What a year in running cost me

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run. I am going off topic today as I want to talk about how much a year in running cost me.


When I signed up for the 2016 Paris marathon about a year ago, I was looking forward to the adventure. While I had been running faithfully and consistently for many years, I hadn’t been doing many long distances, nor training seriously. So when I signed up for the race, I knew that the next year would be different. With more time spent running and training, I knew that I would also be spending more money on my running addiction habit.

So for one year, I tracked everything I spent that fed my habit… clothes, fuel, race registrations, travel to destination races, books.

My passion cost me 3 331 Euros (3 764 dollars)


So here are the details, of (in Euros, exchange rate = 1 euro = 1.13 USD) between April 2015 and April 2016 :


Races (based on when I paid for them, not when I ran them) : 757 Euros (855 dollars)

  • Paris Marathon : 100 Euros
  • Marolles 10K : 8 Euros
  • Vincennes castle race : 15 Euros
  • Paris 12th race : 12 Euros
  • LLBean 10K : 25 Euros
  • Nogent Baltard 10K : 11 Euros
  • Vincennes Half Marathon : 25 Euros
  • Four Castles race : 20 Euros
  • Paris Half Marathon : 55 Euros
  • Millau 24K : 39 Euros
  • Nice Monacco Half Marathon : 18 Euros
  • Versailles 15K : 33 Euros
  • Vincennes 10K : 17 Euros
  • Charenton foot race : 19 Euros
  • NYC marathon (lottery + registration) : 10 + 350

Travel to a destination race : 570 Euros (644 dollars)

Clothes, shoes, equipment : 1 512 Euros (1 708 dollars)

  • Balega, Feetures socks : 90 Euros + received 2 pairs as a gift
  • Compression socks : 40 Euros + received one pair as a gift
  • Sneakers : 3 pairs : 270 Euros (one full price and 2 pair on sale)
  • Running clothes (Athleta, TJMAxx, expos…) : 600 + 200 Euros of clothes in gifts
  • Nuun + Cliff bars : 100 Euros
  • Handheld water bottle : 40 Euros
  •  Fanny pack : 25 Euros
  • One year permanent TopChrono time chip : 19 Euros
  • Book “Racing Weight” : 15 Euros
  • Running journal : 17 Euros
  • Two marathon books : 30 Euros
  • IMC scale (huge waste of money) : 50 Euros
  • Interval timer : 20 Euros
  • Runner’s rest challenge : 40 Euros
  • Self massage / foam rollers : 50 Euros
  • Anti chafing cream : 15 Euros


Doctors / medical care : 492 Euros (556 dollars although only the sports massage is really paid for because the rest is covered by insurance)

  • Orthodics (visit + insoles) : 200 Euros
  • Sports massage : 150 Euros
  • Osteopath : 2 visits : 120 Euros total
  • Doctor’s visit for medical certificate : 22 Euros

Some thoughts …

  1. 3 331 Euros / 3 764 dollars is a lot of money.
  2. I am very pragmatic when it comes to spending money, so as much as I would like, I don’t over do. Or at least I didn’t think I did until I looked back at the past year !
  3. As I live in an apartment, my storage space is limited, so I don’t have the closet space to store more clothes. This probably caused me to buy fewer clothes than I would have liked.
  4. I think I shifted  my money spend from ”regular” clothes / shoes / bags to running, so I don’t think my spend went up.
  5. I think I spent too much on race registrations. I sign up way in advance to secure a spot but finally, I didn’t do all of them due to travel, or sickness, or marathon training.
  6. I didn’t spend enough on medical care. I would have liked more massages.


Do you ever think about how much you spend on your favorite activity ?

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Comments: 23

  1. patty May 24, 2016 at 6:40 am Reply

    Wowza! But, can you put a price on the memories or the health benefits? 😉 That’s what I tell my husband anyway. lol And I’m with you on the massages.

    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:38 pm Reply

      Agree. No price on health or memories.

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy May 24, 2016 at 11:41 am Reply

    I really try not to think about what I’m spending.

    We don’t budget, but we tend to live below our means on the major stuff — my car is 16 yrs old, relatively low mortgage (although if we’d lived one place we could have owned a home by this point!), usually only go out to eat one a week, verly cheap cell phone plan — we pay less together than most people do for one!, and so on.

