March 22, 2012

Why is it called a singlet?

When I first heard the term "singlet" in running, I thought of this.

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Instead, they were talking about this.


It took me about a year to gain this little nugget of runner wisdom -- not before I read the whole book Once a Runner with the image of the first one in my mind. The entire book. I was confused and knew it would be really uncomfy (the wrestling singlet) but thought it was just a runner thing. Big difference, runners. 

By the way, what happened to just calling it a tank top?

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  1. Personally, I like singlets for hot weather running. As long as the fabric goes up to my armpits I am okay with it. For long runs, I liberally apply body glide below the deodorant line, though, otherwise - fabric up to the armpits or not - I would experience chafing and hot spots. :)

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  2. Yes, tank tops/runner singlets are good! Wrestling singlets are bad -- for running anyway.

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  3. Singlet sounds much for 'uniform' like compared to a tank top - I suppose it makes us feel a little more official. But it does sound pretty silly! Fortunately, "wife-beater" didn't make the cut ...

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  4. I've been wonderign what this is - so thank you for answering the question! I call those tank tops. :-)

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    1. Me too! I think I'm sticking to it, no matter how long I'm a runner. Team Tank Top.

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  5. I've been corrected for calling them tanks instead of singlets, but I still do it!

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    1. That's hilarious that someone went out of their way to correct you. That would only make me more likely to call it a tank.:)

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  6. this is so funny b/c I just saw that term in a book I'm currently reading and thought "WTF....is a singlet" lol

    now I know....it's a tank top!

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  7. I was also going around calling it a "run moisture wicking tanktop thing". Yeah, wtf is singlet!

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  8. singlet or tank top, I basically can't run in anything more than this outside. t-shirts are non-existent for me from about now until October. I sweat like a pig. haha

    ps.- we still need to go running together some time. I wish I could do the half w/ y'all in TN! I think there needs to be a fall one!

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    1. Seriously, I was just thinking of hitting up TJ Maxx because I was hot and got a giant farmer's tan from running on Saturday.

      I wish you were running with us in TN too! What about the Huntsville Half for the fall (Nov. 12). Or the Montgomery Half (Oct. 1).

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  9. I agree! I hear singlet and I think wrestling. I'll never call those a singlet. It's a tank top or sleeveless shirt.

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  10. Haha!! Good to know! I think of wrestling singlets!

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