Spending money to torture myself

Who the hell charges $111 for a pair of running shorts?


I’ve been trying to find a decent pair of running shorts forever (like since a year ago) but nothing remotely decent ever turns up.

I tried again today because Run For Hope 2007 is next week and I need real running shorts.

I was filming at VivoCity today, so had a chance to shop around after the shoot. I went to Nike, Adidas, Puma, Fila and Mizuno. Out of the five sports stores, I only saw a pair that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, but it turns out to be $111 (from Adidas’ designer range).

WTF. Who spends that kind of money on a stupid pair of running shorts? It doesn’t even have blings or exciting seams!

Unfortunately, that was the only pair of shorts that looked normal. The rest in all the stores were either too poofy or too long.

But I had to buy something, so I bought this Nike one that cost me $42.

It looks purplish-blue in the picture, but it’s actually dark grey. And it’s too damn long, but I have no other choice. It’s the most fitting I can find. I don’t know why they make running shorts so long these days. It looks so nerdy.

I ended up spending $200 on sports gear, something which would never have happened had my shoot not taken place in VivoCity! Grrrrr.

Besides the shorts, I also bought a Nike water bottle. And Adidas socks to wear with this:

That was an impulse buy. I had already planned to wear my ragged Nike shoes for the event and hope like hell that they don’t fall apart in the middle of the run.

But when I walked into Adidas today to find my illusive pair of shorts, my itchy feet took me to the running shoes display.

And then, this very friendly store assistant came over and managed to persuade me, by being very personable, to try on a few pairs of running shoes.

In response to my idiot question: “Running shoes got different types one meh?”, she very patiently educated me on the subject of running shoeology.

I was so impressed by the comfort, lightness and flexibility of this particular pair that I decided to buy it, despite the fact that I didn’t like the design that much.

I get 20% off Adidas products for being a participant of this year’s Great Eastern Women 10K and the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, so that helped.

Now, I feel superbly ready to face my first race! I shall endeavour not to come in last without killing myself. I think I should be able to manage that, but it’ll be tough. I haven’t been training much in the last six weeks or so.

I don’t know what I was thinking, signing up for three races, spending over $100 on registration fees to torture myself! And even more money on gear to endorse that madness.


I kinda regret signing up because I am so not prepared to run competitively, and I am not prepared to disgrace myself.

On the other hand, I need these events to motivate myself into running regularly for health and fitness. Otherwise, I’d just totally embrace couch-potatohood and turn into a permanent blob of slime.

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Not a very pleasant image. Therefore the necessary expenditure to further the cause of self-torture.

I must be crazy!

As if I don’t already receive enough (mental) torture from the one and only Goonfather.

He took one look at me walking around proudlly with my new shoes and he said, “You wear nice nice expensive brand new shoes for your race… later you lose, very malu one you know?”