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I’ve always loved being outside (I mean, I think most people do right?!) but it is especially fun for me to be outside with Brooke. Taking her new places, exploring an area and being in fresh air = we are both in the best mood.
I grew up in St. George, Utah where the sun is INTENSE. We had a pool when we lived there and all five of us kids spent our entire summer outside splashing around. Lucky for us my mom always placed a lot of importance on wearing sunscreen and making sure that our house was fully stocked with the good stuff so that we were always covered. My mom had pre-cancerous cells removed due to sun exposure (she grew up in Southern California and spent a lot of time at the beach) so she was always very passionate about helping us to understand the importance of protecting our skin.
Now it is my job to do the same for Brooke and teach her the importance of blocking harmful rays (even when it is cloudy we still need to be wearing sunscreen)!
I have a thing for The Honest Company (<——a leading healthy lifestyle brand committed to creating products that are effective, safe and responsible) and use many of their 100+ products each day in our home.. Because we love them so much and use their products so often, I was beyond stoked to try out their new formulation (new packing + design too) for their Honest Mineral Sunscreen. In the past their sunscreen used to be SPF30 and now it is SPF50+ which has been tested as safe and effective in helping to protect against UVB rays).
Brooke loves the Sunscreen Stick because she can put it on her face all by herself… I help rub it in for her:) The biggest thing that I’ve noticed besides this sunscreen doing an incredible job at protecting our skin is how lightweight and non-greasy it is. There have been many sunscreens that I have used in the past that left me feeling like a big grease ball ha but not with this stuff… it rubs in perfectly!
As runners we are outdoors a lot during the hot months (without a lot of clothing on us to protect us from the sun!!). I can’t stress enough how incredibly important it is that we take the time each day to apply our sunscreen before going out and hitting the pavement/track/trails! The Honest Mineral Sunscreen has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen (it is 19% non-rano zinc oxide and zinc oxide is the only FDA-approved single active ingredient that provides broad spectrum protection against UVA11, UVA2 and UVB rays).
PS their sunscreen has been specifically formulated safe and gentle for the whole family. It has been perfect on Brooke’s skin—> I feel like the things that are very important for me are even 1,000,000 times more important for Brooke so finding the perfect products for her to use on her little body is really high on my priority list. Honest Mineral Sunscreen has been tested safe and effective in blocking the harmful rays of the sun and is pediatrically and dermatologically tested!
PS this was the high school I went to so it is fun to use their track every now and then and even more fun to have a mini-cheerleader there giving me high-fives as I run by.
She has gotten quite speedy on this balance bike. Before I know it she will be joining me on my long runs on her bike.
PS while I am showing you pictures of the track, I thought I’d include a track workout that my coach used to have me do when preparing for a half-marathon. When I was doing this workout often, I took my 1/2 marathon time from a 1:31 to a 1:25! It is killer and super effective!
Another thing that my coach would have me do after finishing a hard track workout was to run 10 strides (for usually about 30 yards) barefoot at a fastish pace. It was always nice to finish up things with a fast leg turnover and free feet!
Besides making sure that you are absolutely wearing sunscreen (Protect that beautiful skin of yours) on your runs this summer, there are some other things that you can do to help with running in the HEAT!!!
* Out and back, out and back, out and back. This is something that Josse and I do all of the time for our hot runs. We make our route in a way that we stop back at our car a few times throughout the run for our waterbottles
*Plant water bottles along your course so that you have plenty of chances to drink up. Also, memorize where all of the water fountains are in your area and utilize those during your runs!
*Hats or visors. It is amazing how much cooler I feel during the hot months with a hat on to block the sun from beating down on my face.
*Wear WHITE or light colored clothing
*Drive around your town and find any trails or roads that have a lot of shade and run there. When I was 8 months pregnant and running in July I found a street that was a mile long that had trees providing pretty much complete shade the entire mile. I would just run up and down that road because I did not want to overheat.
*Allow yourself time to acclimate to the hotter temperatures! We are good about letting our bodies adjust to more mileage and more speed-work so we also need to allow ourselves time to adjust to the temperatures. Expecting our bodies to be able to just jump right into summer running is silly. With each hot run that you do, you are one step closer to feeling more comfortable in the heat! Be patient with your body. It takes about 2 weeks for your body to adjust to the heat.
*The treadmill can be a great training tool for you if you live in an area that is just way too hot no matter how early you get up to run!
*Adjust your expectations! The heat effects us big time so remember when it is really hot that your times WILL be slower but that is how it is for everyone!
Swimsuits, towels, WATERMELON and sunscreen (ps I use the sunscreen spray the most personally because it is SO crazy easy to apply)——> We’ve got all of our summer essentials!!!
Gotta keep Brooke’s beautiful skin protected and healthy all summer long because we will pretty much be living outside!
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This post has been sponsored by The Honest Company who provided products and payment. All opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting Brooke, me and our lovely sponsors!!!
What are the hottest temps that you have ever run in? Where was it?
What tips DO YOU have for running in the heat??
Where did you grow up?
Favorite summer activities to do with kiddos?!?!