I must sayâ€¦ I love reading the responses to The Shower Curtain Debate. And although Iâ€™m still on Team Closed Curtain, I have to agree with a very valid point from Team Open Curtain â€“ if itâ€™s open, you know for sure that no zombies are hiding behind it!
Lunch was simple and delicious:
I steamed some kale and tossed in sliced carrots and millet (leftover from last night). Topped everything with a big hunk a hunk of fried beans and goat cheese.
My name is Caitlin, and Iâ€™m addicted to goat cheese.
On a writing break, I came across this little video on Runnerâ€™s World. It details what the cost of a marathon race entry covers. I thought this was a very interesting breakdown! Itâ€™s easy to get to an event and think, â€œNow, WHY does this cost so much money?â€ Now I know!
I estimate that, over the last four years, Iâ€™ve spent probably $2,160 on race entriesâ€¦ or more. Gulp! Thatâ€™s a lot of money! Recently, someone asked me in the comments section how to fit racing into your budget. Here are some tips:
- Sign up early: By signing up early, you can save $25 or more. The longer you wait, the higher the price. Grab those early bird specials â€“ just know you run the risk of getting injured and having to miss the race altogether (and very few races will let you delay entry until the next year).
- Choose local races: Smaller events are cheaper. Larger events are more costly. So while itâ€™s super cool to be able to say, â€œI ran the Disney Marathon,â€ the Greenville Spinx Marathon was half the price.
- Check out volunteer programs: Some races will give you a free entry for next year if you volunteer at the race THIS year. Volunteering is fun!
- Donâ€™t Buy a New Outfit: I know itâ€™s tempting to buy a â€˜special outfitâ€™ for a race (wait, you donâ€™t do this?) but try to resist the urge. Itâ€™s not wise to wear new clothes on race day, anyway.
- Train Exclusively Outside: Ditch your $40 a month gym membership and train exclusively outside (weather permitting, of course). The money you save over just two months would pay for most race entries.
- Bandit the Race: Just kidding!
How do you make racing work in your budget?