Money can be tight in the current economic climate and we are always looking for ways to tighten our belts and save some extra money. Usually the first things to go are those little luxuries or going out less often but we shouldn’t be looking to cut running out of our daily lives. We are lucky that running, compared to other sports, is relatively cheaper and there are ways to make it cheaper still.
Costs Associated With Running
The most obvious cost is shoes, a pair of running shoes usually only lasts for 300 to 500 miles so you can probably go through several pairs a year. You may be tempted to go for the cheap and cheerful brands but this is one area where you have to go for quality. Although quality is usually associated with price that doesn’t have to be the case. Some cheaper brands do make high quality running shoes and always be on the lookout for great deals and bargains. I like to purchase from startfitness.co.uk, you can find some good deals on there.
Running clothes are next on the list, you won’t need to buy these very often so you can wait until they are on sale. They may be “last season” but honestly who cares we are running on a track or a road and not on a catwalk.
Entry fees for races can be one of the biggest expenses for those who are inclined to compete. These are a variable cost and are completely optional although I would always recommend competing at least a couple of times a year. You will usually get some free stuff like t-shirts when competing so at least it will save you money in other areas.
Nutrition and supplements can add quite a bit to your grocery bill. All those extra calories you are expending during your run need to be replaced somehow and that’s through extra food. If you are burning a few thousand extra calories a week you are going to be adding several pounds to your weekly shopping bill. In terms of supplements I am always looking out for specials promotions and deals such as a discount code at Myprotein.
If you are unlucky and get injured you may have to spend money on your rehabilitation. Usually most injuries can be healed for free via some rest and ice or for a minimal cost such as some plasters. A serious injury is pretty rare though as long as you have a good pair of running shoes and you warm up and down correctly.
Running can easily cost several hundred pounds every year but perhaps the biggest drain on your resources is in terms of your time. Your average run may take an hour but once you add in stretching, warming up, cooling down, preparing, showering etc two hours a day are easily swallowed up. The economist in me may want to apply opportunity cost to this scenario but you can’t put a price tag on your enjoyment and most importantly your health so in my opinion it’s time well spent.