10 Things Every Runner Needs to Get Rid Of

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Something happens when you start running. You collect kit. A lot of kit. And at some point, you realise you now have drawers full of the stuff – drawers that won’t shut. However, if you look carefully, you’ll realise something. That those drawers will contain at least one item, you really don’t need to keep.

clothes spilling out of a drawer

One way to get rid of these things is what’s known as the 30 Day Get Chucked Challenge. So, here’s what you need to know.

How to Do the Get Chucked Challenge

The premise is simple each day for thirty days you get rid of things.

Day one you throw away one thing, day two, it’s two things, day three, three things…..you can see where I’m going can’t you, by the end of day 30 (when thirty items must go) you will have decluttered a whopping 465 items you don’t need.

Now I say throw away – of course, you can rehome them, take them to charity shops, flog them on eBay – do whatever with them so long as they are no longer cluttering up your home.

I started with my clothing and a pair of Primark plimsols that cut my feet, worked my way through t-shirts, shoes (bit traumatic) and today, on day seven, we reached the gym kit drawer.


It had to be done – the main drawer doesn’t shut. There’s also now a second drawer developing under the bed for things ‘I might need one day’ – that drawer contains such items as five pairs of old trainers and a snorkel.

I do not need a snorkel. The times I have been snorkelling recently, I was a few thousand miles away from the drawer under the bed.

So, I went in – I actually ended up throwing away 25 items (which means I’m now ahead on days 8 and 9 too) but there were a few things I’m pretty sure would appear in any runners drawer and that perhaps, might also need to go the way of the declutter for you too. They are….(as mostly annotated above)

1) The race shirt that you don’t want to get rid of, but that doesn’t fit.

This is my 2003 Keri Keri Half Marathon shirt from New Zealand – I have worn it once in 5 years.

At that point, I realised it had shrunk a lot and reveals my stomach – as I am yet to achieve washboard abs this is not a sight that needs to occur. I love the little happy oranges and really don’t want to lose it, but it’s taking up space and I do have 19 other running tops!

2) Old water bottles

These bottles got rather mouldy at the end of last year and probably caused the throat infection I got just before the Avengers half marathon.

Chances are if I use them again I would get another infection plus The Boyfriend bought me a new Fuel Belt for my birthday and while I can’t quite bring myself to throw away the actual belt yet (as I haven’t tried the birthday belt yet) the bottles need to go.

3) All socks that no longer have a friend

Where do the other socks go?

4) Any tops that make you look erm, pointy in the chesticles department

Why do some tops do this? I manage to wear most of my clothing without looking like Rachel in Friends, but some kit just has this untoward effect. As I have realised that running with hands-on boobs does not make you go faster these tops must also go.

5) Sports bras that pinch, rub or you pull a muscle getting  into

This one is brilliant at keeping things where they are supposed to go, but it pinches on the weight machines and trying to wriggle into it is enough to put me off going for a workout.

6) Any race shirts that don’t wick

They are just baggy t-shirts. White baggy t-shirts. I do not need these in my life. Unless I was doing painting…..I don’t do painting.

7) Old faithful trainers

It breaks my heart to do it as we have been through so much together, but they have to go.

8) First-generation Fitbits or other gadgets

I had to laugh when I started updating this blog recently as back in 2012, I wrote a post about this revolutionary device called the Fitbit that was going to change everything about fitness  (it’s here if you want to see the original device) how things have changed.

So, if your devices are no longer supported by the company that made them. If you have lost the charger. If they no longer talk to your computer – or, if you already have bought two newer models, they need to go.

The exception to this is if they are first-generation and you have the box and instructions – then put them in the loft, they might pay off your mortgage one day!

9) Leggings that ride up or fall down

If you need to adjust them more than twice in a run – especially if that run is less than 10 minutes, it’s time to buy some new ones.

10) Anything Washing Can’t Save

A lot of gym kit is made from polyester as it’s particularly good for wicking away sweat – however, the germs that live in sweat also like to take up residence in polyester and after a while, it can make its presence known in your old kit. It might smell okay when it comes out of the washing machine, but, as soon as your kit gets warm, it starts to, erm, pong.

This needs to go – for you and all those around you.

Oh and for more tips on how to look after your gym kit, check out this post on why you should never wash it with softener.

Got anything else to add to the list? Why not add it in the comments.


  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    You know what? Somethings in life are just not meant to get rid of!!! I have a TON of things in my closet that are just not quite right, but I cannot let them go!!!

    1. healthehelen

      I have many shoes that fit that description.


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