On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I kinda want to spam him

How's this for cool?

Remember that "What to Wear" widget on runnersworld.com? And then remember how suddenly it wasn't there anymore?

Mark Remy, the Runner's World editor who wrote that book a while ago that was absolutely everywhere (um, at least in my world) with "rules" on running, was responsible for the decision to remove it from their website.

Now, the disappearance of this website didn't phase me at all, because every time I used it, it told me to overdress excessively. I know that I tend to run hot (please insert flattering jokes about my attractiveness here), but I swear: I could tell the site it was 85 and humid out and that I liked to feel cool when I run and still it would say I should wear tights, a hat, a long sleeved tech shirt, and a vest. Always, always a vest.

But some people used the what to wear tool, and some people loved it. (I also personally am not really sure how hard the "dress for 20 degrees warmer than it is outside and maybe adjust a little if it's really windy" thing is, but that's just because I've been doing this running thing for a million years. I've been sailing twice, and both times I flipped out and must have asked my friends what to wear on a boat about a thousand times beforehand.) (I wore shorts.) (I even had to buy shorts because I didn't own any non-running ones.)

Anyway, Mark Remy has offered to personally answer any emails runners send him asking what to wear. And he's actually doing it. I like that.

17 comments:

  1. This is time for a guest blog post from your sister. What will I write about? Well, to give you a hint, I am going to start asking Mark what I should wear immediately after I am done running if I have to go somewhere directly after I am finished running (You know, like stopping at Trader Joe's on my way home). If he answers that, and he will, then I will slowly segue into asking him what to wear to a SuperBowl party, and then to a formal work function, and then maybe an interview. And I will share his answers in said guest blog. Brilliant! I know!

    And about the vests, I think that was HILARIOUS. Especially since I discovered not many running attire companies even sell vests anymore. I found this out after my brief stint working at a running shoe store and being asked to order fall/winter clothes. I thought everyone needed to wear vests since Mark Remy told me so.

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  2. While I am on a roll (and yes I am), how about asking Mark for running fashion advice? Like "Do you think that bun huggers should be illegal?" "Should I wear my florescent chartreuse bra with my florescent pink shorts?" "Should I go for the half marathon world record for someone wearing a fruit costume?" (that is a real thing. The record is somewhere around 1:35 so someone please go break it).

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    1. Stop commenting here; start emailing Mark!

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  3. Wait where is his email address??????

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    1. He put it in one of the links I linked: remysworld@runnersworld.com.

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  4. Since I am a research librarian I found it for all of your other readers:

    remysworld@runnersworld.com

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    1. Ahem. I posted it a minute ago. Ahem.

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  5. The "dress for +20 warmer and adjust for extreme wind" has never failed me. This year I learned that my cold tolerance is even better than I expected (I'm normally a wuss) and I can get away with shorts in low-to-mid 40s.

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    1. Yes! 40 is usually my cut off, maybe 35 if I'm feeling strong and it's not too wet out.

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  6. I LOVE THIS! I have never found a happy medium though, mostly because I'm a total diva about carrying layers. So I'm always freezing at the beginning and after a run.

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  7. This thread is awesome. I am so glad I have you in my life, as I had never heard of his rule book.

    Amanda's fruit costume comment is gold. Pure gold.

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  8. Mark has failed me. No response yet. Of course I think he is a fraud because he hasn't responded to my email within one hour.

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  9. Wait people don't wear vests all the time when running?

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  10. I pretty much wear a running vest all the time - running or not. Is this wrong? Please ask Mark.

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    1. You're just being prepared for ALL weather in case a spontaneous run breaks out!

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  11. I have never even heard of a running vest. Other than the neon, glow-y, reflective one I had to wear for a night leg of Ragnar. That cannot be the same thing.

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    1. Oh, no, not like that. Take your favorite running jacket, cut the sleeves off, and there you have it. WAY weirder if you ask me.

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