Thank goodness for running hats â€“ Iâ€™m not sure if I wouldâ€™ve survived todayâ€™s 12 miler. It POURED the ENTIRE time (literally). Thatâ€™s 1:58:35 of being soaked to the bone. 🙂
However, the rain wasnâ€™t so bad. It was a good distraction, and the miles just seemed to fly by. Iâ€™m getting hopeful that Iâ€™ll be able to set a PR (under 1:58 for the Half) in my two upcoming Half Marathons on May 26 and April 2.
Post-run lunch was two Bagel Thins with egg and sprouts, a sliced orange, and Brussel sprouts.
It usually takes a while for my post-long run hunger to kick in fully, but Iâ€™m about to make a protein shake because I know how important it is to get calories in ASAP.
So, on my run, I was thinking about race shirts.
At most races, you get a free shirt as part of your entry fee. Now, the really sweet races will give you a technical tee (sweat-wicking), not just a plain cotton tee. I love race shirts, although they do really start to build up once youâ€™ve done 32+ races.
People are very superstitious about race shirts, and (in my opinion), rightfully so. I donâ€™t think you should EVER wear a race shirt before or during the race. The only time I did this was during the OUC Half Marathon (I didnâ€™t have any long-sleeve tech tees and it was freezing), and it made me feel all weird the entire race. Like I was jinxing myself!
I feel like wearing the race shirt during the race is asking to twist your ankle or get runnerâ€™s trots and be forced to drop out.
I was recently reading Runnerâ€™s World and they said that you can wear OTHER race shirts to races, but you should never wear a race shirt that is more than one race distance above the current race. So, if youâ€™re running a 5K, donâ€™t wear an Ironman shirt or you look like a bragging douchebag. I donâ€™t really agree with the one-race-up-rule. Did they just come up with that for the article or is this a legit rule I donâ€™t know about?
I think race shirts are cool to wear to other races because it starts conversation with other participants! I love wearing my Disney Marathon shirt because people always come up to me and say, â€œI ran Disney too! But in 1995â€ and then we have an awesome conversation.
Oh, and if you donâ€™t want to wear your race shirts, you can always turn them into a quilt, like Meghann did! :) But you also need mad sewing skills.
So â€“ what do you think?
- Do you wear the race shirt on the day of the race? Or are you supersitious like me and wait to finish before pulling it on?
- Do you think the one-race-up rule is a good rule or is Runnerâ€™s World taking things too seriously?