Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to get outside and start running in Toronto. I try to run outside all year, but once the warm weather hits, I love adding more kilometers to my runs while exploring different areas in the city. One of my favourite places for running in Toronto is the Leslieville Spit. It checks all the boxes for the perfect run setting. Next to water, away from the busy downtown streets and it feels like I’m on a mini vacation. While running outside feels amazing, it’s important to plan ahead to prevent injury and dehydration.
Here are a few of my go-to summer running in Toronto tips that help me out when summer training begins.
Proper running shoes
After a running injury from training for a marathon in the wrong shoes, finding a proper technical running shoe is key. Whether you’re sprinting on pavement or running through trails – you’ll want the correct fit. And everyone is different. I personally need a shoe that has a decent amount of support, but doesn’t feel clunky or slow me down. This summer I’ve decided to give the Saucony Ride 10’s a try and so far loving them. They are the right combination of flexibility, support and cushioning. The Ride10’s also feature a brand new engineered mesh that enhances the breathability.
H20 as you go
I don’t like carrying water while I run. That means I try to map out where water fountains are located on my route. If I’m running in a new area or running over a few hours, I’ll sometimes take a quick break in a coffee shop to drink some water and then get back out there. Either way, it’s important to drink enough water before your run so that you’re fully hydrated.
The perfect time of day
When it starts getting unbearably hot outside, try running first thing in the morning. Not only will you feel incredible the rest of the day, it can feel extremely peaceful running along busy streets like Queen Street West when hardly anyone is around. Depending on the time of day, you might also have to take detours to find a shadier route. I’m all for getting a bit of colour while I run, but it’s not worth it to get burnt. There are so many natural waterproof sunscreens out right now that are perfect for runners.
Where are some of your favourite places to run? Wherever they are, let’s get out there and make the most of summer running!