Have I mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of summer? Give me a below freezing day over a sweltering hot day anytime. After all, I can put on more layers, but there are only so many things I can take off before someone calls the cops (or I end up with chafing in places no one deserves to chafe.) But I can’t let the weather shut down my training plan, so I’ve been getting all of my favorites ready for the summer. Some links below are affiliate links, which means I make a small amount if you buy through that link. Affiliate links are labeled as such.
- Handheld water bottles. I have several. I’ve been a long time fan of the Amphipod bottles, but I’ve recently branched out to some of the Nathan handhelds . I’m very particular about which ones I use though – they have to actually fit my not very big hand. The last thing I want to worry about on a long run is hand cramps. Just sayin.
- Gym Girl Ultras. (affiliate link) Happy Girl is still my happy place when it comes to running skirts, but the Gym Girl Ultra is a close second. I ran most of the races at my recent series in GGUs. They are a couple of inches shorter than the Happy Girl, but still long enough to give me the coverage that I want (and that my inner thighs NEED.) The shorter length, lightweight material, and side slit all equal a skirt that’s perfect for the hot and humid Virginia summer.
- Visors. I always wear a hat or visor. Always. While some of my hats are ok for a hot summer day, I’ve learned to embrace the openness that a visor offers. Anything I can do to allow a little heat to escape is something I’m going to do.
- SaltStick FASTCHEWS (affiliate link). I was given some of these to try last summer and I have now bought some for myself for this summer. I don’t really use them during a run (I run with an electrolyte drink), but I’ve found them to be very helpful after. I used to spend the entire day after a hot run craving something salty. If I chew a couple of the Fastchews after a run, that feeling is nipped in the bud.
- Sunscreen. I’ve been loving the Cerave sunblock this year. I prefer to use a titanium/zinc based sunscreen, but I’m not a huge fan of the ghost look that comes from using many of them. I find that Cerave goes on easily and doesn’t leave a horribly white film.
- Sunglasses. Confession: My really nice Ryder sunglasses broke last year. I’ve been surviving quite adequately with the Ironman brand you can buy at CVS and Target. I’m sure that there are better high end running sunglasses, but these do the trick and it’s not a big deal when I inevitably misplace them. (I swear there’s an alternate universe where all of my sunglasses and reading glasses are hanging out.)
What are your favorite summer items? Got a mineral based sunblock that a hairy guy could use? The men in my family are not as enamored of Cerave as I am…
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