Setting Running Goals in the Blistering Summer Heat

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I didn’t start running until well after high school and college, but I’ve learned from online forums that most track teams devote their summer months to “base-building.”

Longer runs

My secondary goal this summer is to increase the length of my long runs. This goes hand-in-hand with increasing my weekly mileage, so it’s the perfect supplementary goal.

New trails

It’s easy for running to fall into a routine — going along the same trail or path every time we leave the house. For the past few months, I’ve found myself sticking to one nearby greenway almost every time I run.

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