Looking good (and fast) while running

Most people when out in public want to look good, even while running. This can include not only the way you dress, but how fast you’re going.

A slow warm-up is a good way to start a run, but it doesn't impress.

A slow warm-up is a good way to start a run, but it doesn’t impress.

Women are especially good at choosing outfits that are attractive and eye-catching. From form-fitting outfits to yoga pants and short shorts, I like it when women dress nicely.

Some guys also have an eye for fashion, but for the most part, we guys don’t make it a priority.

When I run, I choose routes that have little traffic, are uncongested, and it’s often after dark, therefore, I wouldn’t impress many people if I wore a stylish outfit.

However, the long days of summer allow me to get in a run after work when there’s still light. Living in the city, I cross arterials now and then, pass by or through business districts, or cross paths with other runners or walkers.

I get the notion sometimes to pick up the pace if I’m in these situations. I think a runner looks good running at a brisk pace.

If people are around, I like pick it up to impress.

A group of women ahead, and I’m ready to impress. Estimated pace per mile: 5:15-5:20.

However, if I maintain a brisk pace too long, I’ll have a price to pay.

Good thing no one is around on this side street. Estimated pace per mile: 20 min.

Good thing no one is around on this side street. Estimated pace per mile: 20 min.

In some situations where I run a really fast pace for too long, I experience total collapse.SONY DSC

When I really overdo it in these situations, I’m reduced to walking on my hands and knees.

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Since this has happened several times, I carry a medium-sized swatch of fabric in my running shorts pocket. Yes, it’s a strange sight, and embarrassing, but at least people can’t see who I am as I crawl home.

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