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garbanzo a gogo

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This shirt is old and faded
All the color's washed away
I've had it now for more damn years

Than I can count anyway
-- the prophet m.c. carpenter



i have a confession: i did not run the 2015 marshall marathon.

choosing a shirt to run in is easy. i reach in the pile, pull something out at random, and take a nap while i drive to the mad dog start line. it’s not until a ways down the trail that i become curious about what i’m wearing.

shirts are an odd thing. i don’t want to be presumptuous with some hellathon shirt. but i like to at least present the air of presentability despite my 12 minute pace. as a compromise, i just don’t worry much anymore.

my favorites are the quirky ones. loteria run with a boot and no distance. freeda run with mostly eyebrows. stuff that suggests a race without offering a chance for strangers to start a conversation.

the worst sin? wearing a shirt for a race you didn’t actually run. which is this one. i should probably do laundry more than once a year so i don’t run out of shirts in december. i’m going to hell for sure. i hope there’s a laundromat in satan city. i suspect the shirts get smelly there.

so i suppose a squirrel skeleton works fine. mad dog 5k today without getting nailed by a frisbee. what more could you ask for?

a nap, maybe. that’s what the drive home is for.

do YOU have a Shirt of Shame? your secret is safe here.
 

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I will have to look in the drawers and ponder the "shirt of shame." But I surely loved my Dia de los Loopsters shirt. And the original yellow shirt was magical.

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3 minutes ago, gdionelli said:

I will have to look in the drawers and ponder the " shirt of shame ." But I surely loved my Dia de los Loopsters shirt . And the original yellow shirt was magical .

i wonder how many miles atombuddy has in that shirt.

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That's an awesome shirt!

For shirts of shame, here are the closest I have:

I have one or two shirts from races where I volunteered and didn't race. They are 5Ks, so I probably did at least 5K later that same day anyway :) That counts, right? Eventually, they started making separate shirts for volunteers that say "Race Team". I took 2 of them one year. But I didn't take one this year, so I guess I'm even. 

I have a shirt from a marathon where I was a pacer for the last 16 miles (there are reasons), so I didn't really run the full marathon. But there was a half marathon as well and it was the same shirt. But I didn't really run that course. I'm conflicted on this one????

Actually, I really don't care. Hardly anyone sees me when I'm doing endless loops of my small neighborhood and I wear more legit shirts on group runs.

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12 minutes ago, MichaelV said:

That ' s an awesome shirt !

For shirts of shame , here are the closest I have :

I have one or two shirts from races where I volunteered and didn ' t race . They are 5Ks , so I probably did at least 5K later that same day anyway :) That counts, right? Eventually, they started making separate shirts for volunteers that say "Race Team". I took 2 of them one year. But I didn't take one this year, so I guess I'm even. 

I have a shirt from a marathon where I was a pacer for the last 16 miles (there are reasons), so I didn't really run the full marathon. But there was a half marathon as well and it was the same shirt. But I didn't really run that course. I'm conflicted on this one????

Actually, I really don't care. Hardly anyone sees me when I'm doing endless loops of my small neighborhood and I wear more legit shirts on group runs.

marathon shirts are the worst! the one from the top photo is san antonio marathon, with that same dilemma of both races on one shirt. having only run the half, i have to dutifully explain that no, i didn’t run the marathon and yes i’m a slacker for only running 13.1. 

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I tend to discard the ugly ones. I have a couple that have "PACER" in large letters on the back. Does that confuse folks if I wear it to the gym or while biking?

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The best part is I tend to wear all the crappy ones over and over and save the "nice" ones. Not sure what I'm saving them for exactly. What would be a good example of a run worth saving a shirt for?

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16 minutes ago, mattw said:

I tend to discard the ugly ones . I have a couple that have " PACER " in large letters on the back . Does that confuse folks if I wear it to the gym or while biking ?

mr. pants says to add an "S" with a sharpie and sell at a premium to Indiana basketball fans. they're not too sharp. eeee.

