How to Make Your Running Gear Last

Running Gear

 

Ok now that you have invested in running gear such as running shoes, tops, bottoms, and accessories, you will need to try and take care of these in order for them to last longer.   You can expect to get at least 400 miles of use out of your running shoes, so keep track of your mileage.

If you run regularly like I do (a few times a week like 5-15 miles on each run), it's a good idea to invest in some technical running clothes.   Unlike cotton clothing, synthetic fabrics, such as CoolMax or Dri-Fit, wick moisture away from your skin, so you'll stay dry and comfortable during your runs.   However, technical running clothes are not cheap, so it's important to care for them properly.

Your running gear requires special upkeep to remain functional--and fresh-smelling, too.  For instance, you'll get better results spiffing up your stinky clothes by washing them in a small load that lets sudsy water swish around them.   When you invest in running gear, you expect it to last.   But common mistakes can shorten the life of even the highest-quality shoes and clothes.

 Listed below are a few ways to take better care of the gear that takes care of you.

 

Shoes:

Run on softer surfaces such as grass or trails to lessen the wear on your shoes' outsoles (not to mention your legs).

  • Wear Running shoes only for running, don't wear shoes for other sports such as basketball, soccer, or tennis (walking is fine).
  • Wash in washing machine in cold to warm water and let them air dry out.

 

Clothes Gear:

  • Let clothes gear dry out before tossing them in the hamper.   Don't wad up your dirty clothes and let them sit. (Is that where that smell was coming from?)
  • Stick to warm water.  Wash your running clothes in warm -- not hot -- water.   Let your clothes air dry, skip putting them in the  dryer.   Also, skip the fabric softeners.
  • Separate Darks and Lights.  Wash your running clothes inside-out with like colors.  Use very little bleach -– even on your white technical running clothes.
  • Hang Dry.  Don't put your running clothes in the dryer.  Hang up your running clothes on the clothes line or a wood drying rack to air dry.  Allow your technical running clothes to air dry.  Putting them in the dryer will reduce the effectiveness of the sweat-wicking technology.

If you don't have a clothes line, you can use a wood drying rack as shown below to hang dry your running clothes gear.

Running Gear on Wood Drying Rack

 
Running Belt/Pack, Hats, Gloves Gear:

For the care of your other running gear such as running belts/packs, hats, and gloves, follow the same advice as for the caring of the running clothes.

  • Let gear dry out before tossing them in the hamper.  
  • Stick to warm water.  Wash your running gear in warm -- not hot -- water.   Let your gear air dry, skip putting them in the  dryer.   Also, skip the fabric softeners.  When in the washing machine, you might need to hand scrub your gear to help remove the built up sweat on your gear.
  • Hang Dry.  Don't put your running gear in the dryer.  Hang up your gear on the clothes line or a clothes hangar  to air dry.  Allow your technical running gear to air dry.

 

Eyewear Gear:

  • After each run, it is important to put your eyewear in the protective hard cover case!   If your eyewear did not come with a hard case, or came only with a soft case, hard cases of all shapes, sizes, colors and prices are readily available online, or at retailers where eyewear is sold
  • It is important to clean your eyewear after each run or several runs since they can get sweaty in your running workout

 

Tips for Cleaning Your Eyewear

The most common mistakes when cleaning for an eyewear include:

  • Using paper towels, tissue paper or newspapers
  • Using regular soap or household cleaners like Windex
  • Washing your glasses with water from the tap

 

When you purchased your eyewear, a microfiber comes inside the eyewear case.  This microfiber is soft and should be used for the cleaning of your eyewear.
Below is an eyewear DIY cleaning solution recipe.

 

Eyewear Cleaning Solution Recipe:

  • 1 part original Polmolive Original Dish Soap
  • 1 part isopropyl alcohol
  • 98 parts distilled water

Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake it. The solution should have a slight green tint color.
Eyeglass cleaners and solutions are readily available at pharmacies, but it's less expensive and a safer alternative to go the DIY route of making it yourself.   One blend of the above recipe can even be stored in the spray bottle and last for years.

 

 

 

Are there any other methods you use for making your running gear last longer?

 

 

 

 

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