I was a bit late to the Tuesday on the Run link up asking about warm weather essentials but after reading the prompt and looking over the other entries, I wanted to post my own list. It does appears my list is very similar to a lot of other athletes, unsurprisingly, but in case anyone needs plant-based suggestions, read on…
MY WARM WEATHER MUST HAVES FOR LIVING AND RUNNING IN ARIZONA:
Most of my running clothes were purchased years ago at REI on clearance. My shorts are a mix of Brooks and Under Armour and my tank tops are all North Face purely because this is what was on clearance. I bought the shirts one size too small as I had misremembered my size so now I suck it up (literally) and squeeze myself into the shirts. Once it gets even hotter than it is now, I’ll go to my shorts/sports bra combo. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to add or remove layers as the sun and heat increases, but I feel exponentially more miserable the more clothes I have on, so I tend to go very minimal.
My running hat shields my eyes, probably prevents some of the sweat from reaching my eyes/nose/mouth (?), and keeps my head a little cooler. I’ve worn a few different brands and am still looking for the “perfect” hat but the Moving Comfort hat that I have will do for now.
I got away without sunglasses for about 7 years while living in Arizona but suddenly my eyes became super sensitive. I wasn’t sure where to turn for “sport” sunglasses, i.e. sunglasses that wouldn’t bounce on my face when I ran, and so went to see my ophthalmologist and got the only brand of “sport” sunglasses they carry – Oakley. My sunglasses are now my constant companion. If I don’t have them when I’m outside for any reason, my eyes are so unhappy.
Hand Held Water Bottle
On runs over 6 miles, I carry a Nathan hand held water bottle. I used to carry it all the time but the threads on the bottle are super difficult to line up and the water sloshes out, soaking me in the process. I kind of just gave up on the idea except for my longer runs when I definitely need hydration.
Sports Shield is a miracle I discovered last year after chafing on a longer run. I turned on the shower after my run, stepped in, and immediately felt BURNING pain. Fun!! Up until that point, I’d heard people talk about chafing but it’d never happened to me. So now I apply Sports Shield to my underarms and feet on every hot weather run. The only caveat is that you can’t apply Sports Shield too far in advance or it’ll rub off on your clothing and thus be useless for your actual run (as discovered doing a half marathon). I’m guessing Body Glide Anti Chafing Original (also vegan!), which I use for my wetsuit swims, might be a better choice for pre-race applications.
SPF Lip Balm
About the same time I discovered chafing, I realized my lips were super dry and tight when running in the sun/heat combo that is Arizona. Most of the spf lip balms contain beeswax or lanolin but you can order an awesome vegan lip balm, Hurraw SPF 15 chapstick, from either the Hurraw website, Amazon, or in person at Viva La Vegan in L.A. This works great, tastes really good, applies smoothly, and lasts throughout my workouts. I’ve since bought another so it increases my odds of finding at least one chapstick when I need it.
The last crucial item for me is sunscreen. I’ve locked on to the Trader Joes spray on sunscreen and since I realized that it occasionally goes out of stock, I buy multiple cans at once. It’s one of the only sunscreens that doesn’t irritate or run into my eyes or nose and is relatively affordable. I’ve tried the creams and just no… they’re hard to apply, I always miss spots, and they run into my eyes once I start sweating. Ouch.