Over the last couple years, I've made a real effort to live a little more simply. It hasn't been entirely successful, but there've been a lot of improvements: I no longer go in much for recreational shopping, and P (much more disciplined than me) and I managed to get rid of vast amounts of our possessions - I estimate 60-70% - since we moved in together. "I am what I do, I am not what I own," I tell myself when I see a pretty dress I know I'll wear twice. And it's beginning to feel a lot more true than it used to. (Extravagance - blowing your budget on a wonderful meal you'll remember forever - can be wonderful, but waste drives me demented.)
So you'd think I'd embrace the simplicity of running. A good pair of shoes, maybe some non-cotton socks, and off you go.
Oh, I covet. Sleek running clothes from Sugoi. The funkier workout clothes of Athleta, a change from the sunburnt soccer moms of Title 9. I don't regret for a moment getting my Garmin Forerunner, and use it everyday, but the iPod never comes running with me any more and languishes in its sports strap in a drawer. Now that summer's here, and I'm running for longer than an hour at weekends, I need a water bottle to carry with me, and the choice out there has me paralyzed. What's the best one for me?
Oh but god, these have me transfixed:
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the Oakley Thump. That's 128 or 256 MB (up to 8 hours) of music right in your ears, right in your sunglasses.
I'd kill everyone in this room for the Oakley Thump.