Becky Runs Boston

My adventures running in Boston, searching for that runner's chai.

#OOTD: Boston Marathon edition

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#OOTD aka Outfit of the Day is some funny thing on the interwebs where people – you guessed it – post pictures of their outfit. I’ve never participated in #OOTD, but I figured I actually have enough interesting pieces that I’ll be wearing on Marathon Monday, that it would be worth explaining them. Let’s start at the top, and work our way down, shall we?

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Hat – My new official BAA Marathon hat! Got the men’s/unisex hat instead of the women’s because they always seem to shrink and squish my head.

Sunglasses – I bought some polarized sunglasses at Target for $20. Win. However, it’s supposed to be pretty overcast and rainy. Less of a win.  Just kidding. It’s going to rain the whole day. No need for sunglasses.

Necklace – I’ve never run with a necklace before, but on Marathon Monday I’ll be wearing my grandfather’s military ID/dog tag. Not only am I marking 5 years since Granny’s death, but I’m also marking 10 years since Poppies’ death. I want to make sure I carry both of them with me, and I’ll be carrying him through his ID.

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Singlet – Isn’t it beautiful? I went with the Men’s Small because the Women’s singlet had a weird v-neck cut that I was uninterested in. Give me that deep scoop neck! The back has TNT’s honored heros and a shout out to Granny (I was a little disappointed that the singlet’s come with that standard “I’m going the distance for:” because I wanted it to say “I’m running in memory of…”). But it’s beautiful and purple. I put my name on the front so everyone can cheer for me. Granny’s name is on the back, with a few other names that friends and family provided.

Long sleeve shirt – Because it’s going to be in the 40s. And raining. Sigh.

Sports Bra – Another great find from Target. Slathered around the sports bra is a ton of Body Glide. I don’t know about you, but the worst chafing I experience is on the top of my bra line, in the middle of my chest. #funfact
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Road ID – my Road ID goes everywhere with me because of that “sometimes I just faint” thing. Luckily, it’s been more than a year since my last “episode” and at this point it’s just a precaution.

Fitbit – let’s see how many steps I take!

Pura Vida Bracelet – I bought this bracelet on a whim – it caught my eye because it’s red, white, and blue (patriotic, just the way Granny likes) and part of the proceeds went to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’ve been wearing it consistently since mid-February.

Evil Eye bracelet – Sarah brought this for me – red, white and blue AND will protect me from evil!

Garmin Watch – Eric got me this fancy Garmin watch for Hanukkah. I still haven’t figured out to use the heart rate information or even graphed out the results of my runs on my computer, but I love having it in the moment to accurately see my pace at any given time.

Nail Polish – I got a special manicure for the Boston Marathon, based on an amazing picture I found on the internet. Representing the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team in Training, head to toe!

Handheld Water Bottle – With a easy access pocket for my phone and ID – text me while I’m running! I won’t respond, but it’s always nice to see the messages!

Running Belt – To carry my snacks, of course. Big pouch has my awesome long run snack mix – pretzels, sour watermelons, and peanut butter m&ms. Little hooks are holding onto some chocolate Gu, sent to me as part of an awesome Marathon care package from CC.

Running Undies – Some runners can’t stand wearing underwear when they run. I, on the other hand, love my wicking panties from Target! #anotherfunfact #tmi?

Running Capris – These are probably one of the first pairs of running pants I ever purchased. They’re so well worn at this point that I trust them the most when it comes to my longer mileage runs. And the purple-y/pink stripes are color coordinated with the rest of the outfit!

Socks – Some tried and true socks. No blisters, please!

Shoes – In the last couple years, I went from only wearing one specific kind of shoe to wearing all the different kinds of shoes. During any given week, I’ll run with at least 3 different pairs of shoes – namely my Brooks Ghosts and Saucony Grid Profiles. I bought a new pair of shoes in March – the Brooks Pure Flow – based on the recommendation of Marathon Sports. They’re somewhere in-between my Saucony shoes (you know, the one I have 3 different pairs of) and my Brooks Ghosts. I did my 20-miler in them and felt great, so I’ll be wearing them on Marathon Monday. Thanks to that awesome Marathon Monday care package from CC, I have some awesome shoe bling that say “I run for Granny” and purple shoe laces to match my singlet. #colorcoordinationisimportant

I’m a little bummed that it’s going to be raining all day long… I have sweats to wear to the Athlete’s Village/pre-race as well as a poncho and grocery bags to put over my sneakers. And I have the greatest friends ever in town who will be tracking me and trying to find me along the course. If you want to track me, look for bib # 27258!

Wish me luck!

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2 thoughts on “#OOTD: Boston Marathon edition

  1. We’ll be rooting for you, Becky! Best wishes, and lots of love, Tom and Martha

  2. So happy for your amazing accomplishment. I loved following you along the race and was tearfull when you crossed the finish line. You have so much to be proud of! Love you much and look forward to seeing you soon. Donna

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