Smelly kit, smelly kit....

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23/08/2002 at 16:01
I've upped my distances recently and after a long run on Monday, when it was very hot, I was absolutely drenched in sweat. That didn't bother me too much but after a few more session my flat is starting to disappear under smelly kit.

I know the obvious thing to do is to wash it but being a bloke in a bedsit I can't see me going down the laundrette after every run.

Is that part of being a runner? Having a wash basket that smells of stale sweat? All I need know is to spread my unwashed undies around the floor, add a few unemptied ash tries and a bin full of beer cans and pizza boxes and I'll have a proper blokey flat.
23/08/2002 at 16:06
Yes, Burnley, it is. If you're really a runner and a bloke, you have a good sniff at the unwashed kit (especially underarms, socks, and, er, THAT part of your shorts) before deciding whether to consign it to the laundry bag or take it on one last outing.
23/08/2002 at 16:09
does that mean i'm not the only one who runs in the same t-shirt more than once before washing it?
23/08/2002 at 16:38
Gross !!!

Fresh T-Shirt every time. Although my shorts and socks get a rinsing in the sink after every run and are only machine washed maybe after 4 or 5 outings.

Smell you later.... :)
23/08/2002 at 16:43
yuck, you wear your socks again!
23/08/2002 at 16:44
I'm afraid I wash my after every outing and with plenty of fabric conditioner and even tumble drier sheets for good measure. Once I forgot to wash it and wore it again and I could have thrown up as it was a v. hot day and I felt like everyone in the gym knew it was me. Never again!
23/08/2002 at 16:52
I must admit to going for a second do with a few t-shirts when I was only running for 30-40 minutes (with a good dose of the nasty aftershave that my mum got me for Christmas) but I can hardly stand being in the same building as my shirt from Monday's two hour session.

I think it's time to start handwashing again, or maybe I'll not bother getting undressed before getting in the shower next time.

23/08/2002 at 17:02

Not it isn't part of being a runner. You not a real runner until you start hanging your sweaty kit on a radiator and filling the whole house.

But note the following:
1. A running vest may be used for a minimum of three days.
2. If it rains that takes the place of washing.
3. Make sure you leave the vest on the floor for a few hours before putting in on the radiator - this will give the whole vest chance to marinate.
23/08/2002 at 20:31
Recyling (kit) is good for the environment!
23/08/2002 at 21:14
Washing (kit) is good for my wellbeing!
23/08/2002 at 22:24
Personally I can't see the point in washing things every time - life's too short to be bothered with Ariel Color. Besides it only takes a few minutes of wear and the stuff stinks again, so I'm with Burnley on this one, even on the sock issue - but a full ashtray? Absolutely not...I don't even own an ashtray. Smoking has got to be the most disgusting activity known to man and tobacco companies are the most immoral enterprises on the planet.

23/08/2002 at 22:56
I mean well, full of good intentions, but yes I've been there, sniffing the three sets of kit to see which is the least smelly - Can't beleive I said that, - a real Oprah moment!!!!
24/08/2002 at 09:30
I've taken to sticking really smelly kit straight in the sink with a kettle full of hot water mixed with cold just to rinse out the worst of it before drying it. The sweat seems to come out easily, and no powder's needed unless the kit's muddy. The smell otherwise was just too much!

You can tell it's been a good work out when you can actually wring the sweat out, or of course you can always do the equivalent of the pasta test - through the t-shirt at a wall and see if it sticks :o)

Incidentally, was the title of this thread a rather surreal reference to a certain song by Phoebe off Friends, or is my mind just going off the rails??

24/08/2002 at 11:28
Get a washing machine Burnley, or you'll never get a girlfriend.

Who was it said the definition of a slut was a girl who fished things out of the dirty laundry basket and put it on again?
24/08/2002 at 13:33
I have succumbed and bought some hand-washing liquid - having sworn I would never hand-wash anything ever again (life's too short!). My stuff goes straight in the sink to soak whilst I am bathing / showering. Quick rinse and spin straight afterwards and hang it up. It gets a go in the machine after 2 or 3 handwashes. Had no problems so far!
24/08/2002 at 20:18
Well Martin I'm obviously not a proper runner as my kit is straight in the wash after every wear. Wouldn't dream of putting dried stale kit back on. YUK!
26/08/2002 at 11:35
Wow, so many replies.

Iain, yes the title was a 'surreal reference' to that song. I'm not sure how that got into my head as I never watch the show.

Laura L, very kind of you to imply that I'm a slut with no hope of finding a girlfriend ;0) I'm sure my missus would be very pleased to hear it.

I think I'm going to go with Iain on this one, after a two hour session my stuff is drenched in sweat, if I can soak that out in the sink and avoid that stale sweat smell then that'll do me until I can get down the laundry.
26/08/2002 at 12:37
Hell ! Just jump in the shower with top and shorts still on !! Worx for me do shower don't you ?
26/08/2002 at 13:13
Shower? of course! Every sunday, whether I need to or not. ;0)

26/08/2002 at 16:19
Today at the gym i used an old water bottle that has been in my dirty old bag for months.......... my 1st mouthfull tasted like old socks ! ! ! !
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