When I started on this journey, I had only the vaguest idea of how expensive it would be. How much could running possibly cost, right? You just go outside and you run. My brothers play lacrosse and they have loads of gear that they spend money on every year. I figured the most important pieces of gear that I would need are already attached to my body and that most of the expense would be tied up in race registration fees. While that is partially correct, I’ve quickly learned that there is so much more to it than I ever could have imagined.
Shoes (the ones that I bought on sale for $25 at DSW because I needed something to wear to the gym? Yeah those were no longer going to cut it), GPS watch, fuel belt, clothes, energy gels, extra tip money for the poor soul who does my pedicures, and issues of Runner’s World – just to name a few – were all things that I didn’t really consider, but made perfect sense once I got started. Good socks make perfect sense too and I have quite a few pairs that are inexpensive, but still have served me well. However, as my runs have gotten longer, I started to encounter issues with muscle fatigue. That’s when I learned that compression socks aren’t just for old ladies anymore.
I also learned that compression socks ain’t cheap. The brand name I had heard thrown around most often was CEP, so that’s the first place I went and I’d be lying if I said my jaw didn’t practically hit the desk when I saw the price tag. $50+ for a pair of socks? I was able to find them slightly cheaper on various internet sites, but apparently I have the most trendy calf size because they were all sold out. Lame.
Then I discovered calf sleeves, which are more like compression legwarmers than socks and I decided that I liked the idea of these better. Plus they are slightly less expensive, thought still not cheap. In other words, yesterday I purchased a pair of $35 lime green legwarmers that should arrive to my house today and I should probably pretend that they didn’t cost $35 if my husband happens to ask. My coworker – who does run occasionally – exclaimed “You spent $35 on SOCKS??” so I can’t imagine my non-running husband would understand this at all. Especially since they aren’t even socks. Maybe if I told him how much the socks cost, the cost of the calf sleeves won’t seem like such a big deal.
Tomorrow is my last Saturday run before my half and the official start of my taper. I’m scaling back to 8 miles and hopefully my new calf sleeves will help me conquer this wicked hill on my route. At the very least, it would be nice to have less tired legs when I’m done. 🙂
Happy weekend, everyone!