I have heard a lot of people say that they got into running because it is cheap. There was a time when I agreed with this sentiment; it was before I had to pay for my own shoes, running clothes and race entries. 🙂 As an adult, running can become quite expensive, especially if you buy new shoes as often as you are supposed to. Depending on who you talk to, you should replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles. If I replaced my shoes that often, I would regularly be spending about $500 – $600 a year on shoes. When I add in race entries and replacing old workout clothes, I can spend over a $1,000 a year on my running. If I travel to a race like the Boston or NYC marathon, that number easily rises to over $2,000.

Since the costs of running can add up so quickly and because everyone favors a different brand of shoes, I will be giving away a $100 Visa gift card to go toward your next purchase. If you search around for deals on sites like runningwearhouse.com, you can find a great pair of summer running shoes for $100. So go ahead and knock yourself out! Get a nice traditional pair of shoes like the ones below…

plain running shoe


Or get one of the new crazy colored pairs that have become all the rage over the last two to three years.

Loud Running shoe

Finally, if you need help knowing how to pick the right running shoe for you and you don’t want to head to a specialty running store, REI has created a stellar infographic to help you make the right decision. I have placed it below for easy reference.

Running Shoes Infographic: How to Choose the Best Running Shoes

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy running, and thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to follow along in my weight loss journey!

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Jaime Hemmert · July 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I have been loving Brooks Pure Cadence 2’s as of late. I’d love to win so I could try the new edition of them!

    nickbernard110 · July 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for Sharing Jamie! I almost bought a pair of Brooks once. I’m a Mizuno and Saucony man myself.

Eryn · July 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

I have been running for less than a year, and will be running my first half marathon next month. My shoes are Adidas and I love them! But….they are wearing out!!

Kim M · July 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

I’ve been running in Saucony Kinvaras… and the new ones just came out… which means I could hopefully find a bargain pair of the old ones on sale!!!

    nickbernard110 · July 4, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I’ve heard great things about the Kinvara’s. I’m still sad they discontinued the Saucony Jazz.

Charles · July 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

I’ve used Brooks adrenaline 14s for my past two pairs.i have to wear a 2e width and not a lot fit right. No Blisters or black toenails either. Love your blog yoo. 🙂

    nickbernard110 · July 4, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Thanks Charles!

Cassi · July 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

Not a runner but prefer the plain shoes.

Laurie · July 4, 2014 at 12:15 am

Hoka stintson. Squishy shoes help my knees!

    nickbernard110 · July 4, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I have a few friends that swear by Hokas. I’ve been meaning to try them.

Theresa · July 4, 2014 at 12:20 am

I wear Brooks Launch or the original Pure Cadence if I can still find them on E-Bay!

Jacki Brunson · July 4, 2014 at 12:30 am

I’m just getting in to running. So my favorite running shoe is whatever I have. Which means I’m in serious need of some new kicks!

Josse · July 4, 2014 at 12:32 am

My all time favorite running shoe is the saucony kinvara

Erika Whitney · July 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

I’d love a new pair – I’m belatedly thinking my local running shop didn’t put me in the right ones when I started running last year.

Kim Ludlow · July 4, 2014 at 12:52 am

I’ve been in Saucony’s for the last 10 years! The progrid triumph has treated landing on my forefoot well. But with my short windows of running in between pregnancies, it’s been 3 years since I’ve bought running shoes!!

Susan · July 4, 2014 at 1:02 am

I’ve been in Brooks Adrenelines for my last couple pairs and they’ve worked great. I recently got a pair of Saucony Guides to add to the rotation. Verdict is still out on those since I seem to get blisters from them on my long runs.

Karrie · July 4, 2014 at 1:36 am

Anything on sale for a decent price. Running in Asics lately

Running Hutch · July 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

I am loving the Saucony Guide 7s right now.

Matt Bernard · July 4, 2014 at 2:10 am


Lindsay @ Fit & Awesome · July 4, 2014 at 2:10 am

I have a pair of Newton running shoes and I like them a lot. I agree running can add up! The price of a race entry is not cheap.

