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Summer Running Prep + Coaches Corner (Giveaway!)

Sure, the temps dropped like a stone in Chicago last week, but I am so excited about what is to come that I have already started my summer running prep, and so should you! Here is what you can do now (including a giveaway!).

Don’t forget my Flywheel Giveaway!

Learn about Running Coaches Corner at the bottom of the post, and check out the posts by myself and my cohosts Lora, Debbie, and Rachel, and submit your own! May’s Theme is Summer Running.

I am also linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday

Link up and talk summer running with @suzlyfe @loramarie03 @coachdebbieruns @running_onhappy Click To Tweet

Summer Running Prep You can do Now! From new shoes to hydration. @suzlyfe

Summer Running Prep

This post is sponsored by CORE Organics and Sweat Pink/Fit Approach. Product was provided for review, but all opinions are my own.

1) New Running Shoes

Walking it out in Nike Zoom Elites, Tiux Compression socks, and my favorite running gear!

NO YOU MAY NOT run this summer training season in the same shoes from last year. NO. Absolutely not. If you haven’t already, get thee to a reputable running store and get fitted for shoes, even if you think that you are in the right shoes. Then, one month later, I want you to do the same thing again. Go back to that store (or to a different store), and try on other shoes. Just like the body, shoes need to rebound and recover after use; just like bras, you should be using shoes appropriate to your activity. And those activities change from day to day in accordance with your training plan. So, find a pair of shoes that you love for longer distances as well as a lighter, flightier pair for speedwork. Check out my running shoe rotation strategy here.

2) Summer Running Clothes

Yes, I know that you love and adore that tank, and that it has gotten you through 5 marathon training cycles. But that is just the thing: it has gotten you through 5 marathon training cycles. Chances are that it has a smell that won’t wash out, elastic that has seen better days, and likely a pretty awkward stain. A few weeks ago, I did a throwback Thursday post on Instagram in honor of the Marine Corps Marathon, and I realized with a shock that I still had and used the bra that I wore in that marathon. WWWhhhhoooaaaaa, that was a wake up call. 

Marine Corps Marathon Finisher! My first marathon! @suzlyfe

I’m not saying that you can’t love and adore and tie significance to certain pieces, but there are better ways to do commemorate your races! Ready to part? Donate your used running clothes (google organizations in your area). 

3) Spring Clean Your Gear for Summer Running

Tying into the previous point, now is the time to cull through your endless collection and pick out some pieces for your throwaway clothes pile. See? Now you are ready to race! I have one jacket that I adore, that I have literally worn to death, and the next race that it is appropriate to do so, it is going to be thrown down in a fit of glory during the race. 

shamrock shuffle track and trough

I wore it to the Shamrock Shuffle last year. No dice, it was WAY too cold to throw it out!

Get new ponytailers, clean out your hairbrush, make sure that you have deodorant, and sterilize your water bottle. 

Say you do have newer shoes, but they get icky and muddy in a spring shower. Switch to your other shoes (cough cough hint) and clean your dirty running shoes by taking out the insoles, pulling back the tongues, tucking in the laces, and then place them in the top rack of the dishwasher on china cycle (no heated dry) with a little dish soap. When they are done, put them in the bathroom with the fan on (I put mine on the door knobs or towel rack) and let them dry. They will be ready to go by your next run!

4) Summer Running Hair Cut/Hair Styling

Running Happy.

Running Happy.

Make sure that you know how to deal with your hair in the coming months. Will you put it up in a hat? A bun? A bandana? What about a headband? Does it need to get cut? Will your bangs fall down? Do this now so that you aren’t in the middle of a run and wishing that you could just shave your head and be done with it, or that you wish your shaved head had a hat, or a hat that didn’t chafe. 

5) Summer Hydration Plan (Both in and out of Running Shoes!)

I know, I know, I’ve discussed hydration a great deal over the past month. From hydration on the run to hydration and nutrition mistakes to avoid, I think by now you all know how incredibly important hydration is to running and athletic performance.  And we have discussed hydration during the run, but what about hydration before or after? Let’s be honest, there is only so much water that you can, or should drink. But so many other hydration options are filled with meaningless crap like artificial sweeteners or hidden calories and sugar. I drink a decent amount of flavored seltzer water, decaf coffee and tea, and the occasional soda throughout the day, but what about when I want something that isn’t bubbly or hot? 

