Do they make striped compression socks?

What makes a sensible costume to wear at a 5k or 10k?

Daily News staff members met this week to discuss details of our Press Run, which is Sept. 13. We’ve been meeting for months, but this time I felt a real sense of urgency.

The Press Run is only two months away. (Reminder: If you want a discount for signing up early, do it soon.)

I only have two more months for training, which I’ll get to in a minute. But my latest worry is what to wear. 

The Press Run supports Newspapers in Education and literacy. So, we thought it would be fun to encourage runners and walkers to wear costumes based on their favorite book characters.

I’ve been to plenty of races at which people had a lot of fun and women wore tutus and such. But I’ve never dressed up in costume for one.

I love books. I always have. I started thinking about my favorite character, Bilbo Baggins being among them. Yep, that’s not going to work.

Reluctantly, I also scratched off my list Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Moby Dick — yes the whale himself. 

This is my first 10k, and I don’t want anything that will hinder my speed or comfort.

Pippi Longstocking is a strong contender. I could acquire some striped socks, put my hair in pigtails and voila! I could opt for a red wig with pigtails, but the thought of wearing one while running in the heat is unappealing.

I’m very open to suggestions and pointers on wearing costumes on race day. If you know of a great book character costume that won’t slow me down, please let me know.

And I would love to know whether you plan to participate in the Press Run and whether you’ll wear a costume. It’s not mandatory to wear a costume, just fun.

I have been training, but suspect I’m overestimating my distance. So, I finally acquired an app to track my progress. But that's a topic for the next blog.


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(18) comments

Kevin Lang

There's always Tarzan :-)

The only costume I've tried is that of a runner. Still trying to put in a convincing performance in that costume.

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Laura Elder

Hey, Tarzan is an official contender now. I think running a 10k is pressure enough. But I'm willing to try a low maintenance costume.

Stevie Maradeo

You can always be Wonder Woman!

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Laura Elder

I like that idea. But without the wig.

Kevin Lang

Hair dye?

George Croix

Take a more practical and safety oriented approach:

Get a white tee shirt and a pair of white shorts.
Lay them on your driveway in their respective normal positions, then run one tire of your car over them both bottom to top a couple of times to get a clear imprint of the tire tread.

The motorists will avoid you, figuring you've already suffered enough....[wink]

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Laura Elder


Jim Forsythe

Go as lois lane.

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Laura Elder

I have considered Lois Lane! It's on my list.

Norman Pappous

Seaweed monster

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Laura Elder

That would be so convenient. But is there a book character based on a seaweed monster?

Doris Herrmann

I think Hermione Granger or Lisbeth Salander would be great costumes.

Jim Forsythe

Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz.

Lars Faltskog

Baby Jane

Lars Faltskog

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Steve Fouga

Daenerys Targaryen.

Though the Elvira suggestion is a darn good one.

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Laura Elder

Daenerys Targaren is one of my favorite characters. And I like all the suggestions. (Well, Baby Jane would be scary). Thanks everyone. But I think I'm going with Lisbeth Salander. It's funny that DorisH should mention that. It occurred to me this weekend I could keep it simple and avoid wigs and whole costumes by just getting a temporary tattoo. I'll be the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." If it sweats off, so be it.

Steve Fouga

"I'll be the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." If it sweats off, so be it."


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