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Running can be expensive!

Many people start running because there is such a small monetary investment.  I probably thought the same thing and in comparison to other sports, if you go about it the right way, it can be!  It's easy to get sucked in, but I have some tips for how I get around the temptation. 

I'm a pretty low maintenance runner, but I do spend more money on high quality clothes because chafing is not my friend.

  • I try to buy my shoes on on liquidation.  I can usually get my shoes over half off.  When I put the miles on my shoes so quickly, I cannot afford to pay full price all the time.  When I first started running I got fit for my shoes at Fleet Feet and continued to use that type of shoe for years.  I didn't want to change what was working.  Then I did some research to figure out what I liked about those shoes and found things I needed in my shoes (example:  overpronation support) in less expensive pairs.
  • I feel like this time each year is when I do my annual clothing shopping and I think it is spurred by Fleet Feet's annual Memorial Day sale of clothing.  I went Monday and got a couple pairs of bottoms for 50% off.
  • Running warehouse can also be a great resource for all your running needs, besides just shoes.  You won't find many customer reviews, but you can check the customer reviews on other sites.  And they have free shipping.
I think that's all I got for now.  The weather's perfect.  The lakefront path is packed (which I don't actually love & one of the reasons I usually run in the morning).  It's my favorite time of the year!

p.s. I would really encourage anyone who is thinking of racking up any sort-of mileage to get fitted for shoes the first time.  They can tell you if you are an overpronator (like me) or underpronator.  This will be very helpful when you go off to find your own.  That extra support can be so helpful.  Sometimes I see people running on the path and they're basically not even landing on their shoes they naturally land so far on the side.  It makes me cringe.  That's not good for you, folks.  Get a fitting.  Please.


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