It warranted such comments as "I don't want to offend you, but is that your ugly sweater?" and "I just LOVE your sweater!"
In the last case, the woman was serious and thought it was actually a cute sweater and I have serious questions about her fashion sense and also her sanity.
But the most fun time I wore my ugly sweater was when I wore it without pants.
Isn't that always the way it goes?
Since I recently decided that I will not take "fun run" 5ks seriously, I was pretty excited to toss on a hideous snowman sweater (Thanks, Mom!) and my best underpants.
For those of you who don't know yet, I got chosen to be one of the Race Directors for Cupid's Undie Run in Nashville. As a Race Director, part of my job is to spread the good word of undie running and I have fully embraced it. This was at least my fourth run in undies, if you include a local 5k and 10k, and Ragnar only counts as one (even though I ran in undies for two legs!).
I have to admit, I was a little bummed with the run. Sure, Amber and I had fun, but we always manage to make a good time out of nothing. But the course had little in the way of entertainment. I had been picturing scenes in my head where Amber and I could stop and take as many selfies as any girl could possibly dream, but with the exception of the inflatible reindeer, there wasn't anywhere to really #stopdropandselfie. Even the "snow machine" had run out of snow by the time we passed by it in the last wave.
NOTE: If you start in the last wave, it makes it easy to pass people and is good for your ego. Also, the back-of-the-packers are always a rowdy good time. These people are not here to compete; they're here to PARTY!
"Girl, why are you in undies. YOU. ARE. CRAZY."
And my response is always "I run in my undies for the kids. Lemme tell you all about it."
It's a great opener and a hell of a conversation starter. Plus, I'm pretty sure my butt is on the internet almost as much as Kim Kardashian's... Just with slightly more clothing. And hey, the logo for the run is plastered all over my rear like some sort of human NASCAR. So if pictures of my butt help spread the word about Cupid's I'll do what I have to do. Most people are pretty in to it and when they realize that it's all for charity are excited about the event, although there is always one like the girl who made a comment and then wouldn't even look me in the eye when I tried to explain it to her... But that says more about her than me.
And sometimes it does get awkward when a guy asks if he can have his picture with me and I say "Sure!" and then he asks me to turn around so my butt is in the picture... #HellaAwkward.
All for a good cause though, right?
Serious, a nice white blanket of snow on the course would have made it so much prettier. I can't believe I actually am wishing for snow... Someone slap some sense in to me...