Runfessions – October Edition

Meditations in Motion

Brothers and sisters, it is time, once again, to runfess. Please join me for my runfessions.

Meditations in Motion

Weather Stalking

I must runfess to doing a little weather-stalking. I checked the forecast for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Hmmm…rain and 55 degrees. Perfect marathon weather. I will be out there in that weather for a looong time. I need to know what to plan for.

Selecting an outfit might be a little bit tricky. If I dress too warmly, chafing will be an issue after the race and we all know the familiar, dreaded sting that jolts us when the first drops of our post-race shower hit the parts of our bodies which have been rubbed raw. Dressing too lightly, however, will mean several hours of cold misery.

I have done both. When I ran the Chicago marathon (my third marathon), it was 39 degrees and raining at the start of the race. I overdressed. Luckily, my top layer was one I didn’t mind losing, so I pitched it at about mile five.

When I ran the Mississauga Marathon two years ago, I underdressed. It was raining at the start of the race, but the sun was forecast to break through. It was May, but May in Canada, not Pennsylvania. I dressed for May in Pennsylvania. We ran from the center of town to Lake Erie then ran on a bike path parallel to the lake shore.

The rain did not stop. The sun did not come out, and I was dressed in a short-sleeved shirt and shorts. The wind was howling off the lake, whipping up whitecaps and sending spray over the bike path. I was drenched, cold, and miserable. The only thing that kept me going those final few miles was the thought of a warm, dry hoodie checked in my bag at the finish line.

I think my plan for MCM will be to dress in layers again and find a shirt I don’t mind losing in case I get hot. I might have some old race shirts somewhere (only about 100 or so!)

Meditations in Motion
Race Shirts

Which brings me to my second runfession. I have too many race shirts. The picture above shows only a small fraction of my race shirt collection. This stack is part of the assortment of long-sleeved shirts I have in my dresser. I have more long-sleeved shirts that I did not get out for the picture, plus even more short-sleeved shirts. I am currently wearing a race premium zip-up hoodie as I type, and I have five other pull-over hoodies in my closet. There are also fleeces, hats, gloves, and buffs in my assemblage of gear received from races.

I have donated countless race shirts to our local church-run thrift store, my sons will no longer accept race shirts from me, and my hubby has too many race shirts, too, so I can’t give them to him.

The real problem is this: I am too sentimental. I see a shirt from a marathon that I struggled to finish and I can’t pry it out of my own grasping hands in order to give it away. I did give my hubby the baseball-style shirt from my first marathon, Steamtown, but that doesn’t really count. It was too big for me, it looks better on him, and it’s still in our house, just not in my closet.

And don’t get me started on beer mugs, growlers, (race directors must think runners like beer), wine glasses (they must think we like wine too), or medals. I have too many of all of them.

I recently registered for a race where you could get a deeply discounted price if you were willing to forego the premium. Did I take that option? And not receive a memento of the race? No way! I paid the full price and signed up for the premium. Why??? It’s a sickness. (Shaking my head.)

Thank you for allowing me to publicly runfess. My soul is light and my slate is clean. See you next month when I will once again place all of my transgressions out in the open for all to read.

 

I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday 5, and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for our monthly Runfessions.

 

 

 

59 comments

  1. LOL……too many race goodies. Yes. Guess I have the same sickness. I’ve seen the quilts that some make with the shirts. Pretty neat idea, maybe someday. But then again, I would have too many quilts?? Some race shirts/hoodies I just love!

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    • Haha! Yes. I would have too many quilts, too! You are in PA, right? Did you ever run the Kris Kringle over in Reading? They always give a hoodie. My son loves that race, so I have about 4 or 5 of their hoodies, and I have given some away! πŸ™‚

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      • Yes, I have done that race a couple of times. Nice hoodie but you can only wear it for a short period of time with “Kris Kringle” on it.Or does that not matter if it is a race hoodie? I feel weird wearing it after the holidays or before November. ??

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  2. I recently had that thought about race shirts. I’d rather not get one and have the option of purchasing one. For all my marathons, I bought the ones I wanted at the expo anyways!

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  3. I only just recently started getting rid of race shirts that I don’t wear. I know the sentimental value is hard, but eventually I was just like, I NEVER wear this and I WILL NEVER wear it. And you know what? Right now as I sit here, I can only remember one that I got rid of even though I got rid of a lot. Clearly I didn’t need them! Now I will be honest, I won’t get rid of them right away… cause of the sentiment. πŸ™‚ It’s only if they have just laid around for like 5 years!

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    • I agree completely! Some of the shirts I have don’t even fit me! I am very long-waisted, so many of the women’s-cut shirts end right at my belly button! The best I could do, though, was to move them to an unused closet! πŸ™‚

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  4. The weather is looking a little better for Sunday now in DC. I will be doing my “long” run that morning in solidarity. Good luck to you! Also not a beer drinker especially at 9 am after a run. Chocolate and pizza would be appreciated though πŸ™‚

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  5. We’re kindred spirits on the sentimental front. I too hang onto #alltheracestuff. I’m still sad that my very first half marathon back in 2007 had no medal (common at that time) and only the first 100 to register got shirts so I’ve got nothing to remember it with. Probably better that way but still. Thanks for linking!

