Tuesdays on the Run: Running Hacks

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Running Hacks

Many of these are obvious and you probably do them….

  • Cut the Tangents – why run a longer race distance than you have to

  • Make your own arm sleeves – go to the dollar store or Target and buy a pair of knee socks. Then cut off the foot.  If you don’t need them during a run, just toss them.



  • How do you wear those cute running skirts when it is cold?  Wear tights or capris under them.


  • Sick of putting safety pins through your tech shirts? Attach your bib to your race belt. I bought one that had bib holdes that were removable and I add them to my SpiBelt.  Love it!



  • Sore feet?  Put a tennis ball in the freezer and then roll the bottom of your foot on it. Being a tennis player, I have plenty of tennis balls.

  • Want to ave money on running shoes? Buy an older model.  Especially if you actually prefer the older model.

$49 rather than $115

  • Bored on the treadmill? Watch your favorite show while on the treadmill.  It’s still painful but just less so.


  • Lay out your clothes the night before your run or race.  That way you can sleep longer and you are less likely to forget something important.


  • Make the most of your free time and fit your runs in – before work, during your lunch break, after work…

during my lunch break

  • Run with a friend.  It makes the miles easier.


  • If you’re doing an out-and-back run on a cold, windy day, run the first half into the wind and come back with it.  Otherwise, you’ll be running the second half sweaty and into the wind.


  • Don’t run on empty. Eat before and during.  Otherwise, you will be tempted to cut your runs short.

  • If you are flying to a race, pack your running stuff in your carry on.  Don’t risk having it in your lost luggage.


Happy Running?  Any other hacks that you can share?



11 thoughts on “Tuesdays on the Run: Running Hacks

  1. I am also a huge fan of lock laces. I saw someone stop during the half marathon on Sunday and was happy it wasn’t me. I also use them several times before they get thrown away. I leave the laces long and then can remove them and put in a new pair. While they are only $7, I am cheap!


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