Too Many Bucks for the Race Bling?

Last year was a great racing year for my husband and me. We raced in Montana, Arizona, Colorado, and California, and collected some free bling in the form of some shiny new medals. But wait, are those medals really free? Well… no. Consider race entry fees, travel expenses (which can include airfare, gas, accommodations, food), and of course the tech gear and clothing that we all “need” in order to more » Read more

Making the Most of the Boston Marathon Expo

After 7 Boston marathons I have my preferred way to attack Boston and the whole Boston marathon weekend. Boston marathon weekend, more than most, can take a huge toll on the pocket book. Add in the expo and your credit cards may be weeping in a week’s time. Clove has previously offered up some great advice for saving money at any marathon expo. I’m here today to share my Boston expo more » Read more

Salty Steals: Black Friday Running Roundup

Are you looking for that perfect gift for your running friends, or maybe picking out a little post-race indulgence for yourself? We’ve compiled some of the best running-related Black Friday deals out there. We’ve also included a few local deals too. Don’t forget to patronize your local running stores for their own Black Friday or Small Business Saturday deals!  So grab another piece of pie and get ready to go more » Read more

5 Tips for Surviving the Marathon Expo Without Maxxing Your Credit Card

Normally one of the more prosaic and emotional Salties, I’m taking a  break this week to write a bit more analytically.  But worry not, as I’m sticking to a topic close to the heart:  money.  Though marathoners and triathletes tend to be generalized as “upper middle class,” and though demographic studies have shown that “we” tend to have more discretionary income than the average American, the response to our posts on both more » Read more

Running on a Budget When Running Ain’t Cheap!

Some women spend their money on new heels, clothing and pedicures. I, on the other hand, choose to spend my money on race entry fees and new running shoes. I’ve heard people say that running is a cheap sport. Well, after looking at how much money I’ve spent on running in the past year, I’m not sure I agree. I find it kind of ironic that a sport which is free, more » Read more

It’s How Much? Making Races Fit Your Budget

We’ve all heard that saying about running being cheap; all you need is a pair of shoes. Well, if you’re just running around your neighborhood that might be true, but if you’re running races, the costs can add up quickly! Think about it: the race fee itself, gas or airfare and a rental car, new shoes, a hotel and don’t get us started on managing an injury … it’s all more » Read more

Running Without Health Insurance

Monday night I was at a club run with Steve of NYCRuns.com, who asked me “Hey, how come you weren’t at the Verazzano Half last weekend?” “Oh, you know, I didn’t really train for it…and my knee feels weird…I have this little injury that keeps coming back…” I shouldn’t even have brought it up–I hate talking about it because I hate thinking about it. But oh, my poor knee! It more » Read more