Thursday, August 30, 2012

Running is expensive

I did not realize how much money you can drop on gear when you start running. This stuff is not cheap and I do not like to spend a lot of money. This comes from being perpetually broke. Let's break this down, shall we?
Shoes - $100
Socks - $10-$30
Bra - $30-$50 (for one)
Shorts/Skirts/Shirts - Here is where you can really spend a buttload
Garmin - $100-$300+
Gear Belt - $20-$50

Who wants to sponsor me? I actually have not had to spend a ton of money on this stuff yet, as I am just starting out. I figure that I can pick up things here and there as I get more serious. I already owned a couple pairs of Sauconys that are still in pretty good condition so I'm wearing those for now. I did have to buy a new bra. I got this number from Moving Comfort and it is awesome. Best sports bra ever!

I also broke down and bought an armband for my phone yesterday. I have been running with my phone because I like to use it for music and I have the Nike+ app that tracks how far I run. I'm not ready to shell out the dough for a Garmin, yet. Normally I just stick it in my bra strap which is neither comfortable nor convenient. I noticed last night after my run that the flash light on my phone was flashing randomly so I turned it off and took off the back. Turns out that sweat had gotten into my phone because it was wet. I mildly panicked and took it all apart and let it sit inside a diaper all night. I figured the absorbency would help. It was fine this morning but I definitely need the armband so I don't have to sweat all over my phone again. I did have my own little PR last night, so I did my celebratory dance when I got back home. Check it out.
Not quite at a 5K yet, but I'm getting closer. Plus, I was able to run a longer time without having to stop to feel like I'm going to die walk so often. Woohoo! Slow and steady keeps it going.


  1. It is an EXPENSIVE sport! You wouldn't think so at first though...and I would agree,just pick up stuff as you go, rather than thinking that you need it all right away. I used the nike+ program for a couple of years before I went to a garmin (just a few months back) & I bought that 2nd hand on ebay...I'm also "cheap," as diapers come first! At least it's a healthy addiction, right?

  2. Agreed! I need to buy this because it's good for me. Seems totally legit. :)