Find Running Buddies
Training solo in the spring and early summer may work for you, but as you begin to struggle with motivation when the dog days of summer settle in, just having someone to run with can really help your morale. “It can be lonely out there, especially in a slump,” says coach Honerkamp. “Ideally it is a slower runner, which will force you to run a recovery run.”
Camaraderie can be a good tool to fix a case of the summer slumps. Your running partner may be going through the same thing and being able to establish a running “date” forces you to get out the door when you may not have otherwise. Another option is to find a running club in your city or town and join them for weekly workouts or runs. There’s power in numbers.