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 Reviews.com. Spoiler alert: They found mine to be the best HRM!

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

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

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?

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Last Week’s Workouts & the End of #TIUBikiniSeries

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Find my workouts from the last week and a great deal on some cute Nike shoes!

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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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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.

Equipment Needed:
-Timer
-Dumbbells
-Mat (optional)

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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?

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Second Day Hair After a Workout: Save Your Hairstyle!

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Save your hairstyle after a tough workout with this simple hairstyle for second day hair.

Second Day Hair

How often do you wash your hair? Until a few of years ago, I washed mine every.single.day. No matter how many beauty articles I read saying otherwise, I just couldn’t behind it. I finally decided to “train” my hair to last just one more day and worked on getting the hang of dry shampoo. This revolution came about the same time as my submersion into fitness, which presented its own set of obstacles (read: lots of scalp sweat). Over the years, I’ve developed a routine that allows for about three days between washes, even with the toughest workouts in between.

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I try to keep my getting ready routines simple and spend maybe 15-20 minutes getting ready (hair and makeup both!). My husband appreciates this when we have somewhere to be and most days I’m too busy to want to spend more time than that. This second day hair tutorial takes me no more than 10 minutes start to finish!

1 // Build a good base

I find the key to making your hairstyle last begins the day you wash your hair! On Day 1, I typically shampoo, condition and blow dry my hair. I don’t care for the feeling of product buildup on my scalp, so I don’t use products prior to drying. I curl my hair in layers, away from my face, using a 1 in. curling wand (I love this one by Hot Tools) and end with a light spritz of hairspray. Right now, I’m using Redken Quick Dry 18. It’s not too heavy, but it keeps my baby hairs out of my face. Throughout the day, try to keep your hands out of your hair as much as possible.

2 // Take your hair down after activity

On Day 2, after you’ve completed your workout, take your hair down. I typically workout first thing in the morning and as soon as the sweat on the back of my neck has dried I pull it out of the ponytail. This is possibly the most important step in saving second day hair. This helps to prevent a hair tie crease and also keeps my sweaty scalp from just melting my hair. If you work out in the afternoon, don’t skip this step!

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Real life–right after my workout on Day 2!

3 // Shower! (Or skip to step 4)

The first 15 minutes after my workout are usually spent making breakfast for my husband, but as soon as the eggs are done I hop in the shower! I just twist my hair  back and up and secure it with a claw clip. If you don’t intend to shower after your workout, skip to the next step.

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4 // Comb it, blast it with a cold shot, & dry shampoo it!

After getting out of the shower, I comb through the ends and blast my roots with the blow dryer using the cool setting. I use this one by John Frieda. I’ve yearned for a pricey blow dryer for years, but this one does a fine job and I’m pretty cheap. 😉 I also take this time to use a little dry shampoo if I feel my hair needs it. Like I said, I don’t like product build up on my scalp, so I try to wait until the day before I plan to wash again to use dry shampoo. However, if I’m especially greasy around my hairline, temples, or ears on Day 2, I use Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Dry Shampoo in those areas.

Second Day Hair

Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Dry Shampoo found at Target!

5 // Smooth at the roots

If your hair has a tendency to get a bit frizzy, like mine does, grab your flat iron and smooth the roots. I focus my smoothing efforts around my hair line, my part, and sometimes the nape of my neck if my frizz is out of control. This helps tame the beast, but also gives a volume boost I might not otherwise have. A few years ago I picked up this Hot Tools Digital Salon Flat Iron and it’s been great!

Second Day Hair

Fun fact: That faint scar on my lip is from a dog bite I sustained around age 4.

6 // Touch up curls

Using my Hot Tools curling wand, I touch up any curls that might’ve lost their bounce in the last 24 hours. Using a smaller curling wand on Day 1 helps my curls hold, so I spend a few minutes on the front pieces and any pieces in the back that might have a slight crease.

Second Day Hair

7 // Defrizz and hairspray

Finally, I use a very light spritz of Moroccan Argan Oil to battle frizz a little bit more. I spray my hands and then lightly rub it through the ends. I use OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and I find it at Target! Another light dusting of Redken Quick Dry 18 and I’m out the door!

Second Day Hair

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By Day 3, I’m usually rocking a messy bun, or at the very least, pinning my hair half up. On the days I wear my hair half up, I follow all of these same steps. I also follow these steps on days I straighten my hair, I just skip the curling step. Obviously. 🙂

Second Day Hair

Question: Do you rock second day hair after a workout, or do you start from scratch?

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