My sister, Nicole, and I ran 8 miles today getting ready for our next half marathon – the Zooma Atlanta race at Lake Lanier. It was a gorgeous day in Atlanta – around 80 degrees. Yikes! While that’s a little hot even for HOTlanta it’s definitely a sign that spring has sprung.
Nicole and I, pre-run, enjoying the sun!
I love the this time of year, but I have to admit I wasn’t fully prepared for my run today. Here are a few things to remember as we move into the warmer season:
Sunscreen. Oh, I missed the boat on this today but I’m headed to the store to get a fresh bottle right away! The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater every day. Protect your skin; and don’t forget to wear lip care with SPF 30 in it, too!
Sunglasses. I went to have my annual eye exam yesterday and the doctor made me promise to wear sunglasses regularly. I didn’t realize how much damage the sun can cause your eyes. Exposure to UV rays can lead to cataracts and other irreversible damage so make sure to wear your shades.
Drink water. Or some sort of sports drink. It seems obvious but you would be surprised how many people pass on the H2O. Fluids are always important and are even more critical in the heat. Make sure to drink up.
Bug spray. The bugs might not get you while you’re moving but stand still for a minute in Atlanta and its on. Pick up some spray when you’re shopping for the sunscreen and keep the little pesky bugs away.
Pollen protection. My kids’ pediatrician says to expect a bad allergy season this year. Great. I felt it today and know that it’s only going to get worse from here. If you know you react to the pollen and all of the other fun stuff floating in the air then it’s time to talk to your doctor about safe options to help ease allergies when exercising.
Oh, and one last bonus tip for springtime running – be ready for the rain. Spring showers can be so unpredictable. You might want to rock a hat and your old shoes if the weather is looking suspect.
Winks & Smiles,