Afterposting on Instagramyesterday 必威betwayabout the Boston Marathon,I wondered how much money I would have to spend both financially and time wise to get myself into BQ shape if I had a ‘whatever it takes' approach.全力以赴，training,康复，eating etc completely by the book,没有借口。I'm intrigued whether I could run a BQ in the spring (not in Tokyo but later) if I adopted a professional athlete's approach to it.
Anyway,because I was in a boring lecture it got thinking 必威betwayabout how much money I've spent on this hobby of mine…
I know plenty of people who started 必威官网running because it was"免费的.
I have to include those parenthesis as I have spent thousands of pounds on this free sport.作为学生，还有一个在金钱上自认很糟糕的人（我的苏格兰银行家祖父和节俭的母亲很震惊）。我怎么可能和他们有联系……我们都有缺点，right?）我的银行账户经常危险地靠近红色区域。
And it's regularly due to this free hobby of mine.
Of course,a lot of that is related to my penchant to travel abroad for races,尤其是参加马拉松专业。这六场比赛不仅遍布世界各地（我将于2月在东京完成我的第六个也是最后一个专业）。但他们是出了名的最难和最昂贵的进入。纽约马拉松，我每年都把帽子扔进戒指里，is a pricey $295 for international runners.
It seems that race fees in general are getting more expensive,its not uncommon for 10Ks in London to be £50!Of course,there are plenty of cheap,local options as well as the amazing free weekly parkruns,但在我看来，你不能在比赛气氛中打败我，也不能在比赛结束时感觉到我脖子上挂着一枚奖牌。
I probably have more pairs of trainers than the average runner,and am very lucky to be sent pairs to trial from different brands,however I do still find myself buying at least one pair per marathon training cycle.Whether that's a new trail shoe to combat the slick mud near us (had to upgrade myHoka One One Speedgoatsas they couldn't handle the mudslide on our local parkrun) or a new version of my marathon fave Adidas Ultra Boost.Understandably PRs want to promote the latest shoe,however often that doesn't actually do the job I need it to,and so I find myself forking out between £100-150 a couple of times a year to keep my feet happy,and giving willing friends/charities the ones I don't wear.I remember when you could get a great pair of trainers for £60!！
I've finally found the bra brand that works for me and has NEVER caused any chafing.I've run three marathons and have zero complaints 必威betwayabout theTriumph Triaction bras，and happily they retail for 必威betwayabout £36 (you can often find them on sale for less too).I've spent £60+ in the past for bras,and considering they need to be replaced every year or so,the price can add up.
Whilst trainers and bras are my two key investment pieces that I'd recommend to all runners,I am drawn to the more expensive end for the rest of my 必威官网running kit.Hello Lululemon,Sweaty Betty and New Balance x J Crew.My excuse is that I run long distance and can't have kit chafing or not performing,which is part of the way I justify spending up to £100 on leggings.Plus I think the quality is incredible,I've had leggings that I wear on a near weekly basis for 5 years.
My fastest marathon time is still from Berlin 2014 when my friend Kerry coached me (in exchange for a couple of post run brunches/dinners I seem to remember,what a bargain!).I then worked withMary Johnson去年在通往波士顿和伦敦的路上，who was lovely and kept me injury free despite insisting on 必威官网running 2 marathons within 6 days of each other,在我们7个月的时间里帮我做了两个半程马拉松PBS。Sadly,I just cannot afford the $160 a month for her coaching,although I love that she has complementary strength plans for $65 per 6 week block,plus a dietitian to chat through fueling strategy and training nutrition!When I'm a millionaire,or working a full-time job then perhaps I'll be able to re-invest!！
There are of course,cheaper options out there with online coaching from awesome coaches like the team at必威官网Running with Us从65英镑起，or less.However,当谈到教练时，我会很小心你把钱给谁，必威betwayand don't just go for the cheapest option.
Lets face it,作为跑步者，我们中的大多数人在某个时候会受伤，或者至少会在某个地方感到有点烦躁。Even if you're best friends with your foam roller,a trip to the physio/sports massage clinic every now and then is important to make sure things are in tip top shape.And with the average sports massage costing 必威betwayabout a pound a minute,regular sessions during a marathon training cycle can build up.
Personally,我认为它们会带来所有的不同，(whether that's physically or just psychological),and are a key addition into my training but I have spent hundreds,if not thousands of pounds over the years having my muscles pummelled.Whatever they tell you,a sports massage is not like a deep tissue massage!！
I feel so incredibly lucky to be supported byFunction 360 Physiotherapyfor my marathon training.They are also upping their discount to 20% off all treatments with the code #F360CW in December so get booking if you live in London.The team there are lovely,and it's a great one stop shop for all of your 必威官网running rehab needs;physio,sports massage,injury rehab,S&C…
Whether you have a gym membership,go to boutique fitness classes or have bought equipment to workout in your own house/garden,you can find yourself opening your purse/wallet more often than you'd like.But personally,我发现我不能一周跑超过4-5次而不受伤，因此交叉训练真的是保持健康和变得更健康/更快的关键！！
Having worked with a PT this Summer before my wedding,我肯定注意到我的老体格和健康状况有所改变，and I'm seriously considering investing fortnightly in a PT again in the New Year to help with the 必威官网running and strength.
开个小玩笑，but I eat a lot more when I'm marathon training,not to mention the gels,protein,hydration sachets etc that many of us utilise to try to help enhance our performance.Think 必威betwayabout all those supermarket bills,运动后小吃，还有世博会采购！！
So that's where my money has been going for the last 5 years…
How much do you think you spend on 必威官网running annually?Or is it too much to even compute?LOL.
My friend Leah wrote a great post 必威betwayabouthow much her training for and 必威官网running the Paris Marathon cost a few years ago here.