I've discovered that it's a must to have gel-free hair on a run. So I've had to give up my stylish coiffed do's. Oh, the sacrifices a runner must make for his craft. A gel-free head helps but some of those lil buggers still persist. So, I've finally resulted to using bug spray. I've discovered there's an entire line of water-resistant bug sprays for the sports enthusiast. After trying several brands, I've discovered that I like Cutter's Backwoods Water-Resistant Sports Formula (unscented) and Cutter's Advanced Sports Formula the best. I usually use Cutter's insect repellent if I'm running in the early morning or late afternoon when I'm not concerned about over exposure to the sun. I've discovered that BullFrog has an insect repellent/sunscreen combo in its Mosquito Coast brand that's good to use if I'm running later in the morning or in the early afternoon. If you just need a good sports sunscreen without the bug repellent, BullFrog's Marathon Mist works really well.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
One of the most annoying things about summer running, for me anyways, is the pesky bugs. Because I sweat so much, I usually end up running shirtless (otherwise I'd be running with an extra pound or two). Problem is the glistening sweat on my back works as a natural bug attractor. I might as well be a strip of fly tape running down the greenway. If there's a horsefly to be found, you can bet its' hovering around me. There is one strip of the greenway I run that's home to one such horsefly. The dang thing must be 10 years old, because every year in that very same stretch, I get hounded by that horsefly, or one of its descendants all of which must have the same genetic trait—the pester RunnerDude trait.