I am not a runner (but used to be but not in competitions), and have a casual interest in the sport. Yes, I have noticed it no longer is inexpensive to participate, from sign up fees to the cost of articles to wear. Would have me running away from this in no time flat.
@redcatcec Very true, especially if you want to actively participate in races. Those can add up very quickly. Fortunately, if you just want to keep it a more passive hobby, there are a lot of ways to cut corners, cost-wise, without sacrificing the quality of gear, so you can still enjoy the sport while keeping to a stricter budget.
Hi, You can actually pick up lightly used running shoes on Ebay too. I picked up these for $19.99. They are in great condition and were well worth the price. My hubby has picked up several good, clean pairs as well. Just look for lots of pictures to give you clues on condition and ask the seller questions. Sometimes, people get a pair and don't like them. A wipe or spray of Lysol can help make them yours too. And, even if you don't run, who can beat $20 for a good pair of shoes? MIZUNO WAVE...
I just wear my Brooks shoes to run in. My girlfriend in MO buys shoes all the time and then doesn't like them and gives them to me (we wear the same size) after she wears them only 2-3 times. No special clothes other than shorts and a T-shirt or jogging outfit.
There’s a misconception that running is a cheap hobby. Truth be told, it’s anything but. Between the shoes, wicking clothes — garments made of fast-drying material, essential for avoiding injury from chafing or blistering — assorted gear, and race registrations, it can add up… fast. I’ve easily spent thousands of dollars in the last four years (when I really kicked up my devotion to the sport), and today was reminded by my Garmin Connect app that it’s almost time for another big spend: two...
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