Stacey Carey · July 4, 2014 at 2:48 am

I’ve worn Asics since I started running.

Angie W. · July 4, 2014 at 3:08 am

Favorites are Saucony ProGrid Guide!

Deana · July 4, 2014 at 3:09 am

Right now, I love my Brooks Ghost 6’s, but always itching to try something new. Thanks for the chance to win!

Christy Heinecke · July 4, 2014 at 3:21 am

I’ve only had two pairs….Adidas that I got at a garage sale, and finally a nice pair of Brooks. Would love to try out new types 🙂

Ryan · July 4, 2014 at 3:57 am

I have an Asics guy since high school but recently found Mizuno and have loved their wave series. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your story — very inspirational.

    nickbernard110 · July 4, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Thanks Ryan. So many people have said that they run in Asics, I may have to try a pair. I love the Mizuno wave riders.

Jen Savage · July 4, 2014 at 4:09 am

I’ve run all but 3 of my 109 marathons and ultras in Brooks Adrenalines, the other 3 were in brooks Trance. I might like my Brooks….

Carolsue · July 4, 2014 at 4:19 am

I like Asics Gel Cumulus for running shoes

Anna · July 4, 2014 at 4:21 am

I don’t know my favorite shoe, you’d have to help me! Ha. But maybe with the right shoe I would come love running. Right now I get shin splints when I run…so I stopped. 🙂

    nickbernard110 · July 4, 2014 at 4:24 am

    I would be happy to help you find the right shoe Anna!

HS · July 4, 2014 at 5:17 am

I enjoy my Nike.

Nikki N · July 4, 2014 at 5:18 am

I love my Mizuno Wave Creation 11’s they help so much with my knee pain!

Anonymous · July 4, 2014 at 6:06 am

Love my Asics.

Katie · July 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I mostly run in Sauconys but I’m dying to try a pair of Altra zero drop shoes 🙂

Joy · July 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

I love my mizuno wave rider 15’s. sweet giveaway!

Erin Ellis · July 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I prefer Reebok shoes for running.

Shelly · July 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Road shoe is Saucony Ride 6 and trail in Brooks Cascadia 8.
They both need to be replaced. I am training for my first ultra a 50k and man it is taking a toll on wallet 🙂

Lauren E. · July 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I know its old school, but I love asics tigers.

Joshua Snow Hansen · July 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Hoka One One for SURE!

Aimee C · July 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

I’ve always loved Nikes, but recently was introduced to Saucony’s so now that’s what I run in! I like them! I love fun colored shoes, and don’t like any white on them! 🙂

MiRanda · July 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Always been a fan of saucany which began in my high school days. 🙂 I have wide feet with high arches and the cushion has a served me well over the years. Have tried other brands here and there but seem to always come back to them.

    Sara Hooten · July 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Nick! I have worn Asics only since I first tried them years ago! Since running in Asics I haven’t had ANY injuries.

Laurie · July 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I use Saucony and love them. I over-pronate when I run these have a solid base… they also come in narrow sizes

Elle · July 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I like the Asics GT 1000 2 sneakers.

Sara Hooten · July 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Hi Nick!

Julie Raye-Rod · July 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I’m a huge fan of Nike.

shaunie · July 5, 2014 at 6:14 am

My favorite are Nike . I like these – Nike FS Lite Run. Comfortable for me

Robin · July 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Thanks, Nick. I love New Balance and Altras.

genice rill · July 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

My favorite shoes are mizuno wave creation I have been wearing the brand and model for around 5 or so years. I think I may go try some brooks on here soon when I get my new shoes broken in. It would be nice to be able to have a spare pair of shoes 🙂

Rachel Frost · July 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for the giveaway.

Don · July 6, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I currently wear Merrells, mostly the Ascend Gloves for trails (although I have Trail Gloves, too,) and Bare Access 2s for road running. Thinking of getting Altras for a couple of half marathons on concrete, the last one killed my feet.

Jim G · July 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Nike Air Pegasus has been good to me over the past year, but I’m always open to test drive a new ride. Thanks, Nick!

