Who doesn’t love a good race shirt?
I wear them to the gym, to Target, basically everywhere I can get away with it. They’ve become a staple of my wardrobe because they’re included with the race registration (hi, I paid for it, I want to wear it!) and because that means less shopping for me (and I’m lazy and don’t like to shop).
For the record, I’ve gone so far as Googling for recaps to see what other people say about the fit and sizing of shirts. Yes, I’m that serious.
Without further ado, here are some of my favorites. And not so favorites. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you why!
Oldie But Goodie
This is the back (because it has the hand print that always inspires “You’ve got a dirty hand print on your shirt” comments) but the front is similar, sans date and place, so you get the idea. My very first race shirt, it’s the oldster of the group. The shirt is a Merrell tech-t and I’m a fan because of the quality and fit. Two very important factors!
Mas o Menos
The good: It’s from my first half marathon. And the word “princess” is on it, which is very fitting for me.
The not so good: Well, it’s white. And I definitely got caught in the rain in it. Spring Break wet t-shirt contest, anyone?
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny
I wanted so very badly to like this shirt. After all, I dressed up like Katniss from the Hunger Games and ran with some of my favorite people for this race. However, the shirt is small. Not like, a little small… a lot small. I wear it on the treadmill occasionally but never outside of the house.
To be fair, the race coordinators did say that the shirts ran small. So rather than ordering a medium, I went with the large.
No dice. Win some, lose some!
These Brooks tech shirts from the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k are LOUD and I like them like that.
I wear these when I’m running, especially in the early morning hours. My trainer encourages us to do the “Wawa run” – a run to the nearest Wawa store and back, about a 1.65 loop on a busy road.
I want people to see me (and avoid becoming road kill). With these shirts, there’s no missing me.
Don’t Call It a Tech-T (I’m still earwormed from Bec’s post.)
Runners of the Broad Street Run had the option to upgrade to a tech-t for an additional cost but I personally am a big fan of this cotton t-shirt. They run slightly large but it’s a good quality shirt (Hanes) and I appreciate the fact that the sponsors are kept to the sleeves of the shirt.
This is the baby of my shirts, only a week old. Isn’t it cute?
I don’t usually wear t-shirts to work out in so it won’t be used for that but you
might will find me wandering Target or the grocery store in it. In fact, I’m sporting this one today.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Friends, meet my favorite long-sleeved race shirt (these are much more rare than the short-sleeved t-shirt, which makes sense). This ranks up there as one of my best races I’ve done so I think that there’s a certain amount of sentimental value that comes along with this shirt.
It has sponsors all over the back but when a run is held as a fundraising event, I have no issues with that.
This shirt wins top honors in my closet! It’s a ladies Brooks tech-t and I love both the fit and the feel. There are no sponsors on this shirt; it has a nice, clean look and it’s from the City of Brotherly Love.
I keep waiting for another race shirt to come along and steal my heart but so far, this one is it for me.
Also, it looks like blue is a popular race shirt color, eh?
When my family asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I told them another race t-shirt. Kidding! But I did request that we run a 5k together (I really and truly did) and they agreed.
I’ll be getting another cotton t-shirt tomorrow, matching with Dude and Pooks (we’ll be so cool). (Don’t worry, we won’t wear it at the 5k.)
Littleberry has to sit this one out because a) he’s four and wouldn’t be down for 3.1 miles and b) he broke his foot about a week ago. But no worries, I’ll get my fair share of him, too!
Happy almost Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. And the Aunts. And the Grandmas. And the “Aunts” who let my children dump all their toys on the floor and play “volcano”.
How are you spending Mother’s Day? What’s your favorite race shirt? Bonus points if you post a picture in the comments (I don’t even know if you can do that!).