On the chore list this weekend was the dreaded task of switching over the kids closet from winter to spring/summer clothes. They are both still young (4 and 8) so they grow out of clothes overnight and with the change of season they need different, bigger stuff .
Feeling inspired, after I finished their closets, I turned to mine. My Tshirt shelf had taken on a life of its own. At some point in the last year or so, my TShirt collection exploded! It seems like I don't run that many races. Really. If you had asked me if I had run much in the last 12 months, I would say, "Heck, no! I Really need to get out there more!" But my closet held the truth. In the last few years, I have racked up over thirty TShirts! I couldn't believe it. As I pulled the shirts out of the out of control shelf, it was like clowns coming out of a circus car act. How in the world could that many shirts fit in one shelf?!?
As I sorted through them, I remember a conversation my husband and I about 10 years back. We were lamenting that we just didn't have enough Tshirts. In fact, we went to a store to buy some. Today, I found out that I have only 2 TShirts that aren't race shirts and the other almost fifty were from some race - some I barely remember. You could tell the ones I am really proud of because they are well worn, have stains from the kids, and still have residual stink from runs. I don't think even Fitzfabulous solution to making Tshirts more presentable would fix them.
If an archeologist studied my household a million years from now, he would be able to piece together in detail my schedule for at least the last ten years just based on my tshirt collection alone. I am a rather predictable runner. I knew I had my favorite races, but it was seeing them lined up year after year that it hit me how many times I had done the cycle of my races.
The good news is that I have enough raw materials for at least 4 more TShirt quilts - or one big one like Running Around in CT. Soon everyone in the family can have one and not fight over my current one. It seems like a good solution since I don't think I am ready to use them to fill up holes in my yard as this Run The Planet article suggests. And I don't think I will be near Barney's for their Tshirt recycling program (partnership with Loomstate) between April 13 and the 27th (but it is a cool idea - check it out!)
As I finished my final chores restocking, reorganizing, and restacking the clothes in our closets, I really appreciated my trip down memory lane and the chance to remember so many good runs, runs with friends, finish lines, and cold beers in celebration. It was a nice little pick me up for my chores and my running. Now its time to get busy and earn some more shirts!