6 Things Runners Don’t Need to Buy

Runners need a lot of things. Here are 6 things that you can skip out on to save money for more running things! happyfitmama.com

Runners don’t need a lot. Give us the marvelous open road and a good pair of shoes and we’ll run happy. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. In reality, we all love to have the latest gadgets and gear. A runner can never have too many pairs of black shorts, neon tanks and multiple pairs of their favorite running shoe (you know, just in case they change the style or discontinue it). Whoever says running is cheap is definitely wrong. So very, very wrong. Shoes, gear, gadgets, race entry fees, massages, and not to mention feeding a runner, are all very expensive.

To stay on budget and more importantly, save money to buy more running gear, there are some things that you don’t need to buy anymore.


Runners don’t want satin bras and panties that barely cover any skin. We want coverage. We want the girls locked and loaded with no bounce at all. We don’t want to think about wedgies while trying to nail our track workout. What is sexy? Sports bras and boy shorts.


Running does wonders for your feet. It makes your toenails turn black and eventually fall off. Blisters and callouses are everywhere. Not to mention that once you start running long distances, your shoe size increases and your foot flattens. Why would I want to squeeze my foot into a dainty shoe? Give me the comfort and support of a running shoe. Besides, runners need to be ready to run at any moment. You can’t run in stilettos. OK, maybe some people can, but I absolutely can not. Comfort please!

Real clothes

Runners want to look good. We want to have the best gear. But that doesn’t stop once the run is over. Running clothes are comfortable. You can move in running clothes.  Real clothes are constricting and uncomfortable. You want everyone to know you are a runner so you need to look the part throughout the whole day. Thank goodness athleisure is all the rage.

A Car

Why waste money on car payments and gasoline to fuel a car when you can just run everywhere? It’s an easy way to multi-task too. Get your long run in while you run errands, literally. If you don’t want to run everywhere, you could also walk, bike, or use an Elliptigo. Cross training for runners. Boom.


Being a runner means always having a smooth running digestive tract. Sometimes it may run too smoothly at inconvenient times like during a long run when there are no bathrooms available or during a race. But there’s no better way to keep things moving smoothly than with a good run.


What’s all natural, legal in all 50 states, has zero side effects and makes your skin glow? A runner’s high. Who needs drugs when you can get high on running. However, there’s no guarantee that you won’t get the munchies after this high especially if you are in marathon training.

FYI – This is a satire piece. You may not think this is funny but I do. 😉

I wrote the original version of this for RunHaven, February 2015.

What don’t you need buy now that you are a runner?

Meal Planning {Week of May 22}

What's for dinner this week I've got a weeks worth of easy, healthy meal planning ideas for the whole family to enjoy. happyfitmama.com

Happy Sunday Funday!

I love a good weekend and this has been a good one so far. Yesterday I woke up at even earlier zero dark thirty hour and ran a sunrise run up Mt. Major with Sarah. I rushed back home for kid activities in the morning, picked up a sweet loveseat from a yard sale, ran some errands around town before coming home and crashing hard around dinner. It was an awesome run but I was t.i.r.e.d later in the day. Totally worth it and can’t wait to do it again soon.

Later today I’m hitting up outdoor yoga in the park followed with some beer sipping. Fingers crossed the weather holds out and it doesn’t rain!

Stonyfield Yogurt and Navitas

I have to share one of my new favorite additions to my breakfast and snacks – Navitas Naturals Mulberry Berries and Hemp Seeds. My kids think the Mulberry Berries look like mini pine cones. They are kind of like dates in texture and sweetness and are the perfect super food addition to anything. I’ve been adding them to my morning Stonyfield Whole Milk Greek Yogurt/Granola Bowls. I’ve also added the Navitas Hemp Seeds to my massaged kale for an extra dose of nutrients and crunch. (FYI – I received these products as a Stonyfield YoGetter).

Navitas Hemp Seeds

It’s Sunday so it means it’s time for meal planning so I can figure out What’s for Dinner this week. Always an interesting question…

Sunday: Honey Mustard Grilled Salmon + veggies

Monday: Skillet Veggie Stuffed Shells

Tuesday: school function

Wednesday: Pick your egg + Spaghetti Squash Apple Fritters

Thursday: Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Wing it

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What’s for dinner this week at your house?

High Five Friday

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It’s High Five Friday!

It’s time to spread good news from the week. If it’s good, I want to hear it! Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out all the details HERE and link up to share your own version of High Five Friday.

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me? Please do!

Taking flight. My stride doesn’t always look this good. But when it does, I gotta share it on Insta!

Racing dark clouds and murals of running dogs and kids.

Friday’s were made for handstands.

Lessons learned from my daughter – Smile big, wear a unicorn stuffie on your bike helmet all while riding like the wind.

A beautiful spring morning with a beautiful Stonyfield Greek Granola Bowl.

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5 Good Things

Girl Power – I don’t know where I found this, but I absolutely love it. Women are taking over the running scene. We are a she-pack. Watch us roar!

On the Definition of Being Healthy – Healthy has a different meaning for all of us. Case in point – I had a patient bring in a “healthy” treat for the staff. It was a fat-free, sugar bomb, food coloring nightmare labeled as a cookie. He thought it was healthy. I, apparently, did not. This is definitely a good conversation starter.

Notes from a Child-Full Life – For the longest time, I wasn’t sure I wanted to have kids. But then one day it hit me. Not everyone wants kids, that’s cool. But just because you have kids, doesn’t mean your life is over. It’s just a different, fuller life.

Mental Freakouts – How to Stay Strong – I think we’ve all had a mental freak out in racing or in life in general. It happens to the best of us, even elite athletes. How you deal with it can be a game changer in the race. “In essence, you are being your own best friend.” Don’t be your worst enemy. Be your best friend.

The Secret to Feeling Incredible in a Bikini – Buy a bikini, wear it. Boom! Kellie nailed this spot on.