Lip balm's not just for winter

Lip balm with an SPF of 15 is protection for your lips against the summer sun as well as against winter chapping. Lip balm also works as a sunscreen around your eyes and especially on the tops of your ears, an easily sunburned spot that many people forget.

Your world should be shady, not foggy
You know you need sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun, such as damage that may lead to cataracts. If you have trouble with sunglasses fogging up in humid weather, especially on a race, check with your optometrist. There are anti-fog coatings for the lenses that will allow you to see the competition and still protect your eyes.

Got zinc?
Since you run, you need to keep your zinc intake optimal, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the study, athletes who ate a low-zinc diet for nine weeks experienced a significant drop in peak oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide output, which puts the brakes on energy production. Make sure to get 12 to 15 milligrams a day. Beef is probably one of the best dietary sources of zinc.

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