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How to Eliminate Persistent Odor from Your Running Clothes

This is my first video blog. After Frayed Laces and Sarah started doing them, I wanted to as well. But I don’t really like my recorded voice and there’s a reason I write and not video blog normally. Despite all that, I have wanted to do a video blog and this topic seemed like a perfect in to my video blogging. I upload all my videos to Vimeo*, which you can find at the Easy URL http://LindenAMueller.com/videos.

Video Blog: ProWash Review from Linden A. Mueller on Vimeo.

I am not pretty when I run. Almost instantly, my face turns bright red. In grad school, thanks to Phil and his dead-pan humor, it earned me the nickname “Cap’n” (from “Capillary Face”) . Then there’s the sweat. I am a salty sweater, and you can see it also in my face. After a run, my face has white powder on it, below my eyes and all over my cheeks. And all that sweat stinks!

Then there’s the problem that I am *ahem* well-endowed in the chest area. That is one factor that kept me from running for most of my life because when a girl like me runs, they bounce. Now, I know the guys like that, but let me tell you: it is not comfortable. So when I heard about “Oprah’s bra,” the Enell bra, I had to try it out. It is specially designed for big-breasted women doing high-impact sports. I bought one, and it was good. But it holds the stank more than any of my other technical clothing, and that is not good!

Then, last fall, I got an offer to try some ProWash, a laundry detergent designed especially for athletes and their technical, man-made fiber clothing that holds in the smell of all those miles, pounds, or reps. They mailed me samples (all the way to Germany!) in exchange for trying it and writing a blog post about it. It took me longer than I–and I’m sure they–wanted, but it was a long, cold winter and we didn’t have a gym membership, so we didn’t really run again until April.

When I finally got to try the ProWash on my Enell bra and all of our running clothes, I was pretty happy. See, before a wash, this bra STINKS! After, it smells better but still… sour. Not moldy sour, but just not like freshly-washed clothing should smell. After a ProWash cycle, the bra smells clean. A bit soapy, but clean. If it can make my Enell bra smell fresh, I know it will work wonders on any persistently stinky athletic clothing!

ProWash comes in a stand-up pouch instead of a bottle, and while the pouch–like many environmentally friendly initiatives I’ve encountered–isn’t as easy to use as a bottle, I love seeing companies move in this direction; they do it because it reduces waste and a couple other factors which you can read more about on their website. We’ll be bringing back lots of canvas bags that we’ll take to Wal-mart with us for shopping, we’re considering getting a moped as one of our vehicles, and I want to try making our own recycled kitty litter, but big companies have to make changes for any significant impact on the environment. I think perhaps the addition of some sort of handle or well-placed hole will make handling the ProWash pouch easier and will make this green-hearted runner a little happier with the product.

So, are you an athlete with stinky technical clothing who wants to try some ProWash for free too? Well, you’re in luck! Since we are moving back to America soon, there is no way that we will be able to use up the rest of the ProWash pouch we’ve opened, and there is still another unopened pouch. To earn a chance to win that extra pouch I have, you need to do two simple things.

  1. Tell your running friends about this post so they can have a chance to win some free ProWash too! Post a link to this blog post anywhere on the Internet: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, your own blog, etc.
  2. Leave a comment with a link to your post. Be sure to enter a valid email address in the email field when you leave your comment. That is the address I’ll use to contact the winner!

Do all that by Friday Monday at midnight (CST), and you’re name will be in the drawing to win a free pouch of ProWash! (One entry per person, please!)

I hope you enjoyed my fist video blog! Let me know if you have any questions about ProWash in the comments!

Extra Note: You should be able to find ProWash in Wal-mart, but since I’m not in America at the moment, I can’t confirm that myself.

*I have always had trouble uploading to YouTube, and Vimeo is easy to use and actually looks good too.

10 km Champions Run: Post-Race Quick Blog [PICTURES]

I’m pooped! But I have enough left in me for a post filled mostly with photos. :) But before we get to the pictures, let me report on our times.

Rob: 48:46 (171st place in his class)
Linden: 1:06:24 (251st place in my class)

We’re both happy with our results. Not too bad for as little training as we did, but I guarantee you that I am going to be really sore tomorrow. I can already feel it…

So now, to the pictures!

Rob at Beginning

Here's Rob at the beginning (look in the middle of the frame)

Rob at finish

And Rob right before the finish. In this picture, he is actually under the Brandenburger Tor!

Linden at finish

Here I am, right before the finish!

Us at Hauptbahnhof

Happy to be finished and changed (at Berlin Hauptbahnhof)

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Linden and the new U55 (Berlin)

Next, we rode the brand new (itty bitty) U55

Linden, mascot, and Bolt arms

Before we headed to our post-race Hooters (maybe you should make it your own, LifeStudent! It was DELISH! 10 wings, 5 hot, 5 3 Mile Island!), I had to take a picture with the Leichtathletik WM/World Championships in Athletics mascot. Oh, you know I had to do Bolt arms with him!

