Running Costumes

Running in tutus/costume has become somewhat of an obsession of mine. It's a fun way to show some spirit while running and trust me it's addictive. I sort of had to wing it for a while because so few posts are out there with running costume ideas, and so I thought I'd add a little page for all my race costumes I've made to give you some ideas:


For the 2012 River Run and Dog Jog, a dog race on Memorial day, I went as a sailor with my sister and two puppies. For our costumes we both got navy shirts and used added buttons for flair. We made the colors our of handkerchiefs and just ironed on some ribbon so that it looked more like a sailor collar. We also added bow ties that I made using this tutorial. The dogs both wore collars and bow ties made the same way. We bought gloves and sailor hats at our local costume shop and paired our outfits with tutus that coordinated. Ashley also made the mini sailor hats for the puppies using some weight felt and seriously good crafting skills!



For a thanksgiving day race, we decided to dress up as Pilgrims and my mom went as a turkey. Loved the way the costumes turned out! Mom's was a little tricky to wear in the wind though to beware! Ours were simply black running outfits with felt accessories. All of it was made by my sister! Mom's costume was a brown tutu, gold tights, handmade turkey feet, a handmade, turkey beak, and the best part was the turkey feathers made of a poster-board covered in felt and attached like a backpack.




For a glow run ( a night run filled with black lights) I wore I bought a white tutu and white shirt (and Kevin bought a white shirt too) and we splattered all of it with glow paint. Then we bought these awesome led shoe laces to wear too!

For a color run I wore all white and decided that just white would be boring. So, I went as a gangster. I found a white fedora, bought a cheap white dress shirt (with white sofees underneath) and topped it off with a garter and white tie. I got a lot of compliments and it was one of my fav costumes to wear!



For the 2012 Disney Wine and Dine Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5k My boyfriend and I went as Heinz Doofenshmirtz from phineas and ferb. We wore all black (me in a black tutu as well), a white lab coat purchased at a local party store, name tags with his name, and also carried perry the platypus dolls. Despite our fears, running with a platypus wasn't really that hard for just the short distance.


For the Oklahoma Warrior Dash 2012, I wore  a leopard costume. I used furry scrunchies I found at hobby lobby around my wrists, a leopard Tough Girl Tutu, A handmade tail made using crap leopard fabric, stuffing, and a coat hanger, a plain black tee, and cat ears made using felt and a headband. The finishing touch was black makeup whiskers.


 This one (above) was my first running tutu for the 2011 Princess Half Marathon. I found the tutu online and wore some tight shorts underneath from RoadRunner Sports. I like to wear compression sleeves for halves so I wore red ones for the race and just matched the outfit with a black running tank for a Minnie Mouse look. I could've easily warn Minnie ears, but I tend to get headaches with stiff headbands. The costume was actually really comfortable and I never even noticed it.
 The next big costume I made was for the 2011 Oklahoma Warrior Dash. My sister and I ran this race together so I made us both matching camo tutus. I just picked out a few camo-like colors of tulle and followed a basic online tutorial. We paired it with eye-black stickers (so the eye-black wouldn't smudge in the mud), black running tees, running shorts, and a camo bandana. This costume was also really comfy until we got completely soaked (really close to the end). Then it became pretty heavy and we almost lost our tutus a few times!
Then came the Wonder Woman costume for a Superhero 5k. I wore a plain black tee with a handmade Wonder Woman logo that I just traced and cut out of adhesive felt. I made the tutu using blue tulle and added some styrofoam white stars. Again I wore my red shin sleeves to look a little like her boots. I also made a superhero cape from a bargain tee by cutting it up. Finally I paired it with cuffs and a crown I made from gold styrofoam and some elastic. The outfit was also really comfy and I got tons of compliments! I think this one was my favorite costume!
For the 2012 WDW Family 5k I wore a donald duck costume that was probably my runner-up for favorites. This one was a little more involved. I went online and found yellow footless tights (in case I ended up wearing vibrams- which I forgot to pack!). Next I added a white petticoat. I thought the petticoat looked more like feathers than a homemade tutu. Underneath I wore white spandex shorts. Next I added a plain blue long sleeve running shirt. I glued some large white buttons to safety pins and pinned them to the shirt. It was smart to glue them to pins rather than the shirt because later they worked to hold my bib! After that I made a sailor collar from blue felt by cutting the felt, hot glueing it together and using white tape to add the border. Finally I made a red bow tie using another online tutorial.


