When You Feel Like a Badass Runner

It's the little things in running that can make any runner, no matter their pace, feel like a super fast, badass runner. happyfitmama.com

There are some days where I feel like the most badass, fast runner out there.

You know the feeling – Your feet are running on pillows. Your legs are the weight of feathers. Your breathing is slow and controlled like you are sprawled out on the couch watching an episode of House of Cards.

When a run feels absolutely effortless and you feel like you are flying like the wind.

And then you think – Is it windy out today or am I really running that fast?

I really did have this thought recently while doing speed work at the track.  And then I laughed out loud. Because really, I didn’t turn into Tina Muir the second I stepped onto the track.

We all have things that make us feel like a fast runner. Fast is relative. Your fast may be my slow. Or vice versa. Whatever the case is, when you get that badass feeling, it’s a nice confidence boost to see that maybe all this hard training is working. Even if it is all in my head.

New Shoes

The first few runs with new shoes are simply magical. There’s lightness. There’s a little extra hop. You just feel fast especially if they are a super bright neon color.

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Passing Other Runners

In a race, passing another runner is always a great shot of confidence. But a regular old run out around town? I’ll be the first to admit that when I see another runner while running, I make sure that I’m on top of my game. My form will be impeccable. I’ll pick up the pace. I’ll try to look like I’m having the best run of my life. Why? Because it’s all about competition. For some reason, in my head, that makes sense.

Running in the Rain or Snow

Running in rain, snow, sleet, hail, or wind always brings out the bad ass factor. As cars drive pass, in your mind, they are thinking “Look at that strong athlete! They are so dedicated.” In reality, they most likely are saying, “Look at that fool!”

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Running on Trails

Running on pavement can be quite monotonous. But mix in some dirt, mud and obstacles to cross like streams or logs, then the bad ass factor goes up a notch. I swear I feel 10x faster on a single track trail rushing past trees even though in reality my pace is at least 1 minute (or more) slower than on the road. Plus, there’s a better chance for wild animal encounters. Although I’ve seen more wild animals running on roads than in the woods.

Wearing Compression Socks or Sleeves

I am not a huge fan of running in compression socks or sleeves. It gives me the creepy crawly’s on my legs when I start to sweat. But recovery? I’m all about the compression. However, I will admit that running in compression socks or sleeves makes me feel quite badass. All the elites do it so you know it’s badass!

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Wearing Minimal Clothes in Cold Weather Races

I run hot. I sweat no matter what. On a regular old run, if it’s cold, I wear the appropriate amount of layers. But if I’m racing, less is best. If it’s 30 degrees and I’m wearing short sleeves and shorts, it’s 90% because I like to race cold and 10% because it makes me feel like a badass. I’m not sure why shivering means badass in my mind.

What makes you feel like a badass runner?

  1. My kids always ask, “Why do the pro runners wear bathing suits to run in?” LOL. Although I’ve never worn a “bathing suit”, reducing your clothing during a race does make you feel stronger and having the right clothes does too. Nothing feels better than a really nice high quality pair of shorts and tank paired with bright shoes. I know it’s all mental, but it gives me a boost for sure.
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  2. Those are the best runs- when everything just clicks and you’re gliding along! They don’t happen as often as I’d like, unfortuantely. :)
    Those neon yellow shoes are amazing! You will definitely be fast and badass in those.

  3. I still don’t understand how people run for run. It’s not my thing. I tried so many times to pick up running. But even 10 minutes of a warm up on treadmill at the gym was torture for me. Plus, in high school I wasn’t really good at doing long distance runs, only the short ones. But all the badass feelings come to me when I lift heavy stuff, or try to.
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  4. Yes to all of this! Except wanting to see extra wildlife on the trails. I do not want to see any bear or moose on my runs but on the trails it’s inevitable!