What $75 Looks Like

Do you know what $75 dollars looks like in my world?

It’s two shellac french manicures.

A handful of dresses from Target.

Or a nice pair of jeans from Ann Taylor Loft.

Going out on a fancy dinner date.

Or hoarding soft chicken tacos.

It’s a new pair of shoes.

It’s drinking pumpkin spiced lattes every day for almost a month.


I made it official. I’m absolutely, 100% doing this half marathon thing.

People always say that running is so great because it’s free.

I’m not so sure about that.

Let’s chat – If you had an extra $75 laying around, how would you spend it?

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41 Responses to What $75 Looks Like

  1. yaaay! go you! Whenever I sign up for a race, the Husband is alway slike “uhhh why do you have to pay to run?” I don’t know, dear.

  2. “America’s Friendliest marathon” haha…what is with that?

    Good luck with running this race! You’re going to do AWESOME!

    With 75 bucks, I’d get myself some much-needed groceries!

  3. cait says:

    so excited for you doing the marathon! hmm with 75 extra bucks I think i would probably save it for my photographer for the wedding ha :)

  4. Seriously! I better pay up soon before the price goes up in October! I’m still in shock I’m doing it too haha

  5. Jennifer says:

    Oh my gosh! I am obsessed with shellac! I haven’t had the french yet, but you highly recommend that? I have on a soft, but bright pink! (if that makes sense) Congrats on signing up for a half marathon! You will knock it out in no time!

    • Colleen says:

      I’m obsessed with shellac, too! I got a french for my wedding and I got one this weekend too. I love it! I’m going to try a solid (dark) color next time. How long does it normally last for you?

  6. Woohoo! You’ll do great. Keep up that training! If I had an extra 75 laying around, I’d save it because I’m saver. But if it had some sort of expiration date, I’d totally buy beer or new boots.

  7. Suzanne says:

    I’d like to say I’d save it but it would find a way to disappear somewhere!

  8. Sam says:

    Hehe free, I guess not if you are racing! Congrats! It’s awesome to have a specific goal in mind…you can do it colleen!

  9. So true! Not to mention the sneakers you go through, the clothes you need for all different weather and temperatures, the obsession you’ll find you have with buying just the “right” socks. It’s definitely notttt free

  10. I’ve never ran in a race before and yesterday was my first 5K (woot, woot), when I got there I was thinking “what did I pay for?”, but they actually had a pretty nice spread for the participants. Hoping you get a 4 course meal for that price!

  11. Dorsa says:

    Nice job! Ya I don’t really understand why you have to pay to run…

    I guess look at it as donating to a charity, and you get some pretty sweet swag (at least I think you do).

  12. On a half marathon as well. I’m so excited for you Colleen! :)

  13. Woot woot!! I need to officially sign up for my 10k still…oops haha. If I had $75 laying around, I’d probably spend it on some clothing, even though what I really should do with it is put it into my savings haha.


    um. because I’m not a running dork at all, I’d spend it on another lululemon piece to add to my lineup. or put it towards new sneakers. or more BIC bands. or Gus. or… other clothes. ;)

    I’m a mess.

  15. woohoo! congrats on signing up! hmm an extra $75… i love home goods so im sure i could use it there :)

  16. If I had an extra $75 right now I’d either get a new pair of shoes or get my haircut. It’s a tie right now lol. :-) Congrats on officially registering for your half! It’ll be so great!

  17. julie says:

    you’re gonna kill it girl! so exciting! i think after you finish your half marathon you should get new shoes and a pedicure ;) because well thats what i would spend $75 bucks on right now haha

  18. Congrats! I just ran a half marathon in June, my first. It was a great experience but I don’t feel like I want to do another any time soon. I have so many things I’d do with $75, including a new comforter, jeans, underwear, Italy fund, the list goes on!

  19. Katy says:

    The Disney World half was $140 on opening registration day. It’s gone up. Running is definitely not free. Haha. Good for you, though! I’m sure you are going to do GREAT!

  20. food.

    probably at Whole Foods or my local health food store.

    ya that or cooking books.

  21. Woo!! So excited for you! $75 is my groceries for the week (sad, I know).

  22. Yay congrats that it’s official!!! I know, races are getting more and more expensive, which sucks, but the feeling while crossing the finish line is worth so much more!

  23. Congrats! I plan on signing up for an 8K- tomorrow! For some reason the website won’t work on my home computer so I’m going to have to sign up when I’m at work! Fortunately, it is $20 rather than $75. I would probably go clothes shopping…or buy another pair of TOMS.

  24. Tara says:

    My first half marathon was just a couple of weeks ago and it was only $50…still expensive but it’s not $75…don’t worry though, it will be totally worth it! :)

  25. I am so proud of you!! I know you can do it!

  26. Hannah says:

    it is such a pain! running is free- except for races!! they get so much money for a free activity!..
    if i had 75 i would go shopping.. or gel manicures which i love but hate spending money on, or yea sign up for a race. my 3 addictions pretty much. or of course food!

  27. Allison says:

    If I had an extra $75, I’d spend it at the spa- a massage sounds awfully good right about now!

  28. You’ll get a “free” t-shirt and swag bag for that $75! Congratulations! You’re going to be amazing! (As long as you don’t trip.)

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