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Cost of a "Road Membership" (Read 165 times)


Interval Junkie --Nobby

    As I retired my 26th pair of running shoes and checked in my 30th pair into RA's tracker, I got to looking at the cost of running -- something I normally consider "free".   There's always The Road.  No membership fee required.  But if you take a closer look, it costs me about $0.23 per mile.  (I exchange my shoes at around 500miles, depending on how they've held up).

     

    Let's call it a quarter per mile for easy math.

     

    So, my casual weekly mileage of 35mi/week is about $8.75/wk.  Or $35/mo. $420/year.

    When I was training, I regularly ran 65mi/wk or about $65/mo. $780/year.

     

    Kinda surprised me that something I mentally think of as "free" is quite expensive.  Compare this to a $19/mo non-running gym membership.  I stipulate non-running because obviously miles are miles and you still need something on your feet.  But if you just consider weight-lifting or whatever, you could get by with a single pair of cross-trainers for a year or more.  Still $100/year.  So, a total of $328/year.

     

    I'm not even going into weather related running clothes, garmin, race fees, gu, protein bars . . .not to mention injuries.

    2016 Goals: Lose the 10lbs I gained for not having goals


    an amazing likeness

      Not to mention the opportunity cost of hours spent staring at my RA log while wondering 'wtf is happening here...'.

      I've done my best to live the right way. I get up every morning and go to work each day. (for now)

        Cheaper than all those cartons of cigarettes and the associated medical expenses.

          Cheaper than all those cartons of cigarettes and the associated medical expenses.

           

          and the cost of a shrink or meds needed for sanity, I go for run when I am mad/stressed/have cabin fever/haven't talked to a human in hours, all perks of working from home.

            You must buy some expensive shoes!

             

            Since I've ended up running with Skechers the last 4 years or so I would guess my average cost is less that 10 cents per mile for shoes.

             

            I've actually worn out quite a few socks and a few pairs of shorts over the last 12,500+ miles that I guess you would need to add into the equation if you were really calculating out the cost.

             

            The numbers that might surprise you are the costs of entering races over the years, especially if you factor in the travel cost if you have any races that you've traveled to.  I know you could run without racing, but I don't think I could.  I need races on my schedule to keep me motivated.

            Age: 50 Weight: 215 Height: 6'3" (Goal weight 195)

            Current PR's:  Mara 3:14:36* (2017); HM 1:36:13 (2017); 10K 43:59 (2014); 5K 21:12 (2016)

              Swimming is virtually free Smile

              2018 Goals:

              #1: Do what I can do (250+ training days, 300+ aerobic hours).

              #2: Race shape - BUILD aerobic base

              #3: Race (Cincinnati MiniMarathon - 3/18, Grand Rapids 70.3 Tri - 6/10, Ironman Florida - 11/2)

               

                 

                and the cost of a shrink or meds needed for sanity

                 

                This is very true.

                darkwave


                Mother of Cats

                  Swimming is virtually free Smile

                   

                  Err....pool membership, swimsuits, goggles, caps, "toys" (paddles, buoy, etc)

                  Everyone's gotta running blog; I'm the only one with a POOL-RUNNING blog.

                   

                  And...if you want a running Instagram where all the pictures are of cats, I've got you covered.

                     

                    Err....pool membership, swimsuits, goggles, caps, "toys" (paddles, buoy, etc)

                     

                    *virtually

                     

                    Goggles last 24+ months ($4 - $40)

                    Swim Buoy, not necessary, but lasts 5+ years

                    Kick Board not necessary, but lasts 5+ years

                    Cap not necessary

                     

                    Pool membership - expensive (approx. $30 / month)

                    Master's swim class - expensive

                    Lake access - dependent on location, but can be free, but seasonally accessible.

                     

                    Dollar for Dollar, I'm fairly confident that swimming is cheaper than running if you're willing and able to swim open water Smile

                    It's possibly the same if you're swimming at the gym and have to add a gym membership to swim.

