Today I’m sharing what the people really want to know “Are you a race gear hoarder or minimalist?” Okay, so it’s not a “exciting, need to know the scoop” topic, but I am linking up with Erika, Patty and Marcia for another edition of Tuesday on the Run.
After six years of running races, I would consider myself somewhere in the middle of hoarder and minimalist when it comes to race swag. When I first started running I was a total hoarder probably because it was an exciting and new hobby. I kept everything from the t-shirts to safety pins I used to pin on my bibs. Seriously, I had a little box of safety pins.
Then as I de-cluttering one day, I found that I needed to buy another storage container just to keep all my race stuff. I’m in the “if you need to buy more storage to store things then you probably have too much” camp, so I just got rid of it all. Yep, my safety pin collection, race guides and my bibs all went in the garbage, my old race t-shirts to Goodwill and my medals to Medals 4 Mettle. Maybe a bit extreme, but at that time it felt so good.
Nowadays, I pin my bibs to the wall in my pain cave for inspiration and reminders of past races (what was good/bad/ugly) and my medals go on a medal hanger on the same wall. I’m in my races for the experience, not for the swag that comes along with it, though sometimes the goodie bags are pretty awesome.
I’m pretty picky about which race t-shirts I keep—of course I have to like them but they also have to fit. If they’re too big, I’ll see if Tyler wants them but usually he’s not interested. I don’t need five cotton or poor quality tech shirts taking up space in my drawers, I have some pretty awesome running/cycling clothes taking up that prime real estate already. I have really only found that there’s only one type of shirt I like the keep: the VTSMTS shirts. They are the softest cotton-blend race shirts I have ever gotten. Perfect for the gym-will definitely keep these for the foreseeable future.
softest shirts ever
So, are you a race gear hoarder or minimalist—or somewhere in between?