TGIF and a Runskin giveaway!

Update February 2014: Please read this post about my experience working with Runskin for this giveaway. I do not support this company.

This weekend I'm getting out of town for a day and going to either the beach or the mountains, which is turning out to be kind of a tough decision because I'm not used to having options (related: I really like it here.)

While I'm away, I have a great giveaway from Runskin. They contacted me back in July to do a product review in exchange for a free tank, plus one to give away to an Outside Time reader. I have a bad case of marathon tunnel vision and 90% of my thoughts and conversations are about My First OMGMarathon, so I was more than happy to oblige.

Runskin takes marathon course maps and makes them into cool graphic art. Some of the most iconic courses have existed unchanged for decades, and this is something that makes certain races so special to me: at New York, I'll be racing the same course that Bill Rodgers, Grete Waitz, and Alberto Salazar ran before I was born.

 

 

New York City Marathon runners and Fred Lebow (in cap) looking over the marathon route on a map in 1980.

New York City Marathon runners and Fred Lebow (in cap) looking over the marathon route on a map in 1980.

(I'll be going a little bit slower, though.)

Most of the time, I'm indifferent about what shirt I run in, as long as it isn't cotton. Still, most of my shirts tend to be either oversized race tshirts (thanks for those, NYRR) or impulse purchases made the night before a race at Nike. My favorites are usually 1) tanks, not shirts, and 2) looser and lighter-feeling, like this one.

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We can talk about my hair later (and yes, I run like this).

We can talk about my hair later (and yes, I run like this).

This is a New Balance tech shirt with a reflective piping in the front on both sides. Is that necessary? I dunno, but it seems like a nice touch? The main thing I checked it for was whether it was HUGE in the armholes, which is my usual problem with tanks, and this one passes the test. It's also a good length for running -- not too long, but it definitely won't ride up -- and if you wear one of those fuel belt, things it seems long enough for that, too. Most importantly, the graphic is awesome and I feel awesome wearing a shirt emblazoned with the marathon I'm training for -- I am a sucker for race swag, so this is basically as good as it gets.

Runskin is giving away a marathon tank to one Outside Time reader. It isn't limited to NYCM tanks, so be sure to check out their site and see if there's on you'd like! Here are the details! 

Runskin Giveaway! 

For: One race singlet of your choice 

Deadline to enter: Monday, August 26 at 5PM EST

How to enter:  

  1. Required Leave a comment telling me which tank you'd like, and why.
  2. Bonus entry!  Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post, and leave a comment letting me know you did.
  3. Another bonus entry! Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post, and leave a comment letting me know you did.
  4. One last bonus entry! Follow @runskin on Twitter, and comment letting me know you did.

I will choose a winner on Monday using a random number generator and I will announce the winner on Tuesday.

Good luck!