I was at a race not too long ago when another runner asked for my opinion. She was trying on a tech-tee (not my fave, but to each their own) prior to the race. She just pulled it on over the running clothes she was already wearing. “Hmm.” She was deliberating. “Does it look okay?”
I didn’t know the woman, but I don’t mind saying what I think. “It looks a little big,” I told her as I messed with my Garmin. “You could probably go down a size unless you plan to tuck it in.”
“Tuck it in??? While I’m running?!” Apparently that was the wrong thing to say. Is it uncool to tuck in your running clothes? News to me! Although, it’s not like I’m the last word in running apparel. I wear a SPIelt wristband, a SpiBelt fanny pack looking thing, a visor on occasion, and tops that are tucked in.
Part of the reason I tuck in my top is that I am really annoyed by any kind of movement on me while I run. (It even took me a while to get used to carrying my own water because I don’t like the sloshing.) I also don’t want to worry about my clothes shifting around. If I tuck in my shirt, then I know it’ll stay put. Untucked, that shirt might need constant adjusting.
When I’m working out, I don’t really care about how I look. Sure, I like cute tops and bright colors and fun outfits, but who cares if my hair is messed up? What does it matter if I’m looking dorky? Can this be the one time that it’s okay to take a pass on fashion? I don’t go to races to look cute. I go to run.
Do you tuck or untuck? Do you get all dolled up to work out?*