26 July 2009


Sometimes I think I'm crazy. What was I thinking when I decided it'd be "great" to sign up for a marathon? While planning a wedding??

Oh right. I wanted to look like this.

Last weekend our long run was 14 miles. Let me tell you, that's a lot of running. So. Much. Running. Every day - running. Get home from work - running. Plan some wedding on Saturday? Running. It really feels like I'm planning two marathons. Or running two weddings. I can't remember.

The good news, though, is that we're still chugging away! The 14 miles didn't kill me, and Mr. Bear Cub is the sweetest coach ever. I wouldn't be able to run like this if it weren't for him. He keeps me motivated and he's always positive when we run. No sour sports here! I know it's corny, but I love how my running partner is such a fantastic life partner. :)

We've got a little over 2 months before the "big day" (after our Big Day), and it's time to start thinking about what we'll wear on that other big day! Since we're running the marathon (together! no personal records this time) right after we get back from our honeymoon, I thought it only appropriate we dress the part of the newlyweds.

As dorky as it may sound, we thought it would be ridiculously cute to dress up like a bride & groom for the marathon! We have to be smart about this, though. You can't wear cotton when you run. You will chafe, and your nipples might bleed (seriously). For long runs, it's best to wear sweat-wicking fabric. I personally love wool, but polyester (Nike's "dry-fit", for example) works perfectly fine. The problem is, they don't really make much in the way of "bridal" running clothes. ;)

After a little searching, I found a cycling jersey (above) that's a tuxedo! Perfect! A little buy-it-now action, ebay style, & Mr. Bear Cub is in like Flynn. Our bib "names" are a check - we'll officially be MR & MSBRCUB by then. We've even been practicing a kiss at the "finish line" of every run! I don't really know what I should wear, though! Should I wear a little mini-veil on top of my ponytail? Should I don some crazy tutu-esque white dress? Or should I be SANE and realistic about my first marathon, and wear what will be most comfortable? Sometimes the safest option for long runs is to wear something you know you'll be comfortable in.

What do you think would be a good "bridal" running outfit? We'd love for the crowds at the race to know we're recently married! :)


  1. I've heard of running skirts, maybe you can buy a white top and running skirt and do some kind of mini veil (just make sure you secure it really well or it will be annoying. I wouldn't wear an actual dress because that's a long way to be uncomfortable.

    I've never run a marathon, I've only run a half, and several years ago. kudos to you for giving it a go! If I could get my fiancé interested in running I might try to do another half but for now that's a lot of time and effort! My 4 mile runs everyday keep me feeling pretty good.

  2. I was thinking the same thing...an all white little tennis top/shorts-skirt.