As tradition, the night before every race, I lay out my racing gear for the next morning and take a picture. It is my "flat dummy". I stole the idea was inspired by Moms Run This Town who do "Flat Mamas" of race gear on their Facebook page.
You may notice my flat dummy looks different than usual. This is because this is not a usual race. First of all, notice the absence of my GPS watch and my iPod. I didn't want to risk getting my expensive gear ruined by the color bursts. After all, this race is the true definition of a fun run, it is not even timed. Since it is only a 5K, I knew I could survive the miles without music.
Flat Dummy with old clothes and retired shoes
I picked out the oldest crappiest running gear I could find. Old shorts that really don't fit me anymore (too big) and a cotton white tank that I wonder why I still even have because I haven't worn it since 2010. I even dug out a pair of retired running shoes. Doesn't everything look so clean?
Friday on my lunch break, I head over to the hotel in Fort Worth to pick up my race packet. I expected this to be a quick in-and-out pick up, based on past race experiences. I was wrong. I line was wrapped through the hotel lobby out the front door into the 100 degree parking lot. Did I mention it was over 100 degrees and I was wearing work clothes? That first 15 minutes in line wasn't fun. I did finally make it into the air conditioned lobby and continued to wait. I wondered what was taking so long! When I finally got to the front of the line, almost thirty minutes had passed. I mentally noted posted a Facebook status update that it took me longer to pick up my packet that it would take me to actually run the race. But I wasn't complaining (too much). I really did the like the shirt and they gave me these super nerdy cool glasses.