Gearing up for running when you are starting off is expensive. Now that I’m running several times a week and through all the various seasons and weather, the cost of buying shoes, leggings, sport bras, long sleeves shirts, tank tops and who knows what else really ads up.
The day before I ran my first 10 Km race this February, the weather was very cold, -20 Celsius, so I panicked, then drove to the local running shop and drop some serious cash on a pair of Saucony Winter Tights and a Winter Running Jacket!
Although I love my Saucony, Nike and Lululemon products, all of which are on the expensive side, I also have other great running gear that do the job well and didn’t cost me nearly as much. Here are a few sources of running gear for less.
Running Gear For Less source #1: Old Navy Active Wear
When I started running, I had one pair of old Adidas running shorts and one sports bra. I wore plain cotton shirts and old running shoes. After seeing how cute my twin sister looked in her coordinated outfits made of technical sweat wicking fabrics, I grew a bit envious. I wanted and needed extra shorts, tanks and sport bras. I decided to try some items from Old Navy’s Active line and I wasn’t disappointed. The price is low and so far, the quality of the items have remained intact! You can read my reviews of my Old Navy Active purchases by reading my post Running Fashion On A Dime and my High /Low Fashion posts on leggings and jackets.
Running Gear For Less Source #2: Discounted Section of GapFit
Similar to Old Navy Active wear, The Gap’s line of active wear called GapFit can be a great find if you rummage through the sales rack. I have on occasion, had some luck finding affordable pieces that I liked in the discount racks. One piece in particular that I love is a lime green, long-sleeved T-shirts that has thumb loops. It’s great as a base layer for those cold winter runs. The same principle would apply to the discount racks of any of your favorite active wear brands.
Running Gear For Less source #3: Fabletics
I haven’t tried Fabletics myself yet, although I have been very tempted. My fellow Running Blogger Jennifer from Running on Lentils has. Click here to read her honest reviews on all her Fabletics wear .
Jennifer says ” I did the intro offer and got my first outfit for half-off. In addition, they have a rewards program. You earn points for making a purchase and reviewing items you’ve purchased. So I actually got a completely free outfit based on the rewards!
If you are willing to do some work such as writing reviews for a reward program, you could earn yourself some free gear too!
Running Gear For Less source #4: COSTCO
When I asked my twin sister Julie if she had any great sources for inexpensive running gear she revealed that she has gotten many great pieces from Costco.
From skorts to leggings to t-shirts in technical fabrics, she’s been quite satisfied with her purchases. In the picture on the right, Julie wears a peach T-shirt made of technical fabric that she purchased from Costco and paired it with a pair of Adidas Running shorts.
Running Gear For Less source #5: Gently Used Clothing Stores
Used clothing stores are great places to find some gently used active wear. The Clothing Exchange, a second hand store that I visit, only re-sells quality brand-name clothing. They have a whole section dedicated leggings, running shorts, tanks and t-shirts. Not only is this option friendly for your wallet, it’s also a very sustainable way to shop!
Ok, so here is my list of possible sources to consider when looking for Running Gear for less. Do you have any great places to get running gear for less? Do you have any online sources?