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Post-baby return to running:week 5. In which I very slowly face down gremlins and emerge, if not triumphant, at least impressively sweaty

Week 5 is done, even run 3. It took considerably more than a week, I fear, and the last run was a muddy sweat-fest which left me gasping and, for certain sure, felt harder than a half marathon. However. Getting lots of walking in as well which I suspect is helping, and hoping that finishing the notorious w5r3 means I've kicked the majority of the gremlins into submission, at least for now.

I have also got to confess that this week I got back and threw my socks in the bin. They were fossilised with mud, such that I didn't even want to chuck them in to soak with the nappies, and I just couldn't face trying to return them to the status of wearable clothing. Can anyone more domesticated than me advise on whether it's ok to throw mud-caked things straight in the machine? I really feel like it isn't, but live in hope.

Happy running one and all!

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I do but not with the baby things 😁. I rinse them in the washer and then do the proper sports wash programme

Week 6 ey. Yay! Have fun 👍😃

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Ah. You assume I have such a thing as a sports wash programme where in fact I have a second hand machine which requires the practised application of a pair of pliers to operate the broken door! 😉

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I throw mine in, but not with anything sensitive,, often they go in with towels?

Really well done you... you are getting there:)

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Slowly but surely!

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My sports clothes just go in with the family wash! 👍

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My sports things do but these socks were literally stiff with mud- was ankle deep!

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My door is off it’s hinges! Has been for ages as we can’t get a new one It’s a right faff getting it on. 😃😃

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Hahahaha, broken-but-functional washing machine owners unite!

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Tee hee 😁. There’s a little plastic peg which is crucial to getting the porthole door back on the hinge, but the darned thing pings off at the least provocation, sending the dogs scuttling after it as they think it’s a tasty morsel. So, heavy porthole in hand, trying to stop dogs eating a bit of plastic

Who needs the telly! 😁

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Hahaha! Also, can sit wee one in front of the washing machine and it actually works as a telly - keeps him fascinated for long enough to cook a (reasonably straightforward) meal. His favourite episode is 'dad's garish cycling kit: delicate cycle'

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I confess........into the bin........unless they are expensive ones, then I would rinse under the outside tap, pop into bucket for a soak in warm water and Vanish (other powders are available), then in for a wash with my sports things, which I always wash separately to a family wash.

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I'm really glad to know my slovenly sock-binning is not too obscene. I've lost one of my expensive running socks, which keeps the other beautifully unsullied as I can't wear it!

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when I did such things as muddy hikes, my answer was to let the mud dry and then break it off. Then rinse them separately and then into the wash.

I say my answer, I think it would have been my mum ... I would have been a teenager :)

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Sounds like it'd work.

Your poor mum: I keep thinking I've got my head round this motherhood lark and then realising things like 'I've signed up for chipping mud off someone else's socks. Oh good.' Maybe he'll rebel by getting into clean indoor fun (I hope not, actually)

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heh. Also I just realised letting them dry on purpose would make less sense than soaking them under an outside tap, which we would have had at home. I imagine this was a few-days camping/walking trip and I let them dry because ... umm ... lazy teenager and also no great way of soaking them while on trip, to be fair!

You never know, you might have signed up for "going out on hikes together" :) (my mum only signed up for the cleaning part!)

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