Running while having your nose stuck in a book – village Belle running costume.

It’s that time again where race season is in full swing again. I have a few races coming up, but thought I would share my costume for the upcoming race! Here is a preview of Village Belle.

The long sleeve white top is from REI, the blue tank is from Lorna Jane , the blue sparkle skirt is from Sparkle Athletics , blue capris running pants from Under Armor, white apron from my childhood. Don’t forget the blue bow.

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Hope this gives you an idea for your next race. I’ll be posting a post race blog about my experiences for each race, along with more race costume ideas in the next few days. Be sure to be on the look out for that. Thanks and keep it craft ūüôā

Avengers Assemble to run!

For the innagural Avengers Half marathon last year I decided to run as Captain America. I had a blue running tank from Forever 21 and a blue sparkle skirt from Sparkle Athletics. All I needed to do was make a red and white waist cincher and sew on a white star.

I cut out a star using a star template and sewed it on by hand, trying to use an embroidery looking stitch.

As for the waist cincher, I didn’t have a pattern so I basically cut out long strips of white and red fabric. I cut out 5 pieces of white fabric and 4 pieces of red. Each piece was about 8.5 inches long and 5 inches wide. Now the bad thing was that I didn’t cut the pieces at an angle to create a waist definition. I had to improvise by cutting the last two end pieces at an angle to create the waist definition. I highly recommend if you are going to create a waist cincher use a pattern as a guide. I used velcro and sewed two snaps on the cincher, it was the easiest thing to do when you’re a beginner sewer.

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Here is the final look. The bow I got at a geek craft fair, I unfortunately can not remember the vendor. Any red, white, and blue ribbons will work or you can use a Captain America helmet.

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During the race! Black Widow and I, two tough red heads!

The race was great. Lots of characters were out from Thor, ¬†Hawkeye, Captain America, and Black Widow. The only down side of the race it was so windy, all the mile markers were being blown down and at one point I was running with my eyes closed on a dusty trail. I honestly wish I had decided to run with Captain’s shield, that ¬†would have been very helpful against the blustery winds. All in all though I had a great time. ¬†The medal was absolutely gorgeous and I was thrilled to add it to my collection. I look forward to running it again this year!

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Avengers half medal – Front
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Avengers half medal – back

Princess Half Marathon 2015

I recently ran the Princess Half Marathon¬†it was an amazing experience. I had done many Disneyland races, but this was my first Disney World race and my 5th half marathon in general. ¬†It was my first Disney World half and the first time I earned a Coast to Coast¬†medal. I ran the Star Wars half in January and finishing the Princess half qualified me for the Coast to Coast medal. Since the race was a Frozen theme I decided to dress up as Anna. IMG_5424 IMG_6713 I was so paranoid that I would be late I showed up at 2:30 am. I heard that traffic can be bad, but there wasn’t any at that time. They had a dj playing and character photo opportunities before the race, which was cool. Then it was time to march to your corrals, unlike Disneyland where the corrals are a 5 minute walk from the parking lot Disney World seems to want you to do a 5k warm up. I had to walk about 30 minuets to get to my corral I. Since I was in the middle of the pack (corrals go all the way to P) I didn’t have to wait to long before I got to run. IMG_6731 The temperature for the race was a perfect 55 degrees , a bit chilly but overall great. At one point along the route there was mist and fog on the golf field. It was a beautiful sight. The few down sides to the course were that you didn’t run in the parks much, mostly the back roads of the parks parking lot and the golf course. There were some characters out, but unlike Disneyland that has the community out supporting you while you run the streets of Anaheim you didn’t have that here. ¬†Though the course itself was a smooth course, which made running very easy. There were three steep inclines, but other than that it was the perfect running course. If you just wanted to run and not stop for pictures it would have been easy to get a new PR. I did stop for a few pictures along the way. Here are a few of them. IMG_6734

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A Jolly Holiday
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Kristoff, Anna, and Elsa
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The Princess Half medal and the Coast to Coast medal

I didn’t get a new PR but I did have a decent time at 2:51 considering I stopped for pictures, ¬†it wasn’t too shabby. After the race I decided to visit the Parks! I got lots of compliments on my outfit and my Coast to Coast medal. IMG_6746

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Overall I had an amazing race! I definitely plan on running more Disney World races and hopefully earn more Coast to Coast medals. My next race isn’t for a few month. I’ll be running in Expedition Everest, now to decide what I will dress up for that!!!

Princess Half Marathon Expo 2015

The Princess Half Marathon Expo was very different than the Disneyland half Expos I’ve experienced. I will say that Disneyland is far more organized in general. Also packet pickup and merchandise are held in the same building for the Disneyland races, not in separate as in Disney World. I arrived at the Expo at 7:35 a.m. it was held at ESPN World of Sports, at 7:40 a.m. the gates opened. Usually at 6:30 a.m. people are already lined up in Disneyland, not here. No one seemed to know exactly what line you needed to be initially for bags or merchandise. Disneyland has everything organized very early in the morning with staff that directs you to the proper line for Dooney bags, merchandise, or packet pick up. Eventually my mom and I spilt up, I going in one line for merchandise and my mom going in another for Dooney & Bourke Bags. It was freezing cold and windy on a Thursday, now granted I’m from California so 35 degrees is freezing to me, I waited in line for 2 hours. At 9:30 they let us in early. ¬†If you have ever done a Disneyland race everyone has to be in single file and are let in one at a time, the last race I did was Star Wars and they gave people colored wrist bands to designated which time you were in. Unfortunately Disney World just opened the doors and people ran. I was one of the first few people first in line so I wasn’t too worried, but it was still something that stuck in my mind. I wasn’t intending to go to crazy with merchandise, but I did buy a few more things than expected.

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For Run Disney Merchandise I bought some pins, a necklace (super cute that the shoe has 2015 on it), drink ware,  and a car magnet (I use it for my refrigerator). Every time I do a half marathon I get a magnet, this one was my 5th.

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At the expo itself I bought a light blue sparkle skirt from Sparkle Athletics.

A necklace and snow flake hair clips from Milestones sports jewelry

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I also splurged ¬†and got two Dooney and Bourke bags. I never have bought any of the race bags, even though I’ve done several. ¬†I was only intending to get the medium size bag, but my mom loved the larger bag and since she has been my biggest supporter and been there for every race I bought it for her. I usually don’t spurge on race merchandise, but since it was my first Disney World race I thought it was merited.

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Then I picked up my packet and got my Coast to Coast wrist band. I had run the Star Wars half so running the Princess half qualified me for the Coast to Coast medal. My first Coast to Coast!!!! I will say that I did get a bit teary eyed when the lady put the wrist band on me. If you run  the Princess half and the Tinkerbell half you get the special pink Coast to Coast. I am not doing the Tinkerbell half this year, only the 10k so I got the regular Coast to Coast.

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It was a fun long day, but glad it was over and I was definitely looking forward to race day. I will post about the race itself in the following post. Please stay tune for that. Keep on running!!!

The Fairest of them All running costume

I decided to run as Snow White for the Disneyland Half 2014. I ran as Belle for the 10k, tutorial on that costume is the previous post. I will say that my inspiration came from another blog. http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2011/10/snow-white-disneyrunning-costume-tutorial/

Supplies 

  1. Blue tank top
  2. Elastic band (wider width)
  3. Large Snaps
  4. Blue ribbon
  5. Red ribbon
  6. Red fabric for cap (one yard)
  7. White fabric for collar
  8. Stiff Interfacing (Jo Ann’s workers were very nice in helping me pick which one I needed)
  9. Yellow running skirt (mine was from http://sparkleathletic.com)
  10. Red bow headband

First measure the elastic around your arm and cut. Sew on snaps this will make it easier to put on. I didn’t follow the blog I played with the length of the ribbon and cut them a bit longer.

Cut 2 pieces of blue ribbon 10″ long

Cut 2 pieces of blue ribbon 11″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 10″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 11″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 9″ long

Then machine sew the ribbon to the elastic. IMG_3087

I sewed two different seams to make sure it would not unravel.  Then I pinned it like the blog suggested and hand sewed it to the tank. I hand sewed the cape on as well. IMG_3090

The collar was a bit tricky. I did my own pattern out of parchment paper (using the blog as a guide) then traced it on the interfacing and cut it out. Use the interfacing as a guide to cut the white fabric leaving some room for the seam. The sewing of the fabric around the interfacing was a big problem but in the end it turned out ok.  My sewing skills are very basic. I think another option would be to use fabric glue and glue the fabric on the interfacing. I then positioned the collar, pinned it,  and hand sewed it.

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I didn’t take any pictures along the race course, but here are the medals I got for running Dumbo Double Dare.

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It was a great race! I can’t wait to run Dumbo Double Dare 2015. It will be the 10th anniversary for the Disneyland Half marathon. Can’t wait to see the special medal for that race! Hope this inspires you to create your costume for your next race.

A Real Beauty running costume

Last September I ran Dumbo Double Dare (10k on Saturday and a Half Marathon Sunday) To run 19.3 miles was challenging but the dressing up part helps. I did a Belle costume for the 10k. What you need is a yellow tank top, some yellow fabric about 2 yards that you will cut, fold and sew together, and a rose if you wish to add it. I found a yellow tank top at Forever 21. I bought yellow fabric at the fabric store. I sewed the fabric in one long band.IMG_3082

I have a simple Singer sewing machine. You don’t need anything fancy, you can even hand stitch the fabric. Then I hand sewed the band to the tank top and sewed on the rose.

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I then cut some old opera length gloves and dyed them yellow. I bought a yellow sparkle skirt from Sparkle Athletics, there are tons of running skirts you can buy or you can make your own tutu. I will try and make one and have a tutorial on how to do it eventually.

In the end it turned out nicely. IMG_3980Here I am with the costume on.

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Here is the 10k Medal  I got for running 6.2 miles. Pretty cool medal.

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Hope this inspires you to run a race in costume.