These days, however, here's what it takes for me to get out on even the shortest of runs:
My own running gear, including sunglasses, warm winter running pants, jacket, hat and gloves.
My two children, since Spiff is working all hours and they come with me, who both need to be fed and clothed before setting out
Double jogging stroller
Weather shield for the stroller
Coats and gloves for the kids
Warmed rice bags for a little extra warmth in the 20 degree weather
Toys and occasionally food for the older one
And my awesome running partner, her little boy (with accompanying equipment mentioned above), and her Magic Garmin Watch to tell us how far and fast we're going.
That's a lot of stuff. It takes me at least 45 minutes to get ready to go for a 30-60 minute run.
Besides that, I have a wish list. I want my own treadmill. I want my own Magic Watch. I want my own Ipod (I know, right?! Who doesn't have an Ipod these days? Spiff has one that he uses at work, but I don't.). I want a new techie running cap and a strap-on-my-hand-while-I-run water bottle. I want new running shoes and socks. I want to register for a whole lot of events.
Some of these things are needs, and some of these will become needs when we move to Minnesota next year. But what this list boils down to is a whole lot of money invested into a sport that is supposed to be as simple and inexpensive as strapping on a pair of running shoes.