In the beginning of being lured into running, you think ‘oh, this is the cheapest form of exercise.’ Bwahahahaa. You thought wrong.
I’m here to list out all the expenses that go into running and I’m not talking about the elite runners. I’m talking about normal runners like me and you.
Here we go:
Running shoes: at least $100 until you need a new pair which I think they say is every 300-500 miles. Of course, this girl here does no such thing. I buy a new pair every time I find a cute pair! I don’t wear these bright pink shoes just for their excellent shoe abilities. Haha!
Trail shoes: $100 – you might need these if you want to run the trails. I get really bored with the bike trails and run on the dirt trails nearby. I think regular running shoes would still be ok but hey – its always a great excuse to buy some more cute shoes.
Clothes: Unknown expense – You need shirts, shorts, capris, long pants, socks, and sports bras. And if you buy the expensive stuff, that is a lot of money. If you buy the cheap stuff, you end up getting frustrated, probably donate it to goodwill, then end up buying the expensive stuff. $$$$$$So after work, you go out on a run. So not only have you worn your regular clothes that day, you wear your running clothes. That adds up if you do this several times a week. Plus I use a towel to dry my sweat and a towel to put on my car seat (don’t like sweat on my leather). After I run, I take a shower. So then I put on another set of clothes. That is three outfits in one day! Two extra sets of clothes every day I workout. That is a lot of clothes!
So that’s more laundry. And more laundry to put away – annoying!Washing/Drying all that extra clothes: $$$$ Higher water bill/Higher gas bill/Higher electric bill
Taking an extra shower a day: $$$$ Higher water bill/Higher gas bill
(Yeah, I wish I had a shower like that haha!)
So what are you running for? To train for a marathon (like I am)?AF Marathon race entry fee: $75
If you run a marathon, you should train. So to train to run the long runs, you have to have ‘gear.’A water bottle with pocket: $20?
A belt to hold your stuff? $25
I actually bought this the other day from iFitnessinc.com. It fits my phone (although barely - I have a Samsung something with a keyboard so its probably a miracle it fits). I got the double (as shown above) so in one pocket I can put my phone and the other my keyfab. It is also waterproof. I did not get the pink one (I know you are totally shocked considering my shoes are pink!). I got the black one.
A Camelbak: $30-$100+
Mine isn't that cool but you get the idea.
Gas $$ to get to the bike path/trail: $$$$$
Man, I remember those gas pumps. Am I showing my age?
Oh wait, while you’re training – you get the bright idea to sign up for races in between the race you’re training for.
Running magazines you get sucked into buying: $50
Pictures of you from the race: $50 (or more if you decide to get the life size poster as I did LOL!)
Yes, that is a poster size picture of me at the Mudathlon 2011 in my office cube. Gotta love it!
Headbands to keep your hair back: $20
Sunglasses/Hats: $50 (I’ve kept this at $0 – not fond of hats but have a couple I got free and definitely don’t care to have a nice farmer’s tan on my face from sunglasses)Supplements: $50 – This could vary depending on what you want to buy.
Food: $$$$ Sorry, but the more you exercise, the more famished you get. At least that happens to me. Expect your grocery bill to go sky high.
Duffle Bag: $20 to carry all your running clothes etc in.Sunscreen: $5-20 – for the good stuff. I like the spray on. I don’t wear it to not get sunburnt. I wear it because it seems to block the heat which helps on those afternoon runs.
Body Glide: $10 – A must when running those longer distances.
Electrolytes/GU/Water or anything else you use during/after the run: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$Hotel/Gas: $$$$ If you go out of state for a race.
Garmin or other GPS watches: up to $300 or so
Endless coffee stops afterward runs/races as a special treat: $$$
Medal hanger for all your medals: $40?
Shadowbox for your most awesome medal: $200
Random, impulsive purchases at the race expos: $200
26.2 Necklace I got an the last AF Marathon Expo. I love it!!!
Gas to go to the expos/packet pickups: $$$$$Razor/Shaving cream to shave your legs when you otherwise wouldn’t have to but do because you’re wearing running shorts: $20
Music for the Ipod: $25
Ok, this list is ridiculous! I think its interesting how pricey it really can get once you get into this running thing.