Usually, my friends and I run the annual Running of the Green 7k that took place in Denver this past weekend. However, this year we thought it was kind of stupid that they purposely put it the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, so we went on the prowl to find a race that happened on March 17.
And by prowl, I really mean that Active.com sent me an email asking if I wanted to register for Lucky Laces. I said yes.
Since I am still working my way up on the mileage ladder for my half marathon in May, I figure that I can just use this 10k as my “long run” for the weekend. No need to get hurt by trying to do too much, too fast, right?!
Anyway, that’s not the point. The real, serious point here is that I don’t know what to wear!
Priorities, people. Priorities.
You see, I happen to have this green and yellow tutu that you may remember seeing back when we did the Organ Trail Zombie Adventure Race in October. And by tutu, I really mean tutu. Not a running skirt or anything fancy made for running: it’s a tutu.
That’s the tutu in its package. I guess it’s more yellow, but I definitely see some green in there!
And that’s the tutu on me (on the right, in case you didn’t notice the green). There is no need for zombies on St. Patrick’s Day, so don’t worry– my face won’t look like this, although I can’t promise the same for my hair. What can I say? Festive times call for festive measures!
The problem with the tutu, quite honestly, is that it was uncomfortable as hell to run in! It kept riding up my waist, taking my tank top with it. To make it even worse, the tutu would then scratch my stomach and make it all red. I vividly remember cursing at it during the Organ Trail and I even remember threatening to throw it onto I-25! However, the Organ Trail at least had obstacles to break up the 10 miles of running. Those obstacles were perfect to readjust the tutu. Pretty sure I don’t get obstacles this weekend.
But, it’s cute. And festive. And let’s face it: I’m not running this 10k to win the race or set a PR. If there is beer, I will more than likely drink it. If there are headbands with little wobbly sequined green shamrocks sticking up like antennas, I will probably wear them. And I know that I will more than likely be running in pigtails of some type. My point is that this race is for fun, and not serious at all. So do I care if it’s annoying? I’m not sure yet.
Conveniently, my other option is my new Oiselle running shorts which happen to be green! And I love them. And they are comfortable. I could very easily find some fancy green knee socks and sparkly green ribbons for my hair and call myself festive.
I WILL find one of these before Saturday!
So…..decision time! Should I be comfortable and 85-90% festive, or super uncomfortable but really look the part?
(And if someone tells me this is a First World Problem, I’ll probably buy you a beer. Because, fact: it totally is!)