My 80s workout gear was a last minute idea for the Body Shop 5k & 10k event. I wore some neon striped running shorts I already owned, bright colored sports bras, knee socks, an off the shoulder tee, a "sweat towel", and a side pony with a scrunchy. If I could redo it again I'd definitely add leg warmers but I didn't have enough time to make them. The shirt is just a $12 shirt I got from the workout section of target. I bought it 2 sizes two big and cut the neckline up so that it would be an off-the-shoulder tee. It's hard to tell in this pic, but it turned out pretty decent looking for a last minute costume. 

108 comments:

  1. I stumbled across your blog when I googled warrior dash costume ideas... and I have to say I love your blog! Those costumes are beyond awesome. Good luck with your upcoming races!!

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  2. How did you stick the stars on the tulle and did they stick well?

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    1. Sorry Liz! I just saw this comment! I stuck them on with hot glue and it was messy but it stayed on really well. They were just cut out from foam.

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    2. You can also get a lot of different foam stickers from any craft store!

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    3. I made one for my daughter for a pageant she was wonder woman and I used this craft glue that was white and dried clear but I used confetti

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    4. I found self adhesive felt sheets at hobby lobby and cut stars out of it for my little girls wonderwoman tutu!

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  3. Doing the Disney 1/2 in January and debating on a Pooh costume...any ideas welcome!

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    1. What about a Red Shirt, Gold Tights, and Pooh Ears

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    2. You could make a water bottle look like his honey pot...that would really make it!

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    3. I was pooh for Halloween once and I got a onsie ( I do not think you should run in it hah) but you could get yellow shorts and a red short and write pooh on it and wet ears that are attached to a headband :)

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    4. Well if it were me I'd obviously be wearing a yellow tu tu and red a shirt. You could probably make or find some pooh ears too. I love the idea of a honey pot water bottle! I did the january half this year and it can be really cold to start but warms up quickly. Some years I've been told it doesn't warm up haha. SO consider tights or a sweatshirt for sure!

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  4. goin to the RUN FOR YOUR LIVES ZOMBIE INFESTED 5k race and need some thoughts a a costume for me and my love

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    1. Ah so fun! I want to do a zombie run so bad!! Everyone goes as a basic zombie so maybe go as some funny character that's been zombie-fied. I really wanted to go as Where's Waldo! haha

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    2. In Colorado Springs this Sunday, they are having a Where's Waldo run for victims of the Waldo Canyon fire. Runners get the shirt, beret, and glasses. It's going to be hilarious. Google afterwards to find photos.

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  5. Totally doing the wonder woman costume!

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  6. How did you make the tutu???

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    1. You measure your waist with elastic and cut 2-3 inche off. Then see together and wrap around something like a chair. Precut your tulle and slip knot them all the way down. Make sure to push them in to make it nice and poofy!

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    2. Exactly! I just followed no sew tutorials online. To make it extra poofy I used two pieces of tulle in each knot.

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  7. I LOVE your costumes and am gearing up for my very 1st half marathon in january. I want to run as Donald Duck [doing the Tinkerbell Half] and love, love, LOVE your outfit. Do you mind if I ask you where you got the blue running shirt? It seems to be the perfect shade of blue and I am having some trouble locating one. Thanks so much!

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    1. It's just a nike shirt I got at Academy Sports. I had a terrible time finding the right shade as well! http://www.soccersavings.com/customer/category/product.jsp?SUBCATEGORY_ID=43614&PROD_ID=44974373&CP=KNC-R10&CID=KNC-R10&LNK=ProductListingAds&SITE_ID=R1066&LNK=MC-GPS&mr:trackingCode=49E53FF7-2699-E111-B9D0-001B21A69EB0&mr:referralID=NA&mr:adType=pla that's a link to the same one I think

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  8. Love your wonderwoman costume! How did you get the tutu so puffy and that shape? Did you follow a particular tutorial??

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    1. Keep layering tulle or make two tutus and wear then both.... I wore two for Halloween last year

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    2. I just have one on but i tied my knots extra tight so that I could put more close together and I used two pieces of tulle for each knot instead of one!

