summer the last couple of years with more lower humidity days. I got spoiled! This year it’s back with a vengeance. Let’s just say I have given in…. Signed back up for my gym pass this past week so I could enjoy some indoor, air conditioned workouts. Counting down the days to Fall Running!

  3. 4

    YES – it was SO hot and humid yesterday that our 5 mile run was cut short to a 3 mile run. I have to start hydrating more before runs and carrying water!

  4. 6

    Just living in the heat feels like a struggle; running in it almost makes me lose my love of running. I’m slowly building up my running endurance this summer after a long break, and then I plan to really start training for my first half in the fall. Huge kudos to anyone who ever trains in the heat. :) Maybe one day!

  5. 8
    Courtney says

    I’m six months pregnant and just ran a 15k race in upstate NY. The weather was perfect-cool and no humidity. I live in North Carolina, so the race felt so much easier than the shorter training runs I have been doing! Cool temps and no humidity is my ideal running weather!

  6. 10

    Yup, I am having a struggle just taking deep breaths with this humidity in NYC. Haven’t been able to get in as good of a workout either.

  7. 12

    It’s awful! I live in south Louisiana & run before work. At 4:45 in the morning the humidity is between 80-90% & the temp is in the 80’s. BRUTAL!

  8. 14

    Love the Outer Banks. So beautiful.

  9. 15

    Yay enjoy OBX–so beautiful there!

  10. 16
    Erin Kershaw says

    I totally feel for you…the humidity is what kills a good run or any workout outside…especially in the morning. You just think about how hot and humid it is going to be later in the day! Can’t wait to workout and run in the fall weather!! oh and PS I just started reading your blog when I was applying for a RD internship! I have learned so much through reading about nutrition and becoming an RD etc. with your blog. I am starting my internship in August! It is my second career and I am really happy to hear it has worked out for you and other RD’s!

  11. 18

    I feel very negative about heat and humidity, in general. Very spoiled in Paris, and we’ve had an unusally cool and rainy summer so far. But I fly to the US tomorrow and am not looking forward to jumping from 60s/70s to 80s/90s oh mannnnn.. Everyone here has scarves on still so it’s gonna be rough :( But the 70s weather have been awesome for outdoor bootcamp, even with light rain ;)

  12. 20
    Roadrunner says

    Well done powering through to finish 10 miles in the heat and humidity. Impressive!

  13. 21

    Thanks for the shout-out! I was the reader that said hello. I felt like I met a celebrity ;)
    My family used to go to the Outer Banks all the time – love that place. Hope you have a great time.


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