Tag: sunblock

Don’t Forget Your Ears!

Slacker PSA here.

As runners we spend a lot of time in the sun.   Morning, noon and evening, overcast or not, we’re in the sun.   Even if you only run in the gym on the treadmill you still have to walk to and from the car, right?   Do you commute?  Do you drive?  Ever considered how much sun the left side of you gets?

I had my first biopsy my sophomore year of high school.   I brushed against a wall during a dance show rehearsal and a mole on my back started bleeding.   Probably not a good thing.   My mom took me to the dermatologist.  They actually performed 5 biopsies to check for melanoma that day.     Thankfully, all of them came back in the clear but considered me scared.

The thing about fear is that life gets busy and things fade over time.  I’ve worn sunblock on my face and neck every day since then.  Every day.   I do my best to put it on everywhere else before every run.  Weekends, I’m a pro.  Week nights can be hit or miss.   I know better.

This classic runners tan is with sunblock. And yes, I am a very mole-y person.

I’ve lost count of how many biopsies I’ve actually had, I know it hit double digits years ago.   From the top of my head to the top of my feet.   My most recent battle exrwounds are on my upper right side, my brow bone and my butt.   Yeah, that last one still hurts.  😝

If you’ve been with the blog, or my IG, for a while you may have noticed most of my running selfies this year include a hat.  That’s not normal.   I have a small head so running type hats and I have never gotten along.  Nothing fit right and I always felt too hot in them.  I tried visors but never felt like they did much.  The whole top of my head was exposed.   While I do love my new favorite hat, there is also a practical reason to rocking it.    The trucker covers more of my head but lets the air flow too.  As for it being too big?  That’s now a good thing- it covers the tips of my ears.

Doctor’s verdict- my ears have serious sun damage.   How did I forget my ears?!   Face and neck every day but I forgot my ears!   Grrrr.   Lots of pictures were taken of my ears to track the changes over time.    On the positive side- I was just notified that these last biopsies were also clear.

So, even though I am by no means an expert, here are a few Slacker tips-

  • Sunblock!!! All day, every day.  And not just SPF 15.
  • Hats!   Even if you think the hat looks weird- wear it anyway!
  • Drive a lot?  Don’t forget your left side!
  • Think you put on enough sunblock?  Put on more.
  • Tans are not that cool. Really.
  • Check those moles- keep an eye on how they change.
  • Don’t forget under your hair.   A really good hair dresser can actually help you with this one.
  • Don’t forget your ears!!


What did I forget?



Monday’s run was a successful 5 miles.  I was wondering how far I would make it as I left work early to go to a dermatologist appointment.  The first thing that comes to mind when I have to make an appointment is scalpels.  Ouch!  Seriously, people, wear your sunblock and wear hats.    You can never have too much.  Reapply often!!  Or end up like me and have to check in every 6 months.  Ok, off my soap box now.

Monday’s damage was the upper sides of my ribcage.  Ouch, again.  So when changing and heading to the gym, I was a little concerned how the sports bra might rub.  I took it easy and walked 2 minutes of every mile on the treadmill.   I managed to get my average pace to 10:26.   While I was running, I was watching a cheesy Hallmark channel Christmas movie.  I didn’t have sound but it was fairly easy to figure out the plot.   I have to admit, I do love the cheesy Christmas movies that come on every year. I haven’t watched any this year but I’m sure I will at some point.

I really had planned on hitting the gym on Tuesday to get in a few miles, but a better offer came along.  What was better?  I got my hair done for the first time in 2 years!!!!!!  I am cheap so I have been trimming my own hair and bangs for the last few years.   If you have been reading with me for a while, you have probably seen my hair color changing in most of my pics.   I am a natural blonde who went brunette in March.  I have these urges at least once a year. My theory is that it’s just hair, color fades and it will grow back.  I think I have had every natural hair color at some point (even black) and even some unnatural ones, oops.

I saw a picture of me crossing the finish line at my half marathon in March and thought yuck, my hair is freakishly blonde.  So I went dark. Since March, I have been a variety of brunette shades and auburn.  In mid-September I decided it was time to be myself again.  Talk about an uphill battle.  The blonde regrowth was making me look like I had a receding hairline.   I finally threw in the towel and called for help.  So I had a late night appointment to highlight the heck out of my hair to lighten it up.   I also cut it all off.  Got to get my money’s worth right?

October's Half- look at those roots!!!
October’s Half- look at those roots!!!

I cannot take a decent selfie (seriously Oxford?); I look like I was punched in every one.  Since I was going for a drastic change I actually wanted to do a before and after shot.  However, the before selfie looked like I was stoned.  The 4 after that weren’t any better, so I gave up.  Today we took pictures for our Christmas cards at work, which is how I had the picture above.  Not the best image as I had to crop everyone else out-

Only slightly blurry
Not quite there but a heck of a lot closer


Pony tails are next to impossible now, I haven’t quite worked out how to pull it up for running.  I will cross that bridge this weekend!  Until then, no worries!   🙂 I am on track for my mileage for the week, so my next run should be Saturday.  Provided I am not too distracted by Doctor Who, that is.   Did I mention I was a nerd?  But, seriously, I will get my run in 🙂

Today was a late one at work and it started with an early oil change, so this was a planned rest day.  Tomorrow will be another rest day, but not because of school. Shhh, don’t tell the teacher!  I am actually meeting up with my friends for a girl’s night out, woo hoo!!!!   We’ve only been trying to make it happen since my birthday… In July.   🙂


How is everyone’s weeks going?


Any big plans or races this weekend?