Friday, March 1, 2013
Getting into gear for springtime running
I started running about a year and half ago with the Couch to 5K program helping me along. I started out quite overweight. Some official chart said I was morbidly obese, which was quite right... I'd been my whole life despite being vegetarian since I was 17 years old and now vegan in recent years. The lack of regular movement helped cancel out any of that. I worked hard and pushed myself from being able to run a few feet to reaching over 7 miles at my best so far (I plan to go further soon.) Over the winter I've been a bit of a slacker and now want some motivation to prepare for Daylight Savings to switch up and better weather to kick in. So I had to bust out a sports bra and a sassy running skirt!
I've been bra making for about a year or so but none is more easy then a basic sports bra. I used Jalie 2563. Holy cow this was simple! I am sure because a sports bra is for smooshing and flattening... and my pretty bras are for shape and a natural look. And it uses minimal material. I used supplex from Fabric Mart for both the top and the skirt. It's so smooth and comfortable. It's described to resist punctures... I don't know how often I'll be jabbing a fork into my running garb, but hey, good to know.
I went down two sizes in the bra as compared with the Jalie size chart. I cut and made a size U. I want serious compression. I think I could go down one more size for 100% jiggle prevention... I'd say I'm at 89%. If I were making one for yoga, I'd stick with the recommended size, it would be fine for that.
I've been wanting a running skirt but they never fit me right... huge waist, tight bum and too expensive. I used Jalie 2796 for my pattern and cut a size W and graded to an AA for my back side and thighs. I used the longest length on the pattern for my hemline. A pretty sweet fit. The waist is snug and should stay in place. And check out the deep side pockets for key/mp3/etc storage. I usually end up with my car key on a keyring on my finger as I run (I generally drive to a local park to run.)
I've not yet put the skort into action on the road but I knew I had to extend the length of the shorts under the skirt. I tried it on and ran in place to see how everything worked out and to see where the skirt and shorts settled as I moved. Oh, boy... the shorts rode all the way up. I didn't have enough material to make a whole new set of shorts but plenty to add length. I cut about an eight inches length, folded that in half and serged that to the hem. Now there's a nice seam hiding under the skirt and the hem looks seamless. I'm not terribly worried that the shorts peak out from the skirt hem some... better then riding up then paired with awful chaffing. I love how the seams are all on the outside of the shorts... less chaffing on longer, sweaty runs! I'm a little nervous the bra may chafe some since the serged hems touch the skin directly.
UPDATE (Mar 2, 2012): I wore the bra out for a little three mile run today! It was perfect. I didn't even think about it once while I huffed and puffed, rather I was thinking "keep running, it's only a giant hill in one direction, then sweet, sweet relief on the way back". That's exactly what I want, not to to think about the clothes I am wearing while I run. There were no chaffing or rubbing issues with the seams. I will be making more of these sports bras ASAP!
I'd likely never wear just a running bra without a shirt, especially this ensemble since it looks like I'm on some weird 30-somethings cheer squad... or maybe a super cool roller girl without her knee pads and skates?! It gets stupid hot here in the summer and I hate layering. I plan to make the bra into a top and add a bottom half to another version of this.