On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Maybe it's time to invest in some specialty laundry detergent

On Monday, Tara and I ran 13m after work. This was a bad idea. Not the run; just the timing. Our run took us into Central Park after dark - and half the street lights were out post-Hurricane Irene.

During the run, Tara kept commenting on how badly her running capris smelled. I didn't notice any scent at all, which I kept telling her. I'll admit: even as I was not smelling anything, in my head I was thinking, "Um, gross! Like, seriously. You say you washed your capris, but if you washed them, they wouldn't smell as badly as you say they do!"

And then... last night. I had grabbed a clean shirt and clean skirt out of my laundry pile, but the second the "clean" shirt got sweaty, it was like the moisture reactivated YEARS of stink. My god. I've never smelled anything like me in that shirt last night. Foul. Truly foul.

This is the shirt in question:

We had to take another photo of the protesters' rat because they've added an ape to the mix! I don't really understand it. But I did take the suggestion of pretending like the drummers were cheering me up the hill instead of annoying the crap out of me, and that mile was my fastest.

Two different people told me they liked my skirt while I was running (one a stranger, the other my friend Jenny whom we ran into on the path - get it? ran into her?).

Also? Not going to lie. I would eat this. You might even say I will eat this:

I know it's disgusting. But it's mac and cheese and a burger. Two delicious things made into one potentially more delicious thing. You can't go wrong. (I would forego the fries.) Anyone up for some Denny's this weekend? My treat. Serious offer.*

*Denny's must be accessible from NYC via public transportation or you must provide a ride for me.


  1. All of my running clothes have what I call "uberfunk". No matter how much I wash them, they still stink. I just go with it.

  2. You have to wash them with a special detergent special for tech fabrics every once in a while and then they're fine. I use Nikwax Basewash - http://bit.ly/qxxeAT

    You can find it at REI and stores like that and you only use a tiny bit at a time. I've noticed NYRR also sells some stuff but it seems more expensive.

  3. The toast is my favorite part. Nothing wrong with toast, ever.

  4. I would definitely eat that sandwich. I don't even think it's disgusting. I think it's brilliant.

    I've heard you can add white vinegar to your laundry to combat the stank, but I've yet to try it! Probably should get on that...after a very sweaty summer, a few of my shirts are pretty funky too.

  5. OMG - I had the mac & cheese on a burger at Big Daddy's just the other day, and it was Awesome!!! It is "The Real 'Mac' Coy Burger" and also comes with bacon.

    So, no need to go all the way to Denny's. I went to the one in Grammercy (Park and 19/20th), but there is also one on UES and UWS...

  6. You got photobombed.

  7. Been there! Specialty detergent could do the trick. Then again, silk specific detergent works fine on my running gear. Less smell. Happy running buds. ;) Then again, I run with my dogs most of the time, and they smell way worse than I do. ;)

  8. It's like Hamburger Helper. Just, inside a burger.

    I think your delayed running clothes stink was karma for thinking mean thoughts about Tara's capris. Smelt it and dealt it and all that, you know.

  9. First of all, that burger looks incredible. Second, I've tried every detergent on the market, and so far, I haven't found anything that can contend with my aged-sweat stink. So if you do, please share.

  10. Lest the world think I'm as gross as your mean thoughts indicated, I swear those capris were clean! But yeah, the stink was unreal. Must investigate the stink combatant special tech detergent. Must!

  11. i'm eating mac and cheese for dinner. if a burger magically appeared on my plate, i would def. pile all the cheesy goodness on top. mmmm.

    in other news, i was sitting on the bus yesterday thinking "oh my god, someone smells like sweat and mildew - gross!"

    and then i realized it was me. note to self - washing your shorts in the shower doesn't get them clean.

  12. Right there with you on the laundry issue. I can wash tech-fabric clothes twice and they still reek. So, here's my current solution:
    1 - add regular detergent
    2 - add oxygen-based detergent
    "additive" to the wash (e.g. OxyClean, or whatever store brand you can find)
    3 - add about a quarter cup of Simple Green to the wash (in addition to #1 and #2 above)

    This mix is cheaper than the "fancy" sports washes, and seems to be working...

  13. I will warn you: for deep down stank, not even specialty detergent can get it. I have one tech shirt that I washed in regular detergent for years before investing in the special tech stuff, and it just stanks up every time I sweat in it. You might want to try giving it a soak in some water & OxyClean - that stuff will clean ANYTHING. (I haven't taken my own advice on this, because I am lazy and typically run by myself, so no one is there to be offended by my stank.)