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Some awesome running pants. Yes, you heard me… Running pants. Yep, I’ve finally sucked it up and acknowledged that Josh has really gotten super healthy and fit through running and I should really follow suit. It’s got a lot of pluses, the biggest of when being that it’s 100% free. (We’ve had gym memberships before and they really get expensive.) Even pricey shoes are relatively cheap for us because we live in the city that’s headquarters to both Nike and Adidas, and both companies have amazing outlet stores and warehouse sales (Adidas’ sale is my favorite because nothing’s over $30, and gets cheaper with each day). In addition to our Portland neighborhood’s ill-kept sidewalks, we also have access to a running track that the school district left intact when they knocked down the middle school down the way from us and a cinder trail at the park about five blocks away from our house. There’s really no excuse.

My plan: I’ve been following the Couch to 5K (C25K) running program, which is really amazing. It’s a nice, gradual program that works you up to running a 5K or a half-hour continuously. I actually started running the first time in college, and ended up with a badly sprained ankle–not from running, but from falling down the steps of our apartment building while trying to catch a bus, which is reason #127 that I hate buses–and quit at the end of my senior year because I couldn’t, well, walk. But, at that time, I just ran and didn’t follow a program. I think you can get away with that when you’re 21, but not when you’re 31. (By the way, if you’re interested, I’ve been posting my weekly playlists and updates on Josh’s and my personal blog, Moon Family Band.)

Now, you may be asking, “But, Sarah, if you have access to cheap shoes what not just buy some cheap running pants while you’re at it?” Well, I have a good answer for that.

I’m short.

So I always by cropped exercise pants. Josh has helpfully suggested that I just hem full length pants to the proper length, but they never fit right because the knee area is all the way at mid-calf. Which annoys the crap out of me. And my devotion to boot-cut pants only escalates this problem. The picture below illustrates the type of exercise pants I usually buy.

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I swear, this is the only picture I have of my wearing exercise clothes. This photo was taken in the Portland Trail Blazers team weight room. We did a workout with their Strength & Conditioning Coach, Bobby Medina. He's a cool dude. And I wish that he was my personal trainer.

Unfortunately, it’s gotten a bit chilly (I’m a weather wimp) and I can’t wear the capri length pants to run in anymore.

Sadly, the only petite, boot-cut running pants that I can find are at Title 9 for $55! And I’m way too much of a cheapo to pony up that kind of money for something that simple. Since Rose City Textiles carries a huge variety of wicking athletic knits, I’m going to take the plunge and make a couple pairs of perfect running pants to get me through the winter.

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The pricey petitified running pants from Title 9.

I’m thinking that I can start with this Burda World of Fashion pattern from November 2007, petitify it, switch the waistband and add a little pocket for an iPod pretty easily and tinker with the rest of the design a smidge to basically replicate the shape of the T9 pants.

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The legs of these seem pretty similar to the Title 9 version, just a little added ease in the hips and thighs and a waistband modification would probably do it.

Several people over on Pattern Review have sewn these up and they’ve all turned out well, which is comforting as well. Hopefully, I can “wrap up” (hehehe) our holiday sewing soon so that I can get cracking on these.

(Speaking of holidays, when I was over on the Burda site, I discovered all of these clever, free Christmas projects on the site. I especially thought these heart ornaments made using templates from cookie cutters were very sweet. You should also check out Diane’s Holiday Zine. I saw one over at a friend’s house this week and had to order it–loads of fun! The button and yarn wreath project is absolutely priceless.)

I also may screen print on the outer leg, similar to the way Melissa has for the pants she sells in her shop in Massachusetts. But, I’ll have to experiment with the way wicking fabric takes screen printing inks.

I’ll keep y’all posted on my progress!

~Sarah

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  1. It doesn’t surprise me at all that we usually wear the same exact kind of exercise pants. And I’ve been trying to find some more lately, but it’s been impossible. And there’s no way I’ll be able to make some. Ah well!

    One problem I’ve been having is that all the stuff in stores now is long pants and super warm stuff. I work out in a gym, though, and am insanely hot natured. There’s no way I can work out in long sweat pants (I’m also a boot cut devotee) The thought of working out in long pants makes my skin itch.

    Anyway.

    Still on the quest for perfect (affordable) workout gear. I’ll be excited to see what you end up with!

    And, sadly, I had to stop the C25K thing. My knees weren’t having one bit of it. :-( Maybe once I’ve lost some weight ….

  2. I bet your pants will turn out great! I especially like the idea of screen printing the leg. I hope that works with the fabric.

    It’s also good to know that C25K is working for you guys. I’ve had a couple of other friends who enjoyed it too, so maybe one of these days I’ll give it a try. My past experience with running has not been good, but maybe I need to give it another chance.

  3. Those Burda pants are cute. I’m short too but I’m lucky that the $10 Wal-Mart pants are just short enough for me. I might have to try that Couch 2 5k thing. I’ve heard about it before but never actually looked into it. I was running on the treadmill but had to stop due to leg pain. I was probably overdoing it. But I really miss running. My new gym has a soft running track so maybe I’ll give it a try again.

  4. That’s great your doing the C25k program! It’s really great and I’m happy it’s working for you, too. The pants are pretty awesome – the screen printing is definitely Sewer-Sewist bling (to borrow a totally overused term). One item of note on the pants – the waist band is long enough that (I think) it was meant to be folded over so check your length and make sure it works for you. Some reviewers on PR complained the pants were too loose and others didn’t care for the bulk of the folded waist band. I thought it worked perfectly, but it’s just something to be aware of.

    And also – thanks for the shout out a few weeks back! I’ve been pretty quite in the blog-o-sphere lately, but I loved reading your random things :)

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