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Alternative Uses for Running Gear (Coaches Corner)

Have you found any alternative uses for your running gear? I love to repurpose anything and everything, so you better believe that my running gear gets used for more than just running! Join Running Coaches Corner for more great running tips!

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The Tuesdays on the Run topic was too good to pass up, so I am joining them and be sure to check out the other great posts from that link up as well for more ideas as to how to use your running gear in new ways!

Energy Gels + Run Fuel–Meetings, touring, colonoscopy prep

If you know that you are going to be in a situation that calls for you to be perky, or a situation where you know that you aren’t going to be able to get sufficient nutrition in but will need to continue through your day, you can (in a pinch) rely on the quick pick me up of energy gels and running fuel. I have used my beloved sports beans for just this purpose–I believe we were traveling; doing all that walking around was the recipe for a good old fashioned bonk Suz vs the World. I’ve also used (clear) energy gels during my colonoscopy prep when I have to maintain a clear liquid diet. Trust me, it isn’t jello and you are thankful to feel slightly normal for a bit! Just make sure not to overdo them!

Electrolyte Tablets–touring, summer hydration, sickness

I don’t particularly care for them myself now, but when I first started running, electrolyte tablets were just hitting the market, so I thought that I would try them out. when I was graduating from grad school, Alex came up for a week and got a TERRIBLE stomach virus while he was there. The boy needed hydration, and I had electrolytes! These are also great when you are doing touristy things or just spending a lot of time outside!

Compression Socks–wound compression, jobs where you are on your feet a lot, air travel

At the airport

I rely on my compression socks for recovery (and you know I will wear under dresses!) and when I am on my feet a lot at work, but you can also use compression when you need to apply compression to a wound (put a bandage on first). I also wear compression socks whenever I am on a flight for more than 2 hours–compression is a good idea for anyone in these cases, particularly women who are on birth control.

Wedding Outfit with Compression Sleeves Suz

So that I can dance all night!

Old Running Shoes–dog walking shoes

I love those shoes, I can’t let them go… so I will walk Ridley in them. FOR HOURS.

Running Shorts–dog washing shorts, car washing shorts, night sweat shorts

Pretty much any situation where you are going to get wet and will need to dry off quickly. They are made of tech fabric, are they not? They better dry quickly!

Running Shirt–spectator sports during the summer

It’s hot, you are sweating, wear the tech fabric. Doesn’t matter if it is for running. Plus, many running shirts are now so well designed that people might never know!

Running Tights–office wear*, double pants (under jeans)

If you look, you can see them!

Obviously, this depends on your office, but like with running shirts, running fabrics are often so artful and creative that you might be able to wear them with a neutral top and strong boot. This winter, chances were that if you saw me wearing jeans, I was wearing my Spyder tights underneath them. I would have frozen walking the dog otherwise!

Running Jackets–wear about town jackets, travel jackets

And a pic of Ellen! Me in my Spyder Ardour jacket

Running jackets are great for travel with all their extra pockets and (usually) they are easy to pack. I love my Spyder Ardor jacket and Caydence hoodie because they can be worn anywhere!

Put that running gear to (other) good use! Here's how #coachescorner #runchat #running #sweatpink Click To Tweet

One thing I will say is to use your nice running gear for other purposes with a bit of discretion. After all, you did buy RUNNING gear, and the gear is made for RUNNING. Don’t wear out your running shoes, etc, on meaningless activities. But then again, you paid for it, use it! Just take the best care of it you can, choose pieces that will last, and you will be happy for a long time to come.

Oh, and speaking of running and food and fueling the run, come back on Friday for a MASSIVE giveaway!

Do you have any alternative uses for your running gear?

Join the link up and Running Coaches Corner for more great running advice and content!

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I am linking up with myself, RachelLora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPattyErika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, NicoleAnnmarieMichelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday.

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  • Reply Beth

    I’m a huge fan of repurposing my running compression socks for long flights. It really does help! I also reuse my hydration packs when I go on hikes, and I’ve used my running headlamp when I’ve gone camping or done other dark things.

    July 12, 2017 at 6:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m spoiled by the street lamps!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Tailwind has been my go to when I’ve been sick and need to rehydrate. Where do you get clear energy gels?

    July 12, 2017 at 7:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A lot of gels are clear, actually, you just have to look for flavors that are, and a lack of coloring (especially red colors, if you are getting scoped)

      July 15, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Great ideas! I wear compression socks or tights for travel all the time! Back in grad school I popped them on whenever I drove home (6-7 hours) for the holidays. And running tights under jeans are a must for Midwest winters – here, I do the same for hiking pants in winter.

    July 12, 2017 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can’t let that damp air get into your bones!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    love the photo of you in the dress and the compression socks-a girl has to do what a girl has to do right? Thanks for the link up

    July 12, 2017 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for joining us!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    yes to all of the above. My compression socks/sleeves have (many times) been hidden under other layers of clothing. And the running tights almost always are a necessity under the jeans at football games.

