I thought by picking running out of the many other hobbies my wallet would be safe. I mean really – when running what else do you need besides a pair of running shoes?
The shoes are the most important part, I agree. They are the soul of your sole.
I just realized though that my new “investment” aka my pink runners are not going to do it for it me. I mean, they will get me through a good chunk of pre-marathon training, but they will only be pair 1 of shoes that get me through 2010.
I am sure atleast 1-2 more pairs will purchased between now and October 17th, 2010. And that is not all. There is the changing seasons to account for. The new running shorts, wicking tanks, wicking shirts, running skirt (must have), running socks, sports bras, the glide, the gu AND the race entry fees (to name a few)!
Do I sound like I am whining? Maybe a little. I guess I just thought I was buying a pair of shoes. I thought I might run in one little 5k race because well who buys a $100 pair of shoes and doesn’t show them off? Duh! So naturally I had to sign up for that race.
I didn’t head the warnings. People said I would get addicted after the first race. The rush of hundreds of people swarming past you. The sounds of feet patting the pavement. The smell of sweat and determination in the air. And let’s not forget the feeling of accomplishment and excitement when you cross that finish line. Whether it be the first time or the 49th time, it’s a damn amazing feeling.
I actually started this running adventure as a way to lose a few pounds. I thought what the heck, running seems like a great form of cardio and it’s a great excuse to get outside once in awhile.
It’s been about 9 months since I first slipped on my old New Balance running shoes. I don’t miss the shin splints, the chaffing ( I hadn’t received the memo of cotton being the devil yet), and the feeling that my chest was going to expode out of my body.
But I am loving the feeling of freedom as I run through the greenbelt. I am loving the comraderie that was formed with The Will Run For Wine running group. I am amazed everyday at how I am able to push my body in new ways. And I am thankful for the support of people in my life.
Running may be slowly draining whatever life savings I might have had, but in the long run (pun intended) I know it’s the way to go! My body, mind and spirit seem happier after each and every run. So I have to conclude that for me running makes sense. If only I could find a way for it to make cents, I’m sure my mindbodyspirit would be even more delighted.