Today’s theme is about running hacks. Running might be the cheapest, but most expensive sport out there (you know what I mean)! People think you only need some workout clothes and sneakers, but they forget about sweat wicking clothes, GPS watch, sneakers for different types of runs, running fuel, race entry fees, travel for racecations….well, you get the point! I hope these five running hacks will save you a little bit of time or money, or both!
DIY Handheld Water Bottle
I actually just stumbled upon this recently, so I haven’t had a chance to try it out, but still wanted to include it here 🙂 Check out this post from RunWiki to learn how to make a DIY handheld water bottle using a can koozie. It looks super easy and it’s great if you run with plastic water bottles.
Lock Laces save you time because they are “elastic no-tie shoelaces”. Basically you replace your shoelaces with lock laces. The whole process only takes a few minutes, but now you don’t have to re-tie your sneakers every time you put them on for a run. Local laces also have adjustable tension. Prices start at $7.99 per pair and they come in an array of colors – black, orange, neon yellow, hot pink – just to name a few.
Pace that Race
I haven’t done this personally (because my paces are always ALL over the place), but you can run a race for free (in most cases) if you are a race pacer. If you’re pretty confident that you can nail a consistent pace, this is a great way to race for free AND help other runners accomplish their goals. It’s really a win-win situation!
Nothing against some of the bigger running brands out there, but their running clothes can be..how do you say, expensive? Here’s one running hack that I use all the time. When buying running clothes, buy items when they are no longer in season. For instance, now would be a great time to pick up running gloves, sweatshirts, etc. Most brands are making room for the Spring/Summer line, so their Fall/Winter products should be on sale. I’m also a huge fan of scoping out Marshall’s and TjMaxx for discounts on some of the more expensive brands, like Nike. Also, don’t forget about Old Navy, Target and Walmart. These store have some of the cutest and stylish sports bras, shorts and workout shirts. I’m often able to buy items from these stores for under $10.
Vaseline, or any brand of petroleum jelly, can be used as a quick replacement for Body Glide. It’s not as good as body glide, and it’s definitely messier, but using vaseline is way better than chaffing! I also use vaseline on my face and lips for outdoor runs in the winter to help prevent windburn and chapped lips.
Do you have any running hacks? How do you save time or money when gearing up for a run?