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    • Awww…that IS too bad. It would be nice to have a memento of the race. I don’t need a medal from every race, but something I can use (theoretically) is nice! πŸ™‚

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  6. I am excited for you in completing your goal of getting to run again. It is something you love and we should able to do the things we love. I will also be praying for your safety and comfort as you run. For me I could not think of anything more miserable than being out in weather like that but it us not something I love. I sincerely wish you the best.

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    • Thank you for your prayers, Anita. Both my sister and husband think I’m crazy! The weather forecast has improved since the one I printed from mid-week. The rain should be over by race time.

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  7. My closet overfloweth with running shirts…many of which I don’t wear. A friend wants me to give her a bunch of said shirts (and wants to get a race blanket made for me)…but what do I choose? The sentimental shirts that I might (someday) regret discarding, or the ho-hum shirts (which I really don’t want to remember anyways)? SO many have been donated, but yet I still have an abundance of sentimental ones…

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    • Yes. That is the problem for me too. So much sentimental attachment to the shirts that I worked so hard for are difficult to let go of! Some of them don’t even fit me!

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  8. I sent you well wishes earlier this evening in a comment – hadn’t been here to read this post yet. The weather – well, ugh. Everyone I correspond with on social media today has complained about the rain, as have I. Some marathons have people collecting the runners clothing they have discarded as they warm up and give them to charity. I’ll tell you what my boss does with all his tee-shirts Laurie. He had collected tee-shirts for years – places he traveled, tee-shirts from clients or the unions that represent them (usually collected at the conclusion of a negotiations and signing of a contract) … he told me he had hundreds of them. So he started grouping them into like topics and shipped them off to “Campus Quilt” and started making quilts out of them. They come in different sizes and you pick the backing and trim color. They make a beautiful job. He had several sizes and types made while I was still working on site. Here is their info: http://www.campusquilt.com/

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      • That’s a much nicer forecast Laurie and will be nice weather for a run. My boss made comforters with many of the tee-shirts and in different sizes and I think he was going to use one comforter of union tee-shirts as a wall hanging at the office. He has all kinds of labor-related artwork hanging on the walls, so it fit right in. Every time we negotiated a contract, he got tee-shirts and hats for both of us. And he always asks for client swag (even if he is not offered any) and so has tee-shirts, sweatshirts and hats from many of the other clients. He’s been in private practice since 1980 so he has collected many of them. Good luck tomorrow – hope you do a recap of your race.

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      • Sorry, I just asked you in my last reply. Glad to hear it was wonderful and hope you felt okay afterward. My boss ask for “union swag” for both of us after we did each contract and we are always for the management side. My boss has the pins too and he has a knitted Christmas stocking he hangs up every year and he puts all his pins on the stocking.

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  9. You’re wise to plan ahead for weather – but…you must know better meteorologists than I do, ours are frequently wrong πŸ˜‰ I’m guilty of the shirt keeping thing as well, but have a limited spot to store, and I’ve not done as many races as you so don’t have quite as many. So great that you donate the ones you don’t need. Best wishes for great weather and a great race!

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  10. I opted to not get shirts at 2 of the 3 races of the 717 series this year as it was at least $10 cheaper to do so. I like when races give the option. Keep in mind though the fact that I ran the full series meant I got a free shirt so that helped. I have so many tshirts that I love when I can run a race and get a long sleeved one – Hands on House gave out such nice long sleeved tech shirts and I got a good old fashioned long sleeved cotton one at Glow in the Grove. I’ve worn many of the shirts so hard over the years that I end up being forced to get rid of them because they tear, become stained, etc. Case in point – I was taking off my 2005 White Rose Track Invitational shirt (from my senior year of high school) the other night and it ripped a huge hole down the side. I figured 13.5 years of wear was pretty good though!

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  11. I too have a hoard – I mean stash – of race shirts that I can’t give up. I actually have a whole dresser just for my race shirts and running stuff. Do you use a medal holder or are you one of those runners who stuffs them in a box? There is a charity that will take old medals and gives them to sick kids after they’ve completed chemo or other difficult procedure. Good luck tomorrow! I have a few good friends running MCM as well.

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  12. They say confession is good for the soul. lol I suspect that choosing the correct clothing for the weather can be somewhat like rolling dice. This time of year in Canada, you can have wet and snow in the morning, changing to the sun and warmer temps a few hours later.

    Good luck in the Marine Corp Marathon.

    Really enjoy the honesty and faith base writing in your blog. Because of that, I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award!

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  13. I was someone who said I would never get rid of a race shirt because I’ve worked to darn hard for them. But now, I have a slew of them in my closet sitting in a pile that I am ready to get rid of. Maybe I’ll do one of those race blankets because a lot of them are really nice Disney shirts that would make a colorful blanket!
    Thanks for linking up with us.

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  14. I have not done races because I don’t like the giveaway. I live in a small Manhattan apartment. I have no room/need for mugs, beer & wine glasses, etc. plus I don’t want to carry them home
    Part of the reason I love Cherry Blossom is registration is ala carte

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  15. It’s not easy to get rid of race tees! I wear them to work out in (not run) and sleep in. And if there’s an option not to get a tee, I do take it. I’m so over tees.

    Now dressing . . . except for summer & winter, it’s so hard!

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