The implication of running the HUFF 50K through lots of mud is really muddy shoes. You can see me here around mile 29...check the shoes.
The shoes are supposed to be light grey...but are solid black.
When the race ended, I walked to my car and retrieved my cold, soggy feet from their mud-caked cocoon. I sensed a photo series possible.
The following afternoon, I laid into them. First I removed the shoe laces. Then, I put them in a 5 gallon bucket and hacked away with a stiff brush to get the bulk of the mud off. Had the race happened in the summer, I would have done this with a hose in the backyard...but in the Indiana winter, it was a bucket indoors.
Meanwhile, I rinsed and rerinsed the shoelaces and socks, then put them into a bleach solution. This photo was after the third rinse, such was the grime.
I pulled out the insoles and threw in both shoes, sans shoelaces still. I looked really hard in the owners manual to find the "Running Shoe Cycle" but didn't come across it.
So, I set the machine on a medium load to get plenty of water in the machine, hot water wash, warm water rinse, gentle cycle. I put in plenty of detergent and four glugs of bleach just to de-gunk the puppies. (I hope I haven't lost you in the technical language)
A half hour later, out they came. Shoes were wet but clean. The insoles held up well, it seemed.
I did NOT put the shoes in the dryer! I just let them air dry for a few days. Had I needed the shoes more quickly, I could have stuffed newspapers in them. The shoelaces dried too.
Relacing the shoes, these babies were ready to go, looking none the worse for spending 7 hours and 50km tromping through mud and water.
This pair of Brooks Beasts (my 12th pair of Beasts, by the way...did I ever mention I like Brooks shoes??!!) now has 620 miles on them. I wore them on a regular training run yesterday and they felt great.
Hope you've had some fun with the photos!! Don't ever give up on a pair of shoes just due to a muddy trail run!!