Running skirts and how to sew one yourself

Ah, running skirts. I love them. They are ridiculously comfortable and you look like a million bucks in one of them.

I hate running shorts and leggings with all my heart. I despise them. I never manage to look great in one and end up looking like a badly stuffed hot dog. Do you see the beauty on the right? Or the ladies on the image above? I NEVER as good!

But I love running. And I love sewing. I love the theurapetic noise of the sewing machine and the little time alone with it that lets me gather my thoughts and sew something new all for myself.

Now you know when life gets in the way. Kids grow up and have their own practice and courses you have to drag them to and from. Little time remain for you. And when you are pressed for time, you inevitably start prioritizing.

And I prioritized rigorously.

Running wasn’t getting me as excited as it used to. How am I supposed to make time every single day for something that is not getting me excited.

Sure, I ran. But I ran once or twice per week. Far less that in the good old days, you know. I decided I needed the spark that will ignite my passion again. I decided to get some new cool running gear. Couple of hours later I decided that I will make room for the second passion of mine – sewing.

You know what happens when I combine those two passions of mine? Cool running skirt.

I scrolled through 1521+ different fabrics and designs before I picked the ones I liked most.

The end result was so cool that I decided to share with you how I actually made it.

You only need three things: fabric that makes you happy, sewing machine and some free time.

First the fabrics. I like contrasting designs. Prism design, polka dots, star prints. Get as many or as little from these as you like.

Second – the sewing machine. I own this CS6000i by Brother (it is a great sewing machine for beginners by the way), but almost any other sewing machine will do. You can even ask a friend if you don’t have one – the project is super easy.

Third, the pattern. There are a lot of free sewing patterns, but I wanted onw with a built in running shorts to reduce friction and ended up with this one from Jalie.

 

Running Blisters – prevention and treatment

If you are a serious runner or one that has at least few thousand miles under your belt, you’ll know that getting running blisters sucks. And it sucks big time because you are actually trying to do something healthy like running. You go through all this effort to find the motivation to start running and you’re stopped in your tracks by blisters. They’re a nuisance, but there are ways you can prevent blisters from every showing up and treat them if you already have them.

What causes running blisters?

Blisters occur due to friction between your foot and your running shoe. Socks can also be a problem.

Increasing friction is what causes blisters. If you pick up the pace with your running, you are more likely to form blisters. If you suffer from foot abnormalities like bunions, hammertoes or heal spurs these could also cause blisters.

Moisture and heat also increase your chances of forming running blisters because your feet begin to swell.

If you decide to compete in a race or go on a longer run than usual, more sweat will build up in your shoe causing more friction. That’s why some people only suffer from blisters in races.

Should you worry?

All though most of the time blisters are just a painful annoyance that goes away, they can be a real inconvenience.

Obviously if it’s too painful you won’t be able to run, but if you decide to pop your blister and it becomes infected… You’re in for a load of trouble.

If you form a blister, it’s important you listen to your body. If it’s too painful and seems to be getting worse, stop and get it sorted.

How to prevent running blisters?

The best action against running blisters is not getting them in the first place, if you try these solutions I can guarantee you will be blister free:

1.) Correct fit of the shoes and enough toe room

One of the main reasons runners get blisters is because of their running shoes. If you don’t have a size that fits you properly, your chances of forming a blister goes shooting up. A good pair of shoes will get rid of all your problems.

If your shoes are too tight, you’ll form blisters on the end of your toes. You need to aim for a good amount of toe room. If you have bunions this is crucial.  You really have to make sure you get the top running shoes for bunions, so take a look at all the sneakers listed here. They have ample toe room to accommodate the bony bumps of your feet.

2.) Adequate running socks

 

The reason you need a good pair of fitted running socks is the same as a proper fitted running shoes. The friction causes blisters, so if you have loose fabric socks, it will rub and form a blister.

These running socks are designed to hug your feet and prevent fabric from bunching up. Thus preventing blisters.

3.) Keep your feet dry

Don’t let your feet sweat. Buy breathable shoes and good socks. Moist skin makes it easier for friction to occur, which results in a running blister. Preventing friction is really important, you can use specialized creams or lubricants to the areas that are the most prone to constant friction.

This will prevent friction from building up.

Treatment

If you only have small running blisters, have a rest and let them heal on their own. Attempt to pop them only if they are large enough to cause you significant problems. Use sterilized needles and clean the wound well when you are done. Remember, that opening up a tiny cut to loads of bacteria which could cause an infection.

