Runner Problem #247…               

Yurbuds Armband

The offending armband. Be thankful you can’t smell it.

I have a Yurbuds armband that I use for my iPhone while I run. It’s great. Light weight. Comfortable. Doesn’t chafe. I can see the screen clearly through the plastic cover and I can operate the phone without taking it out of the case. It’s also semi-water resistant. All-in-all, a solid purchase. We’ve been through a lot together – dozens of training runs. Multiple 10Ks and half marathons. We have a lot of history, me and that armband.

Because it is so awesome, I use it multiple times a week. Lately, every time I put it on, I notice that it absolutely stinks. Not surprising considersing there is months (er… maybe years?) of accumulated sweat in it. So every time I finish a run, I throw it in the wash. I must wash this thing before my next run, I say to myself. However, my next run comes along, and naturally, I haven’t done laundry yet, so I fish the thing out of the laundry hamper and use it again. Repeat cycle.

Anyone else have this issue? Am I just disgusting?


  1. Kathy August 19, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Hi Miranda – If you have a dishwasher in your flat, this may work well to clean the strap- I put my dogs collars in the dishwasher and no more smell!

    • Miranda August 19, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Oh! Great idea! Thanks!

  2. April Cunningham August 20, 2015 / 6:57 am

    I got annoyed with mine and now I just use a little Nano for my runs. Stick it in my back pocket. Awesome!

    • Miranda August 20, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      I like to use the Nike+ app though and sadly, my watch is broken. 🙁 I have a nano too and the nano + watch was my fave combo.

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