A Day In The Sun


Here Comes The Sun... Run!

Here Comes The Sun… Run!

If you’ve ever seen me then you know that I am anything but a sun worshipper. I’m not just pale, I actually give off a faint glow like an orc wearing mithril. It took me a long time to get used to this fact. People would tell me “just get a little sun every day and you’ll get a tan” (doesn’t work) except for Mom who would tell me “PUT ON SOME SUNSCREEN”.

When I finally accepted that I would always be the whitest-whitey-white-girl in the whole wide world I committed to staying that way. It wasn’t the threat of skin cancer that scared me straight: it was the threat of wrinkles. Vanity, eh?

So if I want to do distance running- as I recently decided I wanted to do-  every single part of the running-plan revolves around how much time I will be exposed to the sun. Right now, I can get away with getting up at 7am and still catch a little pre-dawn low light. Right now, I plan my route based on which side of the street is shady. Right now I can wear leggings and shirts with sleeves.

I could just wear sunscreen, right? Yes, I love taking fifteen extra minutes to slather a lot of gunk on my body that will grease up everything I touch (“non-greasy” sunscreen is a lie) and will burn like holy fire when it inevitably drips into my eyes. And that waterproof/sweatproof stuff Never. Comes. Off. Even in the shower.

Today was my first “long” run of about 6 miles and I was proud of myself for springing out of bed at the first alarm and getting right out the door while it was still early, but I know the enthusiasm won’t last forever. There will come a day when I just don’t wanna get up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday- especially in June when the crack of dawn happens about 5am around here. But I may have found the answer. I was exploring my very first Swap Meet where I discovered a booth selling discount CVS products including spray-on sunscreen.

Fast. Even coating. Doesn’t get on my hands…. I like it already.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on January 5, 2013.

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