Do you ever get home from a workout so completely drenched in sweat that you think, “Wow, why don’t I just jump in the shower clothed – I’m already soaked.”
Well. Why don’t you?
Lately, I have been doing just that. Shower laundry.
Because there is nothing worse than accumulating heaps of dirty, damp running clothes. They end up smelling like moldy ass and force you to do laundry far too frequently. And also, if you pay for your laundry by the pound like I do, you end up giving way too much money to someone else to put your sweat-laden running clothes through their laundry machine.
[I must disclose that the seed of this brilliant idea was planted in my head by my most-resourceful teammate Jacqui – whose blog I cannot link to because she doesn’t have one even though she should because she is funny as all heck. And full of great ideas, like washing your running clothes while you shampoo.]
So, shower laundry. Here’s how it goes:
1) Get home from workout, all sweaty and gross.
2) Procure a bucket. (Bonus points for a beer-branded bucket!) Allow it to fill while your shower warms up.
3) Get some laundry soap, too. Put some in the bucket while it’s filling.
I suppose technically something like Woolite would be better, since it’s made for hand-washing, but this Method stuff has worked pretty well for me, and I like the convenient size and pump bottle.
4) Disrobe and toss your stanky threads, along with any other accumulated items, into the bucket. While you wash and shampoo, agitate the contents of the bucket with your foot.
5) Rinse yourself. Don’t worry about spilling your soap/shampoo/conditioner into the bucket – it’s all a soapy mess anyway!
6) Now, rinse your clothes. Twice, to make sure you don’t end up with a suds explosion in your shorts during your next workout.
7) Wring gently and hang dry.
And there ya go – clean running clothes for tomorrow. No laundry machine necessary!
Today’s EAT: Big plans for homemade sushi tonight. Big plans that required spontaneous modification when I sliced my avocado open and found it brown and mushy. Yuck. Why do avocados have such a narrow window of usefulness?
I rummaged a bit and proceeded anyway, with an eclectic set of ingredients: crab, mango, and egg.
With a little spicy mayo (mayo + sriacha sauce) and some panko on top.
While I won’t be winning any awards for my rolling technique, I thought the flavors came together quite nicely! The hubs and I gobbled this up.
(FYI – I basically followed the recipe and video linked in my post on making sushi from a few months ago.)
Today’s DRINK: Most specious excuse ever for opening a bottle of wine: I needed 1 teaspoon for the sushi rice.
But any excuse is an excuse, right? 🙂
This Excelsior Chardonnay was very cheap, but is fairly decent, considering! Quite fruity and lemony, but not at all sharp of vinegar-like, as some wines at this price point ($5) would be.
Today’s RUN: Dreadmill. Ugh.
The heat wave continued today and I just had no desire to drag myself out there. So I opted for some trash TV on the TM instead. 6 miles, 54:00, right on 9:00 pace. Nice and mellow for a recovery day.
After my dreadmill session, I hit up a 90-minute Vinyasa class before heading home. It was a slower class than usual, but lots of stretching, and I felt great afterward!
Today’s QUESTION: How many loads of laundry do you do a week? The hubs and I send a huge bag (30+ pounds) in about once a week. It would probably be 2-3 loads if we were doing it ourselves. As expensive as it is, I have to admit that I love the wash-and-fold thing!