Not buried alive, but I apparently have become a hoarder of throw-away gloves. When I went to the expo for the Baltimore Marathon last week, I picked up a pair of $1 throw-away gloves to use the next day. That’s normal, right?

Then I got home and went to add them to my bin where I keep all things running accessories–headlamp, hats, gloves, the works. And was shocked to see that I have this ridiculous collection of throw-aways.

Throw-away gloves

My ever growing collection of throw-away gloves

You know how this happened? Because I cannot part with my throw-aways. Time and again I get a free pair at an expo, or buy a pair for $1, use them, and then don’t toss them. The problem is, I love throw-away gloves. They are just the right weight for my hot-blooded runner self. It has to get pretty darn cold for me to reach for something more substantial. And so, I hoard.

When I ran the relay (and my 20 miles) at Saturday’s race, I told myself to toss my gloves when I was finished with them. Really, I had every intention. But when push came to shove, I just couldn’t do it. Like many times before, I tucked them into my shorts and they made their merry way back into my running bin. I guess it’s time I just accept the hoarder that I have become.

Anyone else hoarding out there? Anything in particular? 

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  1. says

    I’m not a hoarder (yet! – I probably need to run more cold weather races), but I do have attachment issues. I chucked my top layer during my marathon, and mentally said a few parting words before I threw it in the aid station trash. I still miss that shirt! I couldn’t bring myself to discard my second layer (I was wearing 3 layers, it was that cold! :) so I just ran with it til I could toss it to my husband at mile 23.
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  2. says

    Nothing wrong with that at all. If it was food you were hoarding, I’d be worried. But, gloves, well, you’ve had personal experiences with those and it’s hard to toss those away. I have a hard time getting rid of my running shoes for the same reason. They eventually get recycled but not until I’ve had plenty of time to say goodbye. We do strange things, but I believe they also keep us sane in a way!

  3. says

    I LOVE throw away gloves. I got rid of my lucky pair at Disney last year and now I am stuck with none. I haven’t been to an expo where they have sold them since then so would love to pick some up this weekend.

    I am a hoarder of gels/gus/nutrition. I have a huge bag in my running drawer of stuff I won’t use. Why do I keep it? Because, what if there is a day that I forgot to pick up the gels I do use.
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  4. says

    Hahaha. I hoard race t-shirts (the cheap cotton ones). I can’t part with them – regardless of how worn out they get – they still hang out in my “t-shirt drawer”…
    But I agree with you about throw-away gloves…they seem to keep my hands at just the right temperature. My favorite pair (that I’ve had for years), I tossed during the NYCM last year (around mile 6). I was SO upset that I tossed them but didn’t want to carry them the remaining 20 miles!
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  5. says

    i am the same way… with my ‘throwaway’ sweats i buy new before a race and then can’t part with b/c the inside is soft (you know, that fresh sweat-pant softness). other things too, but these sweats are my biggest weakness. i know i need to just get rid of some but “you never know when you will need them!”
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  6. says

    That’s pretty funny, but if you do like running in them it makes sense why you can’t toss them!
    I hoard bathing suits. I finally brought myself to sort through and giveaway ones I haven’t worn in a couple years.
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  7. says

    At my last race, both my friend and I had throw aways that we ditched at the start line…we ended up finding them and picking them up again. They have now been dubbed out ‘lucky’ throwaways so I think they are part of my repetoire.
    Old Navy gloves are the best for ditchable gloves. I have a pair of rainbow ones I will never ditch….

  8. says

    Haha. Yeah, throw-away gloves rock! I bought some cheapies at Target before Chicago and at mile 3 had them off but I couldn’t throw them because … well, because!!! I tucked them in my shorts and actually put them on about mile 23 for a few minutes when we turned a corner into the wind.

