Good morning and happy Tuesday. This year, I’m aiming to save at least £500 a month. A lot of money, but it should be achievable if I’m sensible. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink (very often) and I rarely go out out. I’m trying to cut down the number of takeaways I treat myself to. I can’t remember the last time I had a ‘proper’ holiday.
In theory, I don’t even have an expensive hobby. People keep reminding me that running is one of the cheapest sports out there. Running can be a cheap hobby, but in my experience can become quite expensive.
Is running really that cheap? I spent an uncomfortable 30 minutes or so going through my 2018 running-related expenditure to see how much my cheap(?) hobby cost.
I really, really hope that my family don’t read this post…
Running clothes and trainers
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 trainers – £55
- Lululemon Train Times shorts – £48
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 trainers – £50
- Feetures socks – £10
- Lululemon Swiftly Tech racerback top – £24
- Feetures socks – £12
- Lululemon Train Times shorts – £48
- Tribe Sports running leggings – £14.99
- Karrimor reflective running tights – £15.99
- Lululemon Swiftly Tech short sleeve top – £29
- 2XU reflective running leggings – £19.99
- Nike running shorts – £10
- Nike running jacket – £15.80
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 trainers – £84
- Nike Pro capris – £14.50
- Salomon running cap – £15.90
- parkrun smoothband – £13.98
- Sweaty Betty Anna headband – £11.50
- Lululemon Run Fast gloves – £32
- Lululemon Run All Day backpack – £65
- Nathan Intensity hydration backpack – £69.92
- Cambridge Half – £34 (DNS)
- Cathedral to Castle 10 mile – £25
- Treehouse 10k – £18 (DNS)
- Market Drayton 10k – £20 (DNS)
- Thames Run 10k – £15.75
- Vitality London 10,000 – £35 (DNS)
- Great Midlands Fun Run – £21
- Aldridge 10k – £13.75
- Shenstone Fun Run – £18 (DNS)
- Abbott Trail 10k – £21
- Little Aston 5 mile – £10
- Lichfield 10k – £17
- Royal Parks Half – £60.95
- 7 Pools Run – £13 (DNS)
- Birmingham MoRun – £0 (free as I blogged about the event) (DNS)
- Birmingham Christmas 10k – £12 (DNS)
- Wheaton Aston 10k – £15.75 (DNS)
- Virtual Reading Half (replacement for Cambridge) – £12
- Run Around the World Virtual Event – £13
- Virtual Run Miles for Mind – £13.95
- Run up to Christmas – £13
- Virtual Runner 1000k – £13.50
Travel and accommodation
- Train to Cambridge Half – £10 (was originally £61.40 but got refund)
- Train to Royal Parks Half – £28.30
- Hotel in London before the Royal Parks Half – £159
- Fetch Everyone fees – £25
- WordPress fees – £22
- Plus a lot of my time writing for nothing!
- Royal Parks Half photos – £29.99
- Donation to Alzheimer’s Society – £42
GRAND TOTAL: £1391.51
Working out roughly how much I spent on my hobby last year actually made me feel quite embarrassed! I haven’t even included fuel and food costs.
I’m aware that I bought quite a few one-off purchases; for example the hydration pack and running backpack, however, I still spent a lot more than I thought. I don’t even want to work out how much money I wasted on races I DNS. I don’t think I’ll be entering any virtual races this year.
A lot of my running gear was either bought on eBay or in the sales, perhaps I should work out how much money I saved…
Fingers crossed 2019 is a slightly less expensive year. I’m going to avoid the temptation to enter races because of my #FOMO and I don’t need to buy any more running gear! I don’t think I’ll be entering any more race ballots this year.
Have you ever worked out how much money you spend on running in a year? I’d love to know if it’s more or less than I managed to spend in 2018.
Do you set yourself a running budget? I think I’m going to have to set myself a budget and will be slightly more selective when it comes to entering races this year.