Melissa · July 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I never understood why they don’t make more neutral colored shoes. I live in the desert and would love a tan pain or shoes!

I’m currently in Saucony Ride 6’s after a few years of Nikes. Best thing I ever did was get fitted for shoes.

scott madson · July 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi nick, cool blog. I should run more. I actually have a pair of nike running shoes.

Michelle Hartgraves · July 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

I do not replace my shoes as often as I should. Just started training for my 4th half marathon and I need to replace my shoes again. I agree with you, running is not always cheaper than therapy! 🙂

Michelle Hartgraves · July 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I love my Brooks!

deanna · July 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

The Saucony Grid Azura was my favorite. When they stopped making them, I started buying Mizuno Wave Rider shoes.

Joan · July 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I am currently wearing Brooks Pure Cadence

Jackie b · July 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

My last two pair of running shoes have been mizuno’s wave riders, which ive liked, hence the second pair. But im in need of a new pair and im thinking i need something different! Hope i win! I enjoy your posts via wasatch wranglers! Yeah!

Dandi D · July 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I’m partial to Nike’s, but I don’t have a particular favorite.

Marie · July 8, 2014 at 12:39 am

I was a huge fan of the nike shox

Ryan Goodman · July 8, 2014 at 3:57 am

I’ve gotten along pretty well in the past with New Balance and Asics shoes that fit my foot well, but I’m always up for a little help getting my next pair!

Peggy Johnson · July 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

Saucony is the only pair of running shoes I have.

Linda · July 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

My Altra The 3-Sum Running Shoes are my favorite.

Gordon Mikula · July 9, 2014 at 5:33 am

I’ve enticed by the Newton Fate…

Martin · July 9, 2014 at 6:28 am

I like Merrell (especially M. Mix Master 2).

Carrie · July 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I love my Mizuno Wave Sayonaras for racing and also picked up a pair of Saucony Kinvara 4 that are quickly becoming my go to training shoe.

Amy Lauren · July 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I’d love to win. I wear the Mizuno Wave Rider shoes.

Jill Stucki · July 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I wear asics & brooks

Kelli · July 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I have worn the Mizuno Inspire for a few years, but I have had a lot of issues with my feet recently so it is time for a change in running shoe I believe! Before the Mizuno I wore Brooks and I wore Saucony before that. I think I may go back to Brooks as they are my preferred trail shoe brand as well. I wear Altras everywhere else I go, I just can not run in a zero drop shoe which is such a bummer because i LOVE that big toe box!!!

Anonymous · July 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

My current favourites are the Mizuno Hitogamis!

JenniferAnne · July 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I like several brands — ASICS and Reebok the most.

Julie · July 9, 2014 at 9:50 pm

My favorite shoes to run in are my Nike Free 4.0 V3 Running Shoe in Flash Lime/Black/Blue

Darlene · July 10, 2014 at 12:57 am

I like Asics Gel-Lyte33. They feel great and come in some fun bright colors!

Michele · July 10, 2014 at 4:57 am

I like the Brooks Women’s Glycerin 12 or Nikes! Both are great for exercise!

Chad · July 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

    nickbernard110 · July 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I love the Wave Riders as well!

erik · July 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

should always try on a shoe before buying it which is where LRS comes into play

erik · July 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

and with sooooo many great shoes it is hard to choose. at any given time i have 2-5 pairs i love from different brands.

Theresa · July 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I’ve been an Asics/Brioks fan, but lately running in Skechers GoRun and very happy with those.

    nickbernard110 · July 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Our first Sketchers fan! If they are good enough for Meb, they must be a good product! 🙂

Ellen · July 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I love the Pearl Izumi Trail N2s, but my they’re causing pain in my left foot. I’m hoping to find a worthy replacement!

Jesse Gonzalez · July 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm

My fav running shoe is the Merrell Bare Access! What a beautiful thing

shawn · July 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

The Nike free runs for the road and Brooks for the trails

Donna · July 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Asics and nikes

Dorcas Tan · July 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

I love newton running shoes!

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