On larger purchases, I debate even longer. Case in point? I knew for a solid year that I wanted to buy an iMac. I had no doubt about wanting to make the switch from a PC, but I still didn't want to run out and make such a large purchase without really sleeping on it... and waiting for a deal. In the end, my patience paid off because I bought on the sales tax holiday to save some dough and walked away with a free iPod Touch and a free printer.
This mentality serves me well I think. It's something that I find that I do when planning out my race schedule. I'm not only considering the time frame of the training and when the races fall, I'm also considering how much I'm spending on the races. After spending $330 to just sign up for the Goofy Challenge in January (and that's not counting all the travel costs I'll have), I've been making it a point to try to spend a bit less on races throughout this year. I've been doing quite well with it, especially since I ran one race free from cashing in volunteer coupons and I'm about to run another free because I'm a pacer. (Another key to my shopping habits is that I always find a way to work the system so that I get more for less!)
But today? Today I signed up for a race on a whim. I know that I can afford it since I've been spending a lot less on races this year, and I've got a little spreadsheet of all the races I'm planning for the rest of the year so that I know for sure what I plan to spend. (Yes, I'm a nerd. You know you dig it.) Nonetheless, it's still not like me to just jump on something so quickly.
But there was good reason.
The Women's Half Marathon just announced in a press conference yesterday that their new destination this year is Nashville! And the first 250 to sign up can do so for only $50! I quickly looked at the calendar and realized that the September 25 date works out perfectly for me. I haven't developed my training plan for the fall just yet, but I know that a half around that time will be ideal. And I've reached a point where I'm not really willing to spend more than $50 for a half, so the only way it was going to happen was if I signed up fast. Oh, and I emailed some girlfriends and talked them into doing it, too!
I know it's not the same as the Nike Women's Marathon, a race that I so want to do someday. But I think it'll be kind of cool to run a women's race, especially through the streets of a city I know and love (and will be living in for real by then!)
So I think this was the good kind of impulsive shopping. I'm feeling really good about what I've got on the calendar for the rest of the year, this race included.
One day at a time though... next up on the calendar is a 10K this weekend. I don't think I'm quite in PR shape, but who knows? Maybe I'll pull one off.