To Wear Or Not To Wear

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 13, 2009

Thanks to my two little helpers last night, we got all of the 500 bars packaged, tagged, and tied up ready to go for the race tomorrow! We finished around 11pm and then I did some work on signage until about 1am.


I hope they are a hit!!

I brought a traveler green monster today when we left for my sister Kerrie’s house! It is about a 1 hour 45 min drive so I wanted a light snack to tie me over til lunch. :)


We arrived at my sister’s and they had put on a fabulous spread on for lunch!!! :D Everything was SO delicious.


I filed up on tons of salad, veggies, crackers, beans, and fruit!!


And I even got to eat on my nephew’s totally cool Transformers placemat!

Robots in disguise…


I also had a really yummy wheat wrap loaded with avocado, balsamic fig dressing, chickpeas, and veggies. :) The perfect lunch!

I brought them over a huge box of my On The Glo Granola bars and they all loved them! :)

We had a lovely visit and are excited to see them in July when they come to our family get together that we are hosting. :)

I am currently in the car using Eric’s ‘everywhere internet’ that he gets when he is on call for work. It’s pretty sweet being able to blog from the car!

Here is another race outfit teaser!!!


I can’t wait to show you the entire outfit!! :) I am SO excited to wear it! Almost more excited than I am to run the damn race! I’m such a girlie girl!


This morning, I had a short + light workout, nothing very strenuous since the race is tomorrow. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill speed 3.7-4.0 mph at incline 15%.

Have I set a goal time for my 10K race tomorrow?

I have been debating about whether I was going to set a personal time goal for my race tomorrow!

Seeing as I have done 10k runs on my own several times before, I knew that I wanted to set some kind of goal, but also not set the goal too unrealistic given my injury recovery and lack of training over the past several months.

I decided that my goal is going to be 59 minutes, which I think is totally reasonable! I am secretly hoping for better, but if I can come in at under 1 hour given everything I have been through this past winter I will be thrilled. :)

All of you have given me so many positive words of encouragement and advice I feel like you are all running the race with me! :)

I have some race prep to do now on the internet. I need to figure out where I am dropping off the bars, how to get to my race kit pick-up, and how to get to the start line! We live about 1.5 hours from the race location so we are going to have a very early wake up call tomorrow! I also need to find a meeting point where Eric and I can meet up post race (thanks for the tip!).

In my next post, I will be showing you what I’m eating tonight to fuel my glycogen stores for the race! I will also show you everything I am wearing from my knee sleeves to my jewelry (yes, I said jewelry!) and my lucky baseball cap to my moleskin!

Today’s question:

For all you married or engaged runner’s out there, do you wear your wedding rings when you race? Or would you (for those of you who aren’t married)?

Normally I don’t wear my wedding rings when I workout, but you can be SURE I am wearing them tomorrow during my race. All I have to do is look down and feel Eric with me. :)

Coming up tomorrow VIDEO FOOTAGE of my race!!!

  • I will be doing candid commentary on my thoughts before the race (tonight and tomorrow AM)
  • Shots of course that I am running in
  • Me running the race (hoping Eric gets it!)
  • And post race of course!

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Danielle June 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Good luck!!!!
As for the rings…when I was running distances I wasn’t married so that was easy, but the plight that faced my married running partners then, now plagues me: swollen fingers! Though it sounds like its important to you to wear them, just a word of caution because of the swelling that often happens during a long run (plus, I’m a big fan of not doing anything on race day that you haven’t done in training).

best of luck to you!!


emily June 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I don’t wear my rings when I work out but I would in a race (for the same reason as you). I laughed reading your post actually, my husband and I were out today and realized that neither of us were wearing our rings, it was like we were back in high school!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Hmmm that is the only thing I’m worried about (swelling)!!!! eek now I’m not sure! Maybe I will just wear my engagement ring as it is VERY loose….


Crystal June 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I always wear my rings! I wouldn’t feel ‘normal’ without them. Good Luck!


Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm

YOU GO with those iron-on letters! You’re makin’ me proud :)

omg- you were SO right about flocked letters- they rock my world!!!! Wait til u see it!! ~A


Meg June 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Best of luck! :)


JT June 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Good luck tomorrow – you will do great…it seems from everything you wrote that you are super ready. Usually I don’t wear my wedding ring, but since it is a race, and from time to time I need a little pick-me-up, I wear the wedding band as I know that my husband is with me and encourage me to finish strong, so I would say YES.

Best of luck and have a great time:)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Thanks everyone!!!! ~A


Lynn June 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I always wear my rings so I would have these “panic” moments if they weren’t there. The swelling goes down quickly, and so just leave them on for a bit, and all will be well. Have fun!
Also, did you know the expression is “tide me over,” not “tie me over”? It’s an old English phrase. My dad always needs “a little something to tide me over,” so it’s a bit of a joke in our family.


Bree June 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm

don’t wear your engagement ring if it’s loose!!! the last thing you want to do is lose it…i NEVER take mine off for anything…but then again they fit absolutely perfectly no matter what i’m doing lol :-D


Sarah June 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Good luck tomorrow. I ran my first ever 5K this morning and had a blast! Well not during the race, I felt like I was going to die, but after wards it was fun! I’m totally hooked on racing now.


caitlin June 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm

of course i wear my rings!!! i never take them off!

my biggest piece of advice is NEVER DO ANYTHING NEW. don’t eat anything new, don’t wear anything new. practice makes perfect!!!


