Purging My Workout Clothes and Race Shirts

by - Thursday, July 11, 2013

I don't have a whole lot of exciting news on the workout front. My foot still hurts so I just haven't been able to do much. Though, I have been able to take the Metro to work again, which isn't really something to get excited about, except that it's way better than paying $21 per day to park my car downtown.

Foggy morning

So while I can't really do traditional workouts, I've been spending time getting ready for my big move in August. I'm finally moving into my first "grown-up" apartment...aka an apartment that's all mine with no roommates. Alleluia!!! It will be my first time living without roommates since I was a freshman in college, and I am so beyond ready to have my own space!

It turns out that all the cleaning, purging and packing involved in getting ready to move is a workout in itself.

On Monday, I went through all the shared closest space and made many, many trips back and forth to the dumpsters. I also took apart an Ikea desk and lugged it down the steps so someone could pick it up and give it a new home.

Last night, I started the process of purging my t-shirt collection and workout clothes. It turns out that if you keep every race shirt in your seven plus year running history, you will have an insane amount of t-shirts to sort through. Same with my Terps shirts. (Seriously is it necessary to own like 20 different UMD shirts?)

Obviously rocking my Terps gear at CrossFit this morning #beatduke
Oh look, just another Terps shirt

I set most of the t-shirts aside and I think I'm going to have them made into a quilt or something. I can't bear to just get rid of them, but I don't want them cluttering up my dresser drawers anymore.

I have the same problem with workout clothes. I love buying new Under Armour gear, but when I buy new stuff, I don't really purge the old stuff. I've just sort of been shoving it to the bottom of the drawer. During last night's purge, I found stuff that was four or five years old that I probably haven't worn in as many years because it's been replaced with newer, more awesome stuff.

Needless to say, it all went into a giant pile to be donated to the closest Good Will or Salvation Army. It felt good to clear out so much excess stuff. Plus it's less stuff that I have to pack and move to the new place.

What do you do with your old race shirts?

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  1. I've had two quilts made. Do it!

  2. I literally just went through the same thing! I haven't worn those shirts in FOREVER but then I kept remembering all the races and they ended up back in the drawer. Whoops. :)

  3. Olivia4:47 AM

    Re: Your question about Terps shirts...you can NEVER have enough UMD gear! : )

  4. You lived by yourself freshman year?? How??

    Having an apartment all to your self is AMAZING. Amazing. You will never go back.

    Can you please come hold my hand while I purge my running clothes and race tshirts? I can't possibly need all of those, yet I'm not sure I want a quilt of them or anything.