As I clicked submit on several online orders lately (Oiselle, Sparkly Soul, Road Runner Sports – just to name a few), I got to thinking. Running is EXPENSIVE. A far cry from the “just lace up your shoes and go” line I heard all too often when I first took up the sport.
Sparkly headbands to keep your hair out of your face
Anti-chafe sticks to keep you comfortable on the run
Sweat-wicking socks to make your feet happy
Headphones that stay in your ears for 10+ miles
Shoes with the perfect balance of support and cushion
A GPS watch to track your pace and mileage
And let’s not even get started on the race registration fees.
Something I don’t recommend doing? Using Mint as your budgeting tool and tagging every single running expense. I did that for 2011 and nearly had a heart attack when I reviewed my annual expenses at the beginning of this year.
You know what would be nice? If we were rewarded for spending our hard-earned dollars on running-related purchases. Sure, some races hand out medals and shirts. You might win a pint glass for an AG win. Or receive a complimentary beer at the finish.
But that’s not what I had in mind.
What if there was a credit card that could only be used for running-related purchases? What if every dollar you spent on Mizunos, Nuun, Gu or Lululemon earned you points? And then after hitting a certain threshold, you could redeem those points for running clothes? Or race registrations. Or running shoes!
Gone are the days of feeling guilty for buying that pair of shorts you didn’t really need. Those shorts edged you one step closer to a free half marathon registration. Or a new pair of racing flats.
Are you listening, MasterCard? Runners need a credit card!
What do you think? Would you take advantage of a running credit card?
What do you spend the most money on when it comes to running?