I’m big on keeping my race costumes a secret before race day. I’m not really sure why, but I like having something to “debut” on race morning.
Last weekend, I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon and Disneyland 10k and completed the Dumbo Double Dare. Two races, two costumes. I was really excited about these costumes. I started working on them in May (yes, seriously) and I’m quite proud of how they turned out.
For my 10k costume, I knew we’d be mostly in the parks and I wanted something that paid homage to the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorite shows in all of the resort is Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline. I’m a sucker for anything retro, especially the 50’s and 60’s. I scoured the internet for photos and found my inspiration. With a Sparkle Athletic skirt, some ribbon, felt, a cereal box, a pattern for a PanAm flight attendant hat, and Steam-A-Seam, I was ready to go! Instead of wearing the typical booty shorts under my sparkle skirt, I opted for a running skirt to add some extra volume and retro flair to the sparkle.
I was worried many people wouldn’t “get” my costume (and, in fact, someone called me Tour Guide Barbie), but a ton of other runners and Disneyland Resort Cast Members were excited about it. I even made sure to jump up on the show stage for a quick photo opp (I just wish I had adjusted my skirt first! Rats!).
For the second race, I wanted to give a nod to the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and went with a ringmaster/Timothy Q. Mouse theme. Again, I started with a Sparkle Athletic skirt and simply modified the shirt with some ribbon, buttons, and fringe. I ripped apart a pair of circus Minnie ears I had in the closet and used the tiny top hat and feather to finish off the costume.
I really do love how my costumes turned out this time around. All in all, they were very inexpensive to create, and once I had a plan, they were quick to execute. My biggest advice for running costumes is to start with running clothes as a base and alter them to create the costume. Sketch out a plan, make a supply list, and go to town! And remember, you don’t need sewing skills…Steam-A-Seam is my best friend!
I am trying to hurry and plan my Tower 10 Miler costumes for next month. I have something pretty elaborate in mind, so we’ll see if I have enough time to pull it off! If all else fails, I know I can rock a Sparkle Athletic skirt and tank and still look (and feel) great!
Question of the day: If you ran in costume last weekend, what did you run as?