Upcoming Fitness Expenses
Starting out as a runner is really cheap. Almost everyone will have shoes that will take them as far as they are able to go their first time out (assuming they haven’t been working out much). All you need from there is a tee shirt and some sort of shorts. Leslie’s approach to running was similar to mine – start with what you have. It is one of those hobbies with a low initial monetary investment.
It certainly can add up later if you get more into it. Running shoes, running clothes (even on the cheap), race fees, and if you are spoiled, a GPS watch (i love mine!)… It can add up. It doesn’t have to. If you don’t have feet issues, you just need basic shoes every now and then, and that’s it. But you may find that you suddenly find it oh so worth it to have great shoes and comfortable clothes to run in your $150 marathon races!
Los Angeles is nice enough that the weather allows for year round outdoor running. However, I just can’t handle running after dark or in the early morning. I live in a really safe area, but I’m super paranoid and feel much more comfortable running on the path near the beach, with a zillion tourists surrounding me, even if I have to dodge them now and then.
Daylight savings time is fast approaching, and my usual running routine is about to be destroyed. Last year, I got through the season with a mix of boot camp, DVDs, and just plain working out a little less. This year I’m more running-centric, and I’m definitely going to need treadmill access.
So I’m looking at a gym. I want somewhere with no contract – I only want to be a member from November-March when the sun sets early. I want somewhere where treadmills will be open so I can run for an hour at a time if I want. I want somewhere near work or near my home. I want something cheap. I’m going to try out a 24 hour fitness with a free pass to start, and look on from there.