I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. Today's prompt is Themed Races.
I love themed races! I love when race organizers encourage runners to race in costumes. I have participated in a few Fun theme races in my time, and today I want to share with you my rules for choosing a costume for a fun race.
** This are rules that I apply to myself, I do not mean to come across as
judgmental of anybody else's outfits. **
1. It Has to be Comfortable
When I run, sometimes my own soul feels as heavy as a kettle bell, so any costume has to be comfortable, light and stay out of the way of the running. I can't run while carrying something, it messes up my entire balance and my run.
|This was a Drenched run, in which my sisters carried a water gun with them for the entire race|
This is not a criticism of anybody who has worn a tutu, only my own experience. I once made a tutu for a 4th of July race. I spent 3 hours making the tutu. The day of the race, it was raining and between the extra weight and the extra fabric around my core, I felt very uncomfortable, and threw out the tutu before the firs mile. ( in a garbage can I found along the route, Don't litter, it's not cool)
|Can you see my tutu?|
2. I have to feel happy wearing it
I don't like white socks. They make me feel weird. Once a whole zumba class was ruined for me, because of the white socks I was wearing.
So, when I do a theme race, I will not wear something that I don't like, or makes my heart sad.
|The socks in this picture were making me feel out of place... it was all in my head, but I chose to ignore it.|
However, this is the rule that I will break the most often, for the benefit of the costume.
3. Can I make the Costume it myself?
I'm not a crafty person, but I am a
|Real Chapulin Colorado on the left.... Ana Chapulin Colorado on the right- you can't barely tell the difference! it's like we were separated at birth!|
Some costumes have taken me days to complete. To date, the hardest was the sparkly Selena sports bra, I sewed each sequin by hand, and the pants that went with it. The entire process took me about 20 hours all together, but it is one of my favorite costumes.
When I can't make something, I pay my sister to make it for me. She made me this super awesome cool Mexican skirt that I LOVE!! and a sparkly green skirt (above in the Lucky Charm Picture) That skirt led her to question our entire relationship... she didn't file for a sister divorce, because there is no such thing, but she hated me after making the shinny skirt.
4. What can I use that I already have?
Again, cheap! Two years ago, I stressed myself out for 3 weeks looking for a black sports bra.... something that would be less than $15, but could not find one. Then I realized that I had a black sports bra that was approaching the end of it's life, and it would be perfect to be turned into a sparkly Selena Bra.
For the Rock 'n' Roll Half marathon, I pulled this one out of my closet. The skulls and bones felt very Rock and Roll.
Last year, the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half was two days after Mexican Independence
day, so I wore my Mexican skirt again.
5. It cannot be offensive
Holiday themed races can sometimes promote stereotypes of cultures, and I find it infuriating. (** this is why I avoid Cinco de Mayo themed races** )
As my own rule, I will never wear any shamrocks or leprechaun related clothes to a Saint Patrick's race. I'm ok with green, but always feel afraid of overdoing it.
I will NEVER EVER wear any Native American themed clothing to a Thanksgiving themed race.
A few years ago, I wanted to dress like Mexican comedian La India Maria, who played an indigenous Mexican in many Mexican comedy movies, and is very much loved by those of us who grew up with her movies. But upon some research, I found that some Mexican Indigenous group found her act offensive. So I dropped all my search and went back to the drawing board.
Do you have any rules for what to wear at races?
Do you make your own costumes for themed races?
Who is your Hero? Would you dress like her/him for a Hero race?
What has been your favorite Themed race?