Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sweaty Beast

Yep – come summertime, that is me. I am a sweaty beast. To the max. And for the most part, I’m A-ok with that. I’ve never been one to shy away from a little sweat. Through running, Niger, and more recently Bikram Yoga, I have become accustomed to being completely drenched -  it’s not gross. Sweat is a natural by-product of work. And I like to work.

However, since moving to DC (and Niger), I’ve completely revised my evaluation of how much sweat is humanly possible. I mean, there’s sweaty, and there’s sweaty. And a run when the dew point is 70 degrees falls into the latter category. 

A moderate run leaves me wet, and a long run results in me just-got-out-of-the-pool soaked.

You know it’s humid out when you have to hang your clothes to dry before you wash them. And when you pull out your hair tie and water (aka sweat) splashes onto the bathroom floor (is that just me? Too much information? Welp. We're all friends here.)

So humidity…nope…not my fave. I’d never really experienced it until a couple years ago. Sometimes Petaluma gets hot, but never humid – always dry heat. And Colorado is dry heat as well. So DC has been new and *interesting* weather-wise…I’m surviving, but only barely. Luckily the humidity broke last night and my apartment stopped feeling like a sauna. Win! (I appreciate the small victories.)

Unfortunately, humidity is not an excuse to stop running. (It’s a reason to blame for how extraordinarily crappy I feel on my runs, but no excuses, play like a champion.) So I will be out there, every other day, doing my running thing and just praying for fall to bring me some cooler weather.

If you’re in the same sweat-drenched boat, frustrated with bad workouts and tired of feeling like a soggy lump of wanna-be-running, check out my Examiner post for Tips for Running in DC Humidity. (You see what I did there? Cross-blogging. Yep. Thanks for reading!)

Yes. Yes I do.


  1. I too am quite the sweaty beast, yup, pull the hair tie out and you can see water everywhere! The worst is you sweat so much, your shoes and sock get soaked because the water runs down your legs into them! ;) & I LOVE this:
    "No excuses, play like a champion."

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  3. Crap! Dash already mentioned the sweat-soaked shoes.

  4. Haha, that's impressive Dash!

    And the full quote is from Wedding Crashers: "Rule number 76: No excuses, play like a champion!"

    I'm mildly embarrassed that one of my life philosophies comes from Wedding Crashers...but oh well. If it works, it works, right?

  5. And here's a link to the full list of rules:

    #76 is preceded by Rule #75 - Girls in hats tend to be proper and rarely give it up.

    and followed by Rule #77 - Carry extra protection at ALL times.
    AND Rule #78 - The unmarried female rabbi - is she fair game? Of course she is.


  6. Haha, I love Wedding Crashers! Hang in there - you aren't the only one getting beat up by the heat anyway. I think I need to vent about this week in my blog as well!

    Rule #64: Always save room for cake

  7. I loved that movie and am completely thrilled you pointed in me in the actual written down rules, even though WC Rule #35 - Breakfast is for closers, clearly conflicts with Glen Gary Glen Ross' Rule #1, Coffee is for closers. I guess when you crash a wedding, you need food, not caffeine.

    Signed, Dash
    WC Rule #2 - Never use your real name.

    Hope you all are LOVING the coolish weather I just left in DC, it was pretty SWEET yesterday and this am!

  8. OMG I didn't even know about #64 - GENIUS!

    And I did a fantastic 7-miler tonight, thank GOD for nice weather!

  9. Just found this looking for an image of a sweaty runner, ha ha. I grew up near DC...but I'm just in Florida...pretty much we win for humidity and sweat....

  10. I love it when in July and August, you get so sweaty that your shoes start to go squish squish squish with every step!