I don't know why, but I added up most of what I spent getting ready for the 3 Day. And...wow.
Six pairs of shoes. Yeah, six. Wore out the first two, got the next two too small, so got two more... $800
Socks, somewhere around 45 pair. Six pairs of Thorlos at $13/pr. Three pairs of Bali (I think that was the brand) at $10/pair. Eighteen pairs of Reebok at $36. And twenty-four pairs of Wrightsocks at $10/pair. $381. On socks.
Camelback (2...one waistpack and one backpack): $20 and $60
Other Waistpack: $10
Water bottles: $10
Cleaning Kit: $15
Sleeping bag: $70
Air mattress: $20
Air pump: $20
Blister care: $40
That doesn't even include odds and ends, the clothing I bought because I didn't really have anything suitable for long walks, or all the burgers, drinks, and frozen yogurt I bought.
Granted, two pairs of the shoes were unnecessary, so I can subtract $280 from the total, but overall...I spent a lot to train and then walk nearly 60 miles.
On the bright side, I have all my stuff for next year, except shoes. So I kind of have to do the whole thing again to make it cost effective.
I'll start training as soon as I have all the feeling back in my feet. It's getting there, slowly but surely.