Races come with race shirts, and I have to admit, I'm not as excited about race shirts as I once was. I've had mixed results in that department, and most of the time, I don't even wear them when I'm working out. They do represent the race, and I do consider them a badge of honor, but it all depends on the shirt.
My favorite shirt is from Eugene in 2013, even if my leg did unravel in the last 5k. I never knew how long 3.1 miles could be until that race. But the shirt itself is excellent quality, a great color, fits me quite well, and Eugene is a running mecca. Overall, a great shirt if I had a checklist of what I'm looking for.
My shirts range from all over, and some are certainly better than others. I got two shirts when I did Dallas in 2012, and the long-sleeve participant shirt was so awful, I used it as a throwaway in Eugene. The design was terrible, the fabric was terrible, the cut was terrible. I knew right away I wouldn't be keeping it, then realized I had the perfect shirt to keep me warm in the corrals in Eugene. It'd go to charity and hopefully the next recipient would like it.
So, what am I looking for in a race shirt? I don't want white, because white shows stains, and trust me, I stain things. I'm a klutz. I also don't want the dreaded pit stains, which white shows quite easily. I like fun colors and fun designs. I'm also looking for technical material to keep the shirt comfy. I may not wear them when I'm working out, but they can be great lounge shirts, which is also why I include the fit in my checklist.
The difficult part always seems to be the cut and size. Some shirts I wear a small, some shirts I wear a medium. The last race that had short sleeves had baggy shirts, so the medium I chose is too big. But how can I know that in advance? Most races (except the really big ones) doesn't seem to have a size chart. I love bigger sizes though with long sleeves because they seem more comfy. I am quite picky about what I wear.
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.