Michael K. Farrell recently asked me with a sparkling question and I couldn’t say no. (He put a ring on it, people!) Now I’ve got this gorgeous thing on my left hand, and I can’t decide if I should be wearing it when I’m working up a sweat.
It’s not unusual to see pro runners sporting bling on the track. Take a look at this photo of Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards Ross that I snagged from Vanity Fair—swap the chic sports bra and shorts for a little black dress and she’s ready for a night on the town! Even BFF marathoners Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan have been seen racing in their wedding bands, earrings, and more.
I don’t wear a lot of jewelry to begin with, so running in a special bracelet or lucky necklace has never occurred to me. My biggest concerns with keeping my engagement ring on is that it might slip off (impossible now that I’ve had it resized to perfectly fit my skinny digit) or that my sweat will ruin the gem.
“That’s not something you should worry about,” says Alfonso de Tagle, fifteen-time marathoner and owner of De Tagle Jewelers in San Jose, CA. (Of course I happened to find a jeweler who runs!) “Running in your ring is perfectly fine, but lifting weights isn’t. The band will rub against the bar and wear down the precious metal.” Good to know. But I’m still on the fence.
Do you wear your posh pieces when you run?