Seeing signs of spring out on your run? Ready to emerge as a butterfly after a winter of treadmill runs? Now is the perfect time to do a check in with your running gear. If you are anything like me, you have piles of running shoes and gear in a few places. Here are a few quick steps to spring clean your running gear and organize it for spring and summer outdoors.
Easy Steps To Spring Clean your Running routine
Just as your house may need a spring clean, your running routine may as well. I like to do a seasonal update in the spring and the fall. Let’s start with your running gear.
Running shoes can get pretty beat up over the wintertime running in slush and snow. While most experts suggest replacing your shoes every 300-500 miles that distance will vary depending on weight, foot strike, and terrain for example. Check the tread on your running shoes for any wear and tear. Did you know you can track your mileage on sites like Strava?
Wondering what to do with your old running shoes? Here are a few ideas on where to donate them so they do the most good. You can mail them off for free right from your house.
Wash and store winter gear
Check for items that need replacing
Check high wear items like socks and sports bras as many will need replacing yearly. No one wants to get blisters from worn-out socks. Or worse, chafing from old sports bras. Looking for new sports bras? see here.
Marie Kondo your gear
Consider going through your winter running and gear and purging your closet of items you have not worn in over a year. They can be donated, swapped with a friend, or sold on sites like Poshmark. I have been able to sell a bunch of athletic wear and pick up some good deals on new stuff with Poshmark. They might not spark you joy anymore but they might someone else.
Store your winter gear away for the next few months and move your spring and summer gear so it’s more accessible. A few years back I started using these 4 tiered hangers for shorts, capri pants, and skirts. They allow you to easily see all of your choices without taking up a bunch of space in your closet. I swap them out seasonally.
Many hydration packs and water bottles need to be replaced yearly especially if you wash them in the dishwasher. Better to check for leaking caps or tops before the heat of the summer. Looking for a new hydration pack? Here are some things to consider before buying.
Just like we are reminded to change the batteries in our smoke detectors in the spring, it’s a great time to make sure your personal safety gear is ready to hit the road. Check reflective gear and headlamps to make sure they are still effective. Update any emergency contact info in your phone or on Road ID wear.
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Spring clean your running routine and enjoy the best time of the year for an outdoor run. Happy miles!