If you have a painful blister under your toenail, big or small, get a professional to deal with it. You don’t want to lose your toenail!

If you have a large running blister, you can try and puncture it with a sterilized needle and drain it.

Make sure your hands and feet are as clean as possible. Grab a needle and cover it with rubbing alcohol to sterilize it. Never use a flame to sterilize your needle, the carbon particles won’t do you any good.

Gently puncture your blister and squeeze the puss out. When your blister is drained, put a bandage around it and replace it twice a day until the skin around that area has hardened.

If you ever encounter a blister that is enormous or too painful, always consult a specialist!

The annual Run Hard Marathon Columbia has cash prizes for the winners

The Run Hard Columbia marathon is a double loop track marathon in the capital city of South Carolina. The start and the finish lines are by the South Carolina State House, and passes by the beautiful Lake Kathrine between miles 5 and 6 and then again at mile 19. The start elevation is 324 ft., the maximum elevation of the track is 374 ft., and the gain is 544 ft. so it does have some hill running involved, especially at the 11th and 23rd miles, but it is the hills that make it one of the favorite marathon runs for regular runners.

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The full marathon is held on March 4th every year. The final line is on the beautiful and scenic Main Street of the city.

The participants in the events have a chance to win a money prize of $250 for both male and female winner of the Run Hard Marathon, and $100 for second place, $50 for third. There are prizes for top male and female masters of $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.

All participants receive beautiful big medals, event t-shirts and finish line refreshments, as well as water at the water stations. In fact, some of the water stations have bananas and gels as well.

There are pace groups, friendly volunteers and a lot of cheering spectators along the marathon route and especially at the finish line.

The event also includes a Run Hard half-marathon, a Run Hard marathon relay for teams of 4, and the Run Hard Columbia 5K.

The Run Hard Columbia marathon was started by the CEO of Crossover Athletics and the Run Hard Running teams. The Run Hard running teams are part of the Run Hard club – a running course for children in elementary and middle school teaching them perseverance, making wise choices, respect and honor, leadership, teamwork and peer pressure.

Participants in the Run Hard Columbia marathon have a Double Dip option – if the finish the run, they can take part in the Run Hard Lexington half-marathon for $25. These participants get special Double Dip medals and an additional t-shirt.

So, don’t miss this great marathon which combines a good running track, beautiful scenery and the perfect weather of spring time in Colorado. Sign up for the next one, and try it out yourself!

The Charleston Marathon – don’t miss this cold but beautiful route

The Charleston Marathon has definitely become a race to be reckoned with. Its 7th edition is set for January 14th 2017 in Charleston, SC. It is traditionally held in rather cold January, but the number of participants keeps growing year after year.

The event features the full marathon of 26.2 miles, plus the half marathon (13.1 miles) and the 5K and bike races (30 and 60 miles).

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Charleston is also known as “Holy City” because of the large number of churches it has, and the almost complete lack of tall buildings. The architecture of Charleston is sort of a combination between that of New Orleans and Boston, and provides its visitors with the ultimate urban experiences.

The half marathon route passes through most of the landmarks of the city, and so the participants will be able to get a sense of that charm and southern beauty of Charleston. The start line of the half marathon is in the downtown area known as “south of Broad”, and passes through the city and the North Charleston area to the finish which is set by North Charleston High School.

Overall, the terrain is mainly flat and allows for a fast race. There a few rolling hills but nothing too steep. The streets in the city are relatively narrow, so runners have to be cautious when passing through some of the narrower areas, since there are usually spectators lined on the sidewalks. Walkers can also participate in the half marathon, but are not allowed in the full marathon.

The marathon is a fundraising event to help children in the area get better access to arts. The city is known for its art appreciation, and has numerous art galleries, plus hosts an annual Spoleto art festival.

Being held in mid-January, the weather is expectedly cold. The average temperature for January 14th in the city of Charleston is 42° – 57° F. The average precipitation is just a little over 3,6 inches for that time of the year.

The record number of participants in the full marathon is 1,194 and 2,903 in the half marathon in 2014. The 5K participants in 2016 were 885 which is an all-time record for the event. Participants from 9 countries took part in the 2016 Charleston marathon, and the winner in the men’s full marathon was Anders Fransson from Sweden with 2:27:15. The female winner was Ashley Casavant from Nashville with a time of 2:52:28