I sweat a lot and Djibouti is hot. The best proof of this is that I am the only person I know who sweats through my shoes. Literally. I leave shoe prints. It is gross. But I keep running. Here is some gear that helps me, stubbornly, persist.

Cooling Towel, Ergodyne Chill-Its 6602 Evaporative Cooling Towel

I got this guy for Christmas and I drape it over my neck before a run or when I come back. I suppose I could wear it on a run but I sweat so much I’m afraid I’d ruin it. Another idea like that is to freeze regular towels and drape them over your neck while running.


Osprey Packs Osprey Dyna 1.5 Hydration Pack, Black Opal I love all the pockets on this backpack. I can keep my fuel in front of me so I don’t need to clip and turn the pack around. I can bring my phone without wearing it (too much sweat, I ruin phones when I wear them), keys, coins for water, tampons, a dry pair of socks, and of course, water.


Ninja Professional Blender (BL610) All I can think about on my long runs is when the run will be over, what kind of smoothie will I make? Coffee, cocoa, banana, and ice? Spinach, carrots, ginger, oranges, and coconut water? Frozen watermelon cubes blended into a slurpie? In the hot months, I use this guy at least once a day but often two to three times. It crushes ice like nobody’s business.

Moisture-Wicking Clothes, obviously, though they don’t do much wicking around Djibouti. But, far better than cotton t-shirts or thick pants.

ASICS Women’s Quick Lyte Single Tab Running Socks (3 Pack)

Nike Womens Challenger Short Sleeve T-shirt

Asics Women’s PR Capri 18-Inch, Black/Steel

Nike New Nike Pro Bra White/White/(Black) These have been the least chafing for me, though I haven’t had much opportunity to try others, since sports bras aren’t for sale in Djibouti.



My TomTom Spark doesn’t have anything to do with staying cool, I guess, but I love the watch, so will share it here as well. Here’s my review of it.

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