Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, Week 5: Take Off Your Underwear

Now that you're settled in to your running routines, it's time to shake things up a bit. You've set a goal, worked on your running form, experimented with speed and strength workouts, and now you're pretty much an expert. What better time to take a good look at your wardrobe, and consider adding or subtracting something?

Photos by Beth Skwarecki.

When you start running, you can wear any old thing that covers you up and gets you around the block. Since it's been a few weeks, you've probably figured out whether your shoes are working for you or not - that's an obvious thing to change if you need to.

Clothing is a little more complicated, though: You change it up with the weather, and you probably rotate between several different outfits. And then there are headphones, running belts and hair bands. Is everything still working for you? Anything you've been itching to change but haven't gotten around to?

Some running shorts are designed to be worn without underwear, and you'll be far more comfortable that way (especially if your underwear was cotton and the built-in liner is a sweat wicking synthetic). On the other hand, maybe you need to add a layer. Men's windproof briefs are a thing, and beloved by many in cold climates. Ladies who haven't found the perfect sports bra can shore up their existing one with a compression band or by simply doubling up on bras.

If your clothes are treating you fine, consider your accessories: Is your headphone cord too dangly? Your bum bag not roomy enough? Are your shoelaces always untying? You definitely don't have to buy anything to complete this week's challenge - maybe a rubber band on that headphone cord is all you need. But if you've been contemplating a purchase, now might be a good time to do it.

The whole idea is to get your kit in order and take it for a few runs before race day arrives. You should be able to get dressed the morning of a race with total confidence, and tell yourself: This is what I love to run in. It always works for me.

So, what are you changing?

This post is part of the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, a series of mini challenges to spark (or reignite) your love of running.


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