RUNNING NUGGET: SAVED FROM SWEAT…

Sweaty

A dab will do ya.

Famed football coach Lou Holtz was quoted as saying that “no one has ever drowned in sweat.” Although I think I’ve come close. You see when I exercise I’m a bit of a sweater… okay, calling me a bit of a sweater is like calling the shark from Jaws a “bit of a fish.”

After a race or a training run I look like I just jumped into a pool with my clothes on. My buddies have joked that sweat is “fat crying.” If that’s the case, when I run it seems like my fat is having a full-on nervous breakdown.

Don’t get me wrong; sweating feels great (sign of a good workout) and serves a very important purpose concerning body heat regulation. Although, I do feel bad for all of my past girlfriends who smiled as they gave me a post-race hug…I think if you listened hard enough you’d hear my clothing “squish.”

Well, I always had a problem, which was getting into my car after a sweaty run or race and cringing of the thought of my “sad fat” soaking into my car seats. In a word, “Ewwwww.”

I typically bring a different shirt to change into for the ride home or laid a towel down to minimize the nastiness, but it was still a bit of a pain in the butt.

So, what to do?

Seat Shield

Protecting seats from sweaty butts.

Thanks to my sister-in-law for giving me what is definitely one of the most useful Christmas gifts I ever received: The Seat Shield. You place this cover over the seat and it protects it from sweat, just like shields save the U.S.S. Enterprise from a sneak attack by Klingons… if Kilngons were made of sweat that is.

Here’s the best thing about the Seat Shield, it’s stupid easy to install. Hook the hood over your headrest and drape that bad boy over your seat. That’s it. In all of two seconds your seats are protected from bathing in your nastiness. It’s so simple of a concept that it makes me mad that I didn’t think of it first and patent that sucker. Oh well.

Before you laugh at this towel with a hood, think back a few years ago and how you broke down and bought a “Snuggie” (which was basically a cheap blanket with sleeves). Come ‘on, admit it you bought one (even if you told people it was a gag gift). Of course it does make me wonder what kind of bastard child would be created if the Snuggie and Sleep Shield got busy. But I digress…

Innovation is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration… and this innovation handles your perspiration quite well.

I’m sure you can find similar products/knock-offs to the Seat Shield out there, but the original is reasonably priced and works (and no, I don’t get kickbacks, although I am open to negotiations should they be interested in paying me).

Seat Shield Packaging

Yup, a towel with a hood.

So, if you’re a sweaty soul like me or just want to keep your car’s seats from smelling like a locker room at the YMCA, drop a few bucks, grab one of these and feel free to sweat like there’s no tomorrow.

Run on!

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Posted on February 10, 2014, in General, Running Nuggets, Tech & Gear and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. We all need one of those but I admit I just sit directly onto the car seat.

    • It’s totally worth the $20-$30 bucks. My current car has leather seats (which don’t absorb as much), but my last car was a Honda Accord with cloth seats. And if I didn’t have the shield, I think it would have turned out like that Seinfeld episode where the valet permanently stunk up Jerry’s car.

  2. LOL!!!!! Oh my goodness! You are hysterical!!!!

  3. I seriously laughed out loud reading this whole post!

    And I have a pink Snuggie. 😛

  4. 1. I assume this is machine washable, right? As in after I get home from a race I can wash it and then put it on my seats again? 2, How much does this cost and where can I find it in stores? 3. I feel left out now because I’ve never had a snuggie.

    • Hey Andrea… the seat shield is machine washable (line dry). And you don’t have to wash it each time, I think it’s designed to be used several times before you have to power clean it. I’m not certain if it is available in stores, you’d have to check… my sister-in-law bought mine. Check the website as there several styles… I think I got the middle one. And while I did buy snuggies for others, I don’t own one myself.

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