My run in the liquid sunshine was enjoyable; I hit my 5k goal and decided to extend my run. I wasn’t alone the rain- it was nice to see other runners on the road also enjoying a rainy run! Eventually, I arrived home, shouted for a towel to dry off with, kicked my waterlogged shoes off in the entry way, proceeding through the hallway leaving a trail of wet footprints!
After drying off (well, transitioning from being soaked to damp), I needed to tend to my water-logged sneakers! There was so much standing water inside of my sneakers that it looked as if they had been fished out of a lake! How does one dry a pair of soaking running sneakers? There are many techniques out there (just google it, there are tons of ideas)! I read about runners stuffing their shoes with newspaper, or paper-towels, in an effort to absorb the water. I never tried applying anything made of paper in fears that I’d be peeling little pieces soggy paper from my shoes for days! Some mentioned putting sneakers in the dryer, others recommend using a hair dryer, both of which are definite NOs— heat ruins the glue of the shoes and disforms their shape! Also, overusing a blow dryer could pose a fire hazard! Seeing no appealing approaches to dry my sneakers, I designed my own technique:
- Dump any and all standing water out from the sneakers…toes up, let the water run to the heel, then dump.
- Loosen the laces and slightly pull the sneakers open.
- Pack a towel (I used a dish towel) into the shoes, press down lightly to absorb water.
- Place the sneakers upside down on a towel and flip the sneakers sole down before bed.
Is there a technique that you use to dry your shoes? Please share!