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With Running Comes Needs/Cravings

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When I started running I thought that running was a cheap sport, in my mind all I needed was a pair of trainers and some clothes to cover up my body/stay warm..

It turns out I was wrong.

Not saying that running HAVE to be an expensive sport, but I sure realized that I needed to buy some new stuff, and that happened fast.. From late May (after running for approx. 3 weeks) I started adding gear, clothes and accessories. Here’s a brief history on how me and my running became a not-so-cheap-story..

Shoes

The shoes I had been running in was too big and more of a hiking shoe than a running shoe so when I moved to the US  in early June (yeah, you’ve probably noticed that English isn’t my first language by now?) I hit the Nike Outlet up and got myself a pair of shoes. Happy as could be I started running with the new pair of shoes 5 times/week and as the number of K/run raised I started getting an awful pain in my knees. PLUS blisters on my toes. Being the way I am,  I didn’t want to confess that the running shoes I just got probably wasn’t a good buy.. So I kept on going for a month or two, having to spend at least three days/week walking like an old lady and crying myself to sleep because of my knees.

Until one day, when my better half, without letting me know where we were heading, took me to Sports Authority to buy new shoes. He dropped me off with money in my pocket and the words “Stay the whole day if you have to and spend as much money as you want to, but DO NOT leave the store without a pair of running shoes that fits your feet and will work well for you in the future”. So there I was, lost in the running shoe section of the store just looking around. A sweet man soon realized that I was a bit lost and started helping me to find well cushioned shoes that would support my high arch. I think I tried 10 different shoes on and I really did take my time walking around in the store trying to figure out if the shoes would do the trick. Until that day I was convinced that I would always use a pair of Nike+ shoes but I actually decided to go with Asics for the amazing feel of the shoes. With a pair of light, yet cushiony, and bright colored (OK, mostly black) Asics Gel-Neo33 I walked out of the store smiling. I couldn’t wait to get home and go out running to try my new buddies out!

My friends Asics, Under Armour and Mons Royale.

Clothes

As I was about to leave my old home to go to Seattle, WA, I decided to find a new pair of running tights – the ones I had been using was from H&M and didn’t fit well at all which lead to me being very uncomfortable and having to adjust the pants all the time. I had already at that time started to loose weight and was definitely enjoying trying A BUNCH of different tights on. In smaller sizes than I’d ever thought I’d be sporting. My biggest concern was the prices though – I just didn’t like the fact that all super comfortable tights was so expensive and it took me a few days of wandering around in stores to decide that it was actually worth spending $50+ on a pair of pants only for running. But yeah, I did. And boy have those tights served me well! Well, at least until I moved to Hawaii and tights just didn’t work anymore – WAY to warm! So then to the next buy..

Shorts. I actually, at this point, had left the whole money deal behind (probably because I knew that I was actually going to continue with the running as I got more and more into it and didn’t fear I was going to get tired of it and quit) and just went out there to get a pair. I ended up getting a pair of Under Armour in bright colors and they are great!

And then to the tops.. I started out running in spring waaay out north. It was definitely a layer-up temperature out there and I had a merino wool top (speaking of merino – I have to tell you about the great stuff from Mons Royale.. Great for hiking, running, skiing and so on) that I used under a thin thermo shirt and a light rain jacket. As I got to Seattle spring was becoming summer and I was sweating like crazy as I started going further and further with my runs. So I panicked and ran into a Target to buy a top. Or two. And now I’m actually pretty well prepared for runs when it comes to clothes.. Even if it would be great with some extra shorts and tops and… Yeah, I guess there’s just never an end to my cravings when it comes to running gear.

Accessories

Yeah, and as I stopped running with a light jacked with a pocket I needed an armband to keep the iPhone in… So I got one of those. And running where I live there’s uhm… A lot of dogs and weirdos out and about so I had to get a Hot Pink Mace. And then of course – the greatest “accessory” of them all – the Garmin Forerunner 405CX! And a foam roller, which I read about when I was having a lot of problems with my knees.. And.. Yeah, you know the drill!

So here I am, many $$$ later, and I still have things on my to-get-list. But I’m thinking that it has to wait. At least a month or so more…

Q: Have you spent a lot of money on your running gear? What’s your go-to brands for shoes/clothes? Are you like me, constantly finding new stuff (through Twitter, magazines or blogs) that you want to try out?

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5 thoughts on “With Running Comes Needs/Cravings

  1. Unfortunately buying running gear has become an addiction of sorts for me. I run in Brooks shoes, and love the Nike running shorts. Glad you found the shoes you need to keep running, it makes all the difference!

    • I’m getting there too!
      There’s so many great running gears out there, and I feel inspired/motivated when I have new stuff..Plus, it’s fun to just try no gear out – unfortunately that means they have to be bought…
      A lot of people seem to like the Brooks for running shoes, I might have to try them out in the future..

  2. I totally understand! I call myself a “running clothes/gear ho” because I want everything. ;-) I’m always looking for the perfect shoes (right now I’m still loving my Asics), and love to find new comfy gear (especially for cold weather). I am finally looking into a Garmin because I’m tired of toting my phone around, and then, I think I may be good to go for a little while. :-)

    • Yeah, it feels like I’m about to go that way too – big time! So maybe we should just start a “running clothes/gear ho” group and share our latest shopping? :)
      I’ve always been dressed in all black clothes, both for working out and everyday life, but since I started running I’ve been starting to LOVE bright colored tops/shorts/tights/shoes and so on… I’d say that it’s a good change and a great way to justify my running related shopping to my husband (who always complained about me being dressed so dark at all times…) :)
      And the shoes.. I’m liking my Asics too, but I have a feeling there are better ones out there for my feet. So I’m kind of looking for new ones (but I’m not going to buy any until these ones have been doing their thing for a while.. two months more or so..).

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Have a great day!

  3. Haha! That’s a great idea! I’d suggest a support group, but I don’t think I want help. I like the sharing of our treasures idea better. ;-)

    I love the bright colors too! Black is great too, but the brighter colors are safer for your road running (especially with the non-drivers out there). It’s hard to choose just one, so I stalk the big clearance events at Dicks Sporting Goods and pounce when the price is better. kellysrunningwarehouse.com is a great bargain finder, and you can find coupons for them on google a lot.

    I’ve been thinking the same thing about the Asics. They are comfortable, but I know there are better ones out there. I’m getting over the fact that some of the super lightweight shoes are kind of ugly, and am ready to cross over. I’ve been eyeing the Nike Free and Brooks lines, but haven’t decided on one yet. I have to retire the shoes I have been using interchangeably first, and they have some mileage left on them. They aren’t cheap!

    Anytime! I love reading other people’s adventures, especially when they sound like me. :-) Have a great day too!

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