Dimity and I are heavy sweaters. As in, we perspire profusely when we exercise. Gallons. Buckets. Rivers. I was reminded of this earlier this month, when Dimity and I ran together on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. At the end of our hour-long outing, she cursed the tech tee she was wearing. "This fabric totally doesn't work; it's soaking wet." I was confounded by what she was talking about. A tech tee that really wicks? What did she expect--to have her sweat evaporate while she was running?
Riiiiiight: Dim lives in the Mile High City where the air is as dry as pasta straight out of the box. Here in the moist Pacific Northwest, at the end of a workout, we runners are used to feeling like we just ran through a sprinkler--or jumped in a pool fully clothed. Lately, on my training runs for the Twin Cities Marathon, I've been searching for a patch, any patch, of dry fabric with which to wipe my sweaty face. I've resorted to using my Badass Mother Runner hat, and I've even doubled over to mop my brow with my running skirt. Yes, my skirt.
So I was so happy when Katie Niemeyer from Handana sent us samples of the product she created. Katie's backstory: She had an autoimmune reaction that caused her skin to blister to the point of second and third degree burns; when sweat dripped in her eyes, it created a terrible burning sensation. When the Austin resident started training for her first marathon in the Texas heat, she often stopped in her tracks because of the extreme pain. Handana allowed her to wipe the sweat away before it reached her eyes.
On my 8-mile run yesterday, wearing a Handana from Katie allowed me to leave my hat on my head--and my skirt where it belongs. While I'm not sure it would hold all the moisture I produce on a longer run--since it couldn't evaporate from the wicking material here in the PacNW--it did its job of mopping my face. The Handana also did double-duty on snot-elimination when my nose starting running faster than my legs.
Like any founder of a nascent start-up, Katie is looking to spread the word about her product, so she has offered six Handanas for today's giveaway. To enter, click on the Comments button (below this post on our website) and tell us: How much do you sweat when you run? If you want to tell us how you wipe it away, we'd love to hear, but basically we're curious if we're really world-class sweaters or not.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States. It begins on 8/29/12 and ends on 9/04/12; the winner will be announced on 9/08/12. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $15. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.