Yesterday I felt all geared up for success on my run. I had my new jacket and my new shoes. I had a new set of headphones for my iPod because the earbuds that came with it only stay in if I wear a hat. I went to my favorite place to run.
It was a beautiful day so I wasn't wearing the jacket for long. The headphones, even though they seem to have gotten crummy reviews, were just what I wanted -- they stay in my ears, they don't block ambient noise, and they were comfortable for a whole 50-minute run.
I got a little carried away and probably ran too fast. I made it through the workout just fine, but for the rest of the day I was tired and a little headachy. Still, getting through this run made me feel more confident about my race in June. I expect the triathlon to take me about 1 1/2 hours, more or less. Though it seems counterintuitive, a triathlon feels easier than a road race of the same length, because you're switching activities and using different muscles for each of the events. So I am confident that by late June I'll have the endurance I need to get through the run.
The shoes definitely made a difference. My toes hurt a little at the very end of the run but were fine by the time I drove home from the park.
I've been trying to save money and pay down debt, like just about everyone else I know, but these three purchases -- shoes, headphones, jacket -- are things that will make my running more comfortable, so I feel like they were worth it. The shoes, especially, were a necessity.