“Running is a cheap sport. All you need are shoes!”
Um, yeah, right. We runners know better than that. We have STUFF. Lots of it. And when it comes to training for and running a marathon, it definitely ain’t cheap.
Here’s a look at the costs associated with my Chicago Marathon training, which essentially began in February, and the race itself:
Chicago Marathon Race Registration: $185.00
Shoes (3 pairs): $300.00
iPod Shuffle: $50.00
Garmin Forerunner 110: $120.00
Shot Bloks: $32.00
Clothing (1 pair of compression socks, 1 pair of compression sleeves, 3 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of tights, 1 pair of capri tights, 4 sports bras, 4 tank tops, 2 long sleeve tops, 4 pairs of socks): $600.00*
Body Glide: $9.99
Yoga for Runners Classes (20): $200.00
Gym Membership (9 months): $179.91
Massages (6): $550.00
Swag at the Marathon Expo: $100.00*
Parking at the Marathon Expo: $10.00
Marathon Race Day Transportation: $40.00*
TOTAL COST: $2,771.90
* estimated; also, I THINK that’s all of the running clothes I’ve purchased since February — and most everything was on sale.
Now, keep in mind that I don’t have to pay for a hotel room or a plane ticket. I also didn’t include costs for traveling to the Madison Half Marathon or the Bix 7 because I consider those vacations. And of course, I already owned a lot of gear and clothing heading into this venture.
Still, all told, since February, I’ve spent almost three grand on running and training. Wow.
But guess what? It’s been worth every penny. — Mags