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Another amusing newbie mistake

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood after work last night so I could enjoy the somewhat decent weather and finally try out my new jacket.

I had gotten one of those lightweight Columbia jackets that is wind and rain proof, with a hood that you can roll up and tuck behind the collar. It’s also got this neat venting thing on the back so I was looking forward to how nice it was going to be.

It fit a bit tight around the hips, but that’s a common problem given my pear shape so I was happy it fit over my hips at all!

I started off on my walk and it wasn't even 5 minutes before I noticed a problem.

I had just worn a sports bra and t-shirt under the jacket. No problem, right?

Well, I had bought the cheapest jacket I could find that would fit me and that meant I just bought the shell, without any kind of a liner.

It is great for keeping the moisture out, but it is also great for keeping the moisture IN.

By the time I got to the trail head, I could feel my upper and lower arms sticking to the inside of the jacket. The more I walked, the more I felt like a slowly marinating chicken breast under Saran Wrap. I refused to go back home for fear I wouldn’t finish my cardio so I toughed it out for my 2.6 miles.

By about halfway through my walk, beads of sweat were running down my forearms to my wrists, trying to escape the jacket. At one point, I thought I was getting hit by a few droplets of a beginning rain pour, but it was just more drops of sweat jumping from my jacket to my hands.

When I finally got back home, I took off my jacket- actually, it was more like I peeled off the jacket since the sleeves were stuck to my arms and it would only come off by peeling it off inside out.

I don’t know how well you can see this, but these are the droplets of sweat that were left on the inside of one sleeve an HOUR after I took it off and tried to dry it.


In summary, just a word to any other newbies out there: if you get a weatherproof jacket, either make sure you buy one with a liner or ALWAYS wear a long sleeved shirt with it.
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    Thanks for sharing!! While I must admit I was giggling as I read, I also will take this info to heart and learn from it!! As others said, you sweat more making it a more efficent workout... take the positives where you can get it. I just wouldn't wear that jacket on a lunch break when you have to face people without a shower! lol
    3379 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10196856
    Ok, this has got to be one of the funniest analogies I've heard in a long time... "The more I walked, the more I felt like a slowly marinating chicken breast under Saran Wrap."
    Given the way my body is - someone who could sweat while walking in shorts and a tshirt in a snowstorm - I really sympathize. But hey - you finished the walk - and thats what counts!
    Thanks for the laugh :-)
    3379 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11002952
    Perhaps you could re-market it as a mobile sauna??? emoticon
    3380 days ago
    Ha! Wow, way to stick (no pun intended) it out with the workout!!

    3380 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    At least you can laugh at yourself.
    3380 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11682200
    You had me laughing out loud! Congrats on finishing your walk.
    3380 days ago
  • ANISSA331
    thats why wrestler wear garbage bags to sweat out water weight when they are training...its gross but actually got alot of toxins out...so good for you!!
    3380 days ago
    wow I wouldn't have thought about that either. But emoticon on sticking (no pun intended). To your excersize routine despite extreme discomfort !
    3380 days ago
  • no profile photo LATTELEE
    Interesting information
    3380 days ago
  • MISSG180
    I shouldn't be laughing, but I am! Good for you, though, finishing your walk!
    3380 days ago
    That's pretty funny (and gross!)
    3380 days ago
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