Sweat Like a Man….and Win a Shirt!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of doing some sort of athletic endeavor with me, it’s no secret that I sweat like a man. But not like a stinky man. More like a dainty, feminine man. Hmmmm, not sure a sweaty feminine man is quite the visualization I was going for… Basically, I sweat a lot during workouts.

Taken: 1/29/13 Ignore my awesomely sweaty self.  That's what 7 miles of speed work does to me.

Proof I sweat like a man. I was trying to show off my baby bicep in this picture after 7 miles of speed work.

Before I really got inundated with the athletic community, I was actually a bit embarrassed to sweat in public. I mean after all, girls don’t sweat, they ‘glisten.’ Pfft. Whatever. I’m glad I got over that fear quickly. I’m actually quite proud of those little liquid drops of awesome that I produce; let’s me know I’ve done some work. {Side note…my Handana rocks the house for keeping sweat off of my face!}

Sweat is your body’s natural defense to heat. The more you sweat, the more efficiently your body is working to cool you down. If you’re not sweating, there’s most likely something wrong. (No joke.) A study conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute found that the average runner will lose 2 to 4 pounds of sweat per hour while running in 85 degree heat and 40% humidity. That’s a LOT of sweat.

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Ok, I don’t sweat THAT much…. But it is a funny movie.

Since sweat basically keeps us alive in the summer (ok, slight exaggeration) shouldn’t we celebrate it? Well, the creative minds over at ViewSPORT certainly think we should. They’ve created a whole line of sweat activated athletic shirts. As you sweat it up in your workout, a secret message is revealed. The tagline for their shirts is “Motivation Revealed.”

When I received a shirt to review, I was super excited. Not only do I sweat like a man, I’m also incredibly easily amused and a sweat activated shirt is basically the entertainment equivalent of playing with your food.

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The first thing I noticed about my shirt was how buttery soft it was.  It’s not a tech shirt but I didn’t have any problem running almost 9 miles in it; no chafing or irritation.  I wouldn’t recommend you take it on a 20 miler but it’s great for 10 and under.  It’s also great for gym workouts and every day wear.  I really dug the cut of the shirt, too.  I have a longer torso and this was the perfect length, not to mention it came in slightly at the waist and then relaxed over my hips. I hate wearing t-shirts that just hang all the way down.

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Gotta love pre-run pictures where you’re still basically asleep.

I took my shirt for a test drive on my long run last Saturday and I probably drove my friend Mel crazy by asking her 27 million times ‘what does it look like?’ ‘can you see the hidden message?’ If you haven’t figured out the hidden message on my shirt appeared on the backside.

Well sure enough, by the end of the run I had managed to sweat enough to reveal “BOOM.”  I love it!  Finally, a shirt that rewards me for sweating like a man!

My spibelt sort of messed up the bottom of the O's but still, how awesome is that??

My spibelt sort of messed up the bottom of the O’s but it’s still awesome….
and gross that I sweat that much.

And the best part? ViewSPORT wants to reward one of you lucky readers for sweating like a man, too! They make both male and female shirts so for all the fellas out there, don’t be shy, this contest is for you, too.

Mandatory entry:  Leave a comment answering if you sweat like a man and are proud of it.

Additional Entries (leave a separate comment for each one you do):

  • Follow ViewSPORT on twitter
  • Tweet about the contest.  Ex. “I’m proud to get sweat like a man and want to win a @ViewSPORT shirt via @asphaltnosher. http://wp.me/p28bf6-IB”
  • Upload a picture to Instagram showing me you sweat like a man. Make sure to tag me @asphaltnosher and @viewsport.

That’s 4 chances to win an awesome shirt! Contest ends on at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, April 24th. The winner will be announced in Friday’s post.  Wish me luck, tomorrow I’m running my first Warrior Dash!!

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Handana Review

Well, did you survive Thanksgiving? I think I’m still trying to rouse myself from yesterday’s turkey coma. Oh, L-tryptophan, you get me every year.  I cooked the full spread yesterday (no pictures…sorry) and then Jody, his grandmother, her boyfriend, and I commenced trying to eat everything in sight.

Riley was NOT amused she didn’t get any turkey.

I hope you that had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family or friends (or both) and remembered to give thanks for the blessings in your life.  I love that we have a specific day each year to remind us to be grateful, both for the good and the not so great.  Today, I’m thankful for a fridge full of leftovers and the madness that is known as Black Friday.  Oh, I’m not going shopping.  I’m just excited because nobody will be in the gym tomorrow.  That means I have free range of all the machines!  It’s the little things in life that make me happy.

In lieu to doing a full Turkey Day recap, I mean there’s only so many turkey shots a person can look at, I want to break from the norm and talk to y’all about a product I recently fell in love with…..Handana!

