When to Save, When to Spend

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Running is supposed to be a cheap sport. I’d like to say it can be, but you need running shoes — and at the very least probably a couple of pairs a year. Running shoes are expensive!

When to Save

I’m pretty sure my “when to spend” list will be longer than my “when to save” list. I think that these lists will be different from person to person — we all have different needs!

  • Let your running clothes air dry — this will save you energy and ultimately will help save the planet and help your clothes last longer
  • Make your own running fuel/recovery snacks — it won’t save you time, but it will save you $$ and most likely will be more nutritious, too
  • This one is definitely personal: being smaller on top, I rarely spend much on running bras (I know many female runners can’t skimp in this department)
  • Another $$ savings for smaller women: tops with the bra already built in
  • This isn’t a when to save, but a how to save: try to sign up to be an Ambassador for products you use frequently. There is usually a decent discount for Ambassadors
  • Sign up early for races to snag deals — just be aware that the weather is very changeable

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When to Spend

I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

  • Spend on good quality running clothes (of course I recommend Skirt Sports). Yes, they may be pricey but they’ll last a very long time.
  • Spend on good socks. No cotton unless you dig blisters.
  • If you’re going to buy a treadmill that you actually plan to use, invest in a good one. Expect to pay at least $1000 (unless you manage to snag a lightly used one!)
  • Spend on shoes. Comparison shop and you may be able to get a deal on your favorite shoes, but your feet will thank you.
  • If you ever decide to hire a coach, don’t just look at the price; again, I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for!

Final Thoughts
Hey, my save column was surprisingly longer! Of course you don’t have to splurge on clothes if you don’t want to, Target, Old Navy, and Gap all have pretty good running clothes at reasonable prices. Shoes can be very expensive, but you can look around for deals on a variety of Websites — once you know what the right shoes for you are. Just don’t choose shoes by the price, though, or you could end up paying a steep price with your body.

What do you think it’s important to spend on?
How do you manage to save on running gear?


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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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