Core Organics Hydration is a delicious way for runners to hydrate when not on the run! Gluten free and vegan! #ad

CORE Organics is a great option for your non-running hydration. CORE Organics is Certified Organic, Gluten-free, non-GMO, OU Kosher, soy-free, vegan, and is only 5 calories per serving. There are several great flavors, including Peach, Pear, Pomegranate Blue Acai, Coconut Colada, Watermelond Lemonade and Orange Clementine. Another added benefit? Each serving contains the same amount of antioxidants as 1/2 cup of blackberries, cherries, and even white tea, without the sugar or caffeine that is often hidden in other so-called hydration drinks. 

I’m thinking about making sangria with the peach flavor 😀 Summer running will never be the same!

CORE Organics is available around the country at various stores and 7-11’s, so you know that you can find it, and they were nice enough to extend a pack of coupons for free CORE Organic drinks to one lucky reader! Enter now, Giveaway Ends Midnight Wednesday May 11. 
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  • Reply Pam

    I have needed to purge my running clothes for so long. It’s funny how you start choosing the same brand or style every time and the others, not so much. This definitely has given me the urge to go and clean out everything!

    May 4, 2016 at 5:26 am
  • Reply haley

    I just purchased some new running gear for this summer. I don’t do well in shorts, but I love the running skirts from Lululemon, so I snagged three on my last shopping spree. Living in Florida we really only need tank tops to run in, so I’m prepared them all year.

    May 4, 2016 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you should still have a “summer” fleet of tanks lol

      May 6, 2016 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I could definitely stand for new running shoes and some new summer running gear for sure!

    May 4, 2016 at 6:05 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    My sunglasses and Garmin would always got this murky sweat gunk stuck to it especially in the summer so I would constantly be cleaning them.

    May 4, 2016 at 6:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Weird. And slightly gross 😀

      May 6, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Thanks for reinforcing my shopping habits yes to new clothes! I am on the hunt for a new pair of sunglasses too. Thanks for the linkup

    May 4, 2016 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for joining! And I’m always happy to help 😀

      May 6, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Last year I chopped my hair off in preparation for summer marathon training. This year, I’m loving my long hair so I will get very creative in braids, hats and ponytails 😉

    May 4, 2016 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are lucky if you can braid! I don’t have such skills beyond a regular braid.

      May 6, 2016 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I love buying new summer running tops, especially those with bright colors!

    I actually love water so that’s my typical go to drink even when I’m not running in the summer. I love adding lemons and limes to water as well so that it doesnt get too boring!

    May 4, 2016 at 6:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Try strawberries too–delicious!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Any excuse for new running clothes works for me!

    May 4, 2016 at 6:51 am
  • Reply Sarah

    I hate when an outfit you love gets that funky smell that won’t come out. So sad. I wish I could do summer hair cut. I actually can’t even straighten my hair right now because I lost a ton of my baby hair in December and it is growing back in now. When my hair is straight, I have a ton of spiked hair sticking out. Summer curls it is.

    May 4, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hmmmm, that is interesting!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I have running shorts that date back to the 90s!!! Well, the early 2000s anyway. Thanks for great reminders that go beyond the normal ‘summer running’ advice.

    May 4, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha just looking to take care of everyone 😀

      May 6, 2016 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Ellie

    My tip for summer running: try a group run! It’s a great way to stay motivated. I also try new restaurants into my runs. I want to try new things and tell myself if I run there, I’m killing two birds with one stone (pardon the reference).

    May 4, 2016 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love that! Such a great tip!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Bri

    Yes to all of this! Which reminds me, I need to get a lighter summer cut!

    May 4, 2016 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It feels soooo good 😀

      May 6, 2016 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Morgan

    I love this! So excited for sunny running weather! When I’m not running, I’ve been enjoying a lot of sparkling water like La Croix. But my stomach doesn’t handle bubbles well before a run!

    May 4, 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Oh I definitely have a bra that I’ve had since the beginning of my running career but it’s still in good shape so I’m not giving it up anytime soon.

    May 4, 2016 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Heather @Fitncookies

    Haha so I fit into every one of those. I need new sports bras, shirts, shorts. New shoes are really a must, though. I also need to go through and put away (aka under the bed) my winter running stuff to leave room for the tanks and shorts. I did just get a haircut though 😉

    May 4, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When we move, I am going to switch out my clothes, and it is going to be glorious

      May 6, 2016 at 10:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahah so you need all the things. But the hair is a start!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Rae

    Eee, I can’t wait for the temps to get a bit warmer. It’s cloudy, wet, and cool here right now. Come on, summer! I’m ready! Just don’t be super hot on May 29, ok?

