Have you ever noticed that in a given month there are about 5 different places you’ll read the same kind of running related advice?
The running advice trend I noticed this month is that we should all shower with our running clothes one. Apparently, it saves you money on your laundry bill and it makes your sports bras last longer.
As someone who doesn’t have their own washer/dryer so I do laundry once a week in the basement, my observation is that yes, my running clothes smell pretty bad and can become somewhat pungent and fermented after a week in the laundry basket. Despite this reality, I have no desire to shower in my running clothes and I doubt that doing so would stop me from washing said clothes in a regular washing machine at week’s end anyway.
The best part of a run, especially in the summer time, is the post run shower. Don’t even try and refute that simple fact, I think it’s written on a stone tablet somewhere as irrefutable. The wonderful feeling you get from peeling off those disgusting, rank smelling clothes that just make you want to vomit and then getting out of the shower CLEAN and FRESH. Aaaah, doesn’t that feel amazing? I don’t know, I feel like this is lost if I’m undertaking this cleaning process with the filthy clothes still on me.
But, after giving it quite a bit of thought because that’s what I do now, give things a lot of thought, I will say the following: perhaps showering with my sports bra in the summer could have certain benefits for… say… avoiding the horrible burn of chafing? I don’t know, I have no scientific proof for this but it is something I’ve considered.
Survey: Would you do this? Do you do this? Is it better than showering like a normal person?