Get Ready to Run This Spring on the Cheap

Erica Agran
March 11, 2014



Spring is coming! It’s almost time to dust off your running gear to start some outdoor training. What better way to get started than to pick up a few new pieces of cheap running gear or new shoes? How about getting some great deals so you can look and feel great without breaking the bank? Here’s how.

Tips for Running on the Cheap

1. Try last year’s model.  If you are just starting out and are not sure of the “right” shoes or gear, go to your local specialty running store. Once they help you to identify the best fit shoe for your needs, ask if they have “last year’s model.” Just like cars and bicycles, last year’s models get marked down when new ones come in. If you like your shoes, also try marathon expos for great deals on close-out shoes. You don’t have to be entered to shop.

2. Be a KindRunner.  Another great option is innovative online retailer, KindRunner . They offer product videos and telephone or online consultations via chat. For every pair of shoes you buy, they send a shipping label for a local charity. If you send (any) pair of used shoes to the charity, they give you $10 Kindness Cash to be used on any future purchase. They also have free shipping for you, the charity and returns. Lots of win-wins there!

3. Be a savvy shopper.  If you know your shoes or sizes in brands you like, online shopping can be the perfect option for savvy shoppers. Here are some tips:

  • Use an alert system like “TrackIF.” TrackIF lets you set alerts on a variety of websites to tell you when specific items, like your running shoe brand, model and size, go below a certain price that you set.
  • Search on Amazon to see prices across a variety of retailers.
  • Try daily deal sites like Groupon Goods or Zozi for great gear choices.
  • Get great deals on last season’s items and closeouts from sites like Sierra Trading Post. Sign up for their email list and create an account. They frequently offer last season or overstock items discounted and then coupons for an additional savings. They also have great deals on clothes for fitness and travel and a very good return policy.
  • Try curated fitness sale sites like The Clymb, Active Gear-Up and Leftlane Sports. They offer 72 hour sales on great active brands. You have to act fast – they sell-out!
  • Check out Active Junky with offers cash back for online shopping for major active retailers like REI and Moosejaw. It is like ebates for active folks!
  • No matter what, before you buy, do a google search for promotions or deals to be sure that you are getting the best deals.

Use this advice and you can be ready to look good on the run this spring – and you’ll have some extra cash for the post run celebrations!

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