Turkey Toss, Week 5: Take Off Your Underwear

Now that you’ve gotten used to your habits, it’s time to shake things up a bit. You set a goal for yourself , worked on your working form , experimented with the speed and strength of your workout, and now you are pretty much an expert. What better way to take a good look at your wardrobe and think about adding or subtracting something?

When you start running , you can wear any old thing that covers you and carries you around the block. Since a few weeks have passed, you’ve probably figured out whether your shoes are working for you or not – this is an obvious thing that needs to be changed if you need to.

The clothes are a little more complicated, however: you change them depending on the weather and are likely to switch between several different outfits. Plus, there are headphones, running straps, hair ties, and more. Does it still work for you? Anything you wanted to change but didn’t bother with?

Some jogging shorts are designed to be worn without underwear, which makes you much more comfortable (especially if your underwear was cotton and the built-in lining is synthetic to wick away sweat). On the other hand, you may need to add a layer. Men’s windbreakers are a favorite in cold climates. Ladies who haven’t found the perfect sports bra can strengthen their existing one with compression tape or simply double up on the bras.

If your clothing suits you, think about your accessories: is the headphone cord loose? Is your waist pack not big enough? Do your laces always come undone? You definitely don’t need to buy anything to complete this week’s assignment – you might need an elastic on your headphone cord. But if you’ve been thinking about buying, perhaps now is the right time to do so.

The whole idea is to get your gear in order and take it on for a few runs before race day. You should be able to dress up in a turkey in the morning with complete confidence and tell yourself: this is what I love to run. This always works for me.

So what are you changing?

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