And we're off with round zwei of the Train Like a Mother blurbs from your excellent surveys that couldn't fit in the book. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, check out the intro to this post.
Take It From A Mother: Have you ever bought something at a race expo and worn it on race day?
“My husband bought me a Bondi Band headband, which was a life-saver since my hair was too short to pull back in a ponytail. Plus, it made me feel sporty on race day, which was encouraging: It was my first race after giving birth.”
—Tyler (can’t run on a treadmill. “Something about it messes with my head.”)
“I bought Yurbuds at the expo before my second half-marathon. Until then, I had never found earphones that would stay in my ears. I love them.”
—Melissa (fears snotrockets in races. “I hate running in someone’s blind spot.”)
“At my first marathon, I bought a water belt. I got rid of it halfway through the race because of chafing.”
—Kelly (has been a runner since freshman year of college, eighteen years ago. “Exactly half my life.”)
“Yes: a bra. Somehow I forgot to pack mine and at a 32DDD a bra is a must! Actually, I loved the one I got. I wear it a lot.”
—Amy (her husband says her foam roller makes her moan more than he does. “I think he’s a little jealous.”)
“A visor that says ‘Run, girl, run.’ It held my sequined mouse ears in place for a Disney race.”
—Jill (has severe endometriosis with a "crippling” period and ovulation. “The only reason I can run is because I have a Mirena IUD that prevents me from having my period.”)
“I bought salt capsules at my last half-marathon. I’d never tried them before, so I was kind of worried, but they turned out to be a life saver eight miles into a mountainous course.”
—Betsy (favorite tee: one from the 1991 Willie Nelson “This Ain’t No Picnic” 10K for Farm Aid in Austin. “I didn’t even run the race—it was a gift—and I simply love it.”)
“I bought waist thingy, and it bugged me the whole race.”
—Kristen (wore a cape and knee socks in the Bolder Boulder 10K, which did not bug her. “The PBR [Pabst Blue Ribbon beer] and doughnuts along the course slowed me down, though.”)
“I’m too superstitious to buy anything new for a race.”
—Jill (can’t do podcasts on a run. “Yeah, I’m a 30-something, minivan-driving doctor mama who loves hip hop.”)
“Yes, my SPIbelt. I’m a diabetic so I need to carry a glucose meter on my long races. It was a great investment.”
—Jen (tracks her race times on, “an Excel spreadsheet of course, with the PR’s highlighted.”)
“I bought a badass mother runner shirt at the Philadelphia Marathon. So fun to bond with others wearing it on race day!”
—Heather (Patrick Dempsey on the tube always keeps her on the treadmill longer than she plans)
Have you bought something at the expo before the race and worn it on race day? And how'd it work out for you?
(As always, bonus points in the game of life if you add an extra random fact about your running.)