When I can’t run, I have a lot of free time in the evenings. One of the ways I’ve been using this free time is by doing other things like yoga, my exercises so I can get back to running, and things like cleaning my apartment. You know, you run and your laundry just smells so you know you need to clean it and do something about it but without running my laundry just doesn’t have that strong, pungent odor like it used to have. Out of smell out of mind.
But I decided to tidy up and started with organizing my closet, and by closet I mean basically the anteroom to my bathroom. I pulled the winter clothes out of circulation and started organizing my running clothes for ease of access.
I wish I could say the mess really bothered me but I was easily distracted when I remembered I had a new episode of The Soup to watch. As I was cleaning out, though, I started going through my stack of non-work shirts, which is a nice way of saying my race shirts because I just don’t buy non-work shirts anymore.
Some of my favorite race shirts from the last two years are basically short sleeve tech shirts that I wear to run. I like them because they’re a) women’s cut and b) don’t go down to my knees.
They’re the 2013 Brooklyn 1/2 shirt, the 2013 Nike 1/2 shirt, and my 2012 Superhero shirt. White shirts, just FYI, get pit stains really fast around me so I keep a bottle of Shout handy and try to remember to treat the shirts after I wear them. That, or just resolve to never lift up my arms. My favorites, though, are probably my long sleeve tech shirts from Disney’s Marathon weekend this year.
The shirts are pretty comfortable and the sleeves are neither too long nor too short, much like the shirts’ hemlines. (Trick: a Youth X-Large or whatever the biggest youth size is in the 5k shirt is akin to the women’s medium in the tech shirts. The proportions fit me a lot better.) I wear these shirts all the time and not only did I enjoy running in them, wearing them to do nothing, but they were great for layering for running because they were loose enough that I could fit a tank top underneath no problem. Plus, I liked the variety of colors and thought the graphics weren’t half bad.
The worst race shirt I have is actually my Marine Corps Marathon mock turtle neck. It’s a spandex-fleece mix that’s great in theory but in reality it’s not flattering and it’s too hot for me to be able to actually run in and uncomfortable enough that I wouldn’t just sit around in it. I got no use out of it ’til I started rowing this spring, and for that it was just enough under my jacket to keep me warm in the morning but still too much to run. Plus, turtle necks are fashion’s way of literally suffocating you.
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