                     

                    And yes, I was somewhat stirring the pot and making a play of it.
                    Yes, these games we play are luxurious, and cost money.... but well worth the money we spend Smile

                    2018 Goals:

                    #1: Do what I can do (250+ training days, 300+ aerobic hours).

                    #2: Race shape - BUILD aerobic base

                    #3: Race (Cincinnati MiniMarathon - 3/18, Grand Rapids 70.3 Tri - 6/10, Ironman Florida - 11/2)

                     


                    Interval Junkie --Nobby

                       

                      And yes, I was somewhat stirring the pot and making a play of it.

                       

                      Sir, you're already swimming on thin-ice here, what with the "miniMarathon" reference in your sig-line.  Don't push it.

                       

                      Wink

                      2016 Goals: Lose the 10lbs I gained for not having goals

                         swimming on thin-ice

                         

                        Mixed metaphor or uncomfortable swimming. I don't like running on thin ice, either, but it might reduce wear on shoes.

                        Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
                        - Mark Twain

                           

                          Sir, you're already swimming on thin-ice here, what with the "miniMarathon" reference in your sig-line.  Don't push it.

                           

                          Wink

                           

                          Sorry, I'm a tiny bit snippy today, and looking for trouble rather than going for a swim. Wink

                          My "A" race is in 23 days, and a big storm took out their city and literally blew the roof off of the host site.

                          Unfortunately, I don't think I get to race my A race this year.

                          But, I think I may get to volunteer that weekend provided my hotel is still accessible.

                           

                          another part of my signature line impacted today.... "Ironman Florida - 11/2" (Panama City Beach, FL)

                           

                          With that said.... I have no idea why they call things MiniMarathons.... Recently moved north from Texas, and we never called the half marathons "minis".

                          2018 Goals:

                          #1: Do what I can do (250+ training days, 300+ aerobic hours).

                          #2: Race shape - BUILD aerobic base

                          #3: Race (Cincinnati MiniMarathon - 3/18, Grand Rapids 70.3 Tri - 6/10, Ironman Florida - 11/2)

                           

                            Kinda surprised me that something I mentally think of as "free" is quite expensive.

                             

                            I consider something that has as much value as running and costs a lot less than 1% of my annual income to be very cheap.

                             

                            Maybe not free, but approximately free.

                            Runners run.

                               

                              I consider something that has as much value as running and costs a lot less than 1% of my annual income to be very cheap.

                               

                              Maybe not free, but approximately free.

                               

                              ^ this. As far as hobbies go, still a pretty cheap one. I justify the time & cost I spend running by the fact that it really is my only hobby. And I still try to keep it on the cheaper end of that. I wear Brooks shoes which are usually $120-130 a pop, but have not paid full price in a long time; I generally buy discounted older models. Not too big on any other gear - new socks once in a while, a new pair of shorts every couple years. And every shirt I run in I got free from a race. Of course as mentioned, those are not free at all, probably a greater expense than shoes. Not to mention the amount I am going to spend going to Boston next year, which is a whole different category.

                              Dave


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                                The Cincinnati Heart Mini Marathon is my favorite local road race and my favorite distance, 15K. I would submit that it get a pass for the name.

                                 

                                It's been run every year since 1978 when ~2,000 people registered and about another 1000 bandited (!). Bob MacVeigh, former co-RD of the Boston Marathon, was co-RD of that 1978 race and invited the man who would be it's inaugural winner, Bill Rodgers. From then on it became a popular Boston tune up and Cincinnati springtime ritual. It has progressively turned into the standard weekend fundraiser with a bunch of different events. It brings in north of $3M for the AHA, and now the half marathon draws a similar number of entries to the 15K "mini".

                                 

                                On topic: I'm heavy and have lousy form so I'm unable to get more than ~350 miles from most shoes. Fortunately Running Warehouse always seems to have decent clearance options for $50-60.

                                The highest use of human freedom is to commit to something -- C.S. Lewis

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