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Spring cleaning for runners

spring cleaning for runners

After a very long and cold winter, spring is finally right around the corner. If you’re like me, you look at spring as a fresh start – a time of renewal.

My husband and I set aside time each year to give our home a thorough spring cleaning. I organize the kitchen and give all the toys a deep clean, while he gets the garage in order.

But spring is also a great time to give your running side a tune-up! Here are some spring cleaning ideas that are perfect for runners:

Have your gait analyzed again. If it’s been awhile since you were fitted for proper shoes, head to a local running specialty store – especially if your shoes haven’t been working out for you or you’re frequently injured. Your gait may have changed as the result of improved fitness, weight gain or loss, or overcompensation for an injury.

Get new running shoes and donate your old ones. If your shoes have more than 300-500 miles on them, it’s time to get a new pair. Rather than tossing out your old shoes, donate them to one of the following organizations:

  • Nike’s Reuse a Shoe program. Nike takes old shoes and breaks them down into materials that can be used for playgrounds and track surfaces.
  • One World Running.  Since 1986, One World Running has been donating running shoes and other apparel to children and athletes in need worldwide.
  • Give Your Sole. This organization collects shoes at races and distributes them to men, women, and children across the US.

Organize race bibs and medals. Don’t risk losing your hard-earned race mementos. Consider investing in a race bib album or a medal hanger to keep things organized.

Give all of your running gear a home. Do you spend a few minutes before each run trying to find your hat, sunglasses, fuel bet, BodyGlide, and gps watch? If so, dedicate a spot in your home – like a cubby in the laundry room or a basket near the front door — to all of your running gear.

Replace worn out apparel. Those tops you sweat through all last summer that still stink? It’s time to get rid of them. Take stock of your running wardrobe and donate anything you don’t wear regularly. Ladies, keep in mind that sports bras only last 6 months to one year.

Invest in quality sunscreen before summer. We should be wearing sunscreen year-round. But if you don’t, now is the perfect time to stock up on some good running sunscreen, before you get burnt.

Check in with your body. Do you have a nagging injury or part of your body that always feels tight? If so, take the time to treat it now before it gets worse. Add foam rolling and stretching to your daily routine, and ice regularly. Consider getting a massage or even seeing a sports doctor if your injury is bothersome enough.

If you’re feeling pretty good, be proactive and protect your health. Be mindful not to over-train and consider taking protective measures to stay injury-free.

Written by Jen Matz.