Crabby over at Cranky Fitness posted about looking cool versus like an idiot while exercising. There is the smug factor, of which I am quite aware, particularly when you’re marathon training. There’s nothing like thinking, “Hey, I ran 20 miles already and the rest of the world has barely woken up yet.” THAT can be a powerful feeling. And like Dina mentioned on Sat, getting out to run gives you a legit excuse to wear spandex in public. You’ve EARNED it.
But I can look like a disheveled mess huffing and puffing out in my often mismatched gear. I also have the fun propensity to sprout wings on either side of my head as a result of my curly hair having a sick sense of humor. And the running hat only exacerbates this. The beet red face is also the epitome of HAWT.
Is it worth it? Does the smug-factor outweigh any the self-conscious feelings? For me, I think it’s a break-even. Even though I feel less than bodacious when I’m out there sweating, I DO tend to feel terrific after my shower. I feel all toned up and good about myself. So in the end, it’s worth it for me – I feel better so it’s worth a little embarrassment.
P.S… Note to self: get some cute running clothes so you feel cute even when huffing and puffing. Problem solved! (If only that would solve the wings…)