Best Gear for Running in the Heat

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Running in the heat isn’t always ideal, but sometimes it’s necessary. Check out this gear for running in the heat to give you an edge against the sun.

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Best Gear for Running in the Heat

On Monday, I shared some of my best tips for running in the heat. As discussed in that post, it’s important to be mindful when training in the heat. It’s also important to have some tried and true gear on your side to help you power through!  I’m sharing some of my favorites that help me be my best when running in the heat — or at the very least, spend more time focusing on the run and not the external factors making me crazy!

1 // Sunscreen & Insect Repellant

The best accessory for running in the heat is sun protection. I used to be one of those girls that never wore sunscreen (and I’m so naturally pale — shame on me), and yes, I tanned in the tanning bed. I’ve thankfully wised up and put a lot more focus on sun protection, especially for a long outdoor run. I’m also trying to be a lot more conscious of the products I use these days, so I’ve switched to organic sunscreen. I love this Sport SPF 50 by Coola! The scent is Guava-Mango and it smells amazing. Love it!

I put insect repellant at the top of the list with sunscreen because I absolutely detest mosquito bites. Those annoying little buzzers seem to flock right to me, so bug spray is a must when I’m running in the heat. Like I said, I’m trying to be more mindful of what I put on my body, so I picked up this Repel Natural deet-free spray at Target the other day.

2 // Hydration Options

Hydration is always important, but it becomes even more important when running in the heat! I’ve never been one to carry hydration with me on a run, but I’ve recently changed my tune. I run with a FlipBelt (love it), so I started hunting for a slim water bottle that might work. Thank you, Amazon! I discovered FlipBelt makes a specially designed water bottle that slips inside the belt. I got the 6 oz. size, as well as the 11 oz. and the one I use for the day depends on the length of my run. Something else I like to do is swing by the house midway through my run to refill said water bottle if it’s really, really hot!

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3 // Clothing!

Clothing is so important. First of all, wear light colors, because duh. Second of all, make sure you’re dressed appropriately, literally from head to toe! Shoes, socks, and head gear all matter. I’m LOVING my Brooks Glycerin 14 running shoes. I don’t know why it took me so long to try a pair of Brooks! I recently grabbed a couple of pairs of Feetures!, per a recommendation by Annemarie and I loooove these socks! They keep my feet dry, they’re comfortable, and I love the way they’re cut.

I also grabbed a great pair of shorts (under $15!) at Academy Sports + Outdoors the other day. They’re layered with a compression type liner on the inside that protects against chafing. And that is something I can definitely appreciate. #thickthighclub

4 // Body Glide

Sometimes, the shorts are not enough and you have to bust out the Body Glide. In addition to potentially chafed thighs, Body Glide protects my chest where my bra strap lays. For some odd reason, that’s a sensitive spot for me and the running drives me up the wall. When I trained for my first half marathon, I remember telling my grandmother I was using deodorant on my sensitive spots, but “I’ve heard about this thing called Body Glide.” She bought me some that very next day!

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5 // Fitness Tracker

Finally, I mentioned in my Best Tips for Running in the Heat post that I like to keep an eye on my heart rate when I’m running. I personally use a Fitbit Charge 2 and use the Fitbit app on my phone to track my miles. This works great for me and I always wonder how people ran prior to all of this technology we now have available! If you’re in the market for a new fitness tracker and on the fence about which model is right for you, check out this detailed review on the best fitness trackers by Spoiler alert: They found mine to be the best HRM!

Question: What’s your must have gear for running in the heat?

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Best Tips for Running in the Heat

Running in the heat isn’t always ideal, but sometimes it’s necessary. Beat the heat with these summer running tips!

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Best Tips for Running in the Heat

In my part of the country, today’s high is 100 degrees. Tomorrow it’s slated to be 107. Yes, ONE-OH-SEVEN. I’m not insane enough go out and run in that kind of heat (PTL for the treadmill!), but sometimes running when it’s hot out can’t be avoided. This is especially the case if you have a fall race on your calendar, as I do. A fall race means hot training runs, so it’s best to know how to stay safe so you can be your best on race day.

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I have lived in West Texas all my life, so the dry, miserable heat is all I’ve ever known. As a high school athlete, I spent a lot of time cheering, training, and running in the hot, hot sun. As a teenager, I never thought twice about it, but now that I’m older (and wiser!) I’ve learned a few things about how to beat the heat.

