Running has always been on the side of the spectrum of affordable exercise. If you have enough money to follow the recommendation of changing out your running shoes every 300-500 miles, then great, your chances of injury, and running in foul smelling shoes are far less. Some runners, however, expand this recommended timeline a little further, which causes their running shoes to not look, or smell very appealing.
There are many ways to get rid of the odor, or mask the odor in your shoes, while they sit in the closet until your next run. One of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to mask the odor is with baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate.
Sprinkle baking soda into your shoes, and let them sit overnight so the baking soda has time to absorb the odor. Dump any remnants into the trash.
Another way baking soda can help runners is through ingestion. An article by Runner’s World says it helps with muscle pain and fatigue. The Run and Become shoe retailer posted an article about dissolving half a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to enhance a runner’s endurance and speed.
For a runner who enjoys the less expensive side of the spectrum, using baking soda to help rid your shoes of odor or your muscles of aches and pains are worth considering.
As a former Instructor of English in South Korea for four years, it was a culture shock to hear how brutally honest and providentially, absolutely adorable honesty can sound coming out a child’s mouth. Hoping the vicious honesty would stop at first or second grade, it took some adjusting to get used to the fact that it was every age, and every grade.
So, in case it may be too much to handle, here are a few things you can do to abate the depression.
Step 1: Try to pin point your flaws on your own. At a certain age, we should all be aware of our short-comings, but if in fact you need help, there are a few things you can do. Hand out questionnaires to your friends, or look at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes every day. In the end however, be comfortable with who you are and understand that these are all just superficial blemishes that make everyone unique, so the best thing to do is embrace them. If you happen to have trouble accepting such individuality, you could also try……
Step 2: Come up with clever comebacks for when such honesty is presented to you. If you happen to be a few pounds overweight, it will definitely be brought to your attention on a daily, if not class to class basis, in case you hadn’t already known. So, to keep yourself calm and collected, you may want to form quips to reply to such remarks, such as “I ate the last class who didn’t finish their homework”, or “feeding me chocolate is the only way you’ll pass the class”. I personally struggled with adult acne while I was there. A lot of it had to do with the change in diet, the water, and of course the pollution blowing in from the rest of Asia, but telling that to a seven year old student doesn’t get you far. So, when they would put their finger on my face to touch a giant pimple and say “ewwwww, that one is big”, I simply responded with “thank you, his name is Herbert”.
Step 3: Write down all honesty, so that you have a list of what to self-reflect on over the weekend. Not really, but it gets a good laugh on a Friday night when a bunch of teachers get together to discuss what they were told about themselves that week.
Step 4: Have patience. Believe it or not, being told your exterior flaws by adorable children could prove beneficial as a way to embrace and deal with them. It didn’t matter how much make up I wore, the kids would still say something about my blemishes, so I eventually just stopped wearing make up. I went natural, and believe it or not, it helped. If this rationality doesn’t make much sense to you, you can also refer to wikiHow’s “How to embrace your flaws”, for extra pointers.
It is at first a culture shock to be told such honesty throughout the day, but at the end of the day it is fully appreciated. It makes you happy to see that the characteristics we all possess as children don’t fade with age in some cultures.