Many credit running to being a cheap sport. Just throw on a pair of sneakers and head out the door. I – and my bank account – disagree. So in my usual Tuesday fashion, I present to you on Thursday instead:
TEN THINGS THIS THURSDAY: WHERE MY PAYCHECK IS GOING (AKA MY RUNNING RELATED PURCHASES)
1. SPLURGED ON GREEN MONSTER SMOOTHIES: Much like our new found love for The Office, I know that I’m late to the Green Monster love fest. I always say it takes an extra six months for the trends to get to Cleveland… or at least Parma!
Don’t know what a Green Monster is? This website is a good place to start. Here’s what’s going into my post-workout GMs:
- 1 – 11oz. EAS AdvantEDGE Carb Control Chocolate Fudge shake
- 2 tablespoons raw oats
- 1 banana
- 3 cups spinach
- crushed ice (as needed)
Those EAS shakes are not cheap, but they are totally worth it for the 17 grams of protein and thickness they add to my post-run hydration needs.
2. SAVED ON RUNNING APPAREL: I refuse to pay full price for clothing. TJMaxx and Kohl’s are my best friends when it comes to purchasing Nike tops, FILA pants and generic brand fitness socks. I will also admit to visit Lululemon’s “We Made Too Much” page on a daily basis – JUST IN CASE!
3. SPLURGED ON MUSIC: I’m a Top 40 music queen so I’m unfortunately spending a buck twenty-nine for new songs on iTunes. The extra pennies are worth it for the extra motivation when “Dynamite” comes on my Nano.
4. SAVED BUT WOULD HAVE HAD TO SPLURGE ON MID-RUN FUEL: Gu-s, gels, chomps and beans are expensive. But as my long runs get longer, the more fuel I’ll need. Lucky for me, I came in to possession of some gift certificates to Dick’s Sporting Goods. I’ve been able to use them in order to find out what fueling options are available without dropping serious cash.
5. SPLURGED ON COMPRESSION SOCKS: This Facebook status says it all:
Post 10-K, my hubby bought me a pair of SUGOI R+R knee high compression socks. I heard mixed reviews on compression socks in general, but I absolutely love mine. I notice a difference in how my lower legs feel in comparison to my thighs the day after a long run. Kinda makes me want to go back to Second Sole and ask, “do these come in thigh highs?”
6. SAVED ON RACE ENTRIES: Pre-register and save some cash. Don’t wait until the day of: you will definitely pay more and take the chance of missing out on race swag. I most definitely want that darn t-shirt, thank you very much!
7. SPLURGED ON POST-RACE BREAKFAST: This is a food blog after all! I much rather save my dollars for a dinner out on the town, but there is something special about a greasy spoon diner omelet after you’ve run around the city. I have to find somewhere open on Thanksgiving for the celebration post-race after the Turkey Trot downtown!
8. SAVED ON MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS: I do this in a few ways:
- Participate in a magazine swap with my Mom: she gets different magazines than I do. When she’s done with them, she gives them to me – and vice versa.
- Visiting my public library and checking out past issues of my favorite magazines. I just need help remembering to take them back sometimes…
- Visiting the magazine’s website and reading the articles online. I also love reading the forums on these pages for more tips from readers.
I’m also being green by doing this. Hurray for saving trees!
9. SPLURGED ON YOGA: WORTH EVERY PENNY. Again, check the Twitter feed post-yoga last Thursday:
10. SAVED BUT SHOULD SPLURGE ON SHOES: I’ve previously mentioned my shoe issues in previous posts. Even with the limited selection, I’ve gotten VERY lucky at Kohl’s and found pairs of Adidas and Asics that have done me good in the past. As I’m coming up on the mileage marker, I plan a trip to a local running store to have a professional check out my huge foot to ensure I’m ready for those 13.1 miles in January.
What fitness/running related purchase gave you the most bang for your buck? For me, purchasing an iPod nano eventually made me a runner!