I’ll pass on the crack. Running is my habit.

2 May

After going out to watch the ladies participate in the Rocketchix Triathlon, I am more determine than ever to participate in the next Rocketchix on July 30. I can totally do this, right? I’ve got the running and cycling down, so I just have to nail the swim. Now I just need a few swim lessons…and a new swimsuit…and goggles…and…

When signing up for events, most people are worried about the distance they are committing to. But for me, my bigger worry is often about the funds. I don’t get stressed over the weekend 5k here and there at $25 or so a pop, but when you start talking about half marathons, marathons, and triathlons (especially when they involve traveling), you can start racking up a hefty bill…and fast. And with Baby Key on the way? Well, sometimes it seems hard to justify.

I have often joked with my husband that I need a second job just to support my running “habit”. And yes, I do often talk about it like it’s a drug. 🙂 He thinks I’m kidding, but it really isn’t all that bad of an idea, right? I mean, do other people do that? Racing and gear is hardly something worked into the average family budget, so I wonder, how do people pay for these things? Barring the special situation of the sponsored athlete (which, I, am obviously NOT), how do you “make room” in the checkbook for race fees, airfare, hotels, new tennis shoes (which seems like a monthly thing in my house), etc.

In the next year, if I could do all the events I wanted to, here is a rough estimate of what I’m looking to spend. (For more info on any of these events, click the Races/Events page.)

05/07/11 Girls on the Run 5k ($25)
05/14/11 Orleans Parish SO Spring Run ($25)
05/20/11 Tchoupitoulas Barathon ($25)
05/27/11 Greek Festival 5k ($20)
05/28/11 Woolmarket Duathlon #2 ($15)
06/05/11 Q50 2011 Bogue Chitto 10 Miler ($30)
06/25/11 Woolmarket Duathlon #3 ($15)
07/30/11 Rocketchix Triathlon #2 ($70)
08/14/11 Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon ($110)
Hotel, Airfare, Taxis, and Food for Friday through Sunday For 2 ($1,100)
09/03/11 NOTC 10-Miler ($40)
10/09/11 Gulf Coast Half Marathon ($50)
12/03/11 Baton Rouge Beach Marathon (Half) ($65)
01/15/12 The Louisiana Marathon (Half) ($50)
02/17/12 Rouge-Orleans Ultramarathon Relay ($100/person)
03/04/12 Rock N Roll Mardi Gras Marathon ($95)

And, for good measure, let’s throw in AT LEAST another 3 pairs of running shoes ($350). Oh, and those swim lessons? Let’s add another $235.

Keep in mind that all of this doesn’t count the times that I’ll pick up a new pair of socks, shorts, or tank top. It doesn’t include all the smaller 5k entry fees that always seem to come up here and there. And it doesn’t include the ENDLESS Gu Energy Gels or gas to/from events in NOLA.

The list above comes to almost $2,500!


How am I supposed to make this happen?? I realize that it will most likely involve comprising and just cutting some things out. While that is a little disappointing, not straining my household financially is important too. C’mon, we’ve all been there. When money is tight…NO ONE is happy.

Running = Empty Pockets?

Running = Empty Pockets?

So, I ask you, how do you make it work? HELP!

15 Responses to “I’ll pass on the crack. Running is my habit.”

  1. RunBimma at 12:30 PM #

    Ooooweee, that’s a stacked schedule sister! Hmmm…ideas…blog posts for free registration? Sponsored by some brands? Blackjack at the casino? Lol, just a few.

    • katieRUNSthis at 12:33 PM #

      Seriously though, I know I’m not the only one out there dealing with this! I’ll just blog for registrations…just call me the Running Blogger Hoe. The Rock N Roll Series can be my pimp. 😉

  2. eattoruntoeat at 12:38 PM #

    I try and find the big races I want to do usually 3-4 and start budgeting for them early. The smaller 5ks, I take from my weekly budget of a $100. So right now I’m looking at around $275 for my bigger races.

  3. DubyaWife at 12:39 PM #

    I am so envious of runners…

    I struggle with my running… well its really walk/jogging. I’ve been training off an on for 8 months and I’m still not yet at a 5K straight jog.

    • katieRUNSthis at 12:41 PM #

      Hi there! You’re in my area! I’ll run with you sometime! Seriously, I love helping people out with their running! Let me know if you’re interested!

  4. running on faith at 1:56 PM #

    I struggle with this too…I have a part time job but mostly stay at home and running can be an expensive habit! I have to budget! I tend to do less 5k races and try to focus on a longer races with maybe a couple of tune up races to see what type of shape I am in. I came in first place one weekend at a race and the prize was a $100….so, I jokingly told my husband I can train and try to win races to support my habit 🙂 Needless to say, the next race I won, I only got a small trophy!!! Good luck, it gets a bit more tough to justify when you have kids too because they always need something too!

  5. you aren’t kidding!! I am pretty selective about my races for that very reason… I try to just enjoy a lot of group runs and then only do the races that I really want

    • katieRUNSthis at 1:37 PM #

      I’m afraid this is what I’m going to have to start doing. Cutting back on the 5k’s is going to be the plan, I think. That’s a bummer though, because most of those are for really great charities.

  6. Neese at 5:21 PM #

    I heart you Katie Key! LOVE your blog and the information you are putting on it! Keep it going! I have no secret to my affording races – as long as I have the money to cover them I never regret it. It’s too much of a passion to NOT run a race – especially the big cool ones! 🙂

  7. Scott at 11:36 AM #


    You guys just need to come back to Greenville. You can do all the local races for free….

    • katieRUNSthis at 11:43 AM #

      Well, that’s one way to save money, eh? HEY!! Heeeeeere’s an idea!!! You, Liz, Emily, Mike and his fam all pack up the houses and Go Green Events Global Headquarters and boogie on down to south Louisiana?? Yes? Yes! Glad that’s settled. See y’all in a few weeks. 😉

  8. Kevin at 1:35 PM #

    Wow, $2,500! I never thought of it like that… well, I did – but I never thought it was that much, or could be that much. Geez. Ok. Gulp. Blink.

    • katieRUNSthis at 1:38 PM #

      I know, right? If you put it all on paper, that mess adds up FAST! It doesn’t seem like quite so much when its a little here and a little there. But crikey, its a lot!

  9. Julie Guarducci at 11:59 AM #

    I can only afford 1 or 2 races per year the rest of the time I’m out running with my running group. I would love to do a Rock n Roll run but they’re flippin expensive!!

  10. Tina @ Varsity Sports at 3:45 PM #

    Have you ever looked into running for a charity, like Team in Training? You help raise money and awareness for an awesome cause AND you get some race expenses covered and other cool perks! It may not be an option for all of the races you want to run, and it doesn’t always cover race fees, but it’s worth looking into. I know most Rock n Roll races are affiliated with the American Cancer Society, and I know Louisiana Marathon wants to team up with some charities as well, so that may cover some of your big races! I definitely want to look into it for LAMarathon.

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