Thursday, April 13, 2017

5 Things to Love About Spring Running

We've been living in China and now Hong Kong for about two years. Winter here is like a very mild winter back home in New Hampshire: cold, but not cold enough for snow. The temperature hovers in my favorite place of 45-50 degrees on average. Sometimes it's colder, but rarely.

Now it's Spring in Hong Kong and the temperature is slowly reaching into the high 70s. The humidity is also on the rise. The days of running in dry air are receding from the calendar. I might still be struggling with running in the tropical climate, but there is A LOT to love about running here (and anywhere) in the Spring.


THE COLOR - Spring arrives and suddenly colors start popping out all over the place. Flowers, shrubs and trees are blooming, what was brown is transforming into green and the world just seems to be shining brighter. In my neighborhood, the birds are chirping more loudly, the grass is being cut, and hanging flower baskets are dotting the walkways around our apartment building.

MORE RUNNERS/PEOPLE OUT - When the temperatures start to warm up many people start to come out of hiding. Lately I have noticed many more runners out. Whether they are runners or not, it is nice to see more people out enjoying the day. It's even better when they offer a smile or word of encouragement as I trudge up the hills.


TANK TOPS AND SHORTS - Even though I prefer to run in cooler temps, I still like wearing tank tops and shorts better. Ditching the capris and long sleeves for lighter gear makes my run feel easier before I've even started. I love feeling the sun on my arms and legs. I'm especially loving these new shorts from Lululemon and I've got my eye on this tank from the North Face.

IT'S NOT TOO HOT, YET - It's warm enough to wear the lighter clothing, but not so much that I need to jump in the water and cool off after (although some humid runs can definitely make that thought cross my mind). There's a strong chance that I'll get a nice breeze to keep me cool on my run, but not so much that I need another layer.

THE VIEWS - Everything just looks better in the Spring. I mean, it's the same water, the same, beach, the same mountains...but now colors are popping and the mornings are coming earlier.  For me, everything just seems more scenic when Spring arrives.




What do you like about running in the Spring?




I'm linking up with Lacey and Meranda and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0





10 comments:

  1. Keep posting pictures of Hong Kong! It looks lovely there, and I like living vicariously through you!

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    1. Ha! And I follow blogs like yours to get my US fix ;)

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  2. Thanks for sharing a bit of Hong Kong with us! I agree, running seems a bit easier when you wear shorts and tanks (until the humidity beats you down..lol). Thanks for linking up Amy! Enjoy Easter weekend!

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    1. No match for high humidity except maybe the treadmill!

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  3. I love seeing all the green and the growing number of colors popping up everyday...It's like an entire new scene each time I head out for a run ;-)

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    1. Yes, exactly! Great way to describe it.

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  4. Your winter and spring weather actually sound like similar temperatures to mine here. We know it will be getting hot and humid soon, but are both hanging on to that last little bit when it is not too miserable.

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    1. Clinging with white knuckles, haha! It helps knowing that someone understands me ;)

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  5. Those flowers are GORGEOUS! And I don't even like flowers! ;)

    I love seeing more runners out. It's such a fun feeling, isn't it? Like everyone's rejoicing that winter's finally over!

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    1. Yes! Like a welcome back party! So much more fun even if I don't know a single other runner.

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