I think I’m addicted to running gear. I can’t tell you how many dollars I’ve spent recently. And honestly, I don’t want to know either. I’m sure it’s frightening. But that doesn’t stop me from trolling blogs all day and saying, “Oh, yeah, I definitely need to get some compression socks. Everyone else has them, so I should too.”
“Ooo, what’s Stridebox? Shut up! They’ll deliver running gear to my door every month? It’s like Birchbox for runners! Don’t mind if I do…”
It’s always interesting to me when people claim that running is an “inexpensive” fitness option. And sure, OK, all you REALLY need is a pair of running shoes. But even those are not cheap. And unless you want to be a chafed, blistered, sore mess, you really do need things like good socks, dry-tech clothing, and a decent sports bra. And then maybe you start doing longer distances and you want to try a handheld water bottle, or a hydration belt, and maybe some fuel. You hear about how
awful awesome foam rollers are. You subscribe to Runner’s World for tips and tricks… It’s a deep, dark, expensive rabbit hole. I guess there are worse things I could be spending my money on, but sometimes I think about how much this stuff is costing me and I cringe a little.
In the past 2 weeks alone, I’ve bought a running hat, road ID, new shoes and barely managed to restrain myself from subscribing to Stridebox. I’ve walked in circles through Dick’s Sporting goods, touching things lovingly and bemoaning the fact that I can’t spend $80 on some CW-X compression tights. I’ve held a Sweaty Band in my hand and started to walk to the checkout counter, only to force myself to turn around and put it back. It seems like every day I hear or read about some new product that I’ve just got to try. Where does it end? How do I contain my spending?
On the one hand, I know that I don’t really need most of these things. But I really want them, which can feel like the same thing. Running makes me a happier, healthier person, and new and exciting gear makes me want to run more, so it’s easy to justify these purchases. Who wants to do silly things like pay off their student loans or buy a house anyway, right? Right? Please tell me I’m not the only one suffering from this addiction…
How do you budget for buying your running gear?
Do you ever feel like you can’t stop buying things?