Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Three Fehr Trade Surf to Summit Tops & A Pair of Papercut Ooh La Leggings


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. 

22 comments:

  1. You have really been making me want to start sewing my own workout gear. I'm no runner, but I walk/jog and cycle all of the time and it would be so much more fun if I had some fab printed clothes to do it in :)

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    1. Awesome!! It really is more fun to have colorful clothes when it comes to activewear... I pretty tame in regular life and would never wear spandex and tights clothes like this in public:)

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  2. Your running habits are so inspiring! You may not be the fastest, but your attitude is so healthy and refreshing. I was a fairly serious runner at one point, but quit abruptly because I couldn't take my self-criticism and comparison anymore. Not because I was fast, but because I would totally beat myself up if I had a bad day, had to walk more than usual, was slower than usual, etc. Thank you for sharing, and if you have more thoughts or reflections on your running/exercise I would happily read them :)

    And, as always, your activewear is also totally inspiring!

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    1. Thanks! I am self critical inside about it too often but I realized out useless that was. I'd have stopped any running if I kept that up. I am so slow right now it'll likely be all positive in the coming months anyhow :)

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  3. OMG, a half zip pattern with raglan sleeves? I us talking about looking for a pattern like this a couple of months ago. This is perfect!

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    1. I know!!!!!!!! I have yet to make the 1/2 zip, I thought I'd want them more for running but liked the idea of not having a zipper for the real cold days. Maybe in early spring when it's a tad warmer will I want a zipper option to open up the neck when I get warmer. I want a 1/2 zip for a swimwear version, not like I am a surfer... I sit on the beach building sandcastles and wade in the water to my knees.

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  4. Love your versions! (And I love your leggings too!)

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  5. Love your gear! I don't need warm togs in my neck of the woods very often, but boy would I love to have some leggings and your half zip top for those chilly days. Have fun on your half marathon! I'm a recreational runner myself. I did get myself trained up to run in a few half marathons and always had a blast. Great excuse for pastry after! Now I'm out of shape again and wondering if I have the gumption to work my way back in. Maybe I should make myself some zippy running gear and that will inspire me!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! The fun gear makes running that much more easy to do. Yeah, you should try again, maybe a 5k or a 10k to start!!

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  6. They look awesome on you and I love the leggings!

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  7. Your versions look amazing.
    I may have signed up for my first 1/2 marathon in May too:-)
    I applaud your efforts to train in such cold weather!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'd love to add some reflective tape to my next versions like you did with yours.
      And how exciting... you're doing a 1/2 marathon, too?!! I've done no running this week as it's been excruciatingly cold out with wind.

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  8. Yay! We are such similar "runners!" Having a beautiful place to run and fun new running clothes makes it easy to us out the door. I jog about 3 miles a couple of times a week in a fairly natural park setting (I have been seeing a pair of owls regularly this winter.)

    Were you happy with the underarm adjustment you did for your citron version? I am about to make another of these and am going to give the same alteration a try.

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    1. Yes, I love seeing the urban wildlife, we've got deer and foxes in the woods here, I'm a little crazy and sometimes I will talk to them as I go by :)
      Yes, the reduction under the arm did help with getting rid of that extra fabric. I feel like I could perfect the overall look of that area because it is a little wrinkly still... but I am nervous I'll over-fit and then it will be constricting.

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  9. Love your fun and cheery running clothes! I am also a runner, but alas, only from April-November in my climate. Have to go to a gym in the in between months. Good luck with your first half marathon!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Ann! I feel like if this crazy cold spell keeps up I may be joining the gym soon.

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  10. Congrats on signing up for your half marathon! I'm a relaxed runner too, and these tops look great for the weather we're getting lately. I think it's about 7 degrees F out now - ha! Not running today! I think 20 degrees is about my limit.

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    1. Thanks Claire! Yeah, it's been getting colder by the moment here too. It's about 10F on my porch right now plus windy... that's well below avg for Baltimore. I dislike winter more then ever even though I lived the 1st two thirds of my life in the snow belt and this weather was normal there in winter.

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  11. Thank you SO MUCH for posting a great source for active wear. It is so hard to find affordable, proper fabric for running in. My sewing goal for this year is to sew my own running gear (I'm training for my first full marathon now!) so seeing your awesome makes is totally inspiring. Good luck on your first half!

    Trish -Mini Pip

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  12. Lovely tops! I keep forgetting that I would like one without the half zip, must do that next. Also have to thank you and Melissa to alerting me to this fabric, I just never know what I'm getting in the garment district, which is part of the fun, but it can be frustrating for activewear!

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