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]……


  1. I love it!! I hesitate to buy race gear because I am afraid I will have a bad race and then not want to wear something that saya the race. The exception was the NYC marathon. Anyway, great sweatshirt!

  2. LOVE it!!!I only buy race gear after the race when they have a sell out :)

  3. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    Christine – great idea for the post race sell off – I debated getting a sweatshirt from Columbus Marathon but CRINGED when they said it was $70. Seriously – it was ugly. I just wanted it to have it. I'm trying to find that happy place where I don't WANT all the time just because.

  4. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    Love it!!! Can't wait to see what you make for MCM. I always hate those mock shirts we get. I know some people *love* them but I think they are ugly. You are so talented – I love the nuun jacket!

  5. Jennifer P says:

    What a great idea! I've only bought 1 shirt from a race. I bought it at the Maui Marathon when I ran the half while 20 weeks preggo so that race had a special place in my heart.

  6. Very cute.. and I love the new blog look too.

  7. I don't groove so hard on gear. What you made is way cooler than anything someone could buy. I have a 'matching' reflective tank :)

  8. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    Awesome idea! Love the new sweatshirt!

  9. Ok, that really is cute. I typically only buy race gear if I LOVE it or the race has extra special meaning. I can't justify another $100 on top of the race fee and travel (especially when you multiply that by # of races per year….)

  10. Great idea! I love buying new running clothes but hate the prices!

  11. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    PS I have never actually purchased race gear, but when I get to Boston one day I will NO DOUBT buy myself something. :-) that will be te one exception!! xxoo

  12. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    PS I have never actually purchased race gear, but when I get to Boston one day I will NO DOUBT buy myself something. :-) that will be te one exception!! xxoo

  13. i love it!! what a great idea!

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