Bargain Shopping For Runners

“Running is cheap. All you need is a good pair of shoes.”

Lies. All lies.

As a distance runner, I certainly require quite a bit more than just my kicks to get through those long runs. Body Glide, Shot Bloks, Vitamin Water, and my iPod are key on virtually every long run I do, indoors or out. But my clothes matter even more.

As a lululemon Ambassador, I have the good fortune to try out a lot of their fancy gear and sweat all over town in it. But I am still a girl on a budget who loves a good bargain. I go through almost four sets of running shoes a year and since lululemon doesn’t make shoes just yet, I’m stuck searching for the best deal in town.

Here are some of my favorite places for bargain shopping and some tips to get the deals on the gear you need.

#1. Shoes. Shoes are sooooo expensive. I get it, a lot of technology goes into making them and I can appreciate that. I wish I could buy 10 pair and compare them and write reviews for them, but no one has offered me that opportunity…yet (I’m looking at you, Brooks) and so I go through 1-2 pair at a time like everyone else. My favorite way to save a dime is to buy the older version of my favorite shoe online.

For example, my favorite running shoe to date: Brooks Defyance.

Last year's version = $45 today!

This year's version = $110.00 today!

No major changes were done to the Defyance 5, so why would I pay $110 for them when I can have my trusty ‘ol Defyance 4s for $45? This is the most important way that I save money on shoes until that Brooks sponsorship comes through.

#2. The entire Old Navy Activewear line is great for the bargain runner. $15-$25 for all your running attire. Though I will say that their men’s line is certainly in need of improvement.

Their $15 sports bras are some of my favorites.

#3. The “We Made Too Much” section of is undoubtedly one of the most-visited web pages on my computer. What can I say? I love a steal deal! If you know your size and what you want, you can pick up serious discounts. And my favorite deal of all: Free Shipping on everything. Always.

My all-time favorite workout top is only $34 on sale!

You save $15 online for this awesome men's running shirt.

#4. Running Warehouse has deep discounts on just about every brand of running apparel. It’s my go-to for all of JB’s running bottom needs. His favorite shorts, the Sugoi Jack shorts, are $10 cheaper here. They also have every piece of gear available. I found my favorite winter gloves here, too.

A man's shorts have to fit just as perfectly as a woman's--and not cost and arm and a leg.

#5. Subscribing to websites like: IdeeliHautelookGilt, & RueLaLa. I have more than once purchased running shoes from Saucony and New Balance at more than 50% off via these websites. They also regularly have activewear as a part of their daily flash sales. On a side note, they also have deals on gyms, bootcamps, pilates, yoga and more in various cities around the country. If you want an invitation, email me and I will send you and invite to join any of them.

#6. C9 by Champion at Target has some seriously cute and comfortable gear. They have both men and women’s lines and have been road-tested by my friend, Jess over at Fit Chick In the City.. She’s a fan. Also, I stole her picture.

Totally swiped from Jess. Plus, it has my favorite (Flywheel) studio's logo in it 🙂

Where you do you bargain shop for your sweaty gear? Share your tips with me!

Now go out and run!


7 thoughts on “Bargain Shopping For Runners

  1. this is a great post, abby! awesome tips :o) i seriously cannot believe how the price of those shoes went up. what is the deal with that!? ugh.

    i’ve been meaning to write to you for a while – thank you so so so much for all of your support and encouragement! i really truly cannot wait to get to meet you in person one day. fingers crossed it won’t be too long from now!!


  2. Awesome advice Abby! I am checking out the Lululemon “we made too much” stuff immediately!

    Another thing people can do is to see about bringing internet prices to their local shops for price matching.

    When I worked at the bike shop, we did this as much as we possibly could (once in a while someone would find a deal below cost!!). We totally appreciated the customers that always tried to give local shops the business first and did our best to reward them.

    If you have a local running shop that you want to support, or has provided you great service or above and beyond advice, you can support them AND get a good deal!

  3. I wish I could justify 4 pairs of sneakers a year. I have to keep it to 2 or 3 which is not smart but all that I can justify…. Love this post.. distance running is not cheap.

  4. Thanks for the post on bargain hunting! Send me your invite links for the deal sites to yomommaruns at Those are all new ones to me.

    My friends and I have found new running gear at the thrift store. That takes a hunt, but it’s fun to find $50 gear for $3. I’ve purchased a lot of my gear on amazon. They usually have someone selling exactly what I want but for cheaper! I bought my last shoes and orthotics there.

  5. Thanks for these tips! Running can get pricey and I am always a sucker for new gear (“why of course I need a new racing singlet… its a slightly different shade of blue”). I like to support local stores when I can, but if they don’t have availability I think runners warehouse is really good.

  6. If you’re in NYC – love the Paragon Warehouse sale. Just have to dig a bit. And is having a running/fitness shoe mega sale right now! AND at the NYC Half Expo, Urban Athletics was selling Ravenna 2s for $39.99 – sadly, none in my size. But I did get compression socks for 20% off at Paragon, with the coupons they handed out at the expo!

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