You might know that I am running the London marathon on Sunday. Yes, all sorts of emotions are circulating, this is going to be the experience and pinnacle of my running adventures and I am going out there to soak it all up. It’s about enjoying as many of the 26.2 miles as possible, not about a time. I may have to walk, that’s OK. I might take 4 and a half hours, I am more likely to take five or more. That is OK too. My goal is only to enjoy the amazing experience that is the London marathon. The sights, the crowds, the other participants…..I mean it’s the biggest….& I am incredibly lucky to have some awesome support. My family and friends are coming to London to cheer me on! And my parents will be watching all the coverage on the off chance that they can catch a glimpse of me. So I want to make it easy to spot me in the sea of runners. I know I will need to feel their love, it’s helped me – the only other time I completed a marathon- at critical times. Of course I decided to make my own marathon outfit.
I took ages choosing fabrics on Spoonflower with the primary aim of looking as stand out as possible amongst a mass of colour and fancy dress.
I looked at fabrics as if I was seeing them from afar. Using the performance knit, again I made the top out of these rainbow scallops and the skirt out of these fishy scales in turquoise and white. Remember, I wasn’t trying to look neat & matchy but as eye catching as possible without becoming Mario, She-Ra, Paddington Bear or an oversized item of kitchen equipment.
I can’t tell you any more about the top and skirt as the skirt is made up by me, and the top has mutated too much from its original for me to even remember where it started.
I will be sharing a tutorial soon for how to make the headband though.
There is a bit of a theme…..my friend has given me nails that on their own will stand out from the crowd!!
And I added rainbow elastic to my bumbag to match the rainbow ribbons another friend gave me that I have added to my shoes
Worried about how to carry various bits & pieces around, I also made an armband using my lucky badger fabric – I only had enough to make the pocket, but it’s badger power! I used Melissa’s free and revamped running armband pattern, available here. Super useful – & btw it comes in different sizes.
Now lovely readers, here’s the thing. If you are watching, you might even spot me now. I know when I watched last year (the origin of my entry this year!), with the vain hope of spotting people I knew were running, I had no idea even of what colours they were wearing. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the rainbow?
And if any of you are in the crowds….please shout for me! There might be times when I REALLY need some words of encouragement.
If I am looking like this- that’s good, cheer me on!
If I am looking like this….
To anyone else running the marathon this Sunday, have a great time & I hope you get what you want out of it too. xx To anyone who shouts for me a massive thank you in advance- you won’t know just how much it will help us all