You may want to sit down...So, this is us. In our RACE SHIRTS. Yep. The tech shirts they gave us last night when we picked up our packets.
Ok, so don't stop following me just yet! I'm seriously not a horrible person! Let's back up a bit. I had my race day outfit pretty much figured out, although I was slightly worried that my sleeveless tank was going to be pretty chilly in 49 degrees. We showed up for packet pickup and to my surprise, they were tech shirts! Cool! I didn't really expect that since first off, this was a TINY race. Seriously. Think as tiny as you can get and then think even smaller. ;)
Dallas said he wanted to wear his shirt and I thought about it for a moment and decided it would be really fun to support this local non-profit group for children of inmates by wearing their shirt to their race. It wasn't cotton, after all, and I thought that this was the main reason that people did not wear race shirts to races.
Little did I know until I got home, and started doing some research, that this is not only a horrible offense, but people get REALLY upset about it. Like REALLY upset. I am terrified to even post this because I'm guessing I will lose readers for choosing to wear this race shirt.
So, first let me explain why I chose to wear my race shirt this time (and probably would not for most others). First off, this was a tiny race. I live in a town of 4000 and this was in the town of 19,000 next to us. It's the biggest town for 100 miles. I'm not even doing my 10K out here, I'm driving into Saint Louis, because they rarely if ever have 10Ks. Anyway, they said 60 people were registered. So this is how my thinking went:
This is a tiny 5K, it's not timed, it's for a small local charity for children of prisoners. We want to support them and this would be a good way to show our support. I'll admit, the 2nd reason was that I'm pretty sure there will never be a race that I will match Dallas. How often do you get to have a match-match picture with your nearly 18 year old son? Here is a picture of people lined up to start at this race. Almost everyone was wearing the shirt, btw. Sure, it makes them look like noobs (according to someone on a debate I was reading) but isn't everyone a noob at some point? Shouldn't people coming out to support a charity wear the charity shirt?
(there were a few more people after this, but this was basically the gist of the race.)
So, I can hear you now saying it's superstitious and what if something happens and you break your ankle??? Here's the thing. It's not a FINISHERS shirt. Somewhere back in history, these shirts were meant to be worn or they wouldn't give them out before the races. They would give them out at the finish. If I break my ankle, the shirt will remind me of STARTING the race and doing my best. I don't really see race shirts in that way though. Medals, sure! They give them to you for finishing, at the end. I totally understand that.
In any case, I doubt I will do it again only because I prefer to wear my tighter sleeveless tanks that show off my tattoo. ;) I thought it would be fun for something small like this and I do think that anyone should be able to wear what they please in a race, race shirt included, but that's just my (very rare and unpopular opinion) LOL.
I hope that this isn't something that would make you not read my race recap or get super angry about, hopefully my explanation will show the other side of this debate. I want to know your opinions though, it's always important to me to hear everyone's perspective on things that bring out hot debates!
Included in tomorrow's race recap: Dallas taking off like wildfire and leaving me, crazy hills, and is this a 3.1 mile race or a 3.01 mile race???
Let's hear it! Does it make you insane when people wear the race shirts? Do you not care? What is your opinion on this hot topic!