As a runner, we tend to become obsessive as race day approaches.
Checking the weather
Deciding on race attire
Checking the weather again
Changing what we plan to wear again.
It’s one of the reasons I like to make my flat runner the night before a race too because then I can see how it all comes together and make any final changes. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that thought too.
As an added bonus it makes a nice picture
For many races, you just never know what the weather will bring and you just never know if you’ve dressed appropriately until race day. The NY Half was no different. When I signed up, I imagined a traditional Spring race where the weather might be a little brisk in the early morning, but very comfy when the race was finished. This year was a little different.
It may be mid March on the calendar, but someone forgot to tell mother Nature as she is holding to winter. That being said, part of deciding what to wear is knowing your body and how you need to dress. Every runner is different. I have 2 friends that I run with when I can. Between the three of us, we are dressed for three separate seasons. One is always dressed for the coldest possible temperature. One is dressed what is probably considered appropriate for the temps. Then there is me…. Usually dressed in shorts with long socks unless it’s mid winter. That’s because I know how I run.
I run HOT.
You could say that I’m one hot Mama.
You could say it, but it just doesn’t sound right,
but it is.
Here is the thing though even though I know this about myself, I was doubting what to wear to the race. I kept thinking that I should wear long sleeved shirt instead of arm sleeves and maybe I should wear Capri’s instead of shorts. The problem is that I run in knee length compression socks, so Capri’s turn into full length pants. Now the reason I was doubting myself is because I was listening to what everyone else was planning to wear, but they were dressing for their race not mine.
Race night came and I had a final consult with Dawn on my wardrobe. She reminded me of my vest and I added that into the mix which I’m glad that I did.
I was prepared for the early morning pre race chill. I had throwaway sweatpants and robe which I wore to the start. Once I removed them in the corral, I’ll be honest I was cold, but quickly warmed up once the race started. Even removing my throw away shirt by mile 2 which I ended up just tying around my waste.
In looking at my race photos, you can see that not many people chose the same way as me. Not sure why because I was comfy while racing. I kept moving my arm sleeves up and down. Gloves off and on. I honestly believe that if I had added layers or longer pants my run would not have been so good. I was just right (for me).
I dressed not to impress but to keep from overheating. Believe it or not even dressed like this, I was sweating. I will admit that the back of my upper arms were feeling the chill from the wind burning some with cold. I think if I were to run another cold day like this, I might choose different arm warmers.
One thing that I would do differently though is check a bag. I didn’t really think it through and didn’t realize bag check was right there when you came out. After the race I was meeting up with everyone at a Starbucks. We did have a car that was parked in the city the previous day to drive home in that I put extra warm clothes in for after the race. The only problem with that bag is I exited the Park at 61rst street I believe and I needed to go to 81rst street. Walking that far after a Half isn’t bad. Walking that far while your dressed for summer with only a heat sheet isn’t good. Thank God when someone was getting ready to throw away their head sheet, I asked them if I could have it. I used that as a skirt. I’m thinking without that second heat sheet, I would have been in trouble as I was shivering some.
All was good though when I entered the warm of Starbucks and got a hot latte to warm me up. Plus by that point, I knew that my bag was not far away. The driver of the van was nice enough to bring the bags to Starbucks, so from that point on all was good.
In the past, I have dressed for the weather at the start. I found it is so much better to be cold at the start and even finish, but be comfy on my run.
Today was that day:)
Do you run hot or cold?