Let’s be real for a minute, okay? Unless you happen to be a brand ambassador and receive a ton of free products, happen to be a billionaire or are married to one, you probably don’t run out and buy every single new gadget, pair of running shoes, or pair of compression socks that hit the market. Do You?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve got over 20 pairs of Pro Compression socks, I own a Garmin 405 AND a 620 and there are over 50 pairs of running shoes in my closet of which 10 pairs are back-ups. That being said, other than a single pair of running shoes, I don’t really need any of those things. Running doesn’t really need to cost a lot of money and while it’s true that some of us, me included, want the latest and greatest things on the market, there is a way to get great stuff at a discount.
In case you don’t know me or you’re new here, let me just fill you in, I’m old and I’m cheap. That’s really all you need to know but what that equates to is that I need products that work for me and keep me healthy and I don’t want to shell out a ridiculous amount of money for them. I also don’t scrimp on medical care. Damn it if your injured, don’t borrow a knee brace, see a good doctor! For clothing, watches, apps, socks, hydration and everything in between, use what works for you, and that doesn’t have to be a top brand or the most expensive.
Don’t get me wrong, there are areas where you need to be picky, like shoes. I would never recommend just purchasing any old pair of running shoes. I recommend you go to a running store and get fitted for a pair of running shoes that are right for you. Not only can the running store help you find the right shoes but most of them allow you to return them, even after several miles, if they don’t work for you. Of course once you find out what shoes work for you, you can always get additional pairs at a lower price.
How? Well, first, the shoe company is going to come out with another model and you don’t have to upgrade. I wear Brooks PureFlow 2’s and they work perfectly for me so I see no reason to upgrade to the 3’s just yet. Add to that the fact that the new model may have changed and may not work for me and I definitely do not want to upgrade yet. But the best part about wearing the 2’s is that once the 3’s come out, the 2’s go on sale! I found additional pairs at 6pm.com for around 60 bucks and about two months ago, I found them at dsw.com for 40 bucks, hence the 10 back-up pairs! I’ve got enough shoes to last me for the next year at least and I see no reason to switch shoes when clearly the ones I’m wearing are working for me.
For clothing, I am lucky enough to live in Florida which means I don’t really need a lot of cold weather running clothes and the most important thing I look for when I purchase anything is: Will it keep me cool and wick the sweat away? You don’t have to spend a fortune on clothing. I shop at Dicks when I have coupons or they have really good sales but I also shop at Marshall’s and I find all kinds of stuff there. My main go to source for running clothes however, is 6pm.com. They have tons of stuff and free shipping and the prices are unbeatable. And here’s a tip for you, if you find a pair of shorts or a shirt that you like at Marshall’s, often times, they only have one or it’s only available in one color so you can go to 6pm.com and look for the same item and usually find it for around the same price but in multiple colors and sizes. I bought a new balance tank at Marhsall’s that I am in love with but they only had it in mint green, 6pm.com had it in 5 additional colors and I got them for under 10 bucks each which was less than I paid at Marshall’s.
I also love the pureproject shorts from Brooks but I refuse to pay 75 bucks for shorts. I got mine from Dicks for $55.99 and with a coupon I found on-line for $10 off of $50, I got them for $45.99 plus tax. Not bad. I also bought two more pairs from 6pm.com for $52.99. I also buy my Nike Tempo and Hero Mesh shorts from 6pm.com and they are always under 15 bucks.
Marshall’s and 6pm.com are also great sources for hydration belts and vests. I’ve purchased nathan hydration belts at both places at huge discounts as well as at Amazon. I have a pretty expensive hydration vest that used to be MacGyver’s but it isn’t my favorite thing to carry and it’s bulky. My favorite hydration vest is and off brand I purchased at Aldi for under 15 bucks! Aldi is also another good source although they don’t always carry the things you need. Before I got my Garmin 620, I got a heart rate monitor from Aldi for 30 bucks and it still works great.
It’s no secret that I love Pro Compression socks and I have a ton of them but I always buy them when they have 40% off sales. That way I can get two pairs for only slightly more than the cost of one. I also like the fact that they’re well made and will last a very long time. You can also google Pro Compression sock sale and I can almost guarantee you that someone will have a discount code for you.
So, from time to time, I like to post links when I find good products on sale for a great price. I love a bargain and I think most other people do too and I like to share. Next week, I’m going to tell you how to save money on race registrations and how to choose the best ones.
Do you like hearing about discounts on running gear?
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