As I have gotten older I have become more aware of the damaging effects of the sun on my skin as well as my eyes.  I wear a hat on every run to shade my eyes, and also protect the skin on my forehead[it’s large and has gotten sun burnt too-many-times-to-count]

As a teenager I lived in the sun.  Tanning with baby oil on my back deck and going to the pool with no SPF in tow.  I gained weight in college and tried to counteract my new larger figure by tanning.  GTL – Jersey style. [yes I went to college in Jersey].  I at times have even had a membership to my local tanning salon.  GASP.
All this changed after the birth of my daughter.  I started to notice sun spots on my arms and hands. One might assume these were freckles but I am all too aware that I was not born with these. They do not come and go and I’m afraid are here to stay.  Soon after getting pregnant with my son I noticed that I started getting sun spots of sorts on my face, only they weren’t spots, more like patches.  After much research I found that I have what is commonly called “pregnancy mask” or melasma

Who knows if taking care of my skin better when I was younger would have prevented the sunspots and melasma.  What I do know is now that I am better informed and would like to halt any further damage, I take care of myself better. 

What changes have I made?  I wear sunscreen on my face on every run.  On long runs I lather up with SPF as if I am going to the pool[make sure yours is sweat proof.]  I wear hats.  I wear sunglasses.

Up until I got my new Ryders sunglasses I’ll admit that I was better at wearing my hat and sunscreen than I was glasses.  Why?  Because I found it hard to find glasses that I liked, that worked, that wouldn’t fog up and that stayed put when running.  I eventually found an awesome pair of glasses, that while they looked stupid worked. They cost me $1.50 at Old Navy.  They served their purpose, or so I thought, of keeping my eyes shaded at the B & A Marathon, but broke soon after. I later learned that plain sunglasses, with no UVA & UVB protection, are worse than not wearing sunglasses at all.[insert stressed out mom who always makes her kids wear sunglasses in the sun – am I doing more harm than good? must research this asap!]
Here in lies the problem with glasses such as my I-thought-I-was-protecting-myself Old Navy versions.  “The dark lenses cause the pupils to dilate, allowing more of the dangerous UVA radiation to damage the lens and the retina.”   This is why it’s especially important to invest in a pair of glasses that protect you from both UVA & UVB rays[which my Ryders sunglasses do!!} Thank goodness I learned this at age 28 instead of 58.  Had I not gotten a pair of Ryders glasses I might have never have done this important *research* on why it’s important to have proper eyewear.
My Ryders sunglasses have solved my eyewear issues. They have also made me want to wear glasses on all my runs!! 
The Hex [in hot pink oooo la la] has interchangeable lenses, stays put on my nose when running, aren’t heavy, and don’t fog up.  I occasionally have problems with glasses that sit too close on my face[ I feel my eyelashes batting the lenses] but have no such issues with this pair.  At $59.99 I happen to think this is a steal for quality glasses!  Plus this company has been around for 25 years, which means you can trust them and their products.

Do you wear Ryders Sunglasses?  Do you love them as much as I like mine?  Tell us!!

Ryders is giving away one free pair of their Vigor sunglasses.  They protect you from both UVA & UVB rays, have anti slip nose pads, are shatter proof, and photochromic among other things.  They also happen to look good on both males and females [my husband and I both tried them out for looks].  I wish I was keeping them for myself :)

To enter you must be a follower of my blog and *like* Ryders Eyewear and MilePostsbyDorothyBeal on facebook!

Extra entries: (separate comments for each)
1. Sign up for the Ryders Eyewear newsletter
2. Copy this link and tweet this contest “I just entered the #RydersEyewear Sunglasses Giveaway.  Visit to enter!”
3. Link this contest on your blog
4. Suggest the MilePostsbyDorothyBeal & Ryders Eyewear facebook pages to your facebook friends
5. Add a fan photo to the photo section of MilePostsbyDorothyBeal facebook page

Contest ends 9/1/10 at midnight! 

**Winner will be announced shortly after 9/1 and will be chosen by random number generator. 


  1. Rebecca Samson says:

    I'm a follower and a fan of yours on facebook. I'm going to become a fan of Ryders Eyewear right now :)

  2. Sarah Woulfin says:

    I'd love a pair of running sunglasses!

  3. yay for this giveaway! i'm a follower, fan on FB and just became a fan of Ryders Eyewear on FB. Also posting this on my blog :o) xoxo

  4. I follow you and like both Ryders and MilePosts on Facebook

  5. I added a link on my blog

  6. busyrunningmama says:

    I'm a follower of the blog!

