As runners we tend to justify spending quite a bit of money on running gear. To us this is pretty normal, but to others it may seem odd. Did you know that some of your running gear can be put to use for activities other than running? I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel better about my running gear purchases.
Here are a few ways I use running gear for purposes other than running:
Do you know that a headlamp can also be used as an alarm clock? I bet you didn’t. In the winter I sometimes go upstairs to wake up Rob right before I head out for my run. Since I am already wearing my headlamp, I turn it on so I can see in the dark. Of course the light alone wakes him up, so I don’t really need to do anything else. This is a great alternative for an alarm clock if there is someone if your house who doesn’t like getting up in the morning.
An old pair of running shoes can be used for pretty much anything else. Strength training, walking, outings that require a lot of time on your feet.
Lately I have been wearing running clothes all the time. If I’m going to sit outside on the deck and don’t want to wear a bathing suit, I’ll out on some running clothes. They hold up much better to sweat than any sort of regular clothes.
Now that my Garmin is also a fitness tracker, I wear it all the time. It’s pretty much become my every day watch and even gives me notifications from my phone like texts and weather.
It’s always good to have a second set of sunglasses, right? If I can’t find my regular sunglasses or don’t feel like packing two pairs when I travel, I just wear my running sunglasses all the time.
I bet if you leave a foam roller out in a room long enough you will find many random uses for it. I’ve used mine for strength training, sitting, and as a camera prop for taking selfies.
If you get creative enough with your running gear, the possibilities are endless. So the next time a non-runner questions your running purchases, you can point out all the other ways they can be put to good use.
What alternative uses that you found for your running gear?
Anyone else prefer to just spend all day in their running clothes?
Do you wear a fitness tracker all the time?