I came across Handana last month through another blog (I’m sorry I can’t remember which blog) and I just knew I had to try it. The concept is simple yet so genius! It’s a high performance fashionable sweatband that wraps around your wrist and the palm of your hand.  I’m not one to contact companies so I trepidatiously sent out an e-mail offering to do a product review.  Much to my surprise they responded and agreed – yay!!

We also sent some tweets back and forth and Handana was so sweet with offering words of encouragement on my (then) upcoming marathon.  It’s not too common to find a great product AND fantastic customer support.

I got my super cute Handana about a week before the marathon and took it out for a test drive right away.

I don’t know about y’all, but the minute I start running, I turn into a snotty, sweaty mess.  Seriously….It’s gross…. I’m constantly using the palm of my hand to wipe sweat off my face which in return makes my skin breakout.  It was so nice on the run having that fleecy layer of fabric to wipe my sweat away with.

Nothing but thumbs up for Handana after a very sweaty run!

Handana is completely made in the US (score!) and comes in lots of colors and several different sizes.  The one that I was sent is just a bit big for my hand (I have average to smallish sized hands) so I would recommend you ladies getting either the small or skinny small. I’ve washed it several times and it still looks brand new. Plus, at only $15 it’s a total bargain; I’ve paid that much for less functional gear.  Hello Christmas in 4 weeks….Just thought I’d remind you. 🙂

If you’re wanting to try Handana, I whole heartedly recommend it, and not just for runners, it’s great for all athletes! Annnnnnnd if you keep an eye on their Facebook or Twitter pages you can snag a good deal; they post discounts pretty often.  Now for the disclaimer:  I received this product in exchange for a review; however, all of the opinions in this review are my own.  I will never give a positive review on something unless it warrants it.

Happy Black Friday y’all! If you’re out there in the chaos, I hope you find everything you’re looking for!

Question:  Are you a Black Friday shopper? What are some of the best deals you’ve come home with?

MCM Training: Week 3 Recap

Training week 3…..Done!  I can honestly say I’m glad to have this week in the rear view mirror.  I had some really great runs and some really tough runs, both physically and mentally.  My training mileage for this week was supposed to be 20; although, I realized I accidentally shorted myself a mile on hill work (tragic, right?) but I threw in a 5k the day before my long run so it kind of offset everything.  Grand total for mileage this week was 22.1.Source

The intensity of this week’s training dialed up a bit with the introduction of hill work.  Monday was just an easy-peasy run so I was still feeling fresh Tuesday for the hill work.  We (my training partners and I) did 3 miles and managed to keep a great pace – 9:52.  It was 92 degrees out + humidity so we were battling 100 degree heat index on the hills – ooftah! Lately, I’ve been happy with anything under a 10 minute pace.

The next day (Wednesday) I had a solo 4 miler on the schedule and my mind fought my body the entire run.  I could feel every bit of the hill work from the night before and really wanted to turn around and go home.  Thank goodness for training plans, I knew that if I quit I’d have to look at a blank spot on my plan for the next 13 weeks.  Talk about guilting myself into finishing, but, hey, it worked.  I know I could have totally benefitted from music but when I do solo runs I stay unplugged for safety reasons.  On the plus side, running solo & unplugged gives me lots of time to ponder the great mysteries of life. Mainly what I’m going to eat when I  get home.

The after effects of a terrible run. I’m so ready to be done with these high heat index runs!

After the not so fantastic Wednesday run I was super happy that Thursday was a rest day. Hooray!

Up next was my non-training plan approved Friday 5k, Kickin’ it for CASA night race.  I’m going to do a race recap later this week but just the short version – I had a great time and placed 2nd in my age division. It was by no means a PR type race but my goal was to run it for fun and save my energy for Saturday’s long run.  It was a great race and benefitted a fantastic organization!

Kickin’ it for CASA 5k
I loooooove how I matched the band singer’s guitar! (Yes, I do like obnoxiously bright clothing.)

On the downside, I learned the hard way that it’s not a smart idea to run a race when you have a 9 mile long run scheduled less than 12 hours later.  Props to people who do the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World!  My legs were pretty trashed before I even started the long run but my training girls and I got it done.  My friend Karla, she’s running the Marine Corps Marathon, too, tweaked her knee  so she paced on us her bike and provided great roadside motivation.  I don’t know how many times she told us that we looked fantastic even though I’m pretty sure I at least looked like death warmed over… After we were done I literally had to wring the sweat out of my running skirt before getting in my car – it was pretty gross.Source

All-in-all it was a week of ups and downs and personal growth. I now know that throwing extra miles into a training plan isn’t a great idea; my legs are still tired. I’m looking forward to week four but know this week’s going to be challenging time wise getting all my runs in.  I graduate college on Saturday (YAY, YIPPEE, HOORAY!!) so I’m going to have lots of family coming in.

Question:  What do you do to overcome a tough training week?