I’ve worn the race gear during a race twice. In both cases, the weather was a lot colder than anticipated and I would have done anything to stay warm, including throwing the race shirt on over my singlet and adding the race buff to my non-race buff. Gasp.
Whether a runner chooses to break this unwritten rule (don’t wear the shirt until you finish the race) is up to that runner and literally has no effect on me, my running, or my life. But I’ll write about why I’m not a fan, anyway.