1) Wearing a tutu and running alongside their girlfriend/wife as support
2) Clearly running in support of a women's charity
There were a handful of men who were just....running. Alone. In typical running gear. Odd. Obviously I wouldn't go so far as to say that men aren't ALLOWED to run a women's race (pretty sure that's illegal) but wouldn't you feel uncomfortable running a men's race as a woman? Just strange to me. Oh, and random fact: there are a handful of men's races too. My favorite? Keep Your Eye On The Ball - a race to raise awareness about, well....you can probably guess.
Anyway, I did notice a couple of things about a women's race - so here's a cheat sheet.
-Women like bling. Like, a lot. The medals for this race were upwards of a pound. Not kidding at all, and I think we know where the race fees went to.
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-There's a lot of pink. Yeah, big surprise there. Pink at a women's race. On the plus side, there are very few tiaras and boas, so I think it turned out better than I expected.
-You'll feel faster than normal. My overall place for this race was 192/2,900. I think it's safe to say that if it was a race with equal numbers of men and women, you could add a good 1,000 places to my final placing.
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-It Felt Very Girl Power-Y. And I liked it. I'm not normally super "you go, girl!" about things, but I actually really enjoyed cheering on the women at the finish line and seeing the first racer pass on an out and back and having it be a female! (She won in 1:25!)
Have you ever run a women's only race? Do you want to?
I don't think I would ever go out of my race to run in a women's only race at all, but it is a lot of fun.
Would you rather have a giant medal or an awesome tech tee?
Honestly, I like the medals after running a race. It's fun to see them all hung up, so I like that aspect. However, this giant one was so unnecessary. It was almost too big to wear, and it's nearly twice the size of my other medals! While we got a tech tee for this race, it was a little...cheap. I would have preferred an awesome hoodie or long sleeve tee instead.