Time to pick the throw-aways!

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The real race-day clothes

I see so many blogs where runners put all kinds of thought into the perfect race day outfit. For me, that end of it is simple–I want practical–lots of pockets for gels, and cool. Plus, I run for Oiselle, so that makes it even easier. Boston morning will see me sporting my Oiselle tank an shorts. Done!

The harder part for me is picking the perfect throw-away outfit. I have so much to choose from in my house! I’ve been racing for a long time, and even though I’ve weeded out literally hundreds of old race tees, I’ve kept a few gems behind for throwaway purposes. Not to mention that I am married to a pack rat who has his own special collection of dated workout wear (yes, I raid his drawers to find this stuff–he never misses it).

That being established, you’ll see why I have a hard time choosing the right ugly clothes to stay warm in leading up to start time. Here are some of my choices this race (and I know you’re jealous):

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From the days when there were no female sizes, and apparently, no choice in sizes either

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Probably my favorites--the neon cycling jersey and blue tights, circa 1995.

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From the "what the hell is this color" file

I think you’ll agree, my choices are difficult! I’ll be honest, though–I don’t care what my throwaways look like, as long as it is still cold enough to need them race morning. If it’s not, then it definitely will NOT be a good day out on the course.

Do you see a favorite here? What do you usually use for throwaway clothing?

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  1. the neon cycling jersey and blue tights gets my vote….
    Boston colors
    and we need a picture of you wearing that!
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  2. I like the first picture you posted – I have a knack for over-sized shirts.

    Yes, a lot of runners do get stressed when looking for the right race track outfit and that includes me! But, hey I’m just a little girl who loves to wear pretty things especially when running is concerned. For me, it adds excitement and confidence.

    Thanks for this post – I truly enjoyed reading it!

  3. The neon gets my vote as well! Looks perfect! I haven’t built up a supply of throwaway gear, guess I need to get a few more years so I have plenty of choices!
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  4. Neon top blue tights for SURE! (taking a page out of my fashion book, I see…?)
    You “actual” race outfit is pretty darn cute though :-)
    I bet you’re counting down the days- GOOD luck again!
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  5. I have the problem that I want to look cute and run…. granted looking back on the Virginia beach marathon I soooo did NOT look as cute as I thought I did.
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  6. I definitely think you need the neon cycling jersey so that I can find you in the coral. :) I had no plans of wearing a tank to the race until 2 days ago…..Where did that forecast come from? Our local weather guy is running Boston and said this morning “Way too early to say it will be that warm.” Let’s hope!
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  7. Definitely the blue/yellow combo – unique!! :)
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  8. I usually use race t-shirts and other shirts that I will probably never wear again. I keep some old ones lying around for the very same purpose! If it’s going to be a really cold morning, I may even make a trip to the dollar store or whatever cheap store is nearby and buy full sweats. I did that for NYC a few years ago – looked hideous but I was super warm – and that is ALL that matters!! =)
    Glad to see that the forecast looks clear for Mon – hope it cools down a bit though!!
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  9. You might not even need throwaways. It’s been warm here the past few days.

    I’m glad your shirt is distinctive! Now I’ll be able to find you!
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  10. When in doubt, always go with neon.

    I have a nice collection of end-of-season sweatshirts and sweatpants that I stocked up on at Target one day when I found a good sale. Unfortunately they’re not nearly ugly enough colors, but they’re great for ditching at the starting line. I forgot to pack them when I ran the MCM, so I ended up buying camouflage fleece pajama pants and a hooded sweatshirt that it pained me to throw out. At least I had the military theme going.
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  11. You have to do the neon! i love it.
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  12. OMG, I am the same. Pockets & comfort!

    The thow away outfit is so hard… I have such a hard time parting w/ an old race tee, even if it’s a mens XL. It’s fun to look as ridiulous as possible! I defintiely vote for those swooshy pants and neon! I hope you take a pic for us!
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  13. NEON!! All the way. Find yourself some spiffy legwarmers and you have a look no one can top!
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  14. I have apparently used up all of the throw-away clothing options from our house! Hubs and I had to make a trip to the thrift store last night… and in our world, the uglier and more ill-fitted THE BETTER! Stay tuned. :)
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  15. I vote neon:)
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  16. I always hit up the good will store before a race to find some classy throw aways. Speaking of that…I think I need to make a good will run before Eugene :-)
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  17. Flip a coin? Roll a die? Though blue/yellow combo would probably get my vote.

