Running Made Simple: Gear

A fourth short cluster of tips on how to keep your running a refuge from life's complexity... and maybe even run better in the process.

Posted: 18 May 2004

Set aside a running wardrobe
Or, if you're squeezed for space, a drawer or shelf. Use it strictly for your running kit. Organise it however you like. The point is, every run or trip to the gym won't turn into a house-wide scavenger hunt as you search for shorts, top, socks etc. If the drawer starts to overflow, sort through it for any clothes which you haven't worn in the past year and give them away to a jumble sale.

Lay out your kit
If you run in the morning, lay out your running kit the night before. Put it in plain view of your bed, so at the sound of your alarm you can easily roll out of bed and straight into your kit.

Buy a new bag with partitions and pockets
Spend two minutes every day rummaging for small items at the bottom of your training bag, and at the end of the year you've wasted... well, a lot of minutes. Instead, try using a bag with several compartments so that you'll always know where to find what you need.

Rethink your wardrobe
Admit it, before a run you waste time fussing over your outfit. Does this top go with these shorts? Do those Union Jack shorts go with anything? To keep these fashion dilemmas to a minimum, buy running clothes in basic, solid colours that mix and match well. And remember, black goes with everything (apart from running in the dark).

Bag 'em
Throw your dirty running clothes in a separate mesh laundry bag, then simply knot it and throw it in with the rest of the wash. No more picking through the whole load to weed out your running gear, and you won't have to worry about melting that £25 technical T-shirt in the dryer.

Stock up
If you normally run to or from work, double up on toiletries when you shop so that you can keep soap, shampoo and other supplies at your office or in your training bag.

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