My Running Costumes

Hi, I'm Karen & I'm a crafty weirdo.


My streak was broken and didn't get into the Nike Women's race lottery for this year, but you know, I run so many races, I might as well do some good with it. So I decided to run Nike Women's under a charity and raise some funds for cancer research! The cool people who have been donating get some weird prizes that I have in store. (You too, can donate here.)

A round of snaps for 
These cool cats not only donated money but they also wrote my next studio hit: 

"Karen, our emblazoned Asian persuasion racin' liaison, Is running for funding - so cunning! She's stunning. Her plot to trot is well wrought with thought So holler at this baller, call her with some dollars!"

PS. I reserve the right to work with Chingy. What happened to that guy?

And here is their reward, along with my deepest thanks.

I bet you never thought a cartoon pizza portrait is what's missing from your life.

And here's to fellow Team Pizza Racer Heather! Now baked into a pie of BBQ turkey sausage and garlicky deliciousness.

How to Make Race Costume Noses

Two real concerns when doing costume noses: Will it survive a race? How annoying will it get?

I don't want to brag, but I'm sure I'm one of the world's leading experts in fake noses for footraces, and well on my way of getting a PhD in said field. Thanks to Disney's cartoon cornucopia of anthropomorphic animals as costume choices, I've done enough experiments to find the right fake nose.

Option 1: Waterproof Eyeliner

Probably the easiest and fuss-free way for black noses. You can just paint an oval or turn it up to 11 by drawing down between the nostrils for a more cutesy animal look. Waterproof eyeliner is lasting and very easy to wash off. When it dries, it kind of becomes a thin rubbery film on your skin and it comes off in big pieces. No staining at all. 



  • Mickey Mouse and the classic gang
  • Dalmatians, Lady, Tramp, Si & Am
  • Pooh
  • Bambi
  • Ewoks
  • Oh! Great for facial hair as well - Jafar, Hook


Option 2: Foam Sheet

So while planning for my White Rabbit costume, I realized that I needed to pull off a red nose. Waterproof eyeliner in kooky colors are hard to come by, and I wasn't going to get body/face paint just for a dab of nose. I ended up using a hardcore long-lasting lip color. Bad news: it stained my nose for two days. I looked like I just did a shitload of cocaine. In Disneyland, no less! So while working on my Piglet costume, I realized I needed not only a pink nose but something that had more volume to it to get the mini snout feel. I played around and came up with a trick using a small piece of craft foam sheet. I'd cut an oval, then a pie slice out. Foam sheets are so easy to work with that it's easy to trim and tweak to get the right shape. Then I connected the ends together with UGlu or any strong solid adhesive and stuck it onto my nose using eyelash glue. It stayed on like a boss. It survived 26 miles! Boss Piglet.

Hello World!

I'm finally starting a site to document my running costume shenanigans.

In this space, you will be seeing posts about:

  • Process, brainstorm, and ideation of my upcoming costumes

  • Tools, tips, and tricks

  • My dumb adventures in running

Adventure is out there. Caw, caw, rawr!