1 // Hydration

Hydration is extremely important when training, but that importance is only exasperated where heat is concerned. I’m not one to carry hydration on a run with me (I want to be as light as possible), but based on my last training-in-the-heat experience, I’m making amends to that. Always, always ensure that you are drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your runs. If that means dropping water on your route ahead of time, do it. If that means running by the house during your run, do it. Whatever you need to do to ensure you’re properly hydrated, do it! In my experience, when I think I’ve been drinking enough water, I could usually stand to drink a couple glasses more. 🙂

2 // Plan Your Run Around the Weather

Planning, like hydration, can be your greatest defense against the elements. As you’re looking over your training schedule for the week, look at the weather forecast as well. Plan your training for the coolest days, and if you can, the coolest time of the day. If the stars don’t align for you, don’t be ashamed to take a run or two indoors to the treadmill.

Tips for Running in the Heat

3 // Dress Appropriately

Light colors will keep you the coolest in the heat, regardless of your activity. White, light blue, and gray in moisture wicking materials are always good options. I prefer my tops to fit a bit looser, but that’s just personal preference. As far as bottoms go, I alternate between crops and shorts depending on my mood — again go for light colors. Shorts that “ride up” while I’m running are uncomfortable and distracting, so look for types that have a compression liner on the inside, or wear crops to avoid this issue completely.

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4 // Use Sunscreen & Insect Repellant

This should go without saying, but sun protection is so important! Ideally, we are using sunscreen anytime we stepped outdoors, but especially when spending 45 minutes or longer right under the sun. Another something I’ve learned from outdoor running, especially in the Texas summer, is to use insect repellant! I can be outside for five minutes and before I know it I have three mosquito bites on my legs and four on my arms. Running is no different! Just because you’re moving a bit faster doesn’t mean they won’t find ya. Protect yourself with insect repellant and keep the bugs at bay!

5 // Let Go of Your Pride

Finally, a good run is not determined by running the entire distance without stopping. A good run is determined by how you feel during and after completion. It’s 100 percent OK to talk a walk break, scheduled or unscheduled, during a run. Let yourself take the break when you feel like you need it, don’t beat yourself up over it, and jump back in when you feel ready. There is no shame in walking! (I’m saying this as much to myself as to anyone else.)

Another good tip is to keep track of your heart rate. This can be done with a fitness tracker, or just by tuning into how your body feels. I find that my heart rate rises much faster when the temp is higher, so to keep myself from spending too much time in the peak zone I either have to A) slow down, or B) take more walk breaks.

Question: How do you survive summer runs?








Last Week’s Workouts & the End of #TIUBikiniSeries

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Last Week's Workouts

Well, today is the last day of the Tone It Up Bikini Series! It’s been a fun eight weeks and I’m sad to see it come to an end. I’m already in the habit of working out regularly and trying to eat as clean as possible, so for me it’s not a lifestyle change, but I love getting to try all the new workouts! Truthfully, I went rogue with the schedule a bit this week. I always do that toward the end of programs — I guess I have trouble with follow through. Oh, well! I start training for my next race soon, so this week I tried to crack down on “training for my training”.

Sunday, 6/11/17:

Sunday was my PiYo day. I completed the “Drench” workout and it kicked my tail. Think down dog splits into flipped dogs. My hips were FEELING it on Monday. But in a good way. 🙂

Monday, 6/12/17:

This week, I started a new strength program, Lauren Gleisberg’s Home Weight Training Plan. I’ve followed her on Instagram for a couple of years, but never really looked into her programs, so I finally decided to give it a try. She divides her upper body in push/pull splits which I love. Monday was a push day, which I followed with a plank workout (also by Lauren Gleisberg), and a 40 minute run.

Tuesday, 6/13/17:

Leg day! And my first “heavy” one in quite some time. The program compiles legs, HIIT, and abs together to really getcha sweat going.

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Wednesday, 6/14/17:

My husband had the morning off, so I elected to do my 5k on the treadmill, so I could hang out with him for a few hours. I also completed a weighted abs workout by, you guessed it, Lauren Gleisberg. I have a pretty weak core and I want to focus on strengthening it for my upcoming long runs, so I’m adding in a lot of extra ab work in the coming weeks.

Last Week's Workouts

Thursday, 6/15/17:

Rest day. I actually spent the entire morning in an HR meeting, which meant my booty was glued to a chair for hours. Not my favorite way to spend a rest day!

Friday, 6/16/17:

Friday was pull on my new program and I loved it! After hubby left for work, I squeezed in a few ab circuits and headed out for 4 miles before it got too blasted hot. It was still blasted hot and at some point hit about 111 degrees. What the what?!

