Sure, throw on your gym shoes and go for a run, and that’s inexpensive exercise. But as soon as you cross over from casually running on occasion for funsies to running for sport, it is no longer a cheap endeavor. I feel like I am constantly buying something for running. Not that I’m complaining! Because I would love to buy all the running clothes and gear and toys. So for the sake of curiosity, I just had to know how much I spend in a year on running. Is running as expensive as I think it is? I ran the numbers and found just how much running costs me per year.
While over the years you and I have become more connected than I thought possible—you have certainly made me a stronger runner—I feel that it may be time for us to see other people.
When I run, I let my freak flag fly a little higher than usual. For me that means letting my running clothes express my vibes. I feel strong, vibrant, and confident when I’m running, and my style reflects that. Which could explain why I get comments about my running clothes from total strangers.
After a snowstorm blew through, I found myself treadmill-bound for 24 miles this week. And as much as I love the treadmill, four days strapped to the ‘mill is too much time spent indoors. When I log miles on the treadmill I like to tune in and tune out to a movie or TV show. In other words: Netflix and Treadmill. It turns out this term is nothing like Netflix and chill; there’s just too much sweat and not enough popcorn.
For those of us who started running later in life, there are various things that inspired us to initially lace-up our kicks and try this crazy sport. We didn’t grow up on the track. From weightloss to bucket lists to good ol’ peace and quiet, we late-blooming runners have our reasons for starting to run. My running inspiration (runspiration, if you will) was a nameless woman who merely mentioned that she was a runner. Something she said spoke directly to the competitive athlete I had buried deep inside me.