It is cold, windy and snows on the ground here in my neck of the woods... but when the sidewalks and trails are clear enough for me to go on, I got my three new handmade Surf to Summit Tops and my peacock paisley Ooh La Leggings to run in. I've already worn everything before I even took these pictures the other day and I give them all two thumbs up. (I didn't test this Fehr Trade pattern as I have with all of her others, I went and bought it after it was released this time.) I really, really needed some long sleeved shirts made in technical fabrics for this winter to do some training in, I may have registered for my very first half marathon this spring! I don't have a gym membership and treadmills generally don't agree with me so I opt to be out in the elements. I'd rather jog (yeah, I don't really *run* per say) in 15F (-10C) weather then 95F (35C) any ole day. Maybe I'll take advantage of some of those "free trial" days at a couple local gyms if it gets too rough out there.
I wrote a blog post about sewing these goodies up over on Fabric Mart's blog. You can read that right here.
If you're curious about my running habits or how I started, read on...
I'm not a fancy, super fast, record breaking runner. The longest I've ever run in about 7.3 miles (11.75 km) and that was a couple years ago. Right now I run about a little over 3 miles (5K) with plans to work up to a half marathon in May. I started off running about 3 1/2 years go using the Couch to 5K program. I was carrying a lot more weight at the time and did what I could. I ran in circles at a local park around a lovely lake. Eventually I started running through the park with its fairly sizable hills, and onto other parks and into the streets in town. Over the past few years I've generally done 3-5 miles (5-8 K) on my runs, some months less others more. Sometimes I run past folks, most times other folks run past me. In the summer I run in the woods to take cover from the sun-- I learned that trail running is my favorite now! I like running and look forward to it. I don't run with a group, though I've considered it. The first decades of my life I did not run, although I enjoyed walking, hiking or biking. I run relatively slow. I use a GPS watch to track it all, which is pretty cool to see. I seriously don't compare myself to anyone... really! Not everyone who runs is trying to beat everyone else. So that's about my running in a nutshell. And on the right in the small pic, I'm fresh and sweaty from my New Year's Day run.