I’ve got so much sewing to catch you up with and a bevvy of things to tell you about. I’ve been a bit out of writing recently, don’t ask me why. I’ve been in a very active “doing” mode, and once I’d come home from work if I wasn’t running I’d be getting a couple of hours in sewing as a relief from the day’s exertions. Hence a bit of a sewing-to-show-you backlog, and maybe explains that my default relaxation has been through craft as opposed to writing. Analyse all you like, that’s just where I’ve been at recently.
So let’s start by showing you my running Ooh La La Leggings from Papercut patterns. You remember I’ve made some black jersey leggings already? Well I translated them into running leggings by using technical supplex fabric from Tissu fabrics. Now I am not by any means a pioneer in this running gear frontier. Melissa (Fehr Trade) is the defacto queen of lycra in my view- I am constantly in awe and inspired by her self made running gear, but it was her silver Ooh La La leggings that first grabbed my eye. Kbenco too made some running tights using the Ooh La La leggings proving that it was possible no matter which hemisphere you live in. I made two pairs: one very very good, and the other very very bad. Well, not really that bad, just unwearable. ha ha ha. They are being shown with some tops I’ve made with differing success – the white one is too “Kids from Fame” with the neck too wide for even running around the block. The yellow one gets worn a lot and is nice and cool when it’s hot running and very bright when I want to be seen by oncoming traffic! Or to be seen by my super supporters through the rivers of runners in the Manchester 10k. So I shall intersperse some of the photos of my makes through this post as I tell you some news, then wrap up at the end when you may have guessed what the good and the bad is ….
So, let’s take you on a newsflash diversion. In news related to running leggings, I’ve gone and entered a marathon. Yes, you heard right. A marathon in October (Bournemouth). You see, how it came about was like this….I was planning my next few months’ goals with my trainer (Simon at Vibe Fitness – hello if you are reading!) & as I may have already mentioned I’ve a place in the Great North Run (a half marathon) in September. He said “Have you ever thought about doing a marathon?” to which I knew that ask me that question a year or more ago I would have said “No Way!” very strongly (no fruity language though, I would not speak to Simon that way). But somehow when he asked, I couldn’t automatically dismiss it. It took me a day before I told people at work “I’m thinking I might enter a marathon”, a few more days and I was saying, “I’m probably going to enter a marathon” and then last Friday I made the commitment and entered – *for real*, then phoned my friend and squealed down the phone at her before hitting the vino!
Why? Well, the last year has seen me knock spots off my former casual running form and I feel more serious about running. I’ve had six months of personal bests at half marathon and 10ks and I enjoy it more now than I don’t enjoy it. It makes me feel good about myself, not just the exercise and the endorphins, but the sense of achievement. I do really enjoy reading books by people about running, such as “What I talk about when I talk about running“, by Haruki Murakami, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall (not that they made me want to run marathons I should hasten to add – I think I just felt like I belonged to this “running world” and engaged with what they were writing about. I was recommended these books by non runners though, don’t think they are the preserve of gel eating lycra clad blister bearing pavement pounding freaks). But that doesn’t answer the question – why a marathon?
I know it’s going to be hard, running for at least 4.5 hours and all the training that will involve. But I have the time, and it’s a new goal to focus on. The sense of achievement will be immense. That’s what I need to keep in mind. I have days of pure fear when I think about it, the reality of it, the thought that I’ve “only ever”! run 13.2 miles. The thought a friend who’s run marathons before told me, that you can get to something like 16 miles “and still have another 10” to get around. What kind of silly distances are those? You’ve run over half way round, but you still have double figure mileage to go!! However, I believe I can do it. I believe that it will take up more of my weekend with the long runs, but that I can create a plan with space and time for running and still have a full on sewing and blogging life! Honest! Most of all I can visualise myself as a “marathon runner”. Funnily enough friends & family I tell who do not run are not that surprised. Maybe there is some kind of inevitability they detected, knowing me & how I am …?
So there. That’s my crazy legs getting even crazier and what about my me made leggings? What’s to say? Did you like the way that the blue pair have two shades of blue: the navy yoke and the royal blue legs? I was curious and now know they look a tad “super man” Not quite as superman as this, but nevertheless, the yoke is almost like wearing my pants on the outside. I deliberately made them long enough & a little wider around my ankles to gather around them. There’s also a quick & dirty inner pocket for safety pinning a key to.
The red ones? I like the theory of a red pair of capri running leggings. So I cut them shorter and worked out the target length once I had all but completed them. Check out the piping though! This was gifted to me by Karen at Didyoumakethat. It’s reflective & sporty and I thought a *really cool* way to showcase the seamlines. I also used my overlocker’s piping foot which worked like a dream. Seriously, if you have a piping foot, use it – the stitching gets perfectly close & even to the piping. I’m not saying my first application by piping foot is consistent however- but it turns out that doesn’t matter because I am not recommending using non stretch piping with leggings that are supposed to stretch. Did you guess that it was the red leggings that were the fail? Did you work out that the piping (being non stretch) makes me feel like I am tied up like a parcel every time I bend my legs – those simple movements that propel the body across the ground when one wants to run.
Sadly this means the reds are duff. But I have worn the blue pair a lot. I was wearing them at the end of the winter actually – great fabric, fab bright colour. They fit well, do not fall down in the body and are nice and running-suitable. If it gives the person behind me a laugh to see my fake pants, then that’s a bonus!