Gearing Up for the Niagara Half

For years, I have always been last – the last of my friends to have a boyfriend, the last to get married, the last to have children.  This year, I’m last again – last for a big fall race.

But I’m excited about being behind everyone else.  It means that I’ve been able to watch many running friends race to new PR’s in Chicago and I can cheer on others tomorrow in Toronto.  It also means that I was able to pick up something new to wear at the Scotiabank Expo.

In the same way that I put in time and effort into training for a race, I put a lot of thought into what I’m going to wear.  Wearing a Running Skirt is always my first choice.  It’s not just the comfort and style that I love; it’s the pockets on the side – the perfect size to carry my puffer for asthma.

Last weekend, when the temperatures suddenly dropped, I pulled out the capris that I have as a back-up for cooler weather.  They were great on Sunday night’s cold, wet training run but when I got home, I realized that I couldn’t race in them as they didn’t have a pocket for my puffer.  So I went through all of my shirts, hoping that one might have a back pocket.  No luck.  I felt challenged; I needed to find a long sleeved shirt with a pocket.

The Expo at the Scotiabank Marathon in Toronto seemed like the obvious place to look so, last night, off I went with an empty backpack.   Tens of booths later,  I had seen many shirts that I liked but, alas, I couldn’t find a pocket in any of them.  There was only one solution – to visit the Running Skirts booth.

As soon as I got there, I felt like a kid in a candy store; I wanted one of everything.  Would it be Cindy’s PR snow leopard print or Debbie’s PR distance skirt?  What about the Red and White for Canada or the mother-tough camo print?  Somehow, my mission was side-tracked as I hemmed and hawed over what to take home.  

Ironically, though, I did find what I was looking for – a beautiful lagoon-coloured long-sleeve with a back pocket, large enough to hold my puffer – but I didn’t buy it.   It was a little out of my price range – especially with the other Running Skirts things that I inadvertently picked up.  While this shirt will be great if the weather stays cool, I couldn’t help but think buying it would put Murphy’s Law into effect; I’d be dressed for cool weather and temperatures would suddenly jump.  The last thing I want is to do is overheat so I left the lagoon half-zip behind.

Instead,  I have two new running skirts to pick from for next week’s race – and both are a perfect match to the half-zip, which is now on my Santa list. 

So what am I going to wear in Niagara’s Half-Marathon?  A running skirt, of course, but I’m keeping my choice a secret.  You’ll just have to come back next week to find out which one.

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