October 19, 2012

Combining two favorite things: costumes and running

I love costumes.

Any chance I have to dress up, I'll do it. This makes Halloween a pretty ideal time for me. Other times, people look at me strangely. I'm used to this, though.

But, I've never run a race in costume. So when I signed up for the Halloween Halfathon this summer, my mind started turning.

Could I run in a costume I already had?

I took into account heat and annoyance factors.

That ruled out Elvis, sadly. Elvis is my ultimate favorite costume, but it is HOT. I thought of ways to modify it, but it's just not exactly what I wanted. 

Zorro would be fun with the cape. But, I worried it could get annoying. Plus, is it really Zorro without the hat? Nope. Zorro is out.

Face paint and hair spray color are out, so there went the witch and zombie prom girl. 

I wasn't really a fan of the lady bug. Plus, I'm not really sure where all the parts are for it. The lady bug is out.

I'm not running in overalls, so no farmer. Plus, I don't have a cow. 

That left my most recent costume, Black Swan-inspired ballerina, and the duck. I didn't like the ballerina costume, so that was out (I do plan on running in the tutu some day, though). So, down to the duck.

I thought and thought about the duck. I wore orange shorts with orange tights underneath for the legs. I never run in shorts or tights (I'm a capris girl). This concerned me. 

But, the rest could be modified for running. Just a hat and a shirt. Not bad, right? But I just couldn't figure out the legs. As much as I love dressing up, I didn't want to compromise my running. So, I finally ruled the duck out, too. It might be a possibility for a 5K, but 13.1 miles is a long way to be annoyed or be hot (I manage to get plenty sweaty on my own). 

 What does that mean? New costume! Yay!

Well, yay until that at almost one week out, I still can't find a key component. Eeek!

So far, this is all of the costume I have.

Yes, those are six sheets of felt. No, those won't cover me.

I'm hoping the component I ordered off the internet will get here in time and will work. Otherwise, I'm in trouble.


  1. I'm curious to see what you'll come up with :)

  2. Me too! I'm ok with a costume skort etc. but I'm real picky with what I run in ;)

  3. Girl, you can totally run in a tutu and they are so easy to make!!! You could make it an hour. I swear!


    I have always to be a zombie runner, but I agree, the drippy, sweaty make-up would not be fun.

    I'm doing a Halloween race too, because it also combines my two favorite things: running and costumes. Last year, I was a Glee cheerleader. This year, I'm doing the Living Dead Challenge which is a 5K on Sat night and a half-marathon on Sunday. So that means I need two costumes. I decided the Sun Drop girl for the 5K, which will probably be really hot, but I'll deal. For the half, I'm the Devil With the Blue Dress which will be a blue running top, a blue tutu, horns and maybe a tail. The horns and the tail will probably annoy me but I can toss them if I need too.

    My friend is dressing a referee for the 5K and Wonder Woman for the half.

    1. I'm so excited about the Sun Drop girl costume! Can't wait to see photos.

  4. I love running in costumes or dressed up in some way. Cannot wait to see what you put together!

  5. Please post comment! -- Anyway, Run DMT is right, the tutus are super cheap and super easy to make. You can do it in like an hour. Or go as a pumpkin like me! I am doing a costume race and I am just going to wear a pumpkin tshirt and a headband with vines and leaves. Easy-peasy!

    1. I love the idea of the headband with vines and leaves!

  6. Looking forward to what you come up with. Sounds like a blast!

  7. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I bought cat ears to wear at my Halloween run tomorrow. And yes I know that is super lame and lazy. I need a creative friend like you to inspire me:)Next year I will have to get it together better if I do a Halloween run.


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