I try not to live by too many absolutes.
Flexibility is key to getting along in life. Keep an open mind and you never know what you'll learn. Especially when it comes to running. Never swear you'll NEVER run a marathon. Before you know it, you'll be running ultras. Promise there is no way you'll ever try to BQ and eventually you'll find yourself trying to decide if you should wait for the next age group and the extra 5 minutes that comes with it, or go for it now.
However, there are a few things I know for certain when it comes to my running. I know I'll never wear a running skirt. No judgement, y'all look precious in your running skirts; they just aren't for me. I am confident I'll never race in a tutu. Again, they look really cute, but I can't imagine racing with all that extra fabric. Oh the chaffing possibilities.
And I'll never race in a costume. Again, extra fabric. If I looked like Lolo, I'd run in what she runs in. I need all the help I can get, a costume weighing me down isn't going to do me any favors.
Check out this guy from the NYC marathon in 2009. Really though? I could never do that!
Yep, make declarative statements like those and the next thing you know...
Well if that doesn't look like a costume then I don't know what does. Each year the local run store that I coach for hosts a Christmas Light Run. We traipse through the neighborhood, oohing and ahhing over the light displays, then enjoy some music, fellowship and hot chocolate back at the store. This year was no exception. Except, this year, they asked us to wear costumes. And it gets worse.
Oh yes I did. Apparently, I have no shame. There were some great costumes! A tree.
Alan sported a sweater that was quite snug. And, according to him, quite uncomfortable to run in!
Here I am with Dan, aka The Grinch. Running in a beard is HOT. I don't know how Santa does it! I kept getting white fur in my mouth. Ew. It's worth pointing out that this was my first run since WR and of course, it was raining! But my beard stayed intact and my buttons didn't run so I'd call it a success.Everyone seemed to have a great time. It's always fun to get together with the local running community and have some fun. I think my runners enjoyed seeing me make a fool of myself, so that's always a bonus.
Now, I'm still not sure that I've violated my edict, as I haven't raced in a costume. But watch out world, this Pink Girl may be sporting a tutu in her next marathon.
Heaven help us if that is so...
Have you ever run in a costume? If so, what?