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My Talking Head

With the countdown clock ticking away, it's time to talk about one of the most important parts of marathon preparation - what to wear.

I did a test run of my planned marathon apparel yesterday. I actually bought a new running skirt about a month ago to wear on race day. This is my fourth Running Skirt, but it fits differently than the other three. That would be fine, except the difference makes it ride up in the back. I get this little bunch of fabric above my booty and it makes the already short skirt reveal a little too much on the back end. Have any of you Running Skirts fans had this problem? I love my other running skirts and have run most of my races in them, but I'm not thinking my newest one will be featured in any race pictures. I'm sure it would provide some entertainment for the few runners that would be behind me, but I just can't spend 26.2 miles tugging my skirt down and wondering how many people got a look at my butt cheeks. So I decided to go with these capris:

In fact, that is the exact thing I had in mind to wear (original, huh?), other than my newer pair of Sauconys. Then I saw the weather forecast. It is going to be warm, so I might want as little touching my body as possible once the temps start inching up past that 70 degree mark. So I'm rethinking the running skirt option, only one of my others. I guess I'll pack both the capris and the skirt and force myself to make a decision on Friday night.

I am also wearing my SPIbelt for the first time during a race. I have only worn it on long runs. I always just stuck my gels in my running skirt pockets during races. This time I am taking Honey Stinger energy chews along and they take up a little more room, so the SPIbelt it is. I went back and forth between using it or my handheld water bottle, but I decided I don't want to hold anything in my hand for that long. Plus my SPIbelt has room for some toilet paper and Imodium, so it's all good.

Last but not least, I will be wearing one of the headbands I found that don't slip. I actually had a lot of luck when it came to finding something that works. I didn't try a Bondi Band, in spite of numerous recommendations. I just can't picture myself in something that wide. I did, however, try Sweaty Bands, a TMB Endurance Band, a headband from Jogging Stroller Mama Shelly, and a Running Skirts headband. Honestly, the first three were almost identical. Sweaty Bands are the most expensive but have a lot of color options and are obviously professionally produced. My favorite though is the one from Shelly. It is a sentimental favorite, but it also fits perfectly and is well-made. The Running Skirts headband is a little different. It is also a non-slip band and fits great. The strange thing is that I can't find it on their web site. The headbands they have for sale now look just like Sweaty Bands. They are also priced similarly, so there isn't much point in going into detail about the one I have. The headband I will be wearing on race day is the TMB Endurance Band because it matches all the things I am considering. It is all white, and since I will probably be in a bright orange shirt until I get too warm, I can't bring myself to wear any of the others that are all some version of pink.

<-Sweaty Band & Shelly's Band->

So with that important bit of information out of the way, I'm going to do some laundry so I don't start the race smelling like I should at the end of the race.

RUN: Also on the pre-race to-do list is updating my iPod. Any song recommendations??


  1. Songs ----- "New in town" by little boots.

    I love it!!

  2. Oooo, I love all the pink!! I think it makes you super speedy. I have one of shelly's headbands and love it!! I'm not sure what type of music you enjoy but here's a few songs I like that are upbeat and fast:
    Dynamite: Taio Cruz
    In M Head: Jason Derulo
    This is who I am: The Pop Heros
    3: Brittany Spears
    Run - Almighty Athem: Jamie Knight
    Dangerous: Casada
    The Adventure: Angels & Airwaves
    The Cave: Mumford & Sons
    Lifeline: Angels & Airwaves
    Let it Rock: Kevin Rudolf
    In the Dark: Tiesto & Christian Burns

  3. I'm not a fan of the skirts that's why I always wear shorts.

    I have a playlist here. There's more manly stuff on that one than Emz and Jill have suggested!

  4. As a guy, everytime I see a Bondi Band I think: "It's so big!" I can see why you wouldn't want to wear one. Neither would I.

  5. Favorite running songs: My Sharona - The Knack and Rock 'N Roll - Led Zeppelin.

    I agree about Bondi Bands... they look huge and I'm not a fan. I'll have to try one of these other ones.

  6. I love planning marathon outfits! Super fun! Thanks for mentioning me!

  7. the fun begins when you have to start planning the outfits and music. I Made it or She Can get it by Kevin Rudolf or Animal by Neon Trees. I also have a thing for the Glee kids when I run...

  8. Yippee go TMB..

    so I just saw that Stacey is Running St George also:

    HUGS and GOOD LUCK buddy!

  9. Good luck! I too am running St. George and now am wishing I had put as much thought into my running outfit as you have;)

  10. I better not have any input on skirts, but all I'll say is that you have to wear what feels best. Fashionable, runner-approved, none of that matters. You don't want to commit any thought to your attire during the race.
    I don't train/race with music, but wow, so much good stuff out there.
    Eminem - No Love
    NOTAR - Basically everything on his EP
    Weezer - First half of the Red Album

    All of that stuff puts me in the same mindset I need when I'm competing.
    Good luck narrowing down a playlist, again, there is just so much good music available today.

  11. Just wanted to wish you good luck this weekend!! I use the Bondi Bands in the winter, but can't use them in the heat b/c they make my head too hot b/c of the thickness.

    Songs I added for mine were
    American Slang - Gaslight Anthem
    That's Not My Name - Ting Tings
    Shimmer - Fuel

    Good luck!

  12. I am so glad you like the headband. It is a fun part of the marathon process to pick out the race day outfit!

    I have made myself back off bloggy-land on the weekends so I am behind in commenting. I try and read from my goggle reader on my phone but commenting is a no go for weekends - mostly. Trying to find some balance.

    I do think about you often and pray life is amazing you.

    p.s. I ran a race where a young lady made a comment to her fellow runner about someone who had just passed them. She referred to him smelling (at mile 2ish) like a nasty word. It's made me worry about getting those race day clothes really clean!


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