While googling race recaps for my latest half marathon (doesn't everyone do that?), I came across one by Urban Running Girl. I read her recap and also came across a product she makes and sells - the running shrug. I was intrigued.
|Urban Running Girl Shrug|
This shrug is made of lightweight tech fabric, it's really functional and comes in a bunch of colors. I warm up very quickly during a race, but waiting around for the race to start I am usually cold. The Niagara Falls half was no exception. Usually I wear arm sleeves, but this shrug offers a little more coverage. It also has cuffs that fold over your hands to keep your fingers toasty. I was definitely very glad I had this shrug while waiting for an hour at the start.
I was wearing a short sleeve shirt and it fit over the top nicely.
|After freezing for an hour, I was anxious to start the race.|
The nice thing was that after two miles I took it off quickly during my walk break and tied it around my waist tightly. There's not a lot to it like there is for a jacket so it was basically like tying a belt or scarf around my waist. I never worried that it was going to fall off.
The shrug is made in Canada, but they do ship to the US. There's a sale right now for $20 Canadian plus shipping. Deb was super responsive on Twitter to my question on shipping and when I placed my order, she sent it out the very next morning. I will say it takes about a week to actually get the package due to the international shipping.
|The card I got with my shrug, lots of ways to use it.|
I was very happy with my purchase and wanted to share with my friends. I plan to use this shrug for my marathon. I am going to wear a tank top so it will be nice to have a little more something on to cover up at 4 am. And when I warm up after a few miles, I could even tuck it into the pocket of my Sparkle Skirt.
How do you stay warm waiting for a race to start?