It’s a known fact.
When you are running a race, and some girl (or, you know…some guy in some instances) comes running up beside you and they happen to be dressed up in a funky costume or a tutu, you are going to react in one of two ways:
1 – you are going to think “Holy Crap! That is by far the most hilarious and amazing thing in the entire world and I simply have to do that on my next big race. Mental note: When I’m not dying of exhaustion because I’m running my ass off right now, I have to find this girl (or guy) and ask them about how they put that together so I can make that myself and run in it. Talk about PERFECTION.”
2 – “No. Fraking. WAY. is tutu girl (or guy) going to pass me. Absolutely not going to happen. Legs, go faster. Lungs, breathe harder. This is NOT how I plan to finish this race. You see that tutu? Not going to beat me. Nu-uh. Let’s go.”
I can honestly say that I’ve had both reactions…and that’s both wearing the tutu and not wearing the tutu. Sometimes I have the thought while I’m wearing the tutu and I think that there is just no way that THAT tutu is going to beat MY tutu. HELL no.
That’s why I’m here to tell you: Tutu’s make you run faster.
That being said – the answer to the question I have been getting a lot lately is YES. I do actually wear a costume on a lot of my runs. And why not? They are fun to make and fun to wear and they get you lots of attention, and not to mention way more pictures. I don’t dress in costume for ALL of my runs, but I do wear them for a lot of them, and I do try to gear them to what the race is about as well.
The Gate River Run was all about my sister and I wanting to do something together. Hence Thing 1 and Thing 2.
The Run 5 To Keep Kids Alive? That was because Kat wanted to wear her Pink tutu, and I decided why not wear my green one?
When we ran the Disney Princess Half…well, that one is pretty much self explanatory.
I have the St. Patty’s Day 10k this weekend where I’ll be running in my green tutu, a pair of knee high socks that look like leprechaun boots, and a tank top that says “Kiss Me I’m Jamie!” and then I think I’m done for a while. I’m not doing the Tour de Pain: Extreme due to a forced recovery for an injury I’m not acknowledging but if I was, I’d be making a black and red tutu to go with a tank top that said “Am I extreme enough for you?”
The next big race that I’m thinking a costume might be in requirements for isn’t going to be till after the summer, and given that Florida summers start in the 100’s that might be a smart thing for me. Decorated tank tops aside, of course.
But be serious…when you see a costume running up next to you, you do tend to run faster…right? 🙂