I disappeared. I know, I have a REALLY awesome giveaway and then I disappear. Excuse: Life!
I have been running. On Saturday, I ran a nice easy 10 miler with Bob through the Capital Crescent Trail. I LOVE running in the summer, but the Fall - HAS TO be my second favorite time of year to run. The beauty of the leaves, the pathway covered in magnificent colors of Fall. BTW: I HATE running in the winter!
On Sunday after noon, I wanted to run fast, so I headed our for a 4 miler, but ended at 5.43 miles in 51:45, which is about a 9:30 pace.
Then yesterday, it happened. I cheated. I cheated on running. I went to a bike shop and tested two bikes (you know since my goal is to actually do a Tri or two next year). I was so star struck, I did not even think about taking pictures, sorry! I first got prepped by the ever so brilliant TriGuy. Of course the bike he was educating me with was BEAUTIFUL and I think over $3,000.00.
But cheating on running is very expensive. I went into the shop with a budget... a high budget I thought - $1,000.00 which I want to cover EVERYTHING - the helmet, shoes, bike shorts, pedals, water bottles, and you know, the bike! I am not sure it will be enough, but I am taking my time. My biggest catch is I do not want to spend $700 - $800 on a bike and LOVE it and wish I spent $1200. But I certainly do not want to spend $1200 on a bike and HATE riding and waste my money. WHAT TO DO?
I started to compare running and biking (and even swimming). I think running can be expensive - think running skirts ($50+), knee high socks ($10/pair), cute tops to go with the skirts ($10-$40), sports bras ($50), shoes ($100), TMB Endurance bands ($8 - $10), water belt ($30), fuel ($20/month) and do not even get me started on Cold Running Gear (did I mention I HATE running in the winter?).
And swimming - a good suit can run up close to $100 and goggles around $20... and if you need a pool membership (my gym has a pool and I use the outdoor pool with the kids in the summer)... but not too expensive.
It got me thinking about my running. Do you know how many skirts I could get with $1000? How many shoes or really cute socks? And better yet, how many races I could do with $1000?
Is cheating on running with biking worth it? The verdict is still out, but I have never gone 22 mph while running - there is something invigorating about that... and well, is worth a second encounter.