Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
This outfit makes me run faster.

As a runner, you probably have a closet or dresser full of different workout clothes and accessories.  Different colors of shorts, shirts, tanks, shoes, tights, socks, maybe even rundies (but we won’t go there).  Then there’s that one combination of all of the above that gives you that special feeling; that this outfit makes me run faster.

Well, I’m that type of runner.  For training runs, I’ll usually grab any old thing that I can find.  If it fits and feels good, it goes on.  For long training runs, I get a little more selective.  Maybe at least trying to find something that feels good, but also matches or just plain looks good.  For the actual race day?  Now that takes special thought.  What do I want to look like at the start?  How do I want to look at the finish?  What’s the temperature going to be?  Wind?  I don’t take many pictures of my training runs (actually, none), but pictures of you crossing the finish line are around for a long time, so make sure to smile.

Ultimately, every runner is different.  This is why you need to experiment with different variations.  I used to run marathons in a tank top with normal length shorts.  Then I got some longer Nike running shorts and loved them.  I also switched from the tank top to a short sleeve tech shirt and felt so much better on the long runs, but I still wear the tank top for 5k’s and 10k’s, when I want to feel really fast.  Why did the short sleeve feel better?  I have no idea, we’ll cover that another day.  But once you have a good run, you build confidence and you want to keep repeating that feeling on every run.

Now, if you want to run at ludicrous speed, throw on a sleek pair of running glasses.  I’ve always used the tried and true polarized Oakley Flak Jackets, I’m on my third pair.  We’ll maybe review other options in another blog post later on.

I am also the type of runner that has been known to wear a certain pair of shorts for 2-3 runs before washing.  It literally stinks if you have one pair of shorts that are your favorite.  That’s why it’s a good idea to pick up 1-2 extra pairs if you find something that works.
So grab those pair of lucky running socks and go for a run.  Unless your lucky running socks have holes in them, then it’s time to switch them out for new ones.  Compression socks, maybe?

We’re curious...What’s your go-to running item (shirt, shoes, shorts, or accessory) that gives you that push to hit a PR time or distance?

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