Please-Don’t-Run-Me-Over Vest; also, Half-Marathon!

At CrossFit I usually wear black shorts or yoga capri pants and one of my five black tank tops.  We regularly run outside on the quiet back road without a lot of streetlights.  There are rarely cars on the street so it’s pretty safe, and at the same time the lack of traffic means drivers aren’t expecting a runner on the side of the road.  During this half of the year it’s dark during my usual evening CrossFit session and my workout clothes don’t help with visibility.  Yes, my pale pale white skin helps a little, just not enough.

I finally made myself a please-don’t-run-me-over-with-your-car vest with reflective tape on the front and back to throw on before running in the dark.  Better safe — and supremely stylish!!! — than sorry, eh.  I’m sure any parents reading this approve.  I refashioned it from an old long-sleeve t-shirt.  The stripes are neon yellow iron-on tape from Joann; you can’t tell that they’re yellow because they’re reflecting in the flash, just like they should.

Getting an ok picture of the back view was surprisingly hard.  Either the flesh at the back of my shoulder and armpit area was too fleshy and doughy, or the backs of the arms themselves were thin and stringy with Madonna-esque zombie muscles (how could my arms look soft and doughy in some pictures and thin and stringy in others?), and then when I pretended to run for an action shot it just looked like I was sticking my butt towards the camera and holding my arms weird.  “How does this look, is this better?” I asked as I tried a few poses.  “It couldn’t hurt to try,” he said.  “It’s not like it’s going to be worse!” and we both laughed because it was true.

There’s another reason besides CrossFit that I made a vest to wear when running at night (or in the wee hours of the morning, but let’s not kid ourselves here): I’m now in training for next January’s P.F. Chang’s Rock & Roll Half-Marathon.  That’s right, a half-marathon, 13.1 miles.  Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll attempt a full mile without walking, for the first time in about 15 years.  Yep, I’m pretty sure middle school was the last time I did a full mile, and I’ve never done much more than that.  I have almost a full year to add 12 more miles to this first one.  There’s a 4-hour cutoff for the half-marathon, which means an 18-minute/mile pace.  One of my CrossFit friends said her grandmother has done it, mostly walking, so I should be able to finish.  My current uneducated and naive hope is that I’ll be able to aim for 3 hours (~13 min/mi).  As the months go by and I get a better idea of how I’m improving and what my walking pace is I can adjust my objectives.

January 29, 2010. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Words.


  1. Mom replied:

    cool update. very imaginative and THIRTEEN miles, even walking, is wow a lot. good luck. like the laughing scene with the man and you

  2. Su replied:

    Good luck on the training. How very exciting for you!

    And that’s a great idea with the vest

  3. amylee replied:

    love the vest! nice job with the half marathon goal! getting it public makes it so much easier to keep going. i’m doing a short course triathlon this summer – just telling people, and having them ask how training is going makes it so much easier to not get lazy…wish me luck – its the day after our 10 year class reunion!

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