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  9. If you ever sell your costumes on eBay or etsy please let me know :)

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    1. Haha If I didn't have a crazy time-consuming job I'd love doing it, but I don't have the time now :(

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  10. I am SOOOOO glad I found your blog on Pinterest! I have been suffering from allergy and exercise induced asthma since I was 11 (I'm 24 now) and have been looking for something like this forever but even doctors tell me people w/ asthma should find another exercise! I've done races like Warrior Dash, Run For Your Lives and Rebel Race in the past year but have always had trouble training so I just "wing it" and "compete to complete". I will DEFINITELY be using these breathing techniques in my training and hope to do another race in the near future. Thank you so much and you are so awesome for finishing all those races and so inspirational! Good luck and keep up the good work! :)

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    1. Aw glad you like the blog! Keep up the good work and have fun. "winging it" is half the fun! haha

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  11. You could sew a feather boa to the bottom of the petticoat if you ever do the donald duck costume again & actually have feathers.

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    1. I know that would be adorable! At the time I was worried it would stick to me and get annoying but I think it would be fun now! haha

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  12. These are so cute! I particularly love the Disney ones!

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  13. Hi! I just found your blog through pinterest! I was wondering if you have any advice for running/exercising with asthma. My husband has a severe case of asthma, exercise induced. It's also worse because he has allergies. I try to get him to exercise with me but he can barely even play racketball without getting winded. He bikes just fine, but that's about it. I hope you can get back to me with some advice! Thanks.

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    1. I have exercise induced asthma as well. Does your husband have an inhaler? I have a prescription albuterol inhaler that I use 15 minutes before I run and it has worked well for me. During the winter, which is my most active season for flare ups, I also use a Dulera inhaler every night before bed. Hope he finds something that works for him!

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  14. You are a great inspiration for another runner with asthma! Thanks!!

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  15. how much tulle did you use to make the blue tutu?

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    1. It's been a while so I'm not sure, but a ridiculous amount! haha. I think about 6 rolls. :(

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  16. Hey! Where online did you find the tutu that you used for the Princess half marathon? Did you have any problems with it riding up or itching you? Thanks so much! andreacoan.blogspot.com

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    1. It didn't ride up or itch. It was really comfy except occasionally it would bunch up between my legs on the walking breaks. SO glad I wore it. I know it sounds silly but races are more fun and if you work that hard you should get to look cute in your pics! haha I actually got it from a lingerie store online (i know crazy right) after googling for polka dot tutus. This link is scandalous but here you go (haha):http://www.yandy.com/Polka-Dot-Chiffon-Mini-Petticoat.php

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  17. Amazing post! Love this so much!

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  18. I LOVE that Wonder Woman costume! Will be looking for a reason to wear it...if only for trick or treating with my kids!

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  19. Hi! I was wondering how tall you were and how long you cut your tulle for your tutus?

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    1. I'm about 5'6"-5'7" and I cute the tulle waaaaay too long. I ended up trimming the tutu after I was done. At least for my first tutu. For my second I just took tulle and measured looking in a mirror about where I wanted it to fit. Remember to add a inch or so extra length for the knots. Either way (trimming or measuring) works but obviously measuring uses less tulle.

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  20. This just fired up my excitement to run. I'm making a Tinkerbell-esque type for the Firefly Run this week. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  21. Hi there! Found your blog off of Pinterest and I'm so glad I did!
    I want to make your Wonder Woman costume for a halloween dance and I have a few questions :)
    -How much tulle did you use for the tutu?
    -(if you don't mind my asking) What did you wear underneath the tutu? Because it looks rather short.

    Thanks so much!!

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    1. Haha it was just black compression shorts underneath. They are a little short but the tutu covers most of it up. I used about 6 rolls of tulle I think

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  22. Love the running costumes! You are very creative :)
    I need some advice from one runner to another....I have been through 4 pairs of earphones(buds) and haven't found ones yet that won't bounce out of my ears when I run! :( I seem to have small ear canals because none of the earbuds work for me. Any suggestions? do you wear earbuds while running? Thanks :)

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    1. I sometimes wear them too and struggle with the same problem. I've been thinking about using yurbuds because I hear great things

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    2. I wear bose ear buds--they are expensive, but I have never had a problem with them bouncing out and are excellent.

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    3. Power Beats!!! By far the best headphones I have EVER used!! the real ones are pricey but if you are not that picky about the sound quality you could just get a pair of knock offs!! I seriously have never loved a pair of headphones so much!!!!

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  23. I found your blog on Pinterest and I just love it! You are a great inspiration! I also love all of the costumes you made! After seeing this I decided that I was going to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I was just wondering a few questions. How much tulle did you use and how did you get it so fluffy? Also, where did you buy your tulle? Thanks!

