Clean Up Your Act — How to Get the Stank out of Your Shorts

Type: Tempo Run
Distance: 4.0 miles
Time: 30:30
Average Pace: 7:38 min/mile
Average Heart Rate: 158 bpm

Great run this morning. I really was feeling fantastic and thought I could push the pace a little. I did the first mile at about a 8:30 pace and just cruised. To do a tempo run properly, you really should pick a pace that is close to your lactate threshold. You really shouldn’t be able to hold the pace for more than about three miles. So I think of it as my 5K pace. I have to tell you, I think I could have gone faster, but this was the pace I thought I could hold for the entire three miles. I held about a 7:20 pace for the three miles and it felt good. I feel like I am progressing to the point that I may be hitting my 5K goal in January.

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Cleaning up Your Clothes

I know we all have a problem with the way that our clothes smell. After spending hours outside sweating and working your butt off (literally and figuratively) your clothes can have a smell that would drive even a teenage boy away. I know sometimes I have come in from a century ride in the middle of the day and even my dog would bail on me. That beagle was offensive. He would roll around in stuff that I couldn’t identify when it was the two of us walking in the woods. For him to walk away it was a big deal. Forget coming in from a 20 mile run — I could win awards for the stank my clothes carry.

And technical fabrics for some reason do not help in any way. Some of my technical running shirts REALLY hold a stank. I have a couple of shirts that we have thrown away because they have the STANK. I mean, talk about turning off my wife in a significant way. No matter how good I may or may not look after working out, when I have that STANK, it is all over. Some of the shirts even can smell after you wash them.

I have been on the search for years to find the answer of how to get the STANK out of my clothes. Dryer sheets don’t get rid of the smell — they just cover it up. Tide and other detergents only do the same. But some of the harsher solutions really tear up my bike shorts and shirts. But there are a couple of solutions.

I have tried with success pre-soaking my clothes in OxiClean before I put them in the washer. I can’t remember off the top of my head the exact ratio of scoops to water, but I think I added like one scoop to a full of warm water and it got most of the STANK out of my bike jerseys. I also had some success with putting vinegar in the fabric softener slot of the washing machine. The problem is both of those solutions are a little harsh and really rough on my technical gear. I don’t use the OxiClean because it significantly shortened the life span of my gear.

But for my everyday stink, I use WIN Detergent. I know you have seen the ads all over the net webs, but I really like the stuff. It isn’t too heavy and does not leave a residue in my clothes. In short, this stuff really works. I know there are lots of products out there that claim to work on the stinkiest of STANK, but WIN has always done the job for me. I literally buy a three pack every time I order the stuff. Once I get into my two-a-day workouts, I swear I go through the stuff quicker than a high school senior and cheat sheets.

It definitely isn’t the most economical way to get your clothes clean, but with as much as I spend on exercise clothes, it may be the best.

I know everyone else has the same issue that I do, so what do you use?

About the Author

I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...