(This post is sponsored by Reebok and I was given a pair of shoes in exchange for a fair review. This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated should you click on them. All opinions are my own)
Now that we are mostly done with winter and spring is in the air, it’s time to get prepared for the spring running season. Spring is probably my favorite time of year for outdoor activities. Many of us have slugged through freezing, windy runs or worse been banished to the treadmill. We are ready to ramp up for spring races and more outdoor running. Just like you might spring clean your house or your closet, this is the perfect time to spring clean your running routine.
Tips to Spring Clean your running routine
Start where you are
Do a realistic assessment of where you are right now as opposed to where you think you should be. Life happens and sometimes our best January intentions did not play out the way we intended. Use that information to find a realistic plan for you and your current goals.
Get Rid of the old
Take an inventory of your spring and summer gear to see what can be donated or gotten rid of. If I did not wear something all last summer, no point in keeping it. I check to make sure my hydration belt and bottles are ready and in good condition for longer runs.
Check your support system
Evaluate the condition of your sports bras. They get a lot of use all winter and usually need to be replaced by spring time.
Check your shoes
Spring is a great time to assess the condition of your running shoes in preparation of higher training weeks. It is recommended to change out your shoes every 300-500 miles or about every 4-6 months depending on your mileage.
I received a pair of the new Reebok Harmony Roads to review just at the perfect time. Reebok is breaking back into the running scene with their new shoe Runner’s World just named “2017 Best Debut shoe”.
I was immediately impressed with the lightweight feel of the shoes and the cushioned shock absorption. I am prone to plantar faciitus and I prefer a shoe with a little more cushioning especially in the heel. I liked the way my heel felt supported on impact and did not feel any heel soreness after wearing them. While I have only had the chance to run in them a few times so far, the Harmony Road will certainly have a place in my spring and summer shoe rotation.
Reebok is looking to come back and make a few PR’s of their own with the Harmony Road. You can find more info on Reebok Harmony Road here.
Tell me-Do you keep track of how many miles you put on your shoes? How often do you switch them out? How do you spring clean your running routine?
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