A couple of weeks ago, a marketing rep from the good people at ProWash activewear detergent contacted me to ask if I'd be interested in receiving a free full-size bottle of their product to try in return for a review on my blog. At first, I almost declined, figuring I couldn't technically be considered a real blogger since I haven't blogged in--ahem-- almost three months. But when I realized free stuff doesn't grow on trees like money does, I reconsidered and took them up on their generous offer.
Truth be told, I've been waiting for an offer like this for quite a while. Over my many, many years of blogging (going on two now), I've watched, admittedly a little enviously, as other people have received the likes of free pairs of running shoes, or compression socks or even a free Garmin to try out in exchange for a blog review. I thought surely, if I was patient and played my cards just right, I'd get an equally fantabulous offer... like a free Boston qualifying marathon time or something. But since I've never been one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I gladly accepted the ProWash offer. Actually, I've never been one to look any horse in the mouth, but that's a post for another day.
The folks at ProWash could not have asked for a better candidate to test out their product. When I'm finished with a workout, especially one in a temperature-controlled environment, I look as if I was tragically caught in the crossfire of two firehoses on full blast aimed directly at my chest from ten feet away. To say I break a little bit of a sweat during a run is a gross understatement comparable to declaring a Big Mac and large order of fries a tad fattening. After every workout, I subject myself to the tremendous suction force of extracting the wet clothes from my body, hopefully without employing the use of power tools. Once that's accomplished, my clothes then sit in a heaping wet pile on the floor while their odoriferous scents waft throughout my closet until I'm moved upon to do another load of laundry.
I decided the only true measure of accurately gauging the effectiveness of ProWash was to take a pair of clean shorts directly out of the washer and immediately bury my face into them, inhaling the scent into my very being. If I survived, the experiment would be considered a success.
I am happy to report that after two such experiments, I am still here... and pretty much still alive. Not only for the first time did my running clothes not smell like they were washed in a super-capacity load of sweat, but they came out smelling-- dare I say it?-- sweet and fresh. Like a glacier mountain spring in a tropical paradise surrounded by a fresh ocean breeze on a crisp autumn day. I don't know about you, but smelling like the good things of nature is at the very top of my priority list.
My first foray into guinea-pigging was a positive one as I can truly declare ProWash to be a veritable genie in a bottle. Well, except without the three wishes to be rich, beautiful and fast enough to qualify for Boston. But that's coming... I just know it.
ProWash is available online through Amazon.com or in select WalMart retail stores. Go buy some, eh.