It’s almost that time again. Warm weather is coming. A lot of people are happy about this, but I’m not one of them. And I think most runners in warmer climates probably feel the same way. Running in cool weather is spectacular, but running in hot weather is miserable. Last summer was a horrible experience from July through October so I’m not looking forward to repeating it again in 2016. That doesn’t mean I’m not preparing for the worst, though. I got through the hot months last year alternating between my only two pairs of serviceable running shorts, but there’s no way I’m going to do that again. So even in the middle of the Southern California winter I started replenishing my supplies. Now I have about eight pairs of running shorts from several different companies and I feel prepared for the coming heat wave. I even wore two pairs of the new ones for the Star Wars races at Disney World earlier this month and they worked great. It was the first time in 2016 that I had to trade in my capris for shorts, but it definitely won’t be the last. But even with my new warm weather wardrobe I’m going to refrain from saying, “Bring on the summer.” As far as I’m concerned it can arrive as late as it wants (preferably after the Fourth of July).
As a side note, I have a little anecdote from my trip to Florida. Before I left for the Star Wars races in Orlando I realized that I needed a couple of new pairs of shorts. Not running shorts (I had already invested in plenty of those), but some khaki and denim shorts I could wear to the parks in the warm April weather. I had one or two pairs that might work, but it’s always good to have choices. So I turned to Old Navy, my most reliable supplier of basic apparel. I placed an order for a couple of pairs of shorts and prayed that they would arrive before I had to leave for Florida. So I was excited to find the package on my doorstep a few days early. Hooray! But when I opened the bag it was full of toddler clothes rather than the much-needed adult-sized shorts. The packing slip had my correct order listed, but the items themselves were WAY off. I sent everything back to Old Navy after writing, “Not even close!” on the packing slip. Luckily my trip was short enough for me to get by with the shorts I already owned. I’ll have to give Old Navy another chance because I know I’m going to need all the shorts I can get this summer.