10 km Champions Run: Pre-Race Report

The 10 km Champions Run, associated with the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, is tomorrow at 3:45—that’s 8:45 CST,  Springfield/Neosho people!—but I am sad to report that we did not train like we wanted to.

We set out to do speed training and regular runs. But we only did a couple speed sessions back in May, and our training was hardly what you’d call regular. Nevertheless, we decided to run thus race. It will, at the very least, be a nice jog through a beautiful and historic city center.

I have to revise my original goals. Having run the first 10k of the marathon in 1:05:37, I wanted to run this 10k in 1 hour flat. While I think it is possible that I could run that tomorrow, I wasn’t to be a little more realistic.

Based on what I’ve been running lately, I would like to run it in 1:06 or less. My upper limit, the highest time I’ll be proud of is 1:15. That is the time I ran my first 10k in, back in June 2006. They close the course after 90 minutes, but I don’t see me taking that long unless I—knock on wood—injure myself.

Rob had always been faster than me, and his original goal was between 40 and 50 minutes, but closer to 40 am besten. His revised goal is 40 to 50 minutes, but close to 50.

Our post-race plans are amusing: we’re going to ride the brand new U55 line with the in-laws, then take them to the brand new Hooters under the Tiergarten S-Bahn station. We love Hooters’ buffalo wings, and we tested the German ones out a couple weeks ago to make sure they live up to the American wings. They do.

I’ll tweet our results tomorrow night when I get home and write a longer race report on Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, read up on the men’s and women’s marathons that are taking place tomorrow morning (men’s) and Sunday morning (women’s). They will run their marathon on the 10k loop that we are running tomorrow.

I’m Back: What I’ve Been Up To

Oh man, have I been bad at blogging lately! I’ll tell you why in this post, and then in the next week or so, I’ll try to make up for it. In other words, this post will be an excuse post a.k.a. what I have been up to in the real worls, and then you’ll get some meatier posts later. I have been posting regularly on my photoblog so you can always check out the pictures I’ve posted there to satisfy you in times of regular blogging drought.

Let’s start as far back as I can safely pin this blogging absence down to.

April started off right running (unlike me) from the first day. I took part in the Eighth Creolistics Workshop at Uni-Giessen by presenting, along with my advisor, about my PhD project. I don’t really like speaking in front of large groups of people, and even less so when I am not 100% sure of what I am talking about. The conference was arrannged so that there were two parallel sessions, and I had my fingers crossed that my session would be at the same time as a more interesting one, but our room was packed full. It went well, but I was happy when I could sit down and just listen.

The day after the conference ended, Rob and I left for a simply amazing week-long getaway to Rome. We were there during Holy Week, the week before Easter, and it is easily my favorite trip we’ve taken. You can read more about in my quick blogs and see pictures of all the beautiful churches we visited in my first post about Rome.

Then, the summer semester began the day after we returned from Rome. It was a really great semester, easily my favorite here so far, for three major reasons. (1) I’ve been here two years, and finally felt really comfortable with the classes, interacting with my colleagues, and all that is required of me. (2) I love the more laid-back, fun-oriented nature of General Language Course, and I taught This I Believe in that class, which is near and dear to my heart. (3) I had a great bunch of students, many of whom I got to know last semester in Grammar Lecture and Basic Writing.

Somewhere in the middle of that, my cousin Tricia spent 10 days with us and we showed her around our little part of Germany, including my first visit to the state capital, Wiesbaden, and another state capital, Mainz, a delightful day trip. Here are some pics from her week here, including a photo of the Family Feud game.

From Collages

Then, we started selling every piece of furniture we bought two years ago, started closing accounts and sending stuff back home. Rob quit his job in June and took on the full-time job of taking care off most, if not all, of that.

As soon as July started, the real grading started, and that took up most of my time. What free time I had, I did not want to spend it writing and editing. I wanted to tune out and relax.

At the end of July, we packed everything we currently own into a rental and drove to Berlin to move in with my in-laws until we return to the States, and I found inspiration for a novel. I use that term lightly right now because I don’t have much confidence that what I am writing will ever be printed, but I have 21,000 words now, and that is the most I’ve written on one topic before ever. In my free time*, I have been totally relaxing, working on my PhD, and writing my “novel.” When you’re inspired and the muse is singing in your ear, you don’t ignore her, so my writing time over the last two weeks has been devoted to private writing.

But I miss blogging! So I am going to make more time for it. In the coming weeks, I’m going to write about ProWash, a laundry detergent designed especially for runners**, ShapeWriter, my iPhone/iPod Touch note-taking app of choice, Rome, Venice, and maybe even Poland.

The blog posts I’m most excited about are the student This I Believe recordings! I had 31–over half–of my students come to my office outside of class time to record their This I Believe statement, and I hope that you will enjoy listening to them as much as I have.

* Which is now pretty much all the time

** In the interest of full disclosure, I received two containers of ProWash for free in exachange for writing a review of the product. I will be giving one away on my blog, so stayed tuned to figure out how you can win!