Jackson, Miss., is the 26th sweatiest city in the nation, according to a study conducted by Old Spice deodorant. Phoenix, Ariz., came in first place. Texas is the sweatiest state - with 10 cities making the list.
The ranking is based on the assertion the average resident loses 26 ounces of perspiration on a typical summer day.
In my Half-Crazy running group, we've been training for our first 5k - the Watermelon Crawl - on the 4th of July. Even at 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., it's very hot. I have never in my life (until now) sweat so much that I actually have traces of salt left on my skin when I cool down.
If you're in the Jackson area and would like to join us, just let me know. Our group is growing and we have added a weeknight run for those who can't make Saturday. We meet at Saturday at 7 a.m. in front of the Reservoir Y for what is now a six-mile run (but will have to increase if we are going to make a half-marathon). We also meet on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgeland High School track. Most of us are training on a two-minute run/one-minute walk schedule but we do have some walking the whole time and some running the whole time, so whether you're a beginner or a pro we can find a group for you.
As a group, we will run the 5k on the 4th of July and the Lake Caroline 15k in November. Our first half-marathon will be the St. Jude's marathon in Memphis on December 4 (which I will run in honor of my 37th birthday on Dec. 3). We are also planning on the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans in February of 2007.
Let's move Jackson up the charts this year. Come make it an even sweatier city! ;)