    That reminds me though, I sooooo need to clean and purge my running bin of crap. I can’t find my heart rate monitor strap and after looking in my bin last night for it (to no avail :( ), I saw so much stuff in there I will never use. How many caps can one use, for instance? :)
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  9. says

    My old workout buddy couldn’t part with her throw away gloves either. I think that its normal. I am just a hoarder of running shoes. I can never seem to get rid of them, even if I have worn them in years. My shoes I wore in Boston 2010- I still have them. Yep, they aren’t going anywhere.
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  10. says

    Hmmmm…I say wash those gloves and keep all of ’em. You can never have too many.

    I’m not a big collector or hoarder but for some reason I cannot get rid of all of my notebooks from grad school. yes, the notes I took. Who cares? But I think maybe I’ll need them someday which is ridiculous because if I have a question about social work there is no way I’m going back thru my old notes.
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  11. says

    I do throw my gloves away, on the course “sometimes”. other times, I can’t seem to let them go. I do indeed look like a hoarder because I can’t seem to pass up a late spring clearance sale on gloves. I have a large drawer devoted to gloves and neck wraps for running, and I’m in the South. not sure I could make it up North……..
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  12. Jason says

    shoes and race tshirts. i have 7 pairs of old running shoes (all asics 21xx) which have walked themselves to the salvation army yet.

  13. says

    I hoard all running gear. I have a hard time parting with anything, clothing or gear, that I *might* need one day! I think hoarding gloves is smart. That way you’ll always have a pair. In the winter, I misplace my running gloves all the time so I could use a stash of extras.
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  14. says

    I didn’t even know those were considered “throw-away” gloves. I have a similar-weight pair that I find are just perfect for running in cooler temperatures. They are the same pair I used to figure skate in and are still going strong.
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  15. says

    Packing for The Detroit Marathon last night I was extremely irritated that I could not find my old throwaways from my Detroit run 2 years ago. Of course, I had about a dozen other gloves that would have been fine … but WHO TOOK MY $1 DETROIT GLOVES!!!!! Argh!
    I also have issues with way too many arm warmers. I never just throw them off at races but tuck them in the waistband of my shorts. So I always look like some sort of dorky flag football player who wandered into the middle of a road race.
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  16. says

    I’d like to think I’m not a hoarder, but my reality says otherwise! I’m too cheap to just [happily] toss anything.

    If a course is a loop, I’ll go back and see if my stuff is where I tossed it – do I need a 12 step program or what!?
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  17. says

    That is not hoarding, that is smart. We buy the stretchy gloves on clearance at Target at the end of the season. We have a bajillion pairs. If I make it longer than 3-4 miles of a race/run with the gloves I won’t toss them. So defeating the purpose? Maybe.
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  18. says

    too funny. No I am not a hoarder, I am the opposite. If it sits around too long and I get tired of looking at something I toss it. It gets me in trouble a lot because my husband will go to grab something and discover it’s been thrown out. I remind him, that if I see it too long and it’s not getting used it goes bye-bye. I just hate clutter.
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  19. Colleen says

    Totally loved this because every marathon I’ve run, I’ve bought gloves. And every time, I’ve kept them for the whole race (even if I didn’t wear them). Too funny!

  20. says

    I am a hoarder of magazines! I always think I’m going to need info from an article or a recipe….but I never remember which magazine things are in….so I have NO idea why I keep them! I have recently begun tearing out recipes I want and putting them in a recipe binder so I can get rid of the actual magazine!
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  21. says

    In the scheme of things that hardly rates as one of the seven deadly sins. And you never know just when those gloves may come in handy … nope, can’t think of any time that that’ll happen. Unless there’s a catastrophic nuclear event which mutates humans and you grow a dozen extra hands.
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  22. says

    OK I’m definitely a cold-blooded serpent cuz I’ve never worn a pair of throw away gloves or even owned some. It must be under 23 (yes 23) degrees for me to tolerate gloves. At that point I keep them on. I’ve hoarded my planned throwaway Boston sweats both years I ran. At the time it was convenient to just stuff them in my gear check bag and drag them home. Lame.
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  24. says

    If it’s still good don’t toss it…

    I have shoes I really should put to rest, but I keep thinking just one more short run or I can work in the garden with them (5 pairs?)
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