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  24. OMG you"re so awesome!!!

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  25. Where can you find the syrofoam for the wonderwoman costume?

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    1. It's actually the soft foam sheets you can buy at any craft store and I painted them gold.

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  26. I first clicked on the Pinterst for the costume ideas ( we're nerds here) and saw that THERE WAS A CORGI! :)

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  27. ive been looking everywhere for cute running costumes so happy i found this!! everything youve made is adorable!!

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  28. You are so cute, and this is so helpful! Thanks.

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  29. Your so creative! Awesome job and getting exercise too!

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    1. Wow. That was not very nice!! I personally think your outfits are ADORABLE!! :)

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  31. What did you wear under the tutu??

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  32. I am an asthmatic runner too! 'Ran' across your blog while looking for running costume ideas, love them!

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  33. Omg you have a Corgi!! You are so cute in your costumes!! Love it.

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  34. I am running a Haunted Half and thought I would attempt Wonder Woman mainly because I found a skirt on clearance (it was actually a swim suit bottom).

    Was the styrofoam headband hot, how did you keep it on and where did you get it? I guess I don't know how that material works as a headband and did you make the cuffs with the same material?

    Where did you get your cute leggin's?

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    1. The headband and cuffs were just made from foam sheets you find at the craft store. They were a little warm but mostly comfortable. I just cut them out in the shape of wonder woman's gear and then literally stapled it to elastic. classy i know!

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  35. Totally stealing Wonder Woman. Thanks!

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  36. how much tulle did you need to make the wonder woman skirt?

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  37. I love this. I am seriously thinking of dressing my 3 year old twins as Batman and Robin and using a green tutu for Robin or dressing her as Wonder Woman. The way you made your tutus should be easy to make for a 3 year old.

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  38. Fun!!! I'm an asthmatic and will be running my first 5 k in a Wonder Woman costume at the end of the month!! :)

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  39. I love the tutu you made for the warrior race you were in. Can you tell me how long you cut each tulle strip and also what colors you used. I was trying to figure it out from you picture but it is kinda hard. You can email me at kschmidkas@gmail.com
    Thanks, Katie

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    1. Katie,

      I just made the warrior dash tutu's for a run I"ve got coming up. I used black (A LOT OF BLACK). I also filled in with tan, army green, chocolate brown, a light green and a light tan. Having a LOT of black underneath seems to make the colors on top stand out a bit more.

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  40. Wow! I love these! I do not own a sewing machine so any costumes I make would definitely be the glue and pin kind. I think your Donald one is my favorite. How did you attach the collar to the blue shirt?

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    1. I just pinned it. Almost none of my costumes involved any sewing haha

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  41. you're an inspiration! my favorite is the wonder woman and ism doing this for Halloween!

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  42. I looove your wonder woman costume and would looove to recreate it for halloween this year. I'm a kindergarten teacher and only have one concern, if I wear tights under the tutu will I be "safe"?! Any suggestions to still rock it while making it G rated?

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    1. I am making this for Halloween for work. I am going to try to make the skirt a little 'longer' and I have red tights but plan on wearing black shorts under the skirt. Just to be safe. If you wear black/red/blue shorts under with your tights you should be okay. :D

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  43. These are amazing! How do they feel to run in? I am newish to running and am just not sure that a tutu would be comfortable or pretty by the end of a race. You make them look great though!

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  44. Where did you get the red polka dot tutu? I can't find it online.

    Thanks!

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  45. I just ran in my first 5K yesterday and made your Wonder Woman costume! I wish I could post a picture on here and show you how great your idea turned out! I'm so glad I found your blog :-) I used a red tank and adhered the WW logo to it, wore a black long sleeve shirt under it since it was a little chilly, black leggings, red athletic socks, and of course the blue tutu with white stars! I made my "crown" out of the same fabric as my logo and glued it to those wide head bands... It was so comfortable and the tutu didn't get in the way at all! Thank you!!!!

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  46. How much tulle did u use?

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  47. Where did you get the sailor shirts?

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  48. Im attemping the wonder woman costume tonight as a halloween costume for my aunt im nervous and excited. I love a challenge!

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  49. I also happened upon your page,......throughly enjoyed it. ,:-) Kool cool!! My favorite was the pink runner/last minute.

