This past Sunday, with my double run day, I completed the #raceshirtchallenge. It took 83 days. More precisely, 83 runs (since I had a double day). It's entirely possible I skipped a couple of numbers, since counting is hard. More likely, there are 2 poor shirts out there with the same day label.
I had fun with it, for the first couple of months, but once the stack lessened, I was sure glad the end was near. It was SO LIBERATING today to be able to go out and wear whatever I wanted. I wore a plain gray Brooks shirt, and some obnoxious shorts. It was fantastic.
I wore shirts from races I DNS'd. I wore shirts from races where I DNF'd - those were tough to wear. I wore 2 of the most ill-fitting shirts in the history of the world... each one went practically to my knees. I wore shirts with sleeves that were way, WAY too short. I wore ones with sleeves that were too long.
I realized that I really, really love race shirts. Unless someone has a cool idea of what to do with ill-fitting or retired ones (that's your hint to leave some suggestions in the comments!), then I am stuck with them. I tried to think about each race as I wore its shirt, the good and the bad. I have a lot of running memories, and I could never part with these things. I know, it's stupid, but I feel like the race people worked hard to give us something nice, and I am grateful. (I also may or may not be a running gear hoarder.)
I saved a bunch of my favorites for the end, in case I was racing a lot, and also so that you can take a walk down memory lane with me.
In no particular order, my top 10 favorites... enjoy!
|Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle 8K (2010)|
|Madison Mini Marathon (2010)|
|Soldier Field 10 Mile (2011)|
|Frontier Days Stampede Run (2010)|
|Frontier Days Stampede Run (2011)|
|F^3 Lake Half Marathon (2012)|
|United Run for the Zoo (2010)|
|Bank of America Chicago Marathon (2009)|
|Windrunner 10K (2010)|
|Cinco de Miler (2011)|