4 Running DIYs
Running is expensive, especially when you start adding all the bells and whistles. I found a few ways to save money while displaying all my hard work, keeping warm, icing my muscles and getting rid of the stink in my shoes. Check out these 4 Running DIYs to make your running experience more affordable.
Medal and Bib Keeper for Less than $15
You could spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy medal hanger and tuck your bibs away in a drawer or you could do this.
1. Go to Hobby Lobby and get a 24” x 36” Cork Panel (you can use their 40% off coupon to get if for less than $12).
2. Nail the cork board to a place on the wall (don’t use the sticky things because they will mess up the paint on the wall).
3. Line up the bibs to cover the entire space (you can overlap or lay them next to each other) using thumbtacks.
4. Hang your medals all over the thumbtacks or place new ones to hang them in an organized fashion.
Arm Warmers You Can Throw Away
It is really cold at 7 a.m. in the morning and throwing away a jacket when it warms up seems like a waste. Here is one way to keep yourself warm for less than a $1.
1. Buy a pack of cotton tube socks.
2. Take one pair and cut the tip of it to make it open on both ends (you can even cut a thumb hole).
3. Throw them on and keep warm until you don’t need them anymore.
Ice Pack Using a Sponge
This one doesn’t really save money but it does keep the leakage to a minimum. All it takes is a zip-loc bag and a sponge.
1. Take a sponge and soak it in water.
2. Place it in a zip-loc bag and into the freezer. The ice will last for about an hour and there will be little to no mess.
Getting Rid of the Smell in Running Shoes
We all have smelly shoes and it stinks (pun intended) to have to put them inclosed areas like your car or closet. There is a cheap way to get rid of the smell. Use tea bags.
1. Grab two inexpensive tea bags (black tea worked better).
2. Place one tea bag in each shoe and let it sit for a night.
3. Go ahead and give it a sniff (it is safe).