By Taryn Townsend
I’m not sure about other runner’s, but generally, my philosophy is that you shouldn’t wear any race shirt that you did not complete or at least start. I’ve never NOT completed a race, so my philosophy is any race that I have not started.
With me not running Comrades this year, I was not going to fuss too much about the goody bag and the contents thereof, besides, I’m not going to wear the shirt anyway, I didn’t even START. After speaking to my cousin though, who is running, she suggested that I get my goody bag anyway, besides, that is a very expensive t-shirt not to claim. True.
Needless to say, my cousin will collect my goody bag at the race expo (if she is able to) and I have decided that if I do ever wear the shirt, it will be to bed and nowhere else. I will also use the goody bag and unused race number as my reminder of what I have been through this year, the strength that I have managed to build and the stronger path that lies ahead of me for NOT running the race and preparing myself better for next year and the years to come.
At times, I think it is harder to make the decision not to do a big race, than it is to line up on the day. It is the most heart breaking decision to make after you have put your mind to completing a task. But, as I’ve said, I’m looking forward to an even stronger run next year and I’m looking forward to running with my cousin as she will complete her 10th Comrades next year.
Good luck to everyone participating! Enjoy wearing and showing off your Comrades 2011 race t-shirt and be sure to purchase a Comrades supporters t-shirt at the expo for your loyal supporter/s, they will really appreciate it, besides, they have also had to endure your early mornings, leaving parties early, your long hours on the road and the pasta they have had to eat so often!
What do you think? To wear the shirt, or not to wear the shirt? Add your comment below!