It is the Shepherd again with a mini series for all of you who are like me and really want to know if wool socks truly repel the funk from our feet. So I am embarking on a voyage most people would not want to admit to, and truthfully I wonder if anyone really tests how many days you can wear stuff before it starts to stink. I've heard all the sales pitches, but none of them include pictures of the testers, conditions, etc. Since I am not the most scientific of people, there won't be any kind of rigorous control group testing alongside a highly sensitive stink-o-meter to see what the true funk values are. You are just going to have to take my nose and word for it.
About the test subject: I am what you would call...greasy. The kind of greasy that leaves a sweat shadow on new sheets before the bed is even warm. I am a two shower a day guy and if I time my workouts improperly, 3 a day. I'd like to think I am not a walking Pigpen, but it sometimes feels like it. My feet do have a tendency to get a little rank at times, especially in dark colored socks. I have always found that odd, and in fact when I was a teenager one of my first entrepreneurial thoughts was to create the "stinkless sock" where it was a colored top and a regular white bottom. Someone beat me to it and those are their millions to have. In any event, and without further explanation of how gross I might be, suffice it to say I am a great test subject for this.
For even greater level of detail, here is the link to my mapmyrun profile if you want to follow along.
The Gear: Running in Vibram Five Finger Bikilas and Smartwool Toe Socks
Wear 1. February 25, 2012
My running partner and I are on a training plan for the upcoming KY Derby Mini Marathon. Today was seven miles at an easy pace. Temperature was not too bad. I should have paid more attention, but my best guess was that it was about 40ish with a 10 mph westerly wind. I did not think about doing this until my run on Tuesday when I didn't have any clean pairs of socks. I thought to myself; "Self, what are you going to do now? Why not see if you can get two runs out of these things?" So I put them on and went for it. The bad news is that I didn't have a picture of them after the first run. Not that it matters, because they looked and smelled the same as before I put them on. So here is a picture of the shoes I am running in.
Stay tuned for more updates as I catch up the blog posts with my actual training days.