Thursday, April 19, 2012
Warm Weather Headgear Rant.
Now for my yearly hot weather rant where I complain pathetically about trying to train for a marathon (or half marathon this year!!) while living in the desert. Here I go...
I guess Phoenicians don't like running. Either that or we really, really like the sun and heatstroke. I don't mind the sun as long as I don't get a sunburn (or any sun on my face) or heatstroke. Seriously, my insurance is not what it used to be. I cannot afford to hurt myself OR get heatstroke.
The problem that I am choosing to tackle in 2012 will be a much smaller scale than finding the elusive indoor track in the desert oasis of Phoenix. I just want to find a light-weight, reflective, awesome-so-no-one-will-look-twice-or-even-think-of-laughing-at-me, sombrero visor. Yes, I just typed that and yes, it is exactly what I want, big time.
Please allow me to explain.
1.) Light-weight: you do not want to run with too much weight, that is how one gets hurt. Besides, lighter = less work, I like that.
4.) Sombrero: I figure that with coverage in all four quadrants like a sombrero is capable of providing, I am less likely to get any more dang age spots on my cheeks. Visors & stupid ball caps provide no side coverage and I am worried that I'll start looking like a saddle bag any day now.
5.) Visor: uh yeah. Hats hold in way too much heat for my liking. No matter what. Seriously, even with those meshy air vent things. Maybe my head is weirdly shaped, they just don't work for me. and I overheat immediately.
What about wearing a normal visor and just load up on the old water-proof sunscreen, you say? Oh Lordy, if you ever saw me run and the hot sweaty mess I turn into, you would know that sunscreen sits on my skin for the first 45 minutes that I let it soak in before I head out the door, and that is it. Then it's in my eyes, under my sunglasses (which subsequently fall off my nose for the remainder of the run), and in my mouth. Epic failure each time. I do use this Nutrogena product though and it has worked the best for me. Plus I like the spray.
Thank-you for listening to me rant. I have no idea what I am going to do...but I'll have to figure it out soon as I will no longer have a home for my treadmill (fingers crossed we can start our renovation soon, hearing set for May 5). I'll just have to listen to my body and figure it out. I have a feeling it will involve my weight in water.
Posted by RenoRx (Watch Meesh Run) at 12:00 PM