If you are an ongoing reader of the blog, you know where I land on the costume or no costume discussion.
I’m going to share my 4 rules for running in costume today as part of Tuesdays on the Run link-up.
If you have an opinion on the matter, feel free to share it today! Your hosts, Erika, April and I would love to see the discussion on the topic. If that’s not in your wheel house, feel free to post any running related blog!
4 Rules for Running in Costume
1. If it’s a Disney race, PLEASE consider running in costume.
I get that you may not want to race Boston dressed up as Nemo. That makes sense.
But if you are chasing bling at the happiest place on earth, why not #JustGetHappier and take it a step further?
Spectators as well as your fellow racers will appreciate the efforts. You may even find it helps YOU out in the long, final miles of a race when someone gives you a “Sharkbait OOH HA HA!” shout out.
2. Say no to cotton.
Just like any other race, don’t let a great costume idea sway you into making a poor choice!
Start with a base layer of tech or wicking material. Your non-chaffing body will thank you!
3. Don’t get crazy.
It’s pretty easy to get swept up into a grand idea and find yourself constructing something along theses lines.
If this is your vision- more power to you! But consider using something like this for a shorter distance. 5K or 10K max.
Kronk grooved his way through the Disneyland 10K this weekend. He was FABULOUS but admitted that anything longer or going faster would not have worked in this costume!
4. Test run before you race.
Runner commandment #1 is don’t try something new on race day.
Take your new creation on a test run. For realz.
Yes, your neighbors might think you finally lost it but you will be happy to learn in a 2-miler that something isn’t going to work versus discovering it during your half marathon!
When I runDisney, I run in costume.
When I race locally, I tend to run as a plain ol’ runner.
It’s ok to pick and choose based on the theme or vibe of the race. There’s nothing wrong with that!
What about you? Do you have plans to run in costume anytime soon? If so, why and what costume?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)