I’ve been thinking about Jogging Dad’s recent post about things not to do on race day.
As many runners learn the hard way, it’s a bad idea to try anything new on race day. I think this is especially true of trying new food or energy gels, but it includes new running gear.
I should’ve heeded that warning at my 10k last Sunday. I very nearly committed an international faux pas (and a criminal offense in some countries).
I wish I could defend myself by saying that I was familiar with this brand. However, I never worn this particular style of pants. I thought they were almost the same as my favorite Under Armour heatgear capris.
Sadly, I was very wrong. I spent the first mile and a half of the race holding my pants up with one hand.
Once I got a decent sweat going, the pants stayed up without assistance. Considering how awkward it was to run that way, I should be pleased with myself for doing those first couple miles at around an 8:20 pace.
What I think this means is that I need to move down to children’s sizes for my running bottoms. These pants were extra smalls. Someone really needs to put drawstrings in these things.
I have to say, I’m glad I didn’t moon anyone during the race. That is a race memory I could do without, as could my fellow racers.