A Full Blown Addiction.

IT Band Purchases 10.2.13

Anyone who says running is cheap (or easy) is a bold freakin’ liar.

Okay, running may come easy for some. But folks, I don’t care who you are… this sh*t ain’t cheap. A few years ago, when I was trying to find my legs, (i.e. started running), I laced up my lawn mowing shoes, pulled on an ancient Old Navy Fleece and hit the road. Today? I nurture a full blow addiction to gear, shoes, special foods…the works. 

Here’s my point: I think it’s expensive to be a healthy runner.

But throw an injury into the mix and well… suddenly you’re taking out a second mortgage your freakin’ HOUSE.

In the last 23 days, (since being diagnosed with Tendinitis and IT Band Syndrome), I’ve been to 3 different doctors a total of 6 times… a general practitioner, a specialist and a chiropractor. I’ve been to PT twice. (I’ve also been to the damn dentist twice but that doesn’t really count.) In addition to a prescription for Motrin, I have purchased a “Stick”, an ultrasound machine, KT tape, BIOFREEZE and an IT Band wrap.

The grand total? Somewhere around $800.

Note: This does not include me NOT being paid for my time to drive there, sit, wait, have my a** kicked, pay the bill, get in the car and drive back to my office.

There is no denying I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of money chasing two marathons this year. And I can’t possibly be the only woman on the planet who spends a ginormous chunk of her disposable income in a running store. Or can I?

I tried to find info online about how much the average runner spends on shoes, gear, race entries, etc. per year, but apparently nobody’s talking. (That, or there is no such thing as average.) I did find a funny article by Jim Warrenfeltz, How Much Running Costs Over a Lifetime. His analysis shows somewhere between $14,000 (if you’re a cheapskate) and $212,000+ (if you’re a full-blown addict). 

I believe I’m on my way to addict.

I have a pretty good idea of how much I’ve spent year-to-date…  it’s likely enough to fund a two-year degree from a community college. I won’t go into line item detail, (b/c hubs reads the blog and I hide a lot of sh*t), but here are a few things I’ve spent $$$ on this year:

  • Six pairs of shoes
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • A new Garmin
  • A trip to Portland
  • 2 marathon entry fees
  • $800+ on IT Band b.s.
  • Chiropractic, acupuncture and massage
  • New summer running gear
  • A superstar support person
  • Tunes and snacks
  • And last but not least… a gym membership. (Which has ultimately led to buying 2 swim caps, some damn snazzy goggles and a swim suit that does me NO freakin’ justice.)

The grand total?

I’m not sayin’.

But it does make me wonder — how much have YOU spent on running this year? (Think gear, entry fees, doctor appointments, the works.) What’s the best thing you bought? The worst? What’s the ONE thing you can’t live without? Come over and chat me up at www.Facebook.com/BrooksFirstMarathon.

Out of all the things in this world I could be addicted to, in some crazy, unexplainable way, I’m damn glad it’s this.



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P.S.S.S.Dozens of you emailed to ask how my run went last Saturday. With menthol creme, ibuprofen and my IT band wrap in tow, I banged out 15. Was it pretty? No, but it was manageable. Yesterday I hopped off the fence and said f* it. I’m running Portland. WOO HOO HOO — time to put the b*tch to bed. (The pic is DR and I post-run… it was our last rodeo on marathon No. 2!)

Final Run 9.28.13






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6 Responses to A Full Blown Addiction.

  1. Trena Roudebush October 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    I *knew* you’d choose to battle in Portland. Sending strong, healthy energy your way.

    • Brook October 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      A huge part of it was the women in the Challenge — we’re all always overcoming something — this just happens to be “it” for me. Thanks so much Trena — you’ve been an inspiring part of my journey this go ’round and I am grateful. Let’s both go ROCK our races and then celebrate our a**es off. 🙂 xo

  2. Susan W October 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Hey Brook, I had a terrible year with ITBS, my knee went straight to hell at km 15 in race 2 of back to back Halfs (April). Felt like broken glass in there. In June I found the IT Band wrap (same as yours), an acupuncturist who did cupping on my entire IT Band (3 sessions) and a new pair of shoes (zero drop). Thanks to all that I ran my first marathon pain free on Sept 1.

    As a similarly insane person I applaud your decision to run Portland. Oh, and we’re not going to talk about the $$’s I’ve spent on this craziness – nope.

    • Brook October 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      Susan — you give me hope that recovery can be FAST. 🙂 After this I’m off my legs “rebuilding” for a few months — I will definitely look into zero drop shoes and cupping. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and insight — it’s appreciated more than you know. (And if we ever meet in person, we’ll slip each other napkins with the total dollars we spent chasing a marathon. 🙂 ONWARD!

  3. wildman1 October 7, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    snazzy goggles is the truth! Wait til I get you sporting a PINK swim cap! I do think the pink swim cap just may help us swim faster!

  4. michele October 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Please explaint this ultra sound machine… what does it do and what’s it for?
    I have the stick, biofreeze etc…. Thanks

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