I don’t know about you, but I have never been a huge fan of t-shirts. You know, the ones that are given to you when you volunteer, or in my recent case, shirts from races, or shirts that a group of people go in on together and design. They never fit me. Ever.
Up above you will see a 3-Day shirt. I walked the Breast Cancer 3-Day in 2004 and was given that shirt. I never wore it. It was a size 4x and did not fit. Sure I could get it on, but…umm yeah that doesn’t mean it fit. Last winter when I needed layers to do my winter running, I found that shirt and figured, it is just an under layer, a looser and better fitting shirt will go over top, so I can wear it for warmth out on the trails. I put it on, and just as I thought…it didn’t fit. This time though, it was too big.
The shirt to the left is my long sleeve shirt I got last December for the Jingle Bell Run (10K) I ran with my brother. It is a 2x. I still have not put it on. I will wear it this fall though and winter as I run.
The Turkey Trot shirt and Country Music shirt are tech shirts…yeah…it will be a while before i can fit those. The Turkey Trot is an XL and the Country Music shirt is a 2x from Nashville. Technically I can wear the Nashville one and I suppose it fits the way a tech shirt is supposed to, but I am not comfortable in it yet…soon.
The bottom two shirts are from the Awful River Bank Run (25K) and the Super Bowl 5K I ran (first race by myself). While both shirts fit, I hate wearing the RBR shirt. It reminds me of what I DID NOT finish and I LOVE the Super Bowl one because it is a reminder that I run for me and because it is orange!
The Pistons shirt is there because, well I LOVE Deeetroiitttt Baasssskeettttballllll….and for years I could not wear that shirt…and now I can but not for much longer!
The Love for Linda shirt brings my heart joy every time I wear it. It was a shirt that my friends designed when they formed a team to walk a breast cancer walk in honor of their mom who was and continues to battle cancer. It didn’t fit when I got it, but I wore it for Linda that day of the walk, and not since. Now it fits…and while I couldn’t do the race this year…next year I will wear it and RUN for Linda!
The bright green shirt on the right is a volunteer shirt I got for a local festival. It was awful last year having to wear it knowing it didn’t fit at all. This year, it makes a great running shirt…since it fits now.
Finally, my last two shirts that I have displayed. One is my “friends don’t let friends run alone” shirt that I had made for Nashville. I ordered this in 2 sizes…because I wasn’t sure which would fit. Wouldn’t you know, the smaller 2x fits!!! So I wear that one when going out to hang with people and the other one a 3x(not shown as it is being washed) is worn for working out in. HA! The other is my FIRST Triathlon shirt from August 2008. I got this shirt in my first Relay Team event at the Prairie View Triathlon. I took the shirt and put it in a bag, knowing it would NEVER be worn or at least I couldn’t imagine a time that it would/could be worn. The other day, I put on this shirt and headed out to meet Jess, thinking nothing of it. It wasn’t until I was working out with her I realized…what shirt I was wearing, when I got it, how I felt when they gave it to me…and that I was now wearing it…and it fit just fine…a 2x.
It has been a Shir-taculous Journey…from a 4x to a 2x…and down we go….
Guess what! I LOVE getting race shirts now!!! and Volunteer Shirts…and any other shirts people want to give me…but in a 2x or smaller please…