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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.