Fitness & Finance
The weekend of my marathon, my family and I were sitting around talking about how absolutely crazy it was that some people set their alarms for some god awful early hour in the morning to watch the royal wedding of William and Kate. We shook our heads in baffelment until my dad said:
“Then again, how many people set their alarms for 4 a.m. in order to get on a bus to run 26.2 miles, and pay well over $100 just for the privilege?”
Not to mention gas and hotel! He had a point! Running is one of the cheapest ways to stay in shape… until you get into racing.
In California, racing season is basically all year, but the best time to race is fall and winter. I’ve got two 10k’s on the calendar for this month, a half in November, and I’ll probably do a Christmas run too. I’m seriously considering the L.A. marathon this spring. Race fees range from $25/$30 for short distances, up to well over $100 for marathons.
You don’t really get much for it besides the experience & course support. A shirt and sometimes a medal. A lot of people don’t get why you would pay money just to have someone time you and give you a medal when you finish. I can’t really explain why either. Motivation? Excitement? Achieving new goals? It’s hard to say why. For whatever reason, it is worth it to me.
The sun is setting earlier and daylight savings time is looming, so I’m looking to start running with a local running group – otherwise I’m going to have to go back to my cheap gym. I’m kind of an independent soul, so I might do that anyway. It’s about $20/month, no start up fees. They have a 60 minute cardio limit (fairly generous) but if the treadmills aren’t full, they were never sticklers for it. I was a member last year November – March, and I’d do the same thing again. Once the sun is out late enough to run after work, no more dreadmill for me!
Is your fitness routine expensive? Are you making any adjustments for the change in seasons? Do you worry about money when you are trying to stay healthy?