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!)