Does Anyone Wash Their Running Shoes?

Shoes get dirty so I bought two pairs.  One for “everyday” and one for events.  Then on Friday, after looking at my 6-month-old-mud-laden shoes that had just grazed an ant pile, I asked a friend how she cleans her running shoes:

  • washer
  • detergent, with some pillows to absorb the clunking around
  • dry them in the sun.

That sounds good to me.  I’m thinking I might add some vinegar and fabric softener.  And dry them in the sun.

How Do You Clean Your Running Shoes?

Swollen toes.  All this just for a 5k.
I earned my 13th bib- #595.
32 (more) and counting…

Swollen toes.  All this just for a 5k.

I earned my 13th bib- #595.

32 (more) and counting…

What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m Counting This One

Most of you know I’m counting down to meet my goal: 45, 44, 43, 42, etc.

Yesterday, I was down to 34.  So, 34 more to go.

34 more running bibs before I’m 45 years old to meet my “45 (running bibs) before 45 (years old)” goal.

My beloved Texas weather is puttin’ a damper on my willingness to get out there and run, and now I’m a little nervous about making my goal; but today, at about 7am, it was a cool 72 degrees and that inspired me to run.  I got out there and I’m counting this one.  Thanks to my Garmin, it’s official.  Here’s my bib:

The Mara-Lee-Run-at-Home Run  Distance:3.11 mi   Time:35:19

33 and counting…

51% Humidity and No Wind

really.  I live in a place where humidity reigns supreme and it doesn’t matter if you run at 8am, at 2pm, at 7pm, you may still have 51% humidity.  And that, along with the Texas sun, makes you sweat…glisten.  And when I glisten, I just look awful.

It’s June in Texas.  I ran on June 9th and realized it wasn’t so much that I couldn’t run, I didn’t want to run in that stifling heat.  I ran the worse time ever for a 5k.  36:54, I think it was, just awful.

So, today, on June 30th, I had another run.  If I thought 51% humidity and no wind on June 9th was bad, what gift would the Texas heat give me today?  So, guess what?  I didn’t go.  I just couldn’t stand the thought of running - and glistening - in that thick, still, suffocating air.

So before bedtime, I decided NOT to go.  But I woke up at 7:30am, and even though I didn’t go to the event, I still ran 3.9 at home in the still, sweltering humidity.  Was it guilt? New motivation? I don’t know, but I realized something:  I run faster when I’m not worried about anyone seeing me glisten.

34 and Counting…

34 and Counting…

Virtual Run

5/20/12- Today someone told me about “virtual runs”… Life changer!

I’ll let you know how it turns out…

35 and Counting…

Instead of fretting about not having an event to run in and not getting another bib for my 45-before-45 goal, I just made an event.  we’re talking homemade bibs- I had some lace around the house- Starbucks prizes, and a friend even made trophies!  And guess what?  People actually showed up!

THE LACEY BIB RUN

6 participants

Bib # MLM

May 19, 2012, 8am

35 and Counting…

Where two or three are gathered, you have a run!
The Lacey Bib Run, May 19, 2012, Texas

Where two or three are gathered, you have a run!

The Lacey Bib Run, May 19, 2012, Texas

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