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Ask The Penguin: Sweating Buckets

I am a newbie runner and I sweat a lot! So what is the “cool” or accepted form of sweat maintenance? A head sweatband? Carry a towel? People will be able to tell I am a new runner just by looking at me but I certainly don’t want to draw any extra attention to myself.

Hi,

First off, welcome to the running community. It’s a wonderful place.

It’s not unusual in the early stages for a new runner to “sweat a lot”. If you haven’t been active, just raising your heart rate can cause your body to over react and produce LOTS of sweat.

Very often what happens is that – over time – your body learns to modulate your core temperature more efficiently and you sweat rate actually goes down. This isn’t true for everyone, but it does happen.

You’ll also want to measure your fluid loss. You’ll need to weigh yourself – without clothes on – before you run and after. The goal is to try to lose as LITTLE weight as possible during the run. As the runs get longer you won’t be not lose SOME water weight, but you want to try to maintain as much as possible.

As far as what to wear, that’s really up to you. I’m a hat guy. Some folks like the traditional sweatband. I don’t see many runners carrying towels these days.

But do take care to maintain a balanced hydration.

Waddle on,
John

John “the Penguin” Bingham, Competitor Magazine columnist
Author, The Courage to Start, No Need for Speed, Marathoning for Mortals and Running for Mortals.

The miracle isn’t that I finished.
The miracle is that I had the courage to start”

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