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14 minutes ago, MichaelV said:

The best part is I tend to wear all the crappy ones over and over and save the " nice " ones . Not sure what I ' m saving them for exactly . What would be a good example of a run worth saving a shirt for ?

yes!!!!!! i know that feeling. Like there's going to be a formal event for which you need the perfect shirt. but mr. pants does have an example! In his hometown of San Angelo, Texas, there was an 8K race called the Run in the Sun. He had the 1981 shirt in his pile for many, many years before noticing that they had a contest each year for the person who wore the oldest shirt from the race. Sadly, he was living in Arizona and never made it back for the race. And now the shirt disappeared. Probably stolen by some jerk who is now wearing it yearly at the race to collect handsome prizes. And I still have my 1986 Houston Marathon shirt in semi-mint condition. I would like to return there for the 2026 race and wear it purely for the nostalgia. 

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54 minutes ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

mr . pants says to add an " S " with a sharpie and sell at a premium to Indiana basketball fans . they ' re not too sharp . eeee .

That is a good idea. I have been concerned that people may mistake me for a player on that team. "You're a Pacer?!? Can I have your autograph?"

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1 hour ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

yes !!!!!! i know that feeling . Like there ' s going to be a formal event for which you need the perfect shirt . but mr . pants does have an example ! In his hometown of San Angelo , Texas , there was an 8K race called the Run in the Sun . He had the 1981 shirt in his pile for many , many years before noticing that they had a contest each year for the person who wore the oldest shirt from the race . Sadly , he was living in Arizona and never made it back for the race . And now the shirt disappeared . Probably stolen by some jerk who is now wearing it yearly at the race to collect handsome prizes . And I still have my 1986 Houston Marathon shirt in semi - mint condition . I would like to return there for the 2026 race and wear it purely for the nostalgia . 

I have now decided that life is too short to save my best running shirts. I'm going to wear the best one I have on my run today. Hope it doesn't chafe.

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I signed up for the Phoenix RNR Half in 2014, specifically to meet up with loopsters RunDanRun and OnTheBusRunning. 

Then I got hurt and had to skip the road trip and the race. But Dan picked up my shirt. Months later he was in town and gave me the shirt. I still wear it despite not running it or even being in the same state. Hey I paid for it! But there is a little bit of shame.

I'm wearing it today.

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I feel conflicted wearing any of my Boston stuff. I feel like if I wear it people will look at me and give me the side eye -- "You  went to Boston?" and then they'll get all judgmental when I'm not busting out 7 minute miles. Or I feel like people will think I'm trying to show off by wearing it.

I have issues....

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1 hour ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

yes !!!!!! i know that feeling . Like there ' s going to be a formal event for which you need the perfect shirt . but mr . pants does have an example ! In his hometown of San Angelo , Texas , there was an 8K race called the Run in the Sun . He had the 1981 shirt in his pile for many , many years before noticing that they had a contest each year for the person who wore the oldest shirt from the race . Sadly , he was living in Arizona and never made it back for the race . And now the shirt disappeared . Probably stolen by some jerk who is now wearing it yearly at the race to collect handsome prizes . And I still have my 1986 Houston Marathon shirt in semi - mint condition . I would like to return there for the 2026 race and wear it purely for the nostalgia . 

I still have my 1980 Grandma's marathon shirt and hope to wear it in the 2030 race.

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1 minute ago, ocrunnergirl said:

I have conflict wearing any of my Boston stuff . I feel like if I wear it people will look at me and give me the side eye -- " You   went to Boston ?" and then they ' ll get all judgmental when I ' m not busting out 7 minute miles . Or I feel like people will think I ' m trying to show off by wearing it .

I have issues ....

What the hell is wrong with you!? Wear it and OWN it! 

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3 minutes ago, BANGLE said:

What the hell is wrong with you !? Wear it and OWN it ! 

I already said I don't know what's wrong with me. LOL. Issues probably too many for one bloop!

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i have a #teamgwen shirt, and the only time i saw her at a race, i made her stop and walk back to me to say hello, destroying her race. 

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57 minutes ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

i have a # teamgwen shirt , and the only time i saw her at a race , i made her stop and walk back to me to say hello , destroying her race . 

My race was destroyed before that! The sideways hug and race commentary were worth it!

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The KidfromtheLou gave me a 2015 GO!St. Louis half marathon shirt when I stopped once while traveling. It's a large so I can't wear it running anyway. But I still have it and use it for a PJ shirt, alternating with my 2017 Rehoboth marathon shirt, which even though it's a medium is still too big to wear running.

I don't wear my Boston shirts running because I want them to last forever. I do wear them at other times to impress anyone who knows about running.

Last year I threw out all my white running shirts because the pit stains were embarrassing. Now I only have about 6 short sleeve running shirts.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Gwen. She's perfect.

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