I was preparing for a bike session last night in my
dining room gym and was looking thru my closet for something to wear. Now I know my hubby is laughing over this because my closet is full and I want to move him out of the second master closet and put his clothes in the spare room would like more space. I am pretty set up at this point and don’t really “need” much so am able to pick and choose the new “cool” clothes that I want to buy. Since I don’t have a “need” for workout attire I can occasionally grab a few things off internet sales which I normally wouldn’t buy due to their original price tag but once they hit the sale rack it’s fair game! Like I’m waiting for this new piece from Athleta to hit the sale rack….and since it’s new, it will be a long wait. This limeish, bright green is my absolute favorite color and I love the fit of their Accelerate Tee.
So last night as I was browsing my closet, I was noticing the race shirts that I have kept vs. my “cool” clothes. I normally wear race shirts for lounging, sleeping and my
dining room gym workouts. It is highly unlikely you will see me on the trail with a race shirt. Why? Usually race shirts don’t fit me well. Most of the time I won’t even keep them. I may let them lounge in my closet for a couple of months or even a year but then they get donated. Or Aby takes them for bedtime attire. Or if you have run with me for a long time, I have probably showed up for a run with a bag of cast-a-ways that I offer up to whoever wants them.
I do keep a very select few pieces of SWAG (stuff we all get) and if it’s hanging in my closet AND it gets wear time then that makes it a really great piece of SWAG. The race shirts in my closet include those I receive from the Shamrock Shuffle, not because it’s my favorite race of the year but because they give Nike Tech shirts that are gender specific. I also keep the Chicago Marathon shirts for the same reason. I just pulled the tags of my 2011 Chicago Marathon shirt last night. I love this shirt. I haven’t worn it before now
because I didn’t want it to get toddler funk on it for various reasons but it’s a cool shirt in the way it looks and it also has a good fit.
In fact, I love this shirt so much that I bought a skirt to match it from RunningSkirts.com. So there is a possibility you might see this one on the trail.
I have also kept one Southwest Bank 1/2 Marathon shirt that was a women’s specific Mizuno shirt. I keep a handful of long sleeve tech shirts. I love the new A-4 brand women’s shirts that I have just started to see come thru some low-budget races. These A-4 shirts feel like butter and just are prefect for running when I am lucky enough to get a gender specific shirt. I also have kept my Hot Chocolate windbreaker and have used it multiple times. Other than those items, not much stays in the closet and if it does, then I normally wear it around the house or for cross training workouts. I just feel awkward wearing race shirts, like it bragging. And I like to encourage newbies to be out there on the trail WITH me, not behind me. No need to kill their confidence by showing up in a 70.3 or marathon shirt. If they want to talk about my races, great, I’m happy to oblige but I don’t want to intimidate them into not coming back because they think I’m more experienced or stronger or bragging about what has been. So know that if you see me in a race shirt that I REALLY love that shirt or it would have never hit the trail with me.
How do you feel about race SWAG? Do you wear it proudly, donate it, keep it but push it to the back of the closet or just use it for pajamas?
SWAG Patrol, Amanda – TooTallFritz