I am a sweaty person. I’ve always been a sweaty person. I have a vivid memory from when I was in 5th grade that is the moment I knew I was destined to sweat… a lot… for the rest of my life. It was my birthday and my mom came to my elementary school to bring birthday treats for my class. I was on the other side of the school’s yard and when I found out she had arrived, I ran and ran as fast as I could to the classroom. When I stopped running, a male classmate turned to me and said “Wow, I’ve never seen a girl sweat that much before.” Yup. 5th Grade. I was destined for sweaty greatness.
Now that summer is here, it feels like I’m in a constant state of sweat waterfall. As in, a waterfall of sweat is pouring out of me. Since I run in the early morning before work, I can usually count on it being relatively cool compared to the rest of the day, but I’m still a mess when I get home. I’ve had to start giving myself at least 20-30 minutes after a run and before I shower so that I can adequately cool down. Otherwise, I’ll just be a sweaty mess again within 5 minutes of getting out of the shower. And you know what’s not a good look? Being a sweaty mess in a business casual outfit.
What’s even more fun is that I’ve begun dabbling in biking the 3 miles to work. It’s so quick (22 minutes!) and relatively easy and flat, but it’s definitely a more sweaty endeavor than walking and taking the T. I’ve had to slip into the bathroom to Wet-Wipe myself off, change my shirt, and put on a new layer of deodorant. Worth it? Undecided at this point, but I’ll keep doing it a few times a week for the meantime.
Besides the sweat, what’s your least favorite part of training during the summer months? We all know the good stuff, but let’s think negatively so that 6 months from now we can tell ourselves that training in the winter is the best!