Before running took over my life I was a proper southern lady. I never spit, farted in public, or wore see-through tank tops. I avoided sweating in public via the liberal use of fans and anti-perspirant. I did attend Hot Yoga classes for a bit, but perspiring was socially acceptable in that situation and my sweat did. not. stink!
Then I started running.
I remember the first time I smelled my "run sweat". My husband and I were in the mini-van, driving back home from a run, and I said "Whew! You stink!"
He said, "I thought that was you."
I responded that my sweat doesn't stink like that.
When we arrived home, I stepped out of the car, and right into my own smell.
That cross between cat urine and Windex could NOT be me! I'm a delicate southern flower.
Well, apparently, a stink weed "flower"!
The more I sweat the worse the smell is. Now that summer is upon us, I reek so badly that I refuse to get within 5 feet of another human. Gone are the days when I popped in the drug store for a gallon of milk on the way home from a run. I make my sweet-smelling husband do that. <- (there is something so wrong with that statement!)
The smell is so bad that it lingered - even after a wash. So I recently changed the way I wash my clothes. I now pre-wash, do a double rinse, and use "Sport Wash". So far my workout clothes - at least initially - smell nice and fresh!
In an effort to stop this smelly scourge, I consulted Dr. Internet. This is what I learned:
Stinky sweat can be caused by:
a High Protein Diet, (nope - love my carbs too much)
Too Much Stress, (nada - I am blessed with a pretty stress-free life)
Red Meat, (almost never eat it)
Bacteria Living On Your Skin, (then my sweat would always stink - not just when I run)
Not Enough Carbohydrate (ummm, I could and sometimes do live on carbohydrates!)
So, I guess no one really knows. Maybe it's just a by-product of my awesomeness! Yeah! I'm going with that!
Anybody have any suggestions or solutions? Help!