It’s hot in the city (and everywhere else), but the running must go on! These are my must-haves to get me through hot, sunny, humid runs this summer.
EnduroPacks Electrolyte Spray
EnduroPacks sent me their electrolyte spray last fall to try when I was marathon training, and it quickly became a favorite. Taking in electrolytes during my runs is essential for me to prevent stomach pains that running in really hot weather can give me. Here’s a fun fact about me: I can’t stand fizzy water. And, I despise flavored water. Water is and has always been my favorite beverage (I always preferred water to soda as a kid), and I’m a purist–straight up water, no flavor, no fizz! Nuun didn’t bother me too much because the fizz-factor was low, and some flavors taste better than others, but I never loved it. EnduroPacks is perfect for water purists like me–no fizz and very little taste. Plus, it’s all-natural with no sugar or sweeteners. Also, you adjust the quantity to however much water you’re carrying, which you can’t do easily with Nuun. I don’t need an electrolyte spray in the winter, but I now use this electrolyte spray on every single run in summer.
Yes to Coconut Micellar Cleansing Water
I run first thing in the morning so don’t have to worry about removing makeup before I run. But your face gets dirty as you sleep–there’s residue from products you use in the evening, and your skin sheds dead cells. Running without washing your face and then constantly wiping sweat away can grind dirt into your skin and cause blemishes. This cleansing water (available at Target) is really easy to use. You just pump a few squirts into a clean washcloth or cotton ball and swipe across your face. It gets my skin clean in seconds and leaves a faint and pleasant coconut smell.
Palmer’s Olive Oil Conditioning Spray Oil
I go several days between washing my hair, and I have very thick hair. Lately it’s become very dry. When I run with my hair in a ponytail, and the ponytail gets sweaty, it gets tangled. Even when I put it up, it gets a little knotty. So I thought I’d try this spray oil to make my hair softer so it won’t get as tangled and knotty. It works like a charm! I just spray a little onto my hands and run it through the ends of my hair (not the roots) pre-run. It helps keep my hair soft, with less tangles. If I have any tangles after, I simply rub a very small amount in, and it removes the tangles and keeps it soft the rest of the day. And, it’s only about $5 at drugstores (I got it at Target).
Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus
Ticks are bad in Western PA and are supposed to be especially bad this year. But I hate wearing bug spray! It’s stinky, and I know some of the ingredients are controversial. Even the all-natural essential oils can cause bad reactions. Because I want to protect myself against ticks on trail runs, I decided to try Avon’s version that uses Picadarin, a reportedly safe insect repellant. I read a Consumer Reports review that said it doesn’t last as long as the more powerful sprays, but I don’t need it to work longer than an hour or two. Plus, it smells really good. I spray this on my lower legs and ankles on all trail runs now. No ticks yet!
I have a few of these that I’ve been using for years. It’s essentially an extremely absorbent towel that wraps around your wrist. You can use it as either a sweatband, or unwrap it as a towel. Especially when I have sunscreen on, I don’t want to wipe my sweat on my shirts. This is unobtrusive, easy to use, and is an absolute essential when I’m sweating buckets.
Body Sunscreen: Coola Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray
I’m not sure how it’s the end of July and I haven’t run in the sun yet, but it’s true! My mid-week runs are all before the sun rises, and my weekend runs have been on shady trails. So I haven’t had to wear any sunscreen. But soon I’ll be doing long runs in the sun and will be relying on a new and old favorite.
I used this sunscreen from Coola all last summer and loved it. I like spray sunscreens for the body because they’re easy to apply and re-apply once the original has worn off. This one has an SPF of 50 and has a wonderfully tropical, but not overpowering, scent. I enjoy catching a whiff of this as I run–it makes me imagine I’m running through the tropics.
Face: Trader Joe’s Mineral Sunscreen Stick
Every since I read about the questionable ingredients in chemical sunscreens (and makeup and skincare–but that’s a whole different post!), I’ve chosen mineral sunscreens for my face. Mineral sunscreens with a non-nano form of mineral make a barrier on top of your face, whereas chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your skin. Trader Joe’s came out with a non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen stick that was only about $6, so I decided to try it. I expected a white, pasty product like some of the other mineral sunscreens I’ve tried, so was very pleasantly surprised at this. It’s very soft and actually feels good on your face, thanks to natural hydrators like shea butter and coconut oil. Plus, it goes on clear and not white. I have used this on my face, neck, and chest. I never wear sunscreen on my forehead, though, because I wear a visor to protect my forehead so that sunscreen doesn’t sweat into my eyes. This sunscreen will wipe off if you sweat and wipe your sweat off, but just like all sunscreens, you just need to re-apply. Overall, it’s a great, safe sunscreen for a great price.
Happy summer running!