and then running in it!
So, I got a place in the VLM! It'll be my first one and as I'm a plodder anyway I thought it would be good to have a bit of fun with it, be part of the atmosphere and do it in fancy dress. I don't want to run round in some huge Spongebob type costume, but equally I want to make a bit more effort than wearing a tutu over my running kit and pretending to be a fairy.
Anyone ever done a marathon in fancy dress? Anyone got any tips for good or bad costumes?
I have never run a marathon in fancy dress but I have dressed up for races. Normally christmas ones where I dress in something very sparkly.
If you want to do it then wear lycra - look at dance costumes. They will be flexible allowing you to move yet provide all the qualities that you would expect from running kit.
Don't wear anything that will chaff or be too hot or too cold or too heavy. Even a water bottle can become heavy over 26 miles.
The superman / super women costumes work well, though I would find something that fitted your bodyshape and personality.
Oh - how about bike gear, tight fitting leathers, that would be easy to do in lycra.
Dress as your forum name.
This isn't her but that's the outfit. Because she's a lot shorter her centre of gravity was interesting...
Just a hint... once you find yourself on your back it such fun watching you try to get back up...
I've run as Supergirl, Mother Christmas and a sunflower and also the gorilla run.
Agree with the others, nothing too hot/cold or bulky. I don't like anything on my head either
Go for something aerodynamic.
Imelda Mouse wrote (see)
I've run a couple of short races in 'proper' fancy dress (the Nun Run) and polyester fancy dress costumes are the most horrible things to run in, especially if the weather is even slightly warm.
When I did Marathon du Medoc (the circus theme year), I bought my acrobat costume from a dancewear shop - it wasn't as much fun as some of the other costumes but it was comfortable and didn't chafe, ride up or make me feel like I was being broiled alive!
PhilPub wrote (see)
Did they have eye holes? Doesn't look like it!
Hiya TST. My husband is an avid fancy dress runner and has tried all sorts of costumes. Deffo something lightweight, without a mask and something that will dry quickly if it gets wet. He goes to the high street fancy dress/party shops and just looks what takes his fancy. Most of them aren't too expensive so he has a "dressing up box" now.
Something that the crowd will recognise is helpful so you get plenty of shouts.
*waves* Hi Soupy!!
Hmm, some things to think about there! I am a bit worried that the cheaper fancy dress things off the internet will be all nylon which would be hot and not pleasant to wear. I've also found that they generally look nothing like they show on the packet and look very cheap and nasty! Maybe I need to go hunt around the fancy dress shops locally and see what they have to buy. I had thought about doing it as a playboy bunny (which ties in with being called a gym bunny elsewhere) but apparently that is not very pc these days and I don't want abuse shouted at me on the run.
@ Nam - can imagine it's hilarious watching someone trying to get up in the Little Miss costume! Bit too large for me as a fancy dress novice though and rather hot I would imagine.
@ Imelda Mouse - good thinking about the dance costumes! I shall have a look and see what I can find.
What about actually going as a gym bunny? (with a playboy bunny influence) With towelling wrist and headbands, legwarmers, leotard and rabbit ears & tail?
Two-Stroke Tart wrote (see)
Well I was thinking more of something that wouldn't frighten small children and dogs
Vampire? They're all the vogue now aren't they? Easily done too... outfit easily done, some waterproof make up, maybe a wig?
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