Stinky Gym Clothes? You know you have some

Ok, anyone here have some gym clothes that are just gross?  Me, I do!  I know there has to be others out there with the same problem.  I love my tech shirts because they are great at wicking away sweat and they come in super cute colors, but holy moly do they stink.  This happens to some of my cotton blend workout shirts too. Even after washing in hot water, double soap, baking soda, sports wash, and dawn dish soap, still stinky!  You name it, I’ve tried it.  Just when I thought I was going have to smell like a homeless man forever…a miracle happened!

Hydrogen Peroxide!!

There it was sitting in my medicine cabinet when I thought, “hey, couldn’t hurt to try”.  At first I was worried it might discolor my shirts, but I was so fed up I was going to toss the shirts anyway if it didn’t work.  So I had nothing to lose.  I picked out a couple of my worst smelling shirts, turned them inside out, sprayed them down with hydrogen peroxide and let them sit for about 20-30 minutes and then laundered them with the rest of my clothes.  When I heard that the washer was done, I slowly crept towards it and opened the lid.  I started putting the clothes in the dryer.  Then, I came across my cute pink stink shirt.  Moment of truth.  I smelled it…and nothing!!  No stink!!  I thought that maybe it was a fluke.  But I found my other shirt and low and behold, no stink!  Also, the shirts had zero discoloring.  This was the greatest day ever :).

The easiest way I find to treat my exercise shirts is to keep an opaque spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide right by my hamper.  After I’m done working out, I strip off the garment so it’s inside out, give it a good spray, and toss it in the hamper.  I even let some of the shirts sit for a few days and they still come out smelling clean.

I hope that this will help others out there who thought smelly gym clothes were just something they had to live with :).


Am I done running yet??!!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  The holiday season and marathon training has been taking up all my time.  Luckily, I think I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping!  I wanted to be totally done by the day after Thanksgiving, but that never happens :).  

I’ve been dreading today all week.  The 20 mile run on my calendar has been staring at me and laughing.  So, with zero enthusiasm, I laced up my sneakers and headed out to pound some pavement.  I had no idea where I was going to go to rack up the miles so I just started going.  After lapping the rec center I got the idea to run to Sugarhouse park.  Well, after running around the park a few times and crying at every hill, I decided it was time to switch parks.  Off to Liberty park!  Oh man, I was so happy to see flat ground at Liberty.  Plus, the water fountain was on, score!  My joy did not last long however.  Mile 12 I started to feel the foot pain and frankly I was just running out of steam.  I pushed through to the 14 mile mark but then I had to start walk/running.  

On my way home I was so hungry!  And guess what?  I kept smelling fried chicken (KFC) and pizza, it was cruel.  This is why I can’t carry more than a dollar with me, otherwise I’d stop off and eat greasy things!  I’ve been fueling with fruit snacks and pretzels, and those just were not cutting it today.  I didn’t even eat my last portion of snacks because it just sounded so unappealing.

The last 6 miles went by incredibly slow.  Mostly because I was just slow.  Those 10 minute miles quickly became 11 minutes, then 12, then well, basically walking.  I even called my hubby to pick me up about 3/4 of a mile from the house because I had just reached the 20 mile mark and I really didn’t want to go any further.  I only have a few brutally long runs left before the marathon and I hope they get better.  I really want to enjoy my marathon darn it!


Treadmill Running vs Outdoor Running

Just for fun I though I’d write up a list of pros and cons for both treadmill running and outdoor running.  This is purely opinion, no scientific research was done :).  I’m also comparing my own home treadmill, not one in a gym.

Feel free to chime in with your own pros and cons!!

Treadmill Pros

  • Climate controlled environment
  • Can watch TV/Movies
  • Personal fan
  • Easy access to water
  • Easy access to food
  • Easy access to a potty
  • No rain, snow, wind, allergens, or UV rays
  • No creepy dudes
  • No cars
  • No need for a kiddie sitter
  • Can wear old man T-shirt and stained sweats without shame

Treadmill Cons

  • Sometimes there is nothing on TV!
  • Kid and Hubby can bug you with ?’s every 2 minutes until you are done
  • The treadmill room can get very humid, gross
  • No change of scenery
  • No fresh air

Outdoor Pros

  • You can run where ever you feel like
  • Change of scenery
  • Feeling of solitude/serenity
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Fresh air and sunshine (sometimes)
  • Varied terrain

Outdoor Cons

  • Poor weather or air conditions
  • Careless drivers
  • Creepy dudes
  • No easy access to basic needs
  • If there is dog poop on the road, I will find it

#26 Get fitted properly for running shoes

This week I was able to check #26 off my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30.  You would think that since I’ve been running for about 13 years, I would have done this already…but I haven’t.  I headed out to Salt Lake Running Co. since that is where everyone tells me to go.  A nice lady was there to assist me.  She got me a pair of bright yellow Nike’s to do a treadmill test in.  I was surprised that they didn’t have any size 6’s in the tester shoes.  I know you always add a half size to your running shoe, but I am a 5.5, so 6 is my perfect runner.  So a loose 6.5 was what I got for the test.  Note to others who may go and do treadmill testing: wear shorts, capris, or ankle pants, or you may end up doing the gangsta pant roll like I had to.

Ok, onto the treadmill I went.  I started running and the lady stood behind me with an ipad and recorded my lower body.  It only took a couple of minutes and then I got to see the footage.  Surprisingly, my left side was totally perfect, straight, ideal, no problems.  Crazy, since that is the foot with the issues.  On the right side I had just a slight pronation, but nothing worrisome.  She also noted that my gait and foot strike were also perfectly normal.  So it was all good news.  This is a picture of of the 3 ways your foot/ankle may be when you run.  

I talked to a couple different people about my issues with plantar fasciitis and they all gave suggestions that I’m already implementing.  The only thing that they said I could maybe try is this crazy looking device called a strassburg sock, it pulls your toes back and keeps your foot constantly flexed…um, that’s a no for me.  They also said that there are no “right” kind of shoes for people with plantar fasciitis.  It’s pretty much all your personal preference.  Since I don’t have any alignment issues that means I can wear which ever shoe feels good.  I was happy to hear that I have lots of options, I was not happy to hear that they didn’t know of anything that could help out my problem.

So I they brought out lots of shoes for me to try.  Lots and lots of shoes.  All of them very ugly.  I finally had to tell them that “cuteness” was very high on my priority list, especially since I can run in anything with moderate to maximum cushiness.  I went over to the wall and started picking out shoes.  Sadly they only had one of the shoes in my size.  All the others were not stocked in my size at that store or any other store in utah, sigh.  So I tried on the pair of purple asics.  They were fine, they felt like shoes.  There were no fireworks or moment of AH.  So instead of dropping the 130 bucks I put a hold on the shoes and left.  I kind of felt bad for taking up so much of their time and then not buying anything.  But not bad enough to spend that kind of cash on a so so item.

My overall impression of completing #26 is that it’s helpful.  However, if you have a recording device and access to a treadmill, you can totally do it yourself without the added pressure to buy stuff.  I also have to note that SL Running Co. is a great “brick and mortar” option for buying running gear.  But if you know what you want and can wait a couple days, just buy it online, you’ll save tons of money.