They say running is an inexpensive sport but I don't really agree with that. It can be inexpensive, but if you are someone who likes to have top of the line clothes, all the latest tech gear, and race a lot, the costs can certainly add up. That's not me. The most expensive things associated w/ my running is of course shoes (even though I can get them discounted to $59.95 at Running Warehouse) and my gym membership, which is $120 per year. If I ever need to replace my Garmin, that will be expensive as well, but I plan on just using that thing until it's dead. I got it for Christmas several years ago and it's still kicking, so we'll see!
On the other hand, many running items don't have to be expensive at all. There are some things I simply refuse to spend any significant amount of money on. I'm talking less than $10 here, people. I am sure you are dying to know what those items are...
1. Gloves. Several years ago, I was searching for the perfect pair of gloves. I tried everything. I could not find something that would keep my fingers warm on those 0-15 degree winter mornings. I paid anywhere between $15-$30 looking for awesome gloves.
These are the most expensive gloves I own. I got them at Dick's. They were $30. They aren't good for anything under 35 degrees. What a waste of money. I'm so pissed about this purchase.
But a few years ago, I found a solution to my glove problem! I layer two pairs of gloves from the Dollar Tree. I'm not joking. These are what I wear when it's single digits!
What normally happens is my fingers start to freeze somewhere during the first mile. So I ball them up into fists for about a mile. After that they are warm and toasty and I can put them back in the fingers again. Voila.
$2 for warm hands all winter. You can't beat that.
2. Sunglasses. I need my running sunglasses to be black and I need them to be comfortable. They also need to be about $5. Thank you, Wal Mart! I don't want sunglasses any more expensive than that because for one, they don't need to be expensive, these cheapo ones work just fine, and two, I don't want to worry about losing them or breaking them. But generally my sunglasses last me a year or two before I need to find another pair!
3. Sports bras. Okay, I realize the only reason I don't have to pay good money for sports bras is because my boobs are tiny. They are not just an A cup, they are an ALMOST A cup. I really don't need any significant support at all. I have some sports bras from the days of yore I keep wearing, but a couple years ago what I did was cut the middriffs off a bunch of my old camisoles and just use those for a bra.
A few weeks ago, I got the deal of a lifetime. I got these little things from Gabriel Brothers for $3.99 each! I really should have got more than 3... what was I thinking!?
I also threw out some of my older sports bras that don't fit me anymore. From lifting, my back and shoulders have gotten bigger so it was getting very uncomfortable to try to fit in some of my older bras!
What are the most expensive costs associated with your running?