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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.