Running in damp clothes

Yesterday, as predicted, was a long work day, 12.5hrs, getting me home at around 11:30pm. I have to be in work at 10am today, so the alarm went off at 5:45am. I hit snooze until 6:05am, unable to believe it was really time to get up. I considered resetting the alarm for half an hour later and skipping the run, but I fought this temptation and got out of bed. I couldn’t find my sports bra and t-shirt, and then I realised – they were still in the washing machine, clean but still wet from their wash cycle. Dammit. Both the bra and t-shirt are dry-fit, so they tend to dry quickly. I tried to speed this up with the hairdryer. They became coldly damp. I didn’t have time to get them properly dry so I pulled on the sports bra (it’s not an optional item and I only have one); cold, damp, like a swimming costume being used for a second time in a day – yuck. I couldn’t face the t-shirt so I put on a regular cotton t-shirt, jumper over the top.

Running in damp clothes sucks. The sports bra clung to me in a way that felt slimy and heat-sucking rather than supportive. Wearing a non dry-fit t-shirt, my sweat quickly built up under the fabric and then stayed there, adding to the slimy humidity on my skin. Half way round my run I could smell a vaguely mildewy scent coming from my clothes.

Today’s session was 5 minutes running, 1 minute walking, for 30 minutes. As yesterday, I cut my route to only accommodate the session. No muscle burn, but a lack of energy ultimately overcome by gritting my teeth. Slime against my skin – I can’t do that again.

Running in damp clothes sucks. Time to buy a second sports bra and dry-fit t-shirt.

Session stats:

  • Distance: 4.58 km
  • Total time: 34m 08s
  • Fastest km: 6:40
  • Slowest km: 8:22 (PB)
  • Average pace: 7:19 (PB)
  • Weather: 8 degrees, cloudy but dry