    May 4, 2016 at 9:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will send the memo!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Suzy

    I didn’t know about that dishwasher thing for shoes! Cool. I recently purged all my old running stuff. And it’s so true about the awkward stains! I had painted a bedroom wearing my favourite running shorts and I had backed up into wet paint so I had this huge paint stain on my right butt cheek for months. I still haven’t thrown them out, but I put them in a box in my closet. Baby steps!

    May 4, 2016 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahaha progress not perfection 😀

      May 6, 2016 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Great tips! I sadly could use some new sports bras too… bahhh!!!

    May 4, 2016 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I DEFINITELY need to spring clean my running gear. I have a bazillion sneakers to cycle through, but I’m definitely guilty of wearing the same things for every long run and race. I’m sure it’s time for a lot of them to retire.

    May 4, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply nikki

    When I am not running, I really like soda:)

    May 4, 2016 at 10:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Everyone has a weakness, right?

      May 6, 2016 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Kayley

    I love low-cal flavored water like the CORE Organic bottles featured here. I’ve tried the Peach Mango and Pear varieties already and am interested in trying the watermelon lemonade flavor too.

    May 4, 2016 at 10:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      oOO that one I like even more!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green

    Hats and polarized sunglasses are a MUST for summer running oh and sunscreen!

    May 4, 2016 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Shawna

    gahhh i’m so bummed it was such awful weather in Chicago last weekend, as i was so hoping to run along the water and see Chicago in the sunshine! i need to go through my running gear and toss stuff for sure, and maybe get some new Nikes soon!

    May 4, 2016 at 10:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You definitely need to get back out to Chicago when it is nice. The lake front can be so pretty!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Love your summer running tips! The tip about having two different pairs of shoes to rotate I have found is key to my training!

    May 4, 2016 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Makes such a difference!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Carmy

    I would hoard the tank hahaha

    May 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Lindsey @livinglovingrunner

    I enjoy drinking La Croix (or other sparkling water) with electrolyte tabs 🙂 bubbles for ever!!

    May 4, 2016 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      allll dah bubbles 😀

      May 6, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I’ve been slowly purging my closet, but I will not cut my hair. I shall suffer through having long hair, and yes, I will complain about it 😉

    May 4, 2016 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I usually have long hair, and ain’t nothing wrong with that, just make sure it is kept healthy and happy, or it becomes a beast.

      May 6, 2016 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Jane

    I drink water or club soda all day. My guilty pleasure drink is Diet Snapple!!

    May 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE Diet Snapple! LOOOOOVE

      May 6, 2016 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I keep my running clothes for as long as possible! I’m convinced they don’t smell, but I’m sure other people may feel differently. I am so glad I learned the coconut oil trick for avoiding tangled hair after a run! I have a feeling it will make all the difference this summer.

    May 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have a detangler that I put in right after I shower that helps a ton. Now that it is short I think it will be easier!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Christine @ Run Plant Based

    Great post, thanks! I need new shoes already and updated tank tops. Hair is a challenge for summer running, I usually stuff it into a ponytail under a running hat.

    May 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      running hats are the bomb and sooooo necessary during the summer!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    What? Buy new running clothes? Well, ok…if you insist 😉 Ugh….I have been purging a lot of stuff that I like but do not love, and still my closet overfloweth. I was just looking through my running bra collection this week (while doing laundry), and yes….some of them are ready for the graveyard.

    May 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need to purge my purge as well. It never ends, does it?

      May 6, 2016 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    And…I’ll be sharing this post with my husband to help justify my shopping habits. Thanks! 🙂

    May 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always happy to help!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I am LOVING CORE. So tasty.

    May 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Jenny Sanders

    I really hate drinking water. I have been so grateful for an ice cold bottle many times but I prefer that there be some flavor. Any flavor, especially if it’s citrus-y!

    I appreciate the permission to go buy another pair of running shoes. When hubby asks I’ll just say Coach Suz said I needed them. He can’t argue with that.

    May 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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      May 6, 2016 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Nicole K

    I’m a coffee and water type of gal!

