TotR: Warm Weather Running Gear

In Florida, summer has settled in full blast with the blazing sun, heat and humidity.  Every year I forget how tough it is to acclimate to running in the heat.  Here are a few items that make running in the Florida heat more bearable: warmweatherrunninggear

  • Cocogo – I’ve tried several of the electrolyte tablets and solutions and Cocogo is the one that seems to work best for me.  It’s made from coconut water and freeze-dried fruit and comes in little tubes of powder that can be poured into your water.  Plus, it tastes great!  Plain water works fine for me in the winter, but once it heats up I find that I need to add in some electrolyte replacement for my runs, especially the longer ones. Cocogo3pk
  • BondiBand Heavy Wicking Headbands  – I sweat.  A lot.  And as a Florida runner, in the summer it just gets out of control.  I hate it when sweat drips into my eyes and face, and this headband are the only thing I’ve found that actually stays put, is comfortable and soaks up the sweat.  They’re well made and easy to take care of (I just throw in the washer and dryer).  I’m an ambassador for the company because I love their products!  SPARKLE
  • Blue Lizard Sunscreen –  this is the sunscreen my dermatologist recommended.  It protects against UVA and UVB, is paraben, chemical and fragrance free, and has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the only two active ingredients.  It does go on white and feels heavier than some of the chemical based sunscreens, but I like knowing that it’s more natural.  Last spring, I got an awful sunburn at the track and ever since I’ve made sure to keep a bottle in my gym bag.
  • Janji tank top – When it heats up, having a comfortable, loose and cool top makes all the difference on a run.  Even short sleeves can make it so much hotter!  This tank is made by a company with a great mission (learn more here) and has held up wonderfully to regular washing and drying.  I love the light color (also makes me less attractive to yellow flies, if the internet can be trusted) and it’s just really comfortable.  photo
  • SparkleSkirts – When I started running, I used to wear long pants and capris because anything shorter would ride up and drive me nuts having to yank the legs down the entire run.  When I read that SparkleSkirts didn’t ride up, I was skeptical.  Especially with the $70 price tag.  But I decided to give it a try and I was a convert after my first run.  The legs actually stayed put.  While I love lots of things about SparkleSkirts, the fact that the legs stay put is the number one biggest reason.  As a non-skinny runner, it’s a big deal to find a brand of shorts/skirts that I can wear without feeling self-conscious or having to adjust them constantly.  Being able to run in shorts instead of capris makes a hot summer run just a little more bearable.  SCHM14

So, until I get independently wealthy enough to move to Vermont (or Scotland) from April through November, those are the things that help me get through my brutal Florida summer runs.

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Bondiband and Cocogo and get a percent of sales made from Bondiband with my discount code and the occasional free product from Cocogo.  I was not compensated for this post in any way and as always, all opinions are my own.

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TotR: Warm Weather Running Gear — 38 Comments

    • It’s so annoying when they ride up! If you decide to try SparkleSkirts, try them on at an Expo or check out the sizing info on their website. I wear a smaller size in those than I do in most things.

  1. Cocogo-something new to try!!


    Blue Lizard-never heard of it-i should check it out although I am not sure about the goes on white part….i might look like a clown! lol!

    I have yet to run in a skirt. I have heard good things about it though so I may ned to try them out.

    Have a good week-stay cool (I actually wish we had some of your heat in the DC area….just a little)

    • Running in a skirt just feels a little more fun somehow! And I’m way more of a tomboy than a girly girl! I’m sure it will heat up in DC soon!

    • Absolutely! I hate it when I get sweat dripping in my face!

    • My local running store had it, but it was much cheaper online!

    • It’s always great to find something new through a fellow blogger! 🙂

    • I just love them and get so annoyed if I forget to put one on before a run!

    • I’ve never tried Badger sunblock although I think I have tried a few of their other products! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that!

  2. of course I am always jealous of your warm runs from January through April but I can imagine it can be a bit uncomfortable the rest of the year. I agree a good loos-ish tank always makes things feel a little cooler. I can’t stand tops that are skin tight!
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    • Yep, I just have to figure out how to become a snow bird so I can live here in the winter and up in Vermont in the summer!

  3. I’m known as the sunscreen mom at tailgates. I’ll either have a full bottle or the travel size tubes in my purse. I so wanted to run outside when I was at Disney in March, but coming from an ice storm to that humidity, I surrendered and ran inside.
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    • Yes, it got hot and humid pretty early this year in Florida! And good for you on the sunscreen!

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    • They are great! They definitely keep hair and sweat out of my eyes!

    • Thanks! I have very freckled skin, so I don’t tan, I just burn!

    • I’ve been thinking of trying a hat, for sun protection and to keep the yellowflies away!

    • I think sweatybands are very cute, but ironically they don’t seem to soak up much sweat for me which is why I love bondibands!

  6. I love Sparkle Skirts! I’ve worn them in 3 marathons and many half marathons. No chafing, love the pockets, love the fun outfits. Unfortunately a skirt doesn’t work well in a triathlon so I haven’t been wearing them as much since I switched focus to tri.
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  7. I would really like to try the Cocogo. Is it available in stores or only online?

    Also, I have incredibly fine hair and have yet to find a hair/sweatband that stays put in my hair without slowly sliding off my head, a major distraction while running. Does the Bondiband grip even ultra-fine hair?

    Thanks, April! It’s always fun to read your blog.

    • I’ve never seen Cocogo in a store, you can get it on their website (runthegreatwidesomewhere will get you 10% off) or on The Bondiband does a great job of staying put if you wear it properly. The trick is to wear it so that at least an inch is on the skin of your forehead. That also lets it soak up the sweat!

  8. I like to wear visors in the summer to keep the sun off my face, but Bondibands are part of my running gear too. My Sparkle Skirts are also favorites, but I find them too hot in the summer. My Lululemon skirts seem to be made with lighter fabric and work better on the super warm days.
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    • I’ve never found a comfortable visor but I bet they do help out a lot with the sun!