Edward Teach wrote:
I wear shoes until they are practically falling apart, and shorts and shirts (when I need them) until they get ratty, but there are some major expenses with running.
1. Driving to the trails every day. Its great if you live in Boulder and perfect places to run are right outside your door, but for a large portion of people, running around their suburb or city is an awful experience. I typically drive 35 miles both ways, 6 days a week for running.
2. Race entry fees. Way too high. Now 5ks are about $40 in my area and half marathons are 70-100.
3. Travel. If I actually want to run a marathon, or maybe just face solid competition, I'm looking at driving a few hours away and probably getting a hotel room for a night.
4. Eating healthy. As others have said, you can just combat increased need for fun from high mileage with more pasta. But at some point after you get out of college and have been doing that for over 4 years, you get sick of it.
5. Shoes. I probably go through a half dozen pairs a year, if I'm lucky last year's discontinued models will be on sale, but more often than not even if they are, my size is usually about the first to sale out. You guys saying how you can always find cheap discontinued shoes must have size 6 or 14 feet or something.
6. Gym membership. In my area they do not clear the roads of ice in the winter. This means running outside is an impossibility unless you're some sort of machoist trail runner using yaktrax to go 9 minute miles. Even paying a monthly fee for just january and february, or paying per visit isn't cheap. A lot of gyms make you pay for a year up front too and if they are the only game in town, thats what you have to do. I never realized how good I had it when I had free access to an indoor track and campus was always plowed in college.
Now this is all cheaper than triathlon, golf, cycling, and some other sports. Running is one of the few sports where it is practical to compete as an adult. When is the last time you saw an open swim meet for adults or a competitive adult basketball league?
So you live in a crowded suburb and therefore drive 35 miles both ways for a run. Yet they do not clear the roads in highly populated area. Hmm something doesn't add up here.