Every marathon expo I question whether or not I should buy any race gear. I am not a cheap person, but I do like finding a deal and I am a stay at home mom who is not independently wealthy. This means spending upwards of $100 on a race jacket is not exactly my cup of tea anymore. Factor in the rising cost of races (which I understand) and you can spend a small fortune every year in gear, entry fees, race travel etc. I like to keep costs down so I can keep running as many races as I want to.
So I ask the question. Why? Why buy all the race gear when you can make it yourself?
After being placed on the same team as This Mama Makes Stuff for Hood To Coast relay with team nuun I decided I needed to use her as inspiration and get back to my crafting roots. I checked out the race gear online for Hood To Coast and it looked blah. It was made my a rather large running company that I will not name, uber popular, but I do not care for their gear and only wear Saucony.[not kidding – I only wear Saucony] SO I decided to make my own relay race gear.
Turns out I love this jacket way more than any store bought one. I got tons of compliments on it and felt extra special that I was the only one with this EXCLUSIVE jacket (or so I told myself).
If you do not have a huge budget and would rather spend your money on actually running races than buying gear that will a. start to smell after being worn too much b. not looks so cool in 2 years and c. cost an arm and a leg – then putting on your crafting boots and get ready to make something MUCH cooler.
I’m not an excellent seamstress but no one is looking super close anyways!
Just admit it IS cute.
I’m pretty sure I am going to make my own race gear for Marine Corps Marathon. Do not get me wrong. I love SOME race gear but I do not feel the need anymore to just buy race gear because everyone else is doing it.
If you want to learn how to do your own applique then check out THIS tutorial on This Mama Makes Stuff’s blog.
The flower fabric I used was a vintage dress I found at a yard sale. I had been saving it for years waiting for just the right project to come along. I have not found a thrift store near me I love but This Mama Makes Stuff recommends Savers Thrift Stores.
The sweatshirt is one I had lying around in my closet from Old Navy. I had not worn it in a VERY long time, but have been wearing it non stop ever since I gave it a makeover.
Dream Big my friends and remember to run long [whatever long is for you]……