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Counting the cost

I have not run in over a fortnight. I took all my running gear on holiday with me and was really looking forward to running along the beach at dawn in the lovely warm sunshine. But it was not to be. I was ill from getting off the plane, throughout the holiday and now a week back home am just beginning to pine for a run, so I'm on the mend.

So I have only just had enough energy to lurk on this site and see how everyone is progressing - although there seems to be quite a lot of injury out there. :(

I got to thinking how they say that running need not cost you anything to start. That is slightly misleading isn't it? I started with just a new pair of trainers, the old ones being quite worn and I had an old wicking top. Soon I needed a new top, a new pair of headphones as the old ones would not stay in place, a decent sports bra, a pair of wicking pants (thought my legs were too solid to look good in a pair of capris!), a belt thingy to put my phone in and finally a graduation t-shirt. Hurray!

But it does not stop there. Now its getting cold I need a long sleeve top or jacket. All this is stuff that, if you want to be comfortable, you do need. Maybe they should amend that line on the site to 'Running can become quite an expensive affair'.

But then we all know its worth it don't we?

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So true! After completing w6 r2 in the pouring rain, I've a long list of items to buy! Firstly a jacket. The clothes aren't cheap either. I'm off to Aldi on Thursday. I hope you'd feel better soon and get your run in.


Goota love Aldi! T K Maxx is also a good place for bargain running kit. The only full price stuff I've bought are my running shoes and graduate t-shirt!

Poor you, Christian1, being poorly throughout your holiday and only now starting to feel better. Be gentle on yourself when you do get out for a run! Hope you soon feel better


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