Tuesday Training Tip: Dress for Success

A few weeks ago, back when I was trying to get myself excited about running the marathon on Saturday, I decided what I really needed was some new duds. No way was a going to run this race in old shorts and a stained shirt. I may not exactly be a fastinista, but I don’t have to look like like I got dressed in the dark, right?

I spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking about what I wanted in my marathon outfit. A pleated skirt? Sleeves? A shirt with a snappy phrase on the back? What would make me feel like a million bucks and be functional enough that I didn’t feel like I was wearing anything at all? Or, perhaps the better question: what would keep me warm enough if it was 50 degrees and raining, but cool enough if it was 75 and humid?

These are questions I pored over for a couple of weeks as I window shopped via the internet at fancy places like lululemon and Athleta. Maybe that $48 pair of shorts would make me feel fit and fabulous. And that $39 shirt is totally my style. Totally. I was not going to settle; I had run hard and I had earned top-quality running clothes. And then I hopped on a bus to Target and Old Navy and dropped $25 on practically the only shirt they had in my size and a pair of compression capris. Oh, and a 3-pack of no-slip headbands. Because if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good you’ll run good. (That’s the bottom line of today’s training tip, in case you were wondering.)

In the end I decided I wanted a bright shirt so that Micah and the boys could pick me out in a crowd. It needed a simple cut and flat seems to minimize the risk of chafing, and it couldn’t be too flashy, because I only want to draw just the right amount of attention to myself. Thankfully Target had a shirt that fit the bill in my size, and I even had a choice of colors. I went with the blue over the reflective/neon lemon-lime because, well, blue is more my color. And then I walked across the street to Old Navy and tried on a few items from their compression line. Miraculously, they had my size and I was able to find it among all the misplaced clothes and piles of rejects. Even more miraculously, it was on deep discount. (Okay, that probably wasn’t a miracle, but it was certainly unexpected. I guess sometimes there are pleasant surprises when the tags are ripped off.)

The new clothes have been on a couple of test runs and I’m happy to report that they passed. Not too hot, not too cold, not too dull, not too bright, not to plain, not too flashy. I’ll probably pin or tape my name to the front of my shirt so people can cheer me on. (Training tip part 2: write your name on your shirt so people can cheer for you. It helps.)

And with that (and the final speed workout I did this morning), I’m ready to rock the marathon, and gosh darn it if I don’t look good doing it.

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5 Comments

  1. Woot woot! Good luck, hot stuff! 🙂

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Jodie! You’re making me blush . . . .

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  2. You look hot Lizzie. Smokin.
    And fit, and beautiful and healthy and strong. I think that clothing is sending all the right messages.
    You ARE going to rock that marathon.

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    lizzie Reply:

    You are too kind, Heather. I’ll remember those words if I ever get to the point where I feel like I’m more like a pile of smoldering ashes. 🙂

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  3. Lookin good! Good luck!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Katy! Hope all is well with that little baby of yours.

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  4. You look great in your new running attire! I too bought myself a “cute” running outfit a few months back for my (cough, cough… occasional) runs. I think I have the yellow/lime shirt from Target you mentioned and similar knee length shorts. I love that my outfit is comfortable, bright, and modest. Feeling like you look good makes a big difference when it comes to exercising. Good luck with the marathon!!!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Manchild voted for the yellow/lime shirt, and now that I look back, it would have gone better with the piping on my capris . . . but I’m too conservative. I bet you rock it, though!

    Thanks so much for the well wishes!

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  5. I just came over from Mara’s blog! Maybe you have another post about your shoes. But do you like the toe ones? I’m still working on 5Ks and have a pair of Brooks that feel good, but wondered about your shoes!!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Hey Sage, I love the toe shoes. Honestly, since I started wearing them more than 2 years ago, running has become so much more fun for me. It isn’t such a chore to get out the door for a run, and I’ve gotten a lot faster too (although that could be because I’m running so much more because I like running more.) It did take me a little while to transition into them (partly because I was very pregnant when I first started running in them), but It has been so worth it for me.

    Here are some more posts about my experience with them: http://motherrunner.com/2010/07/vibram-fivefingers-review-the-non-shoe-that-i-love/

    http://motherrunner.com/2010/09/one-year-of-vibram-fivefingers-up-close-and-personal/

    (I am on my 3rd pair now . . . it looks like they last me about a year each, running more than 1,000 miles a year.)

    I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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