Unfortunately, quality gear is amazingly expensive and buying a full running wardrobe at your average running store could easily set you back $500 or more.
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Although you'll find that the selection is much better for women than for men, I haven't been in a store yet that didn't have something worth buying for me. A large portion of my current running wardrobe came from thrift stores. For example, for my run today I wore a race t-shirt (which depending on how you look at it was either free or $150), New Balance shorts from Savers, and my homemade huaraches.
One more item to look for: thrift stores are a great place to find throwaway jackets for races with cold starts. For our last marathon we bought warm fleece jackets for less than it would have cost us to buy space blankets. Most race organizers (including those for our race) collect clothing discarded along the side of the course and donate it to homeless shelters. So instead of paying to be only slightly freezing and then littering, we saved money, stayed toasty, avoided creating more trash, and helped clothe the needy. How's that for a day's work?