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  50. I just finished my version of your wonder woman costume! I found red and white tights to go under it since I'll be wearing this to work (I'm a kindergarten teacher!). I also made my shirt logo using red and yellow duct tape! I found a superman shirt for my husband and used the remaining tshirt scrap from my cape to make a mini cape for our dog! Thank you for such a great idea! I can't wait to rock our "super family" costumes on wednesday!! :]

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  51. I LOVE all your costumes!!!! So cute!! I want to start wearing costumes in races and you have given me so much inspiration!!!! Thanks, for sharing:)

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    1. glad you like them! They make races so much more fun!

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  52. Has anyone tried netting versus tulle? I read somewhere recently that it gives you a fluffier tutu? I have made one of these(last yr. halloween), but it seemed more difficult than I imagined but I like your idea of putting the elastic around something, very smart! That was one of the big issues for me, getting the tulle spaced on the elastic. Anyway, love your costumes, good luck on your running and health. I give you so much credit. I do not have breathing issues, other stuff, but cannot seem to motivate myself to start, but today is a new day, never know...... You give me a renewed sense of hope that maybe...one day.... one step at a time. Netting vs. tulle?!

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    1. I should try it! I love a poofy tutu! And you can totally do it! I know it sounds cheesy but once you get past the "ugh do i really have to go?" you never regret it later!

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  53. Love the wonder women costume so much I made my own ! Check it out !
    http://talesofadomesticmama.blogspot.ca/2012/10/diy-wonder-women-costume.html

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  54. You are super cute!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  55. Love the costumes!!! Any ideas for a Farmland 5k...Prizes go to best farmer??? Any ideas would be awesome

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  56. I have this post bookmarked and just saw you added a few more costumes. DisneyGroom and I saw you at 2012 Jingle Jungle 5K! He asked me, "who was that couple dressed like a pair of physicians"?! LOL. I took some inspiration from your Donald to come up with my Daisy Duck costume, seen here: http://runninghappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2012/11/disney-firsts-wine-dine-half-weekend.html Thanks for the fun blog!

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  57. If you don't mind me asking how much Tulle did you use for your wonder women Tutu? A group of my friends are running in A diva Dash and are making Tutus for the run and I like how full your Tutu is If you could let me know that would be awesome Thank You!

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  58. I love your Donald costume and am going to attempt my own version for the 2013 Disney Marathon this coming weekend. I was wondering if you could give me some tips on how you did the collar? I am stumped:). Thanks!

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    1. Ah sorry I didn't reply in time. I just used felt and followed a tutorial I found online. I can't seem to find it anymore but basically you cut out a circle in the middle then round the corners

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  59. How you did your tutu for the wonder woman's costume? I need your answer as soon as you can. But I'm planing to do it, and a need it in one week.

    :))

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  60. I just stumbled upon this page while looking up costume ideas for the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon. It's funny, I was just telling someone the other day about this awesome Donald Duck costume I saw someone wearing at the 2012 Disney World Family Fiesta 5K, and then a picture of it just popped up on my screen as I scrolled through your post. I don't know you at all and I think I only saw you for a couple minutes at the race, but your costume was so good I remember it a year later...great job!

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  61. You may have already answered this question, but where did you get the shoe laces for the glow run? I would like a pair for my up and coming glow run.

    Thanks,
    Andrea

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  62. I came across this while searching for something to wear for the Color Me Rad next month. Love it! So I decided to check out your blog...then I realized you're in Oklahoma! Me too!! What part are you from? Check out my blog http://cupcakesandbling.blogspot.com/

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  63. I googled '5K costume ideas' for a mud run I'm doing for my 30th... and here I am! Bonus points - I have asthma too!!!! Haha! There are very few resources for us running wheezies. The sites I have found are the usual, "Always have your inhaler with you." Duh. It's great to see that someone understands and can provide a first-person perspective on how to run with asthma. I used to be very embarrassed carrying my inhaler around and using it before runs/working out, but now I do it with pride! Thanks for setting a positive example for us wheezies!

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  64. I absolutely love your donald duck costume! I think i'm gonna do a version for it for the upcoming disney half!

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  65. can you please tell me where u got the glow lace strings?
    thanks

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  66. How much tulle did you have to buy? Thanks!

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  67. Awesome article! I came across looking for more costume ideas. We have put together, on one website, all of the Womens Superhero Costumes and accessories from around the internet. Maybe some people can find some more running costume ideas at Womens Superhero Costumes

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  68. What are the leg warmers made from/with that you have on with your Wonder Woman costume?

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    1. Oops, I see it now. They are shin sleeves.

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