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TOTR 2 small 300This week?s Tuesdays on the Run is jumping into a profound and controversial topic. I hope we can all play nice and respect everyone’s opinions on this one.

Deep breath:  here we go.

Race shirts: wear TO the race or is this a heeeeelllll no in your book. 

We know you have an opinion on the issue.  We just want to know how deep your feelings on it run.  Are you a “side-eyer” or are you a “whatever man, it looks great on you” or do you fall into the “you’re doing it wrong” category when you see this?

Go for it.  Can?t wait to hear what you do about this much-discussed topic.

Link up with Erika Marcia and me for this week?s Tuesdays on the Run!


Wearing the Race Shirt To the Race

Race shirt

I don’t do it.

I have done it though because I thought that’s what you did!

I think my first big 10K was the Capitol 10K in Austin somewhere around 2002.  I wore that long sleeved cotton shirt to the race and walked a lot of hills that day.  I have no idea what else I wore, to be honest. I think I carried a Walkman and had headphones, though.  I remember being somewhat entertained throughout the course.

It was a total new runner experience, and I did everything wrong.

Evvverryyyttthing, y’all.

I think I just went out and ran that one- no training, no understanding of what 6 miles even meant.

Ah, the ignorance of youth!

I’m not sure where I picked up that it wasn’t the “cool runner” thing to do, but I haven’t worn a race shirt to the race I’m running in since.

I’ve worn the previous year’s shirt before, and that somehow gives me literal street cred. Since I had “been there, done that” I had quite a few fellow back of the packers strike up conversations about what to expect of the course or the finish.  That was kinda cool, actually.

I wanted to wear the race shirt last month to the Phoenix Half Marathon.  I really wanted to.  It is a gorgeous royal blue and matched the skirt I picked to wear that day.  It was also a flattering fit for a tank which we almost never see in race shirts.  I debated for way too long on this matter.

But I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

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Patricia, on the far left in the Phoenix Half race shirt. I should have worn mine!

When I got to the race, I had instant regrets.  My pal was wearing hers, and I kept thinking how gorgeous that shirt looked on her.  And there I was, wimping out in my simple black tank.


Lesson learned. If I want to wear the race shirt, I’m going to wear it.

It won’t jinx me; it won’t make me look like a newbie.  But it just might make my race pics just a little cuter.  And really, isn’t that what matters?

Do you wear the race shirt or nah? 

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Sunday 3rd of April 2016

As a rule I don't wear the shirt until I finish the race -- the one time I've made an exception was for the Disney Half last year - I was unprepared for the cold and since the half shirt was red it was perfect for my costume.

I wore it inside out though... :)

HoHo Runs

Friday 25th of March 2016

I would def wear a tank! One thing that's kept me from running in the shirt is the sleeves. I don't run in sleeves. It's usually too hot to wear the shirt anyway.


Thursday 24th of March 2016

My very first race, I wore the shirt. I didn't INTEND to...but MY MOTHER. It was a race held by our local news channel and that very morning, watching them while getting ready, the news anchor said "you may be seeing a sea of green today" and Mom, who she SAYS was there to cheer me on but was actually there to rub elbows, freaked OUT that I wasn't wearing my shirt.

She's a tiny little 75 year old bundle of feist that gets her way a lot. So I put on the shirt. It didn't bother me that I wore the shirt. It did bother me that I was wearing a green shirt with black and purple shorts and a purple headband so my first race pictures look like I dressed in the dark with a blindfold on.

That being SAID...not against wearing the shirt during the race, it's just that I usually have my outfit picked out before the race and don't want to change! Exception to this rule is a race I do every year for ovarian cancer awareness (said feisty mom is a 5 time survivor). Teal running wear is HARD to find, so I'll wear that one while running. Even though it's cotton and it's September in Memphis, TN. Did I mention I love my mom?


Thursday 24th of March 2016

Oh my word- that is HILARIOUS. MOMS. This totally sounds like something I'd do to my kids though. bahahaha


Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

I wear it as I have nothing to prove to nobody:)))


Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

I don't think I've ever worn a race shirt to a race, either the one attached to that specific race or another one. I think I just don't want my picture taken in a shirt covered with advertisements. I do wear them to run around my neighborhood, but that's about it. Do I care if other people wear race shirts to races? Not even a little bit. Do what makes you happy. Also ---that scene from Mr. Mom has been a joke line in my family for years. We always tell each other "you're doing it wrong." Too funny.

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