  7. busyrunningmama says:

    i'm a follower on facebook!

  8. busyrunningmama says:

    I "like" Ryders on facebook

  9. busyrunningmama says:

    i tweeted

  10. I'm a follower of your blog, i like you on faceboook, and i also like ryders on facebook!

  11. I signed up for the newsletter! 😀

  12. I tweeted the link! 😀 @superwoman4002 is my name

  13. I linked to your giveaway on my blog!!

  14. I follow the blog, but alas don't belong to Facebook.

    I'd be interested in hearing anti-fog prescriptions. I have tried everything. I mean everything, and nothing really works all the time.

    My shades of choice right now are Oakleys. Expensive, but they really are super glasses. They also fog up, so I am always looking for new ones…

  15. Forward Foot Strides says:

    Hi I'm a follower and like you and Ryders on Facebook!

  16. Forward Foot Strides says:

    And I linked to your contest on my blog.

  17. I've got the prerequisites done. Ima follower and I "like" you both! 😉

  18. Got your love link on my blog.

  19. i'm a follower and i like everything!

  20. just linked your from my blog!

  21. and I tweeted.

  22. i think i'm already on their newsletter list, but i signed up again :)

  23. I am already a follower.

  24. Like Ryders on FB.

  25. Like DorothyBealMilepost On fb.


    I am a follower!


    I like Ryders on FB!


    I like Mile Posts on Facebook!


    You are linked on my sidebar!

  30. jamie.louise says:

    I follow you!

  31. jamie.louise says:

    I like Miles Posts on FB

  32. I'm a follower!

  33. I like Mile Posts and Ryders on FB.

  34. jamie.louise says:

    I like Ryders on FB

  35. Christine Jensen says:

    I am a GFC Follower as Chris, I like both your blog and Ryders on Facebook

    kissyjensen at gmail dot ocm

  36. Christine Jensen says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter

  37. Christine Jensen says:
  38. Momma On The Run says:

    I am a follower!

  39. Momma On The Run says:

    I "like" you on facebook!

  40. Momma On The Run says:

    I "like" Ryders eyewear on Facebook!

  41. Momma On The Run says:
  42. Tina @GottaRunNow says:

    Oh, so sad! I am a follower, but I don't have a facebook account.

  43. Tara Kieninger says:

    I follow you on Google Reader and I like Ryders & you on Facebook

  44. Tara Kieninger says:

    I added your give-away to my blog –

  45. Tara Kieninger says:

    I suggested Ryders & You to my friends on Facebook

  46. *~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I'm a follower!

  47. *~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I like Mile Posts on FB

  48. *~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I like Ryders on FB

  49. *~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I linked this on my blog

  50. *~* *~* *~* *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I signed up for their Newsletter

  51. followed and liked

  52. I am a follower of your blog through Google Friend Connect and *like* Ryders Eyewear and MilePostsbyDorothyBeal on facebook!

  53. I follow your blog, I like Ryders Eyewear on Facebook, and I like Miles Post By Dorothy Beal on Facebook.

    dancejamboree at gmail dot com

  54. I signed up for the Ryders newsletter.

    dancejamboree at gmail dot com

  55. I tweeted your giveaway:

    dancejamboree at gmail dot com

  56. Following your blog publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

    I like you both on FaceBook (Louis Here) :)

  57. I follow you on GFC as wendy wallach and I like both of you on Facebook as wendy wallach

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  58. I follow, like and like! :)

    mnemosynescall at gmail

  59. I signed up for the Ryders newsletter

    mnemosynescall at gmail

  60. I am a new follower, I "Liked" Ryders and I "Liked" you a few weeks ago!

  61. I follow your blog with google reader and I like you and Ryders on facebook
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  62. kathy pease says:

    Google Friend klp1965
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    like you both on facebook Kathy L Pease
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  63. kathy pease says:
  64. brianpiero says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…

    GFC Follower: Brian E. & "Like" BOTH via FB: Bryan Eason

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  65. brianpiero says:

    @brianpiero tweeted:

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  66. I follow your blog. I like Ryders Eyewear and Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal on Facebook.

  67. missrantsypants says:

    I follow your blog and like both pages on FB.

  68. S Club Mama says:

    I follow your blog, your FB page, and Ryders Eyewear on FB

  69. S Club Mama says:
  70. I'm a follower of yours and a fan of you and Ryders Eyewear on Facebook.

  71. I just tweeted about your giveaway @CCJade23

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