The Space Coast Marathon is coming soon….I am already visualizing that beautiful Columbia medal around my neck, and leaping headfirst into a platter of pancakes.
As we close in to the final weeks (one more LONG RUN! When did THAT happen!?) and I pore over the participant guide, I am feeling strangely calm – though there ARE a few things that are marinating in my mind, which I’ve been thinking about on my recent training runs, and they have to do with ONE thing that I can actually control during the race: what I am wearing.
Fortunately for me, parts of the outfit have been predetermined for me – namely, by top (Oiselle singlet) and my favorite racing headwear, my Sparkle Athletic visor. I also have decided that I’ll be forgoing the compression socks (they’ll go on post-race) for short, thin Swiftwick socks since I’ve done a majority of my training with ‘bare’ legs due to the heat and humidity.
So, I present to you, my BIG WARDROBE decisions, come December 1:
Yes, life changing, right? Hah! I have raced in both the Pure Flow and Pure Flow 2 (PR’d in the PF last year at Baltimore) and have trained and raced in both shorts (Roga / Distance) options. I have NOT raced in the Ghosts, but have run several of my key runs in them (both Long Runs and Tempo) and I don’t feel their weight slows me down, and could be better as far as being on my feet longer (remember, with Hansons, I have not gone past 16 miles in training this cycle).
At this time, I am trying to decide if I want to carry my phone with me during the race (which would then require a belt). If I don’t, Distance might be better, since it has more pockets (I will carry my own Gu). But if I do, Roga could be better as it fits with the belt on a little better and I could stick the Gu in the little holders. Oh, and if I decide Diamond Roga – Indigo or Poppy? Or curveball – plain Indigo? With Distance – black or poppy? Since I am the sweatiest runner ever, I think the darker colors could bode better…haha.
I am also planning on wearing my Oiselle armwarmers – I have the violet ones (no longer available).
So yeah, these are the big decisions in my life as of now…training, otherwise, is going grand, and I look forward to seeing what goes down in 2.5 weeks at Cocoa Beach!
What options would you choose? How do you decide what to wear for a race?