5 Sexiest Parts About Summer Running

Summer is here and let's be honest, the sun is out to get you. Summer is my favorite season for a couple reasons -- it's acceptable to lay in a park and do absolutely nothing all day, barbequing is expected every weekend, weekends are spent at the beach or near a body of water and ice cream is basically a food group. And that's only the tip of the summer ice berg! If you are running this summer, here are the 5 sexiest parts about summer running:

1. Irresistible Watch Tan Lines.

Photo via katiebordner

Photo via katiebordner

2. Foxy Shorts Tan Lines.

Photo via womenscycling.ca

Photo via womenscycling.ca

3. Super Sexy Invisible Socks.

Photo via Timekeeper

Photo via Timekeeper

4. Provocative Sports Bra Tan Lines.

Photo Via The Black Hole That Is Pinterest

Photo Via The Black Hole That Is Pinterest

5. Enticing Sunglasses Tan Lines.

Photo via Easy and Classy

Photo via Easy and Classy

Is it getting hot in here or is it just me? All joking aside, when it comes to summer running you really have to be smart. Only you can prevent dehydration, heat stroke and sunburns. (No seriously, this isn't a joking matter. Failing to stay hydrated and fueled during summer runs can be really dangerous.)  Here are my 5 must haves for summer running:

1. Handheld Water Bottle

I use this Nike Storm handheld because it has a huge 22oz water bottle. There's nothing I hate more than stopping every 3 miles to refill my handheld and this guy will get me at least 6-12 miles depending on the temperature. I opt for a handheld with a zippable compartment so I can carry by gels, electrolyte powders, credit cards and metro cards.

2. Sunscreen

Solbar sunscreen

Want to know the best sunscreen for summer running? It's Solbar Shield with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It's water resistant, a little on the thick side because it actually works and it's basically the best sunscreen out there. Invest in it.

3. A Hat.

A no brainer, you should not be running without a hat. I wear cotton hats because I don't notice a different but most people opt for tech hats that whick sweat. They help protect your eyes (Don't like hats? Wear sunglasses!) and for me, keep the top of my head sunburn free.

4. Lululemon Sculpt Short

I can't wear normal running shorts because my thighs chafe until kingdom come. I figured shorts just weren't in the picture for me until I found these precious gems from Lululemon. I have them in 3 colors and they are my favorite things in the world. I'm so obsessed with these shorts it's embarrassing.

5. BodyGlide Anti-Chafe Balm

See that picture on the left there? That is why need to rub your body down in BodyGlide. WELCOME TO SUMMER RUNNING AS A WOMAN. That was only after 11 miles too! Just rub chafe cream everywhere all the time.

There you have it, the sexiest parts about summer running. What are some of your summer running tips? Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.