Argh! I told DH I didn't want any sweets until April. We agreed ages ago that we wouldn't buy ice cream at the store for just us, and if we want ice cream we have to walk to the ice cream shop! I asked him why he bought it and he said "Well, you've been working so hard, I thought you deserved a reward." I *do* deserve a rewards. That's what the new running pants are.
(So, yes, Schatz, I did get new pants. They're lines with a great wicking layer, and I was perfectly comfortable running yesterday ~30 degress with wind.)
Schatz -- where are you anyways? Your description of Saturday's weather sounds like our weather yesterday. I figure you're west of here and at least as far north? (I'm in SE Michigan.) Good job on getting out even if it's just one day. I've lived in CA all my life before moving out here 3 years ago. I'm still getting used to the fact that I have to plan my exersize week based on the weather report. Yes, new shoes are key. They wear out fast. I've discovered that my running shoes become gardening shoes long before they show wear on the outside.
Mamasoleil-- I think the idea of the 5 k in May and 10 k in August is fabulous. Actually, I was pondering that during my run yesterday thinking "Maybe mamasoleil can find a 10 k later in the summer and work toward that instead..." Great minds think alike.
Congratulations on your "growing" clothes. I still haven't seen a change in how my clothes fit. That's not my explicit goal, though, I would like it if I could spend July in a swim suit. Actually, we're going camping on a lake in early July, so I'm going to have to do it, regardless of the condition of my thighs!
I'm starting to think we need to start a "club" parallel to the weight-loss club in the same Personal Growth forum. I'd like to join something like that, but I don't like the emphasis on the weight. I don't own a scale and I'm not interested in knowing my weight. As you've discovered, when your regimine starts emphazing exersize over diet, the pounds often start increasing because of muscle development, instead of decreasing. When you keep monitoring the scale, it can be discouraging. I've actually considered keeping track of something like my rest heartrate and breaths/minutes to see if I can monitor an improvement of my health that way. Don't get me wrong -- I am quite interested in having this belly that I can't stretch into it's 9 mo-pregnant shape, and feeling as though I'm actually healthy. This little club is fine with me, though it seems like we're only a few people. If we were to move to something like "Exersize club" instead of "Running" we may bring in people to that are getting their exersize other ways, though I've hesitated because it did seem a tad redundant with the other weightloss group. Really, we aren't really talking about running-issues in specific (except for comparing training programs) but rather issues of how to get our butts out the door. So maybe starting a new thread would be wise?
Obviously, I'm waffling.