  18. I went to a local thrift store and bought some fleece pants and a hoodie…not nearly as exciting and colourful as your throw aways though!
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  19. Day-glo all the way!! I have a friend who buys second hand robes to wear before racing – she totally cracks me up – and looks ridiculous in all the right ways!
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  20. i’m wearing the same oiselle shorts for boston! i love ‘em!

    i think i’m using old (HUGE) race Ts as throwaways too. i don’t think it’s going to be too cold in the AM…i think we are going to have a hot day :(
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  21. My hubs said it was going to be warm.. Soooo excited for you!!!
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  22. The neon for sure :)
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  23. Definitely the 2nd one! So funny! I hope the weather stays cool for you:)
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  24. I throw away old stuff but I regret big time throwing away this Gap semi hooded sweatshirt, kinda had a waffle sorta knit on the inside. I paid $7 for it on sale but didn’t realize how attached I had gotten to it until it was gone :(
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  25. I LOVE your race outfit. Looks like the weather is going to be a bit toasty, so that will be the perfect thing to wear.

    I always find the ugliest old race shirt to throw. Last time I was in Boston, I bought some $8 arm warmers at the expo and those were the best thing EVER!! I didn’t feel bad throwing them and didn’t have to wear bulky throw away clothes at the start.

    Getting excited for you!
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  26. Which ever is the easiest to take off on the run. Hopefully the day is nice, we’ll warm up fast and not have to worry about throw aways.
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  27. i vote for the 80′s outfit… most definitely.

    i somehow always end up buying MORE throwaway clothes (usually because i forgot to bring some). then i just “can’t” throw away that soft fleecy lining of a new sweatshirt/sweatpants so then i end up putting it in gear check… defeating the purpose of throwaway clothes.

  28. LOVE those blue tights :)
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  29. Heh heh – those tights are AWESOME! My first pair of running tights were before they made running tights so they were dance tights in a lovely neon blue. I have a drawer full of throwaway clothing and I’m bad at even throwing it away, I’m such a pack rat! Managed to get rid of oversize race shirt AND gross sweater at Cherry Blossom, score! Have a FABULOUS race.
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  30. Oh, forgot to say, that Oiselle tank is pretty!
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  31. First, I love that you run for Oiselle.. I would love to join you someday and be able to run for them.. the jersey and shorts are beautiful, so will suit you perfect. Second, the neon jersey and blue tights are, oh so Vanilla Ice. I think going from Vanilla Ice to Oiselle will be a very dramatic unveiling at the start line. :)
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  32. Those clothes are hilarious! But I love the Oiselle portion of the outfit. Their stuff is so cute and practical!

    You are going to have such a great time!!
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  33. I usually just freeze my buns off before the race. I haven’t gotten to the throwaway stage yet. I would suggest you wear the neon top and pants. They are not only awesome by themselves, but they are doubly cool when worn as a set.
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  34. It would have helped if you’d shown us what colour shoes you’re trying to match your outfit with. My vote goes with the blue and yellow number. It really makes a statement.
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  35. Good Luck in Boston. I hope you have a wonderful race and an excellent time.
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  36. Go neon!!!! I tend to be hardcore about getting rid of stuff and we have a constant pile for donations, so I normally have to go and buy super cheap sweats and I just go with whatever is the cheapest!
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  37. You summed it up perfectly with, “as long as it is still cold enough to need them race morning”. I hope to need my ugly-wear as well. I’ll match yours and raise you gloves and a blanket! (yes, I’m always cold – even in summer).
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  38. Your outfit looks sharp! So excited for you!!
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  39. I usually end up at the thrift store for throw always – pajama pants are my go to! Love , love, love your running top – very pretty!
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  40. I’d rather wear a robe or a coat that I could wipe off in one swift movement…..do you have any you don’t like ??? ;)

    other wise that neon outfit as I kinda love that orange sweat shirt :D
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  41. Love the tank you are wearing in the race. Throw away? Good luck choosing.

  42. i am so happy to know that some of the shirts i have saved can now have a purpose one day …tks
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  43. Go Team Oiselle! You’re going to look great out there!!
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  44. For sure the neon cycling shirt!

    Have fun at Boston!!!
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  45. I’m just going to do a particularly classy trash bag. How’s that sound?
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  46. That outfit on the right is classic. Nothing yells throwout gear like a bright yellow top and what seems like plastic pants…..hilarious!
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  47. Hilarious!! Good luck choosing. :)
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  48. I still can’t stand to part with running clothes to throw away…. I am making a quilt with old shirts and I’ve just been saving the rest for…. something.
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  49. Throw away clothes are hard, I usually just wear some raggedy shirt over my running clothes that I really don’t care about!
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