Sun Protection for Runners

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Sun Protection for Runners

Most of us are probably aware of the diminished ozone layer, which acts as a natural sun blocker, filtering out the more harmful UV rays. It is possibly even more important to be aware of this in Britain where the sun often isn’t really that hot.

The reduced ozone layer means that even if the sun doesn't feel that hot it is still necessary to have some protection, especially if you are out for a long run. Of course if you are going abroad to sunnier climes, do make sure you have adequate sun protection, especially as in Britain we are often so unused to strong sunlight. Here are some suggestions of things you can do:

Wear a Running Cap or Visor

This is a pretty obvious one, but a good running hat will feel light, airy and will wick the moisture away. Sun protection for the head is incredibly important and one of the key factors in helping to stop sunstroke. The Ronhill and Ciele ones come in different sizes, and Brooks have gender-based caps. 

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Ronhill Sun Vizor
£15.00

Ciele ALZCAP Athletics Small
£35.00

Brooks Base Hat
£25.00

Odlo Cap Ceramicool Light
£22.00

Ronhill Sun Split Cap
£18.00

Odlo Visor Cap Ceramicool Light
£20.00

Wear Running Sunglasses

As well as giving the eyes the obvious protection against the sun, they also protect against wind and any insects. It has also been shown that even slightly screwing up your eyes on a sunny day can have a negative impact on your speed, so wearing sunglasses could help you in the search for a PB!

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Sunwise Waterloo Photochromic Sunglasses
£79.99

Sunwise Waterloo Photochromic Sunglasses
£63.00 £79.99

Sunwise Sunwise Peak MK1 Sunglasses
£20.00

Replace Fluid

Obviously your liquid intake becomes even more important on sunny, hot days. Make sure to drink more water before and after your run. Do remember, however, that it is also vital to replace the salts which you have sweated out during your run as well as the liquid. There are a number of ways of doing this and it is really down to personal preference. Here are a few examples of electrolyte replacements. Try one out and see how you like it.

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Elete Electrolyte Add-In 25ml
£8.00

High 5 Zero
£7.39

Maurten Drink Mix 320 Caf 100 Sachets
£3.40

Active Root Single Sachet (1 x 35g)
£1.50

Tailwind Nutrition 2 Serving Stickpack Caffeinated
£2.30

Wear a Protective Running Top

If you're running in hot and sunny conditions, and you have a tendency to burn, consider wearing a T-shirt rather than a vest. If you really prefer a vest, there are options with a wider shoulder that offer more protection than a conventional vest. The Helly Hansen Active Solen collection offers UV protection, whereas Odlo Zeroweight Chill Tec features a special technology to keep you cool. All of our running tops wick the moisture away, and that in itself really helps to keep you comfortable.

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Men's Helly Hansen Lifa Active Solen Tee
£35.00

Men's Odlo Zeroweight Chill Tec Tee
£45.00

Men's Odlo Zeroweight Chill Tec Tank
£40.00

Women's Helly Hansen Lifa Active Solen Top
£45.00

Women's Helly Hansen Active Solen Tee
£35.00

Women's Odlo Zeroweight Chill Tec Tee
£45.00

Wear Sunscreen

Do use a good quality sunblock – remembering your ears and the backs of your knees! Key areas that will definitely catch the sun if you are running and can easily get forgotten.

Enjoy the sunshine :-)

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