What Are You Going to Wear on Race Day?

| September 24, 2010 | 7 Comments

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.

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


Category: Featured, Running Notes

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Chanthana Tsai is an endurance athlete currently training for local half marathons, 10-mile road races, the San Francisco Half Marathon, and the Chicago Marathon (where she hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon). Follow her on Twitter @chanthana or provide her motivation on Dailymile

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  1. ChiTownRunner says:

    Cant decipher if this is an article about race wear or an advertisement for all of the sponsors and products. Feels like the latter as there was no advice offered, except that obvious that we don’t want shoes that cause chafing. Ack waste of time.

    • Chanthana says:

      Hi ChiTownRunner! Thanks for the comment! This is just a quick blog post to ask the question, “What will you wear at the Chicago Marathon?” I’m sorry you feel it is a waste of time to wear shoes that chafe you, but isn’t something to learn? 🙂

  2. ayca says:

    I actually wondered… what brand are the shorts you are wearing? Have you been training in the lunaracers?

    Exciting newws about the sponsor! I will try to make it to one of those events.

  3. Rachel says:

    I have been looking for shorts with a zipper in the back, where did you get them?

    I always think that picking clothes is one of the hardest parts of the marathon, especially for fall marathons where the temperature can swing 50 degrees from year to year!

    • Chanthana says:

      Hi Rachel! I love my Nike shorts that I bought from Niketown on Michigan Ave. Look online for great deals too. I also have the Asics Quad shorts, which are great. Good luck with your training for NYCM!

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