All the Gear No Idea

I think the expression “All the Gear (but) No Idea” describes me accurately. I dread to think how much money I’ve spent wasted on gadgets, ‘must have’ kit and other running gizmo’s since I started running back in 2005(ish).

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was avoid making any running related purchases this year. I have been keeping a 2013 Clothes Purchases spreadsheet; so far I’ve spent almost £600 on clothes. On a more positive note I have also saved approx £250 by shopping in sales, using discount codes etc. Although I have cut back on all of my spending, I have still bought running gear that I didn’t need. For example yesterday I bought a ‘Be Pretty on Rest Days’ t-shirt. with the amount of rest days I’ve been having recently, one t-shirt isn’t going to be enough.

Last night I decided to be brave/scare myself, so I had a look at just how much running gear I have. I worked out that I don’t need to buy any more technical t-shirts, shorts, compression socks, trainers, sports bras, running tights or Fetch Everyone branded gear. Unfortunately, I only appear to own a couple of long-sleeved running tops. Earlier I bought this snazzy Nike long-sleeved top in the Sale from Start Fitness.

I also donated my Garmin Forerunner 405 to my long-term running buddy. I’ve had enough of the temperamental bezel, and given the limited amount of running I do, I can’t justify owning such an advanced piece of kit. It goes back to the issue of me having all the gear but no idea.

In the end I decided to order a pink Garmin Forerunner 10 to replace my 405. I bought my new Garmin from a site called handtec which seems to be cheaper than the mainstream running shops (the Garmin cost £76.68 + VAT as opposed to £99.99).

Hopefully tomorrow my latest piece of running kit will arrive…

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