Saturday, 6/17/17:

I rounded out the week with a 24 minute HIIT workout using Lauren Gleisberg’s 30×30 Fat Loss Shred. I always say “Oh, I love HIIT!” But then I do one and find myself struggling to make it through the intervals and I’m like, “Wait… I don’t love this.” But at the end of the day, I totally do!

That was my week in workouts — full and fun, just the way I like it. I hope you stick around for the fun stuff I have coming up. I’m sharing some tips and gear for running in the heat AND my summer reading list. But first, I have to share my adorable new shoes with you. They’re Nike Tanjun Shoes from Academy Sports + Outdoors. They’re perfect for all my non-running workouts. And the best part — they were only $50. I would buy them in all the colors (I love the gray!), but my husband might not appreciate that. 😉

Question: Do you always follow through with your programs, or do you tend to go rogue?

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Teacher Off Duty: Light Summer Makeup

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Light Summer Makeup

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I am pretty simple when it comes to my beauty routine — I’ve mentioned that before. Anything that helps me maintain that simplicity is a win in my book. I consider myself a beauty lover, but I’ve moved on from my phase of trying to perfect HAC or winged eyeliner. These days, I just want to maximize my time and get out the door without looking like a hot mess. This light summer makeup routine helps me look put together without spending too much time or piling on the products!

1 // Prep

I remember trying BB Cream for the first time around five years ago (it was this Smashbox one) and I’ve been a BB/CC believer ever since. On a clean face, I blend my tarte Amazonian clay BB Cream mixed with Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer. Both of these products provide SPF, so this is all the sun protection I use on my face.

2 // Conceal

Next, I cover any blemishes or redness I might have. Thankfully, my skin has moved on from the angry teenager acne stage (for the most part), but now I’m moving into under eye circle territory. I guess that’s what starts to happen when you become an adult. Who do I call to fix that? Anyway, I recently picked up some tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. I use this on my chin, around my nose, and under my eyes. I wouldn’t call this light coverage, but because I keep my base light, I don’t mind my concealer being a bit heavier. If you prefer your concealer to be lighter, I also love this tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer.

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3 // Emphasize

Now comes the fun part! Right now, I’m using Benefit Dandelion for my blush. I give a couple of swipes across my cheek bone and then reach for my Lorac Tantalizer (I prefer the matte version). I swipe a little bit of the bronzer under my cheek bones and jaw, and around my hairline for the slightest contour.

Next, I dab a little bit of Urban Decay Primer Potion on both of my eyelids. I started using eyeshadow primer a few years ago and I’m not sure how I ever survived without it. It’s magic! When I’m going for light makeup, I always reach for my Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette. The matte colors are perfect for a light summer day. My favorites and most used shades are Stark all over the lid, and Cover in my creases. I finish my eyes with pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir (the same eyeliner I talked about here!), and tarte tarteist Lash Paint.

4 // Finish

Finally! After a quick dust of bareMinerals BareSkin Perfecting Veil, I give a spritz of Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray. Does this actually help my makeup last longer? To be honest, I have no idea, but I’m a sucker for marketing. As I’m running out the door trying not to be late to wherever I’m headed, I slap on some ChapStick and if I’m lucky, I remember to follow it up with some gloss. One of my favorites is the Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Nooner.

I’m all about a light beauty routine in the summer, but honestly, I like my makeup light year round. Depending on the season, I switch up my products a little, or try out different colors. However, this pretty much describes my routine day in and day out.

Light Summer Makeup

Question: Do you prefer light summer makeup, or being all dolled up?

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20-Minute Upper Body AMRAP Workout

When you have less than 30 minutes to fit in a workout, this 20-minute upper body AMRAP will leave you dripping in sweat and out of excuses!

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Upper Body AMRAP Workout

Sometimes, even taking 30 minutes to fit in a workout seems impossible. I understand — I face that circumstance more often than I care to. However, working out makes me better in every way. I’m a better wife, daughter, dog mom :), and more productive overall. This Upper Body AMRAP Workout is the perfect option when I’m having “one of those days”…I just need some dumbbells and a timer, and suddenly my day is exponentially better.

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Upper Body AMRAP Workout

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I consider this to be a “no excuses” type of workout. Twenty minutes is just the time frame I chose. You could make this workout 10 minutes, 15 minutes, even 30 minutes! Adjust the time limit, adjust the reps, and customize the workout to fit you and your schedule. If you try this workout, I’d love to know!

Question: How do you fit in fitness when you’re short on time?

Linking up today for Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!