Actually, he didn’t.
(But, as an aside, he does so love my smelly post-run socks).
So, no my daft Golden did not eat my running shoes, but this was my attempt to turn “the dog ate my homework” into a legit excuse as to why I didn’t get get up and go running early this morning as planned.
And the reason is?
My shoes were still soaking wet from yesterday, that’s why.
I did get up pre-dawn.
It was not raining. (It is now, though, at 7am. Fair chucking it down.) But it was damp and humid and grey, and my lovely running shoes were still v-e-r-y damp, despite having had several rounds of the newspaper treatment.
You know, scrunched up newspaper inside the shoes, to soak up the damp.
I love reading running blogs, but the trouble is, 99% of them are written from a phoren perspective***, and there are times when their advice and hints and tips just do not carry through here to our deshi situation.
• Like letting your wet shoes dry naturally in the sun.
Er, what sun, exactly, during our monsoons?
• Tumble dry them.
Nope, not risking my luvverly new(-ish) shoes in the tumble-dryer. Worried that the heat would damage the soles.
• Hang them in front of a fan all day.
No, actually, I am not going to dangle them in front of a fan all day, thank you very much…fire hazard/cost of electricity/daft dogs rushing around the place.
So, yes, good old stuffed-up Times of India it was.
But they were still damp – hardly surprising given our 94% humidity today.
So. The solution?
Looks like it has to be to go out and buy a second pair of shoes.
Unless any of you good folks has a better idea?
***And yes, how right you are. It was precisely for that reason that I started this blog 🙂 To take an Indian look at our running world.