This past Sunday afternoon I ventured to one of my favorite spots – the West Hartford Reservoir – for a six-plus mile run (doing the red loop twice). As I was on my trek, I realized two things:

  • I’ve come a long way from one of my first runs at this site, where I huffed and puffed my way through half the course, before leaving my pancake breakfast on the side of the road.
  • In the heat of the summer, sunscreen can not be overlooked. Even though I had some SPF 30 on from being at a pool earlier, my arms still felt like they were burning. And I think this article validates that; eight minutes to burn… really?!

Anyhow, there’s my friendly reminder to apply sunscreen before you head out for a run – regardless of the length. I would also recommend buying a sunscreen that is designed specifically for activity. I learned the hard way that mixed with sweat, sunscreen can definitely leave your eyes burning.

Also, I know this is random, but as I was writing this PSA, I remembered hearing a song from my high school days about sunscreen. Thanks to YouTube (how did peeps ever live without it?!), I was able to find it. Enjoy this trip back to 1999….

Until later,

RR