Shield Your Skin With The Right Sunscreen

When it comes to finding the right sunscreen, Triathlete’s got you “covered” (get it?).

Did you know that one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime? Skincare should be a top priority for triathletes, says Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman, a clinical professor of dermatology at University of California, San Diego. He recommends sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (higher is better when working out) with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Remember to reapply every two hours outdoors. And use it even on cloudy days (70 percent of damaging rays still pass through the clouds). Here are six sunscreens that fit the bill.

Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40, $17
Best for: Dry skin

Thinner than other sunscreens tested, this new natural best running sunscreen blends into skin quickly. It contains a moisturizer from safflower oil and it’s chemical-free, so it’s excellent for sensitive and dry skin. It’s water resistant (it will last for 40 minutes of swimming and sweating versus “very water resistant,” which lasts for 80 minutes) so it’s better for days out of the water. Kissmyface.com

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Ultrarunning Films

Film is a medium in which a filmmaker communicates with his or her viewers. In ultrarunning films, filmmakers may communicate glimpses of the training, lifestyle, and the incredible training scenery of our favorite athletes. These films can be made independently but often shoe, gear, and media companies help foot the bill and promote sponsored athletes along with ultrarunning in general. Film can also bring a unique element of race coverage and depth to the sport. Films like Unbreakable allow us to witness the front action of the 2010 Western States 100 race with some race history to boot. To the viewers, films offer insight and inspiration.

Here we look at some of the prominent ultrarunning films that have been produced as well as those coming soon; additionally, we offer viewing information for each film so you can enjoy them, too. Through this, we see that the niche of ultrarunning filmmaking has both been a part of the sport for longer than most of us have and it’s presently experiencing a boom cycle.

Cross-Continental Running Films

Several best running documentaries cover running across North America. The Great American Foot Race, produced by Vision Maker Video, documents the 1928 race from Los Angeles to New York won by 19-year-old Andy Payne. His win netted him an extraordinary prize purse for the time, $25,000. The Great American Foot Race is available on DVD as well as on on Amazon Instant Video for rental or purchase. You’ll see in the trailer that some entertaining reenactment is used to portray an event that took place about 85 years ago.

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Beginner’s Guide: What To Wear At An Obstacle Race

As an obstacle racing beginner, you might be wondering what you should wear at your upcoming event. No doubt you’ve found various articles outlining the benefits of certain (but very expensive) bits of equipment. Don’t worry, the more expensive kit isn’t always necessary and may only be worth the investment if you take part in obstacle races regularly, or happen to be doing something on the more “extreme” end of the spectrum. In this article we’ll let you know how you can easily sort yourself out with great gear, without breaking the bank.

Please bear in mind, the following suggestions are for spring/summer races. If you’re bravely jumping straight into a winter race you will probably have to invest in more technical kit to keep you safe and warm (but well done for getting stuck in!)

Shoes

Your shoes are probably the most important item of kit you’ll need – especially in the muddier races. It’s not a good idea to chuck on your old gym trainers and hope for the best obstacle races for beginners as they’ll have no outdoor grip at all and will make some of the ditches and hills quite treacherous. At the top of the range and worn by all elite racers are inov-8 Mudclaws and X-talons, but at £85+ you might not want to invest in them on your first run. You basically need to get an off-road or “trail shoe”. A couple of options that will do a great job without breaking the bank are the Adidas Kanadia.

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