I guess, I'd like to start by saying that this is not a fashion running blog. Ha! I hope I don't offend anyone but what I race in is so much more about FUNCTION than it is about FASHION. In fact, I don't give a hoot whether I'm color coordinated or if my socks look good with my ears. I don't care about sparkle or bling or too many accessories. I do care a little about looking good when I run (I'd be lying if I said I didn't care at all). I think when you LOOK GOOD you FEEL GOOD. But what looks good to me is often what feels good and this isn't always what looks good to others. Ha! I only own a few pairs of running shorts that I wear (I know what I like and I'm all about keeping things simple with my wardrobe) and I'm sure many of you would think I'm awfully gross due to the fact that I've worn pretty much the same pair of 3/4 compression tights for almost every run this training cycle. And no, I don't wash them after every run. That's just nonsense to me when I'm going to sweat again anyway. I wear them because they work in keeping my left leg holding in there. And you know, I'll probably wear them on race day too. Even if they do make my ass look like a squished up bagel.
So, in deciding what to wear on race day, I'm considering these things:
The picture at the top there is what I sent to my friend Jenn as I started to toss around what I wanted to wear. I think we both agreed that the Nuun shirt underneath the vest would be too hot. Just the vest and arm warmers with a tank underneath is probably enough.
|Okay, maybe this is the one I sent Jenn. :)|
I do know that if it is on the cooler side, I do want to wear one of my favorite Brook's Essential Run Vests. Love these things! I wear them daily!
If it is warmer (btw, I haven't checked the weather in Napa ONCE so far...I should do that!) and my leg is feeling okay with just KtTape then I might just wear my yellow and black Brooks tank/short I wore in my last two marathons, Boston and Foot Traffic Flat.
I printed off my Napa Marathon information last night that was sent to me in an e-mail. It was actually really fun reading about it. Some highlights that stood out to me:
- They are very strict about NO HEADPHONES and enforcing it. They mentioned this several times. No problem for me since I don't like racing with music. I'd much rather have quiet and enjoy the beautiful Napa Valley!
- This year's Napa Valley Marathon is all about "Honoring Women in Marathoning" and I love that I'll be there.
- I hope to meet and hear some of the speakers. Joan Benoit-Samuelson will be there.
- Considering a pasta feed dinner...the speakers sound great. Really the whole marathon sounds so well run. I remember it being great the first time I did it but it is all a little foggy to me.
- The overall winners win their weight in wine...Ha! If only I were just a little or a lot faster!
- The sweat bags sound really nice! We have a choice between a duffel bag and a backpack.
- Napa Valley Marathon is a "GREEN" marathon. One thing hey encourage is for us to bring our own bottles to grab at the aid stations. Not sure if I'll do this or not. I will help with litter in making sure my trash goes in the garbage.
Breakfast. I'd also like to make a final decision about what to eat on race morning. I'm so used to having my own comforts here at home where I can easily cook up a big bowl of steel cut oats with chia seeds, flax, apples, agave, etc. In a hotel this is harder to prepare.
Visualizing. I'm including this final picture because it inspires me. I posted this for a contest last year before Boston and it gets me excited to run. It also makes me miss my original Pure Flows. Although I'm loving the Ravenna's, I really did love the Pure Flows. Just trying to stick with one shoe for now because it is working for me. Anyway, this picture makes me remember that "It's go time" feeling.
2. What's your favorite gel to use in a marathon? Or form of fuel?
3. Do you have a favorite piece of clothing to race in?
4. Do you print out the race information, pack your race bag, and decide what to wear ahead of time or wait until last minute? Usually I wait until last minute but like I said, my coach has really been pushing me to get this stuff started early. He probably knows me well enough by now to know that I stress out if I wait too long for things. :)