Q: I sweat a lot when I run. A lot. Now, no matter what I do, I can’t get the sweat stink out of my running clothes. I’ve tried all sorts of special detergents. What should I do?
A: No one likes running behind the person with funky-smelling gear, but fortunately there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re covered. Get used to hang-drying your workout clothes. If you really have to machine dry them, use a lower heat setting, as high heat can cause those scary smells to linger.
If you still can’t remove the stink, try adding a cup of vinegar to your laundry’s rinse cycle. And, when all else fails, look at your situation as an opportunity to update your workout clothes.
Q: When I run at Lady Bird Lake and it’s really packed, I sometimes come across groups of people walking in the middle of the trail, blocking runners from both sides. How can I politely tell them this is not good trail etiquette?
A: Trail etiquette can be a sticky situation. The trail is designed to accomodate two abreast. If you do encounter someone taking up too much space, you could slow down to a light jog just long enough for a polite, “Excuse me, please.” Or you could always default to the standard “on your left” shout. Whatever you choose, just remember to be civil.
Q: Sometimes after working out, I only have time for a quick body shower. What can I do so that my hair doesn’t look or smell horrible?
A: Many of us are pressed for time and, when you throw exercise into the mix, there may only be minutes to spare for a quick shower. If you can’t wash your hair right away, fret not—there are things out there that can help.
Use dry shampoo after working out to remove excess oil and smell. Brush it out to distribute the product and oil. If your hair is still a little lacking, style it into something neat and practical, like a fishtail braid. You can even hide your oily scalp by throwing on a headband. If you’re really in a rush and don’t have access to any dry shampoo or brushes, fingercomb your hair and sweep it into a slightly disheveled bun; the oil will help keep it in place, and you’ll be achieving that cute on-the-go look.