This week, I made one of the most important decisions I’ll have made during this marathon training season. I chose my race outfit. Speed drills, long runs, and early morning workouts are considered the easy part compared to deciding what to wear while running the Chicago Marathon! Will it be cold? Will it be warm? Will my friends be able to find me among nearly 45,000 runners?
Throughout marathon training, there is a lot of trial and error. We experiment with our nutrition, we find shoes and apparel that work best for us, and we develop a formula that sets us up for success. The last thing we want is to wear shoes that rub us or a top that chafes. So don’t think it’s completely a vanity issue when you hear runners ask each other “What are you wearing on race day?”
Fortunately for me, choosing a race outfit was relatively painless. I am wearing shorts that have a zippered pocket in the back to carry a couple of GU Energy gels. The shorts also make me feel speedier! For footwear, I am sporting the Nike LunaRacer. It is a very lightweight shoe that has been referred as the “ultimate marathon shoe” by Twitter friend Jeff P. and has carried my friend and running coach Kevin G. to a personal record at the Boston Marathon. I’m expecting great things from these shoes.
Lastly, I will proudly wear a sport top that will be branded by my sponsor – the Cherry Marketing Institute. I am so excited to represent @ChooseCherries not only on October 10, but also at the following events.
- Tuesday, September 28 6:30-8:00 p.m.: Red Recovery Party at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods
- Wednesday, September 29 6:30-8:00 p.m.: Red Recovery Party at the Halsted and Waveland Whole Foods
Come for the recipe demonstrations, enjoy some delicious samples, and learn about the benefits of cherries and how I’ve incorporated them throughout my marathon training! The events are free, but advance registration is required. Call the phone number provided within the links or visit either Whole Foods to register.
In addition to the Red Recovery Parties, we will be at the Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo on October 8 and 9. Please visit our booth (#587) and find out why you should choose cherries as part of your nutrition. If you see me, please say hello and let me know what you’ll be wearing at the marathon!
Photo Credit via Flckr by Vicki Wolkins