Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Easy and Affordable Avengers Black Widow Running Outfit

When I learned we would be flying out to California so I could run the runDisney Super Heroes Half Marathon, I went into a state of panic. Part of the fun at runDisney races is dressing up in character. The Super Heroes Half is one of my bucket races as I have always been a fan of the Avengers.
My first thought was to dress up as Captain America - however that would have meant a few things: I would need a blue running skirt ($25), a blue running shirt ($20) and have my friend make an iron on ($15). Not including accessories (shield, bow, socks), I was looking at $100 after shipping.

I have a giant bag full of runDisney outfits that I will never wear again so the last thing I wanted to do was throw another $100 on an outfit. I went through my running drawer and quickly realized that most of my non-outfit pieces were black (or pink). I had everything needed to pull The Black Widow running outfit off. I would only need to spend $10 on two accessories.
This will go down as the simplest and cheapest running outfit I have done. First, I have red hair and the same cut as The Black Widow so that made it very easy.

Most runners should have black pieces to make this work and if you don't have all black shoes, just wear the darkest color owned.

If the weather stays as projected (80 high, 60 low), this is my under $10 running outfit. Since the Black Widow wears long sleeves and long pants, I decided to wear black compression sleeves and arm sleeves since the other option would be far too hot. If for some reason the temperature drops, I will wear a pair of black running leggings.

Items purchased for costume:
Avengers Black Widow Bow $6 (to put on headband) Etsy, dexlarprice - she is making the bow with a safety pin vs. an alligator clip so I can easily attach it to my headband.
Avengers Black Widow Patch $1.98 (to put on running belt) ebay - I will sew this on with a few pieces of string so I can easily snap it off after the race

Items already owned.

Black Skirt or Leggings
Skirt Sports Women's Jet
Black Shirt
ASICS Emma Racerback
Black Shoes
ASICS Gel Nimbus 18
Running Belt for Patch
FlipBelt Zipper (will wear over skirt and shirt to look like a belt vs. under my shirt as normally worn)
Black Compression Leg Sleeves
ASICS Rally Leg Sleeves
Black Arm Sleeves
ASICS Arm Chill Sleeves
Headband for Bow
Halo Sweatband 1"

I usually spend so much time and money on running outfits so it was a nice relief to reuse items owned and turn it into a quick and easy DIY outfit. I hope it will look as good in person as my imagination thinks it will!

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