Have you ever wondered what the cost of running might be over a lifetime? Running is often touted as a cheaper alternative to joining a gym, and that’s true. When you begin, you’ll likely search your wardrobe for a t-shirt, pair of shorts and your old sneakers. Of course, anyone who’s been bitten by the running bug will know that soon, the desire for quality running shoes and race entry fees begin to add up. The question is, how much does all of this add up to? How much does it cost to be a runner over a lifetime?
Running shoes should be replaced approximately every 500 miles, and you might like to grab a couple of new running outfits per year (winter and summer, perhaps?). These can be bought cheaply, or you could choose to invest larger amounts for performance gear. If you accessorise with smart watches, heart rate monitors, hydration belts or other tools, you’ll find the costs begin to tally quickly.
Race fees vary between distances, locations and levels of competition. How much you spend will be influenced by how many races you enter each year, too. Marathon fees average about $100, while 5Ks are often under $30. You may also need to factor in gels and supplements on the day, and unexpected costs, like parking, race expo finds or the irresistible urge to pick up a pizza after the race.
Did this cross your mind as something to include in the cost of running? Runners will find themselves modifying their diets to include healthier options that fuel their training runs. Runners also find that they increase the amounts of food that they eat to sustain the calorie loss through training. Supplements, vitamins and electrolyte water will all add up over the years. As with all things, this can be done very cheaply, or a higher-cost route can be chosen.
What is the overall cost of running?
If you assume a person runs for between 50-60 years, covers around 30 miles per week, enters a few races each year, the costs could vary between roughly $15 000 and $215 000. Those costs are very general of course, and take heart – spread out over a lifetime, the benefits far outweigh the financial cost.
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