Running on an empty wallet
About a year ago, I decided that as part of a final push to lose weight I would attempt to get into running. It was an activity that I previously had hated. Why run, when their are so many other effective ways to get healthy? There was a lure about running to me, a challenge if you will. So I dedicated myself and I quickly found out something. The more I ran, the healthier I became, and the more I started to actually enjoy myself. I fell hardcore into the activity and made the switch from, running for exercise into being a RUNNER. During that process I discovered something else too. Running is not cheap, its ultra expensive as a matter of fact. Sure, nobody is stopping anyone from lacing up any pair of shoes and going for a jog. However if you want to run competitively (or competitively against the clock at least ) its costly. Running strong means running with the right shoes, running on the correct nutrition, running races, running with the right accessories/gear, running in different environments, running pain and injury free, etc. All of this costs copious amounts of money (and I know I just barely scratched the surface), which can be difficult to budget on a limited income. I want to improve my running and to get better, but I need to find a way to both run strong and to run cheap. I know that many runners constantly find themselves with this problem- choosing between the dollar or the mile. So I believe its worth exploring much further.