First, let me say that I never wash my running shoes.
I’d rather run in filthy shoes than damaged ones, and I haven’t yet found solid proof that washing them does absolutely no damage to the shoes’ cushioning, structure and all that stuff for which we shell out the big bucks at the specialty running shoe stores.
But once I’ve squeezed 600 miles out of a pair, and if I plan to continue wearing them – to bike, hike or walk around – then yes, please. The dirt must go.
My Tiffany blue Nike shoes are a whole other story. It was love at first sight with those babies and our romance is still going strong. But after six months of love and affection, they were starting to lose their sparkle:
I don’t run in them, so I figured, no harm in testing some shoe-washing advice I found online. I mean, if it’s on the Internet, it must be legit, right? Right?
What I did:
Took the insoles out of the shoes; found two pillowcases we no longer use
Put each shoe in a pillowcase; tied a knot on top so it won’t fall out
In the wash they go
While the shoelaces looked much cleaner, the shoes did not. So it was time for Plan B:
Grab the heavy-duty detergent
Then, using an old toothbrush, scrub that dirt like you hate it
After ten or so minutes of hard work, the shoes looked much cleaner, so I announced the project a wrap and put them out in the sun to dry:In hindsight, I should have done this the other way around: hand-scrub the dirtiest parts first, then throw the shoes in the wash. Oh well. You live, you learn. (Or, in your case: you read my blog, you learn.)
How about you: Do you wash your running shoes? Any strategies I should try next time around?
It was a great run. Warm enough for my pink racer-back dress (test-running the LA Marathon outfit!), but slightly overcast so I didn’t need to worry about getting a sunburn. (I know… in March. What can I say, California problems.)
But I’m not sure if the thin cloud cover was enough of an excuse for RunKeeper to do this?I knew the GPS was wrong the minute it ticked off my first mile as a 10-minute one, and at a farther point than it should be, so when I came back home, I mapped out my run manually (MapMyRun is great for that, because you can set it to automatically snap to roads). The result, my actual distance and pace:
Yesterday:This was broken down as:
2 miles warmup
a bunch of exercises with a BOSU (burpees, squats while balancing on top, pushups, lunges, mountain climbers… the usual)
0.5 mile sprint
another set of the above BOSU torture
1.25 miles tempo run with a pick-up in pace for the last quarter of a mile (sub-7 min miles)