Passport to the Boston Marathon

I heard about this blog project/idea/whatever where you take a photo for each hour of your day and post it. But, then, it turned out that my whole day would be pictures of my computer and a pile of notes. So, here is the one awkward selfie of me at the gym instead:

I'm going to practice my selfie expressions in the mirror. Like Tyra says.
I’m going to practice my selfie expressions in the mirror. Like Tyra says.

My Boston “passport” finally arrived, which apparently means all the information they don’t disclose on the internet like times and places to be.

GET READY FOR BOSTON!
GET READY FOR BOSTON!

This, apparently, also included a ticket to dinner. But, you don’t get to pick your time for dinner. The actual instructions say if you want a different time than your assigned time, then you should trade with another runner. So, um, let me know if all the cool kids are going to 5 p.m. dinner?

The idea of a dinner for everyone to go to at assigned times stresses me out.
The idea of a dinner for everyone to go to at assigned times stresses me out.

The whole “Passport to Boston” also included a catalog of all the special stuff you can buy as a special person who gets to go to a super special race — except I think maybe anyone can buy it. It may not come as a shock that I am not the type of person who typically buys merch from races, but part of me kind of wants to — because why not. I just got a tax refund, so let’s go shopping!

When women's clothes seem to have boobs in side of them, but no person, it weirds me out.
When women’s clothes seem to have boobs inside of them, but no person, it weirds me out.

The only problem is that all the men’s stuff is cuter than the women’s. I think. I mean, I’m still just getting my head around women’s cut shirts — why do we need V’s in our necks, is it for our massive boobs? — so when they try and make things feminine-y it confuses me.

This is probably the primary thing that is going to occupy my mind for the next 17 days.

See, men’s clothes:

 

That's like a fun sweatshirt and jacket, if they came in a smaller size.
That’s like a fun sweatshirt and jacket, if they came in a smaller size.
I actually really want the black jacket in the lower left corner. But, men's!
I actually really want the black jacket in the lower left corner. But, men’s!

And, the women’s stuff:

For some reason the women's version of the black jacket is white (in the upper left corner). I guess it's because we're like light and pure or something. But, it just looks so aggressive. What am I to do?
For some reason the women’s version of the black jacket is white (in the upper left corner). I guess it’s because we’re like light and pure or something. But, it just looks so aggressive. What am I to do?

I suppose in the next two weeks (I fly out two weeks from today!), I will also like read the rest of the passport and check my hotel reservations and make plans with the like half-dozen people I said I’d make plans with when I’m there and, you know, get race ready. I will probably also shop. It’s part of my taper.

 

6 thoughts on “Passport to the Boston Marathon

  1. I have been complaining for years about men getting the better colors and designs! And not just at Boston. It makes me crazy. Who is the marketing genius that thinks women must want white gear to sweat in? Or are they just a pervert? That said, I plan on buying both hoodies…because I am a total and complete sucker.

  2. You need ducklips for a true selfie, I think. Also, I am not liking a lot of these women’s cut t-shirts either. There is a right way to do it, and just shortening the torso and sleeves while adding a v-neck is not it. That has been happening at a lot of local races recently. No, really, please give me a men’s small.

  3. I hate how women’s clothes are always added as an afterthought, and they always seem to be a “baby tee” style from the early 2000s.

    Isn’t that yellow and navy men’s jacket the “Boston jacket” everyone gets at Boston? I’ve seen a lot of women wearing it.

    1. I think it’s the jacket most people buy (like probably almost everybody). It’s $60 and the men’s and women’s look really similar. But, I think it’s sort of ugly, so I probably won’t get it, because ugly is the most important thing.

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