First and foremost, a certain sister of mine turns 23 today!
Happy Happy Birthday Morgan!!
I hope your day is wonderful, and I am so glad to have you as a part of my life!
I have a confession to make.
I have a race pet peeve. Well, I guess two really.
The first one….
How many people have you seen line up at the start line of a race, wearing the shirt they received for THAT SAME race. They haven’t finished the race, but they are wearing it already. Why does this drive me nutz!? I really have no idea. I just feel like you haven’t actually earned the shirt until you cross the finish line. I saw this happen a lot at the Rock N Roll St. Pete Half Marathon, so I guess it is fresh on my mind!
Which leads me into the second part of my super strange pet peeve….
It drives me a little batty when someone doesn’t run the race, but they wear the race shirt anyway. I understand that sometimes having a DNS is completely out of your control, like an injury, sickness, etc. – but wearing the shirt without crossing the finish line…?
I can’t do it.
Every race shirt that I own reminds me of something fun (or not so fun from that race). I sure do not want it to remind me of a race that I did not start.
My first marathon, and the reason I vowed to never NOT train again…
My favorite marathon (take me back to Beantown!)
An amazing local race series
And a race put on by some awesome women!
My sister and husband tend to give me a hard time about this, and I believe it to be completely justified. And yes, it is considered a participant shirt, and not a finisher’s shirt. I get that. You paid for it, so you can do whatever you want with it. I just will not be wearing the shirt unless I have cross that finished line.
So really, I want to know your thoughts! Do you wear your shirt even if you have not raced, or do you put it in the bottom of your drawer (or give it away)? Do you view as something you have earned?