    May 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Simple, but it works everytime!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Natalie

    Loving everything about this!! I totally didn’t know about the dishwasher shoe cleaning trick. MINDBLOWN. Thank you so much for that. Seriously. I am going to try that right away. I love an excuse to buy new running clothes and I went through a major purge in January. It felt so… freeing. 🙂 Yes to rotating shoes – in fact I need to go shoe shopping…

    May 4, 2016 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It will change your life!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:16 am
  • Reply paige c

    la croix and coffee are my go to’s when not running!

    May 4, 2016 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which flavor la croix?

      May 6, 2016 at 10:16 am
      • Reply Paige c

        Grapefruit is my favorite! Then lemon and lime

        May 6, 2016 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Jenn

    Great tips! Obviously, I am on board with any plan where I need to get new running shoes and clothes.

    May 4, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Eeek. I definitely need new running clothes and shoes. And lots of water. Especially if I decide to train for a half (checking with a doc because I’m fragile 😉).

    May 4, 2016 at 8:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I probably have some things that you can appropriate 😀

      May 6, 2016 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Great tips! I need a summer haircut soon. My hair is way way way too long for hot weather right now.

    May 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, if you were in Chicago you’d be fine because there isn’t any (warm weather).

      May 6, 2016 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law

    Every season I try to cull my clothing collection because it tends to get a little out of control if I don’t. The biggest problem for me is working out inside at home – because then I’m like “well a little hole isn’t going to hurt anyone” but I would never wear it outside of the house, haha!

    I wish I could do the summer haircut thing but I am way to scared to commit to any massive hair changes 😛

    May 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have a few pairs of socks that have holes, and I keep trying to convince myself that the rest of them is ok…

      May 6, 2016 at 10:13 am
  • Reply masala girl

    favorite line : “get new ponytailers, clean out your hairbrush, make sure that you have deodorant, and sterilize your water bottle.” haha! i wil definitely be cleaning up for workouts when i get home in a week 🙂 i cant wait to get new running shoes too!!
    i drink water alll day long. plus tea! 🙂 but i’d love to try core hydration- yay for so many antioxidants!

    May 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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      May 6, 2016 at 10:13 am
  • Reply linda

    water or coconut water!

    May 4, 2016 at 11:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I could get into coconut water! These are made with coconut water, and it is all of the coconut water I can handle!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Oh yes, the running clothes. I have a favorite outfit and I get a little sad wearing anything else, lol.

    I am a coffee and tea fiend! I am also a sucker for any kind of sparkling water and I have a big weakness for Diet Coke. 🙂 Thanks for the great post and the giveaway.

    May 5, 2016 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We would be fast friends lol

      May 6, 2016 at 10:12 am
  • Reply julie

    water when i’m not running!

    May 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Bain

    I’ve never thought to put my kicks in the dishwasher. (Mine does not have a China cycle, it’s very basic. Read: old.) I have hosed them off in the backyard, stuffed with towels, and then set them in the sun.

    May 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Normal wash works as well, but I like your method!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:11 am
  • Reply donna

    I love chia drinks and water when i’m not running

    May 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve heard good things about the chia drinks!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    I’ve recently tried new shoe brands and I couldn’t be happier! It’s crazy how things need a refresh even if they treated you well. I never thought I would leave my Brooks, but my Pearl Izumis and Hokas are making me so much happier. Coconut water is a must for me in this ATL heat. Blend with frozen watermelon…omg!

    May 6, 2016 at 10:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is awesome! I was in Brooks for so long until 2 years ago. I’ll have to try the coconut and watermelon trick!

      May 6, 2016 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Edye

    I love to drink water and sparkling water 🙂

    May 6, 2016 at 11:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love me some fizzy water!

      May 6, 2016 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Yay for summer running clothes! You know I don’t run (hehhh), but I love workout clothes, and I’m soso excited for warmer weather around the corner!! *-*

    I like smoothies! <3

    May 7, 2016 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And soon you will have a kitchen for that blender!

      May 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Recently I’ve been all about a green smoothie. I should start adding some electrolyes to that after sweat sessions!! I’ve been wanting to try CORE for awhile, would love to win!!

    May 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Serena Powell

    I mainly just drink water when I’m not running. Occasionally I’ll treat myself to a Coke Zero.

    May 8, 2016 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHY oh why are Coke Zeros so delicious?

      May 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply julie

    I love adding nuun to my water when not running 🙂

    May 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So many people love nuun!

      May 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

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