    At least that’s what I tell myself . . .

    You work really hard! Nothing wrong with a little healthy addiction. 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm Reply

      Thanks Judy ! I do work hard and it is a healthy addiction. No guilt here….

  3. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness May 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Sometimes I look at my medal rack and think of all the $ I have invested in race registration but have never actually added it up!

    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm Reply

      You could do an estimate. Average cost of a race x the number of medals…..

  4. I try not to think about it all at once! It does add up quickly right but think of it as the price of good health. Sounds good right?!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:35 pm Reply

      Agree 100% ! I am never sick so my “investment” seems to be working.

  5. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets May 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Wow, you really kept track of it all! I never thought to look at how much money I spend on running, but I’m sure it’s a decent amount! I think it’s worth it though. I need to invest more in sports massages.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:34 pm Reply

      I think its worth it because its an investment in my health.

  6. Chaitali May 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Oh, wow! That is so cool that you tracked all this. I should probably do it too and I’m sure I’d be shocked at how much I’m spending. I do agree that I think I shifted some of my “regular” shoe/clothing spending to running stuff so I don’t think that went up. It’s probably the race registrations and travel that would be the most.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply

      US registrations are usually much more expensive than registration here, but I signed up for many races I didn’t do. That is the one thing I learned about tracking my spend !

  7. Kelly @ Noodle to the Rescue May 24, 2016 at 5:33 pm Reply

    OMG, I don’t think I want to know how much I spend on running in a year! It’s my favorite thing to do so I feel OK spending money on it, but I’d probably gasp if I added it all up! I do keep a loose budget and use my “fun money” allowance for race fees and running clothes, so I know I’m not going too overboard! I try to do about one race per month in the summer season.
    By the way I lived in France (Menton) for a year after college and did the Nice to Monaco half marathon! The Course du Soleil right?
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply

      Yes, the course du Soleil ! There is a race recap on my blog. My blog is doing wonky things with link, but you can find it in my races page. Might bring back memories !

  8. Elizabeth May 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

    I love this. Even though I pretend I’m a cheapskate because I sign up for inexpensive races and get most stuff on sale, I still spend a lot of money on supplies and travel. I started tracking all of my Oiselle purchases over the past year as I revamped my wardrobe, but I haven’t added in the other categories. I’ve probably spent at least a couple thousand over the past year. Thanks for sharing – I really enjoyed this post!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

      Thank you ! I am so lucky my favorite brand is not in France (Athleta) or else I would seriously be broke.

  9. Karen Bayne May 24, 2016 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Signing up early often you save $$ because it get more expensive to do late registrations, but then if you don’t run something its money wasted…and I hate that. That is why I ran my races (except for one) at least I still got enjoy the experience, even if I didn’t run them great.
    This year with so many Dr. visits and inserts, I am sure I am over 4,000 – I don’t think I should add it up or I may stop running lol
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  10. Ana May 24, 2016 at 7:37 pm Reply

    I dont’ know why, but I started to add my race fees, just for this year, and it scared me a little. But like you said, I don’t spend money on other things, like work clothes, which I don’t need. And the feeling of a race done is amazing!

    Would you replace the feeling of having completed a Marathon for the money you spent on the way there?
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm Reply

      I don’t think I over spent on anything really. And I see it as an investment in my long term health.

  11. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass May 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply

    WOW. I saw the # at first & was thinking she must be doing crazy things. But, as I looked through, it’s not anything out of the ordinary. I wonder if I’m spending something similar without even realizing it since costs are so often spread out over months. I would be curious & scared to do something similar. Not sure if I could // would go back now & look for the last year, but maybe going forward.

    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:27 pm Reply

      I tracked it for a year… impossible for me to go back and remember everything. It adds up though I really don’t think I over did it.

  12. Sonia May 25, 2016 at 4:59 am Reply

    Sheesh! I shudder to think about clothes, etc. and I spent a LOT on massages last year to get me through but it was totally worth every single $$. I know this year is already adding up and I’m trying to do early registrations, but it stinks that all the early regs are hitting at once!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 25, 2016 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Massage is the one thing I should have spent MORE on !

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