Okay, okay. Huge lie. This Runner has way too many clothes. Like, I would count the number of shorts, skirts, capris, pants, jackets, vests, tanks, race shirts and half zips I own, but I’m pretty sure I would run out of fingers and toes while still on shorts…
This makes it fun (and challenging) to make the really important, final decisions, 5 days out from race day…like what to wear!
I’m infamous for breaking every rule of long distance running and debuting untested outfits, shoes, socks and accessories on race day. So while many of you may have chosen an outfit weeks ago, and given it a trial run (literally) I am still unsure about what outfit I will be wearing on M-Day.
Things to consider:
Right now the forecast is calling for 53 and Rainy. Good thing I did all those long runs in the heat and humidity to prepare for race day conditions…
And 53 is the HIGH of the day. It could be in the 30s on race morning. I haven’t seen 30 degrees since snopocalypse…
This is very reminiscent of Chicago Marathon last Fall, when we were all expecting a late summer marathon and were greeted by Arctic conditions in the Windy City. I left my hotel wearing capris and sleeves, but ended up stripping down and changing into shorts
at the start line.
In North Carolina, for my trail marathon, I was lucky enough to have my gay bff spectating the race and available to grab the jacket I needed for the start, but was ready to abandon half way through.
In Corning, both my parents will be along the course so this is an option I can consider once I figure out where spectators will be located.
In Arizona I braved the early morning cold by sporting a trash bag until the gun went off.
And in Richmond I wore a headband that covered my ears. Just enough warmth to get through the chilly November conditions.
Again, all things I can consider for Corning, but if it’s actually nearing freezing, I’m going to want to layer up with something.
My current plans to tackle the weather are shorts on bottom, tank (in case it’s raining, I want to be minimally dressed) and throwaway sleeves (and maybe even gloves if it’s cold enough.) Or, to exercise the my-parents-will-be-there-to-serve-me-option, I could wear one of my nicer, water resistant tops until I begin to overheat. (Obviously my suitcase for the 3 day trip is going to be about 100 pounds)
Any other suggestions from those of you more accustomed to running in sub 90 degree temps?
You all know my fondness for black/hot pink and running skirts.
I wore my signature look in the Arizona Marathon
the Boston Marathon
(The Boston Marathon I actually came equipped with a black skirt and hot pink top, but wanted to run a race with my name on my shirt, so ended up getting a shirt made the day before the Marathon at Niketown and bought a pink skirt at the Expo. I told you I have no respect for the golden rules of long distance racing and brand new apparel…)
And the Vermont City Marathon
But I’m actually thinking about abandoning this look entirely for Wineglass. I’ve been doing all of my recent long runs in a style of lulu shorts that I own in approximately 7 colors (don’t judge…) and I’m in love with everything about them. Not least of which is the zippered pocket in back which allows me to store a little extra nutrition.
Comfort and Function
I already mentioned my fondness for clothing that packs some storage features so I can carry gus and other nutrition with me. My lulu shorts will allow me to store a couple of gus, plus I am likely carrying my Nathan’s Handheld, which will give me some more space, and if I wear my ipod (which I will be doing) I can stuff a couple more things into my armband.
I also want to wear something I feel confident will not chafe me, though believe me, I’ll be lathering on the Body Glide prior to starting the race.
It will be raining, so I might sport a hat to keep water off my face.
Anything else you consider when selecting an outfit for Race Day?