Monday, August 20, 2012

Sweaty girl and a Handana review

It's time to pick up the pace.

I have been running enough to recognize a pattern in my running, I seem to lull in miles during the hot and humid months of July and August. My runs get reduced to generally 2 - 3 milers - in addition to the heat, I usually don't have a race on the schedule until late October.

Well. Time to kick it up. I did the math and realized that I'm only 10 weeks away from my next half so it's time to get my ass in gear.

Today I went to my fav. park and did 5 miles. Ah. Awesome. Of-course the Nike+ App tried to tell me that this run was a 6.2 mile run and I ran it with an average pace of 8:30 but, that is woefully, woefully inaccurate. Sigh. I wish. the good news, I kind of knew the distance because I have done this route before and Nike recently updated the app to be calibrated. So we are straight.

But even today was warm and I was sweating.

Unfortunately, I often get very strange and obscene sweat marks:

WTF? I just can't
Sigh. I guess it's a good thing I'm older and slightly just don't give a flying F anymore if people look at me funny. But I really wish I didn't get those little circles RIGHT ON MY BOOBS. It's annoying. Yet funny. I used to get mortified by everything and while I would die if I ran into Ben Affleck or my high school crush like this, I guess with the other sweaty folks in the park, I don't care too much. I guess. It helps that I don't usually notice this debacle until I'm back to my car. If I caught a glimpse mid run I might be way more self-concience. 

Last week was even worse. I ran in really bad heat and humidity and I just looked crazy. My pants looked like I had peed in them, my face was tomato red and my hair was frizzing out from under my running hat -- I'm sure I was a sight for sore eyes. I guess I'll never be one of those girls that looks like a supermodel when I run.

And yes I think you should give me brave points for posting this hot mess of a picture on the internet.

So while these aren't good looks in sweating… I'll tell you what is - The Handana.

She's rocking a Handana
The good folks at Handana dropped me a line to see if I'd like to check them out and I jumped at the chance. I always am carrying sweat rags with me and have even resorted to having those sweat bands that tennis players have on their wrists to help mop the sweat. But those things are so hot and bulky. I liked the sleekness and design of Handanda and according to Handana's website: 

Sweat. Snot. Handana handles it! 
Handana is a high performance athletic band designed to be worn on either hand. Handana just slips on like a glove with your thumb in the center hole.  Made of supplex Lycra, which is nylon made to feel like cotton, Handana wicks away the moisture and drys quicker than cotton.  Wash in cold with like colors, line dry, and Handana is ready for the next workout. 
Whatever it's made of, it's great. I loved the convenience and feel of it and definitely felt like a rockstar wearing it at the gym.

I am not the best photographer
but you get the picture
So if you're interested in learning more about Handana - check them out at their website or Facebook page!

Are you hot or a hot mess when you're running? Any embarrassing sweat experiences? Do you have to carry a sweat rag or something when you run?


PS: Don't forget to check out the trailer (and possibly support) the documentary film I'm co-producing and directing that shares the same name as this blog: From Fat To Finish Line the film

PSS: Handana sent me their product to try but this review is entirely my opinion and that ugly sweat picture is really me. True story.

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