    July 12, 2017 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t doubt it!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I find myself wearing my compression socks for so many things besides running!

    July 12, 2017 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are so useful!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:17 am
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    I use nuun all the time to get myself to drink more water. The flavor just makes it so much more palatable.

    July 12, 2017 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is your lemon 😀

      July 15, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    I’ve totally done 90% of those, especially the walk the dog. I always wear brooks glycerins and try to get different colors so I know which ones are the old just for walking ones now. This last time I got them on sale and had to get the same color. I wrote an R on the inside of the tongue for the new ones I’m so lame… lol

    July 12, 2017 at 11:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve been in the same boat–I used to write the month I got them in on the zoles!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    So many great ideas!

    July 12, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    Yay for using running gear for EVERYTHING. :o) I need to get some compression socks. I think they would really help my legs recover during the day after a run. And you are pretty cute sporting those socks under your dress.

    July 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely think you would benefit from that!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I totally do almost all of these things already! Except the shorts, oddly enough. I won’t wear those unless I’m running!

    July 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s intriguing

      July 15, 2017 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Helly

    Great post and totally useful tips! You rocked those tights with boots!

    July 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Plus, then I could go straight to the gym 😀

      July 15, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Debbie

    I am lucky that I work at a gym, so I can wear my retired running shoes and tights. Judging by my drawers and closet, I never throw (or donate) anything away, so it’s a good thing it can be repurposed!

    July 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Right there with you!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Hannah

    I use electrolyte tablets quite a bit during the summer…I’m always feeling like I sweated all the electrolytes out, i.e. kinda lightheaded. And I also use most of my running wear (but not shoes) in the gym, but I don’t know if that’s really an alternative purpose…

    July 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yep, sound like you need a little salt!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Megan

    I use my old running shoes ad 1) lawn mowing shoes and 2) water shoes!

    July 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply San

    Isn’t it awesome that we don’t buy all this stuff just for running, but that it has so many other purposes? Makes one feel instantly better about the money spent 🙂
    (P.S. Love the compression sleeves under your dress!! Haha)

    July 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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      July 15, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply

    Now this is a subject dear to my heart! Old running shoes become gardening shoes. Old running t-shirts become dusters or cleaning cloths. And old (but cleaned) running socks become cat toys, for Begbie to rip apart. 😉

    July 13, 2017 at 2:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha Ridley isn’t ever getting her hands on any of my clothes, and zoe… well, Zoe doesn’t do anything.

      July 15, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Yes to wearing compression socks all the time! Especially when traveling. In the winter I wear them all the time under long pants.

    July 13, 2017 at 4:21 am
  • Reply Jen @ pretty little grub

    My running clothes are basically the nicest clothes that I own, so you bet I wear them for more than just running.

    July 13, 2017 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha you are not far off there

      July 15, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I like to use my Nuun tabs after a night of too much to drink 😛

    July 13, 2017 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what everyone is saying!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Jessica

    I always layer tights under my jeans on very cold days! I love the idea of compression socks on a plane–I’ll remember that one. And ditto to Annmarie’s comment!

    July 13, 2017 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what I am hearing from every one!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I use my electrolyte powder for mornings after drinking. Compression socks are great for plane trips. I should save my old shorts and things for house work!

    July 13, 2017 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Might as well be comfy and dry quickly!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Ohhh I forgot about how cold winter is and how I have to wear tights under jeans! It’s so easy to forget when it’s so hot and sunny out now!

    July 13, 2017 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

    Love this!! I snack on my PROBAR Bolts throughout the day like they are fruit snacks 😉

    July 13, 2017 at 10:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So delicious and so necessary

      July 15, 2017 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    I love my running stuff! Nothing is better in the morning after a long night of wine tasting then the Nuun tablet landing in the bottom of my water bottle! My black running tights are a definitely staple on the few colds days we have- I can work them into most outfits!

    July 13, 2017 at 11:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You have the system down!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Toni

    Great ideas. I use nuun as a hangover cure. It’s a good alternate running use!

    July 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahaha love it

      July 15, 2017 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    I used my compression socks a lot when I was pregnant, especially during the second and third trimesters. They were incredibly helpful in countering some of the unpleasant swelling that I had to deal with.

    July 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athelte

    You’re such a smart cookie. I’d be like “Blah, don’t need you anymore”, and off it goes to Salvation Army.:P

    July 18, 2017 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Marcia

    The garden is where my old, used up running shoes go to die!

    July 18, 2017 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Fairytales and fitness

    I wear my old running shoes to do yard work!

    July 18, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yep, running gear is so versatile. I usually wear activewear when I’m working at home just because it’s cozy 😛

    July 19, 2017 at 1:47 am
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