Marian June 13, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Just read your post and it got me excited! I am running the half-marathon tomorrow at the same race. I CANNOT wait to try the On the Glo bars!!

And I have to agree with you, I don’t know if I’m more excited about the race or my outfit. hahah.


Katherine June 13, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I always wear my rings, even though my fingers do swell a bit. I find, though, that as long as I stay properly hydrated, all I need to do is spend maybe 10 minutes after the race with my hands over my head and I’m good to go :)

Have a great time tomorrow!!


Liz June 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Good Luck tomorrow! I am a big runner and always keep my rings on -for all workouts and races. My fingers don’t swell THAT much…the same kind of swelling as walking around all day on a hot day or something. It goes down in a few hours. Have a great run!


elizabeth June 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!!! I am so excited to hear how it goes — the running and the glo bar selling. You have quite an exciting day ahead of you!!

Take care, don’t forget to FEED THE WARRIOR!



nd June 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

love your outfit! just made your glonuts, yum! I always wear my rings!


Recipes for Creativity June 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Can’t wait to see the outfit! Jewelry when you race, you’re so funny! I don’t really wear jewelry these days, and I’m not engaged or married, but when I did wear jewelry that was nice and fit well, like rings, I usually kept it on.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Marian- Goodluck tomorrow, maybe you will see me! :) PS- about the bars- here is some motivation to run FAST- there are 500 bars and 1,300 runners….you do the math! LOL ~A


april June 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm

You were up till 1?? My goodness I went to bed at 10:30 and I thought that was late! lol. I can’t wait to see all of your race goodies/outfits!


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I’m so excited for you! You’ll do great!!


Lauren June 13, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Good luck tomorrow sweetie! You will do great!

I don’t wear my rings but I always think of my hubby while running. I hate that feeling of swollen sweaty hot fingers and when my rings tighten up.

Have a wonderful evening. Take care and get some rest for your big day!


Marcia June 13, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I wear my rings for everything but weightlifting, including races. Well, I actually almost never wear my engagement ring, as I have to wear gloves at work in a lab. But my wedding ring is plain gold, and I do wear it.

Good luck on the race! I think 59 mins is a great time. I did one 10k last year, and I finished in 1:02-ish, just a hair under a 10-min mile. I was happy! The only bummer was that I got a side-ache, and had to walk for about 5 min to get rid of it.


Nicole June 13, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I am so excited for you!! Good luck, you will feel so accomplished and i wait to read all about it!!:):)


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

What a wonderful spread for lunch! And that placemat is so darn cool! ;)

Good luck tomorrow!!! I can’t wait to hear about what you eat and how you fuel up for the big race.

Have a wonderful evening!


Hangry Pants June 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Good luck tomorrow. I am sure your bars will be a hit and you will finish in well under an hour!

Not married, but I do wear a ring and sometimes necklace when I run. I think if you’re used to wearing it then it’s ok to do.


Tammy (Defining Wellness) June 13, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Hi Angela! Great question about the wedding rings. When I first got engaged, I did not wear my ring to work out. I run lots of sweaty miles on the treadmill, and I just didn’t like the idea of getting my sweat all over the rings. But then I talked to some other people about it, and they said that working out didn’t affect their rings at all, and that rings are designed to withstand everyday activities, including running and strength training. So now I wear my engagement ring and my wedding band every time I work out, and I haven’t noticed an iota of a change. They look great, and moreover, I feel proud wearing them! So I say, Don’t sweat it, and wear those rings proudly! Good luck and have a wonderful time tomorrow!


meghan June 13, 2009 at 10:34 pm

GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!! I know that you’re gonna rock it.. especially wearing that stylish gear! Can’t wait to hear all about it…and about how successful your glo bars were :D


Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum June 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Good luck tomorrow girly :)
Can’t wait to see the full outfit! The lunch spread looks fabulous-o.


Dani June 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Good luck tomorrow!! You’ll do great! Can’t wait to see the outfit!


Becky June 13, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Good luck tomorrow. I know that we all cannot wait to hear how the run goes! Have fun!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Thanks everyone!

I have a PRE-RACE video going up in 5 mins- stay tuned!


Mary June 13, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I never wear my rings when I work out or race.My fingers swell and the rings become uncomfortable and distracting.


Lynn June 14, 2009 at 1:11 am

Have a wonderful race! I hardly wear my rings – I audition a lot for “single girls” so I have gotten used to not wearing them. My hubby understands – he knows I love him!


[email protected] June 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I always wear my rings. My finger feels so weird without them!
Can’t wait to read all about the race. I hope it went well!


Caroline June 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

I’m once again playing catchup after a weekend without internet! My rings never leave my fingers. It just doesn’t really occur to me to take them off. A little sweat won’t hurt them.


Fitzalan June 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

I know my post is late, but I definitely do not wear my rings when I race. My fingers tend to swell after a hard run and I don’t want to get them stuck. And well, I would die if for some reason they slide off during a race and I was trying to find them in the crowd.

Happiness Awaits


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