For runners racking up the miles:
While running is generally one of the cheaper lifestyles at it’s core, if you run long or often, the one inescapable expense are proper shoes. For those of us who are older, or even those not blessed with superior running genetics, mileage tracking and attention to wear is paramount. I don’t need to tell runners about tracking miles/time however. That’s a given.
I’m a fan of supporting local small business as much as possible; from restaurants to coffee shops. Running stores are no different. However, in the case of running shoes, and most folks’ financial situations, it’s just not financially sound. A few bucks, not a question, I’m buying local. Saving $30 buying online, that’s hard to justify. On that note, there are a few good choices if you choose to buy your gear online. I’ve probably used them all. Generally, because of discounts, coupons, and membership deals, I end up at either RunningWarehouse or RoadRunnerSports. I like them both.
I want to focus on RoadRunnerSports right now. Perhaps the best $2 you can spend is buying into their VIP membership when you place an order. This gives you free shipping and at least 10% off. You can stack coupons, so if you hit up RetailMeNot or the like, you can easily get your gear -20% or more. The shipping is free and fast too!
Another benefit, which is advertised, but unless you use it, it’s easy to disregard. It is their “Wear ‘Em & Love ‘Em Guarantee” (for shoes). Test run for 90 days. If you do not like them, for whatever reason, send them back for a full refund. If they have been worn, you’ll get store credit.
So what if you’re racking up the miles, and get to, say, 200+ miles in a couple months, and you send them back? It’s within the 90 day limit, no questions asked, right? YES. I won’t say anything else, other than order your shoes and save your box and shipping receipts. Do you understand the words that are comin’ outta my blog? I’ve heard this works… in fact, I’ve heard it worked a few times.