Here’s the thing: I’m a sweater. We aren’t talking a little shimmer on the brow. When I walk out of the gym at night, it’s more like I’ve just walked in from a rainstorm.
The good news? It’s mainly a result of two things: the fact that I consume a ridiculous amount of water throughout the day, and that I’ve become pretty conditioned throughtout the last 10+ years. The bad news? Well … I look kind of gross (although, in discussing this matter, I have had a more than one man say that it’s kind of hot … but I’m not even going to touch that one).
While I could go on for days about the things I love about my gym (XSport Fitness), one of the best is that they offer towel service.
Except on the rare days they are out of clean towels. Today was one of those days.
Before I go any further, there are a few things you should know about me. I drink a lot – a LOT – of water throughout the day (we’re talking I typically go through a gallon before I set foot in the gym in the evening). And I joke that I have two body temperatures – freezing (which describes 99% of my work day) or sweating (which describes 99% of my gym time).
I had a run planned for tonight, so no towel was an especially bad situation. I’m usually wiping my forehead or my neck maybe a half of a mile in … well before my heart rate or breathing has increased. But a run was on tap for the evening, so a run it would be. I’d just have to deal with the sweat and make do with what I had at my disposal. Let’s just say that huge piece of paper towel was worthless by mile three (I really think I could have squeezed it out if I tried … so gross).
Despite the very sweaty run, I will say it was a pretty respectable jog. I wrapped up five miles in just over 44 minutes, ran a half dozen intervals, walked some hills and was on my way (well, on my way downstairs to stretch and do some abs, at least). I’ve been subbing a lot of classes lately, meaning I have been lucky if I can fit in one run a week, so I’ll consider the fact that I’ve kept up my distance and felt good doing it an accomplishment.
But to bed I go – I have a meeting at one of our offices not too far from home in the morning, so I’m going to plan on getting an early morning workout in before it’s time to get to work. Hopefully the towel supply will be sufficient at 6 a.m.!