I finally bought some clothes. At the beginning of the year I declared "In 2013 I'm not buying books or clothing."
The catalyst for this purchase was a gift certificate that accompanied a race packet from this past weekend. The certificate was disguised in an envelope which said that there were one of four prizes inside, but you had to make a purchase to open it. I headed to Dave's Running in Perrysburg to see what I had won and get some running shorts.
These shorts are nice. I had been running in normal athletic shorts, nothing special about them but also nothing wrong with them. I didn't feel like they added time or increased the effort, but they were nothing anything like these.
This new pair is light and smooth. They make the old pair feel like I was running in a heavy cotton dress more suited for raising barns and churning butter than logging miles.
But I bought something.
There was nothing wrong with the old shorts and I certainly could have continued wearing them but having new ones are just nice but I don't get to say I went all of 2013 without buying something. This purchase reminded me that rules for the sake of rules are irrelevant and may be wasteful. There was no great reason for me not to buy clothes or books but there were some smaller reasons on why I should cut back, just not all the way to zero. I've done that. This purchase also reminded me of the power of goals and daily action on them. I can be proud of making it until August without purchasing something.
The real test of whether this was a good purchase will be my running times. I look more like a runner, now I can run like one?