|I'll take pictures of potential outfits and send them to friends for their expert advice.|
I go through the same ritual before a race. I will pull out my favorite pieces of workout apparel and thoughtfully go over each item until I find the perfect combination. Sometimes, to achieve that perfect outfit, I need to go out and buy the missing article of clothing. Ofttimes, I'll shoot pictures to my friends asking their opinions. However, once I have my running garb picked out, set out, and ready to go, then I feel ready to go. I usually have it all nice and folded in a very specific OCD order: shoes as the base, then socks, shorts, shirt, undergarments to usually include matching colored sports bra, and hair accessories on top. That is the finishing touch of all the months of preparation it took to get me to that event. Oddly enough, on those days when I feel I look good in my workout clothes, I literally perform better--whether it be a race or an every-day run. I can hold a faster pace, my legs feel fresher and stronger, and my endurance is improved. In fact, those are also the days where I tend to get my personal best times and/or distances. Cute and coordinated running apparel literally improves my fitness performance.
|I tried 4 different outfits once before I settled on the right one.|