I ran 6 miles this morning, negative splits, and yet another run that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sometimes you just have weeks like that and every run will seem effortless but that’s not always the case.
Even though I left the house around 7am and planned on being back by around 8am, I still applied sunscreen. I guess it’s a habit because in Florida that’s just what you do, unless you’re a lizard and well, I’m not, and I don’t really want to look like one either.
Recently, there was a study in Austria which showed that distance runners have an increased risk of developing skin cancer and another study which showed that sunscreen may not always provide protection from deadly forms of skin cancer. That’s some scary stuff y’all.
I’ve probably mentioned it on the blog before but in case you didn’t know it, I’ve already had a little bout with melanoma and it scared the bejesus out of me. Skin cancer also runs in my family and once you’ve had melanoma you have an increased risk of recurrence, so when I go outside I am super cautious and I am always looking for unusual moles or changes in existing moles.
I already know that you can never be too careful when it comes to the sun and that’s why I don’t rely on sunscreen alone. If I run between the hours of 10am and 4pm I wear clothing with built-in SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and I always wear a visor. I also wear sunglasses with UV protection and when it comes to my sunscreen the higher the SPF the better. I buy 100 or higher and I re-apply constantly.
There are many products on the market now which make it a lot easier to get protection from the sun without having to avoid the sun all together, but you need to use them. You should also visit this site to find out about skin cancer and to learn the warning signs.
I never thought I would have to worry about skin cancer because I wasn’t aware of all the risk factors. Turns out I had a much higher risk than even I would have guessed. So, learn the risk, take precaution and be careful. After all, you’re already taking steps to stay healthy and fit, keep your skin healthy too.
Have you had a lot of sunburns in your life?
Did you know that the amount of sunburns you had as a child increases your risk of skin cancer?