Summer Running

Even if I weren’t coming off an injury and overwhelmed with excitement to get back into running, I think I would still be excited for Summer running. Every time I see blue skies or a calm, quiet city outside of my window, all I can think about is lacing up my Brooks and heading outside.

And another benefit of spending a lot of time outdoors during the Summer? An abundance of feet-friendly trails for exploring and losing myself in the trees.

But Summer running is different from other seasons – Heat, bugs, and the harsh sun can all cause problems that you need to prepare for.

Summer Running Run Lucy Activewear San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifesytle Blogger Workout Gear Street Style

Studio Hatha Capri Leggings c/o Lucy

Workout Racerback Tank c/o Lucy

Sneakers – Nike Free 5.0

{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Heat:

Beat the heat with the right gear – That means lightweight, moisture-wicking tank tops like the workout racerback tank from Lucy Activewear, sporty shorts or cropped capri leggings, and a headband to keep your hair out of your face.

Bugs:

If you’re near water or running through the woods you’ll get gorgeous views, but you may also get some less-fun companions for your runs – Mosquitos and ticks. With both Zika and Lime Disease making headlines right now we’re lucky that there are companies putting out products that help with both.

You can check out the CDC and EPA’s recommendations here. I got the Skin So Soft Bug Guard SPF 30 Lotion before my recent trip to Costa Rica and there were zero bug bites OR sunburns.

It smelled pretty good too!

Sun:

I take my sunscreen very seriously!

Avoiding cancer and wrinkles are both essential to me. I use Algenist’s Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 every morning on my face, neck, and chest. And then before a run, even early morning, I add another layer of Sun Bum spray or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer.

I’ve already earned myself a sports bra tan line this season so I’m being very diligent about my shoulders and back while I’m running for the rest of this Summer!

Need some more inspiration to get you outside and on the trails or road this Summer? You’ll enjoy these posts!

Do YOU love running? What’s your biggest Summer running tip?

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