Running on a Budget

You’d think running would be a really cheap sport because it does not require a gym membership or any fancy bats, balls, nets, poles, sticks or pads…right? I don’t know about all of the runners your there, but I’ve spent a pretty penny on running gear! Here are my tips and tricks on how to stretch your dollar while beginning your new hobby AND do’s and don’ts about where to cheat.

DO spend money on good running shoes.

You don’t want to skimp on a pair of running shoes…they can make or break your run! A good rule of thumb is to replace your running shoes every 300-400 miles (another reason why tracking your runs is important). Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money to get high quality running shoes from running-specific stores. Personally I prefer the Show Dog program at Road Runner Sports. They film you running on a treadmill, analyze the mechanics of your movement, pin point any imperfections, and find the right shoe for you. Join their VIP program (well worth it, we saved $80 on our last trip) and you can return your shoes (even if work)

DON’T spend money on running clothes because of the brand name.

I can tell you that my “NORTS” were three times the price of my TJ Maxx random brand running shorts. They’ve got the same mesh, same material, same draw strings and my cheaper shorts are actually MORE comfortable. If it is comfortable (and fits) go with the cheaper brands. A running tank from TJ Maxx costs me $6 and my shorts costs $7 (both pictured below) and they work great. Also, once you start racing you’ll rack up a nice collection of tech-tee’s from various events – but stay away from the thick cotton – that’s just gross.

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DO sign up for online savings.

Groups like have great signs ups where you can save up to 80% off on name brand running items. For example, I ordered a winter running beanie with build in headphones for about $18 dollars or my first pair of compression socks. It’s free to sign up…but you’ll have to really work on your prudence because temptation is the title of every e-mail (just kidding).

DON’T feel like you have to pay for a gym membership to lose weight.

All you need to run is the ground beneath your feet. Running (outside of the gear/equipment) is free! Maybe running/jogging/walking is not for you? Chances are your office building, apartment building; a housing development has a small gym. If you’re alumni of a nearby college simply use their facilities. No (free) gym nearby? No problem! Grab a towel or yoga mat and put in a workout DVD to tune in/stream in a workout series. The options are limitless.

Now this list could go on and on – but I want to hear from you?! What are YOU 4 Do’s and Don’ts of running on a budget?!

5 thoughts on “Running on a Budget

  1. If you like streaming pilates videos, try Cassey Ho’s blogilates videos ( – they are super hard and great if you are traveling without any equipment. She has some awesome HIIT vids too :).

    1. Hey Liz! I am going to have to check that out. Glad to hear that her videos are FREE! That’s the best 😀


  2. DO go out and run for about a week or two before you drop 2-3 hundo on new running gear. Make sure you like it before you commit.

    DONT jump on bandwagon fads for new running gear that will “change the running world” i.e. spring-powered shoes *cough* nike *cough* or energy/supplement drinks and mixes.

    Ochams razor really applies in my experience: if its too complicated, there’s a better way.

    Keep kicking ass Laura

    1. I think I know which JH this is 😉 and thank you! Those are REALLY great tips! It takes a few weeks for your body to get used to running (or ya know…months…) and make it a habit, right? Hope all is well!

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