Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Get Outfitted to Run for Less

Running is a relatively inexpensive sport. All you need is a pair of sneakers. But for those who want to look the part, it can get a little pricey. Fortunately there are deals out there and I found a few from personal experience to share with you.

The key thing to look for when shopping for running tops is moisture wicking. Seek out shirts, short and long sleeve, that pull moisture away from the skin as you run. It makes for a more pleasant experience, helps prevent breakouts, etc. Target and Wal-Mart both carry inexpensive moisture wicking workout shirts. Expect to spend less than $20 for each top depending on sleeve length.

Road Runner Sports is a good resource for shorts, tights and capris. A friend turned me on to the company when she gave me a gift certificate. I became a RRSports VIP for an additional 10 percent savings. So far I’ve purchased RRS compression shorts, capris and tights and paid less than $30 each. They fit and wear well. I especially like that they carry tall sizes since I’m 5’10”.

Running Shoes
Your feet are important so don’t skimp too much in this department. I suggest supporting your local running store because it supports local runners. They’ll help you figure out what type of running shoes you need – neutral, stability or motion control. If those stores are budget breakers, retailers like Sports Authority and Dick’s Sporting Goods often sell the same shoes or have older versions of those shoes on sale or clearance. RRSports lets you try shoes out for 60 days and seems to always have something on sale. Race expos are also great places to get deals on running shoes. A friend got a great deal on a pair of Nike Pegasus at an expo.

Outlet Stores
Nike, Puma, Adidas, Under Armour, and Reebok are among the brands that have outlet stores where you can purchase discounted clothing and shoes. You can find some good deals in these stores.

Where do you purchase your running gear?

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