Running has always been therapeutic for me. Just me and my iPhone on the go. When I run all I hear is my music. No cars, no people and no kids tattling on each other. Nothing! Ive been running for many years now just as a way to relax and enjoy the weather. It wasn't until 2010 that I decided to run in a race. I quickly signed up at a gym and started my training. After a few weeks my feet started to bother me so I bought a good pair of shoe's (not naming names but it started with an N). This quickly started to add up to too much money out of my pocket. Then I needed some clothes to train in. You see where this is going? Running can be expensive.
Shoe's-$80 (that was half price too)
Gym 4 months-$120
Since I was feeling pretty sure of myself I decided to sign up for another race. This time it was only 6.5 miles. No training in the gym and once again I dragged my buddy Michele with me.
The following year was a rough one. My father passed away in November 2010. My grandfather and grandmother also passed away that year. I was a mess and couldn't concentrate on training at all. Music I loved so much would bring up memories and I would cry uncontrollably while running. After a few months I decided I would run anyways. This time I would run for my father. Team Songster! Songster was my dad's last name and he needed to be represented! You see my dad isn't my DNA dad. My mother married him while I was in high school. Her 3rd time around finally paid off. He was a keeper. My DNA father was in and out of my life and not around when I needed him. I was what you call baggage. Around enough to call me "daughter" but not enough to be my "father". Alcohol and cigarettes were his children. My father John was everything to me. He was and will always be my father. DNA or not! Love him and miss him more and more every day that goes by.
No gym membership this year because I trained in the streets! Guess who wasn't sore this year? ME!! I literally could of ran home after the race. I was feeling that good! Plus I live within 10 minutes of this race lol.
You might be asking yourself why do we run. Why?
Here are a few tips and tricks I have come up with along the way.
Buy used training clothes. Instead of going out and purchasing expensive training clothes, why not look in thrift shops? I found SO MANY running clothes for a fraction of the cost if I would of bought them new. If you can't find what your looking for how about asking friends and family if you can borrow theirs? If that doesn't work then look for good sales or outlet shops. There are so many ways to save money on clothes. All my clothes you see in those pictures? Yep they were bought second hand!
Sign up for races early. Most races offer a discount if you sign up early in advance. So keep your eyes peeled for this!
Train outside. You set the time, distance and go anywhere you want and when you want. This is completely FREE! Or have a friend with a work out room? Run with them! Just make sure to train on real streets so you can get your body ready. Trust me on this one.
There's an app for that. There are so many apps for routing your runs. Keeps track of time, distance, minutes per mile and even song selections. My personal favorite are MapMyRUN and Nike+GPS. Both are completely free!
Get a buddy. Running with someone makes your time go by faster and you focus less on how much you hurt. It's my favorite way to train. Love my running dates with my girls.
Shoe's shoe's shoe's. I cannot stress enough how important the right pair of training shoes are to a race. My first race I assumed you needed name brand mainstream shoes. NOT!!!! (yes Nike I'm talking to you). The second year I decided to head into Portland Running Company. I learned that I run on my sides of my feet which is why I hurt the first year I raced. To correct it they suggested a different brand and style of shoes that would correct this. OMG were they right. My feet have been thanking them ever since.
From their web site-
"Bring your old running shoes if you have any. We will check your wear pattern and watch you walk or run to check for foot motion (overpronation/underpronation or rolling of the foot in or out), which can lead to injury."
You will feel a bit goofy running in front of people but get over it and go get yourself the correct shoes for your feet. Be sure to check out any Eco friendly options too! They have them all!
H2O. You don't need energy drinks, fancy colored "hydrating" drinks or anything along those lines. Just good plain water will do ya. I did invest in a BPA free hydration belt. This way I can run as long as I want and not have to worry where the nearest water fountain is. Plus I can keep my iPhone in there for my music addiction and ID in case I get hurt along the way. Or coffee/snack money for my stop at my favorite coffee joint Black Rock Coffee which is along my running route.
If you live in the Portland Oregon area and want to try out a race just send me a email. I'm always looking for running partners. Running can be expensive or frugal. Just get out there and have fun with it. And always TREAD LIGHTLY!!!!