Hi, friends! Howâ€™s your day going? Honestly, Iâ€™m pretty stressed out. Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode between running two websites, writing a book, and running an acupuncture clinic. I donâ€™t mean to complain, but itâ€™s really just one of those days.
In the past, I always slacked on my workouts when I was feeling stressed out or overscheduled, but Iâ€™ve learned over time that I actually feel better if I sweat it out. So, although I was too swamped to do the 5.0 miles I had on my calendar, I ran 3.0 and felt awesome for doing so!
Two tacos stuffed with vegetarian refried beans and tabbouleh.
And the yummiest Greek yogurt of all â€“ Chobani vanilla!
Now, Iâ€™m chilling at the clinic and eating some chopped fruit.
The Great Stinky Workout Clothes Debate
While on my run this morning, I noticed a particularâ€¦ odor. â€œHmmâ€¦ Is it trash day?â€ I thought. Oh wait â€“ itâ€™s just me. Stinkinâ€™ up a storm.
I have a secret to confess. But letâ€™s keep it between you and me.
I re-wear my workout clothesâ€¦ a lot. Definitely until they are stinky. I have always done this and probably always will, unless I learn reading the comments that Iâ€™m probably going to get Ebola from doing so.
I always re-wear sports bras. First of all, I only have three good ones, and itâ€™s too expensive to buy more. Secondly, the more you wash them, the faster they lose their support. Also, Iâ€™m just lazy about laundry. Most of the time, I get at least two uses out of a bra before washing.
Tops and pants are even worse. I will re-wear running tights five or six times before I wash them (cue the â€œewwwws!â€).
Yeah. I smell. Whatever. Iâ€™m a runner. Get used to it!
The only â€œissueâ€ that Iâ€™ve encountered with my fondness for wearing stinky running clothes is that one old sports bra started to cause really bad breakouts on my back, no matter how many times I washed it. I guess I had worn it one time too many, so I eventually tossed it and my skin cleared up. I guess another â€œissueâ€ is that Iâ€™m offending the nose of everyone around me, too. 🙂
Re-wearing workout clothes makes packing for vacation pretty easy because if youâ€™re going to do four workouts away, you only need one pair of shorts, two tops, and two sports bras!
One thing I never use twice without washing: my yoga towel. It gets drenched during hot yoga and smells completely offense after drying.
My BFF Lauren thinks itâ€™s completely heinous that I re-wear workout clothes, especially considering that Iâ€™m a heavy sweat-er. She says she always wears a fresh bra at the minimum. The Husband tends to side with Lauren, only re-wearing gym shorts but never tops.
Soâ€¦ my secret is out. Iâ€™m a stinky runner. Are you?
(YES â€“ this conflicts with my stance on not re-wearing underwear to bed. I am a woman of many complex contradictions!)
Is it okay to re-wear workout clothes or is this beyond disgusting? Do you bother to rinse in the sink, hang to dry, and then re-wear? Or are you one of those clean freaks who uses special athletic detergent to remove the stank from your gear?