Running sunglasses are usually deemed an optional part of a runner’s kit. Most don’t often wear shades when they’re striding through their routes, no thought at all for the idea of buying and using a pair.
However, there’s a small group of runners who insist on wearing sporty specs whilst they run. These runners don’t just wear them for fun; there are eye-opening (pardon the pun) benefits to wearing glasses whilst you run.
Whether you use running glasses or not, it’s smart to understand the huge advantages they can offer you.
Ultraviolet Light Protection
UV light is a source of radiation emitted from the sun. You already probably know how strong the sun is. You’ve probably glanced at it for half a second and been blinded by its power.
You don’t want your eyes absorbing too much of that radiation. The risks are developing cataracts, growths on the eye and macular degeneration to name a few. Nasty.
Runners tend to work out in the open, which means more exposure to the sun. As the title suggests, ‘sun’ glasses are designed to block the damaging effects of solar UV light.
“But I never look into the sun when I run.”
You could say “but I never look into the sun when I run”, however, damaging effects can be felt just by being outside in the suns periphery
“It’s never sunny where I live, so I don’t need to wear glasses.” is another response. UV light penetrates through clouds (though not as strong as on a clear day), so you are always at risk even on cloudy and rainy days.
Shield your eyes from bugs
At some point in your life, this has probably happened to you. You’ve been running (or walking) along, minding your own business, and happily enjoying yourself.
Suddenly a bug slams into your eyes and you begin blinking quicker than a hungry crocodiles jaws to ease the discomfort.
In the flurry, you are temporarily blinded which could mean falling over, hitting something, losing progress to a personal best in a race. The list goes on!
Additionally, the bugs aren’t the cleanest things to have in your eyes either.
The simple act of wearing sunglasses when you run will eliminate this issue. No more bugs in your eyes, no more frantic blinking, no more discomfort.
Get the sunglasses on to get the bugs away from your eyes.
Defence against the elements: rain, dust, and snow
Not going for a run because it’s raining, windy, or snowy is no excuse! We’ve all experienced temporary blinding in the heavy wind which blows dusty in your eyes or heavy rain which pounds anything it can get its hands on.
Without glasses, this is a problem as you won’t be able to see where you’re going, and you risk damaging your eyes. Not smart.
Wearing glasses will protect your eyes from the wrath of the elements, so you can enjoy your run no matter what the weather.
Raining? Wear your running glasses. Snowing? Wear your running glasses. Windy? Wear your running glasses. Problem solved!
More than just UV protection, weather shielding and bug defence, sunglasses also give you a sense of style, finesse and elegance.
Humans are – for the most part – not logical creatures, and like things that make them look cool and attractive. Even if the product itself isn’t effective! Think of impulse purchasing a reputable brand to find poor or standard performance. A common occurrence. You, I and anybody you know, has an inbuilt desire to look stylish and attractive.
Luckily, running sunglasses are designed to supply effective protection whilst elevating your look and style. A double whammy of running glasses excellence.
There’s a reason Arnold Schwarzenegger wore shades in the Terminator. They made him look fashionable. Though playing a robotic maniac, audiences couldn’t help but watch the film in awe of his coolness.
Whether you wear wraparounds, don tinted lenses, or a retro square design, you can’t go wrong with a stylish pair of running glasses to look cool.
What are some good running sunglasses?
There are various models popular amongst the running community.
For those that want to make an investment
For those looking to make an investment in running sunglasses, there are some excellent products on the market. Try: Oakley Radar Lock Path glasses, Duco Men’s Glasses, Nike Vaporwings, or Oakley Half Jacket glasses.
For those on a budget
If you don’t fancy spending as much, don’t worry. There are plenty of cheaper models available which will offer you similiar benefits. Try: Duco Polarized Sports Sunglasses, Duduma Polarized Glasses, or Gardom Photocromic Sunglasses.
What about shoes?
If you’re interested in what brands of running shoes are known to be the most effective, affordable and stylish amongst the running community, check the blog post out here.