Melissa’s running arm band pocket

While the zip pockets have worked well at commando class, the iPhone jiggles around (a lot) and gets in my way when we have to do ab work. Our trainer checks my iPhone to see if my fitness is improving. Seriously, I don’t have an event that I’m training for.

Melinda kindly left me a comment and a link to Melissa‘s running armband pocket. Many thanks Melinda for reminding me of Melissa’s tutorial. Melissa uses this pocket to carry her gels when she’s training for marathons.

The finished arm band.

Well – I’m not the sharpest needle in the pack sand attempting the two piece version, with an SOS tweet to Melissa, I worked out an abridged version. I cut out one piece of fabric to hold my bicep, finished the edges and folded them with a top cover fold and sewed 1 inward seam tightly. 

The 3 stages (stooges) to make this armband.

After a short test run and a few burpees on the street (to the neighbours delight), the iPhone stayed put in this armband.

So while this isn’t Melissa’s Jeep Grand Cherokee version of a running arm band pocket, my Hyundai Excel version held my iPhone on my arm while we ran up and down 8 flights of stairs twice at 6am in the morning. No car tires this week. That’s right, I’m not training for an event and my average heart rate was up by 20beats per minute – yay!

I made 3 running arm bands and gave one to a friend and she loves using it.

At the races
On a different note, we went to a function at the races and we got to hang out in the winners circle on a warm, clear summer night. PS, don’t stand downwind of a frisky horse.
I finally got to wear Vogue 1208 bias dress with my Vogue 2390 jacket that I made at least 8 years ago but not reviewed. I’ll review it soon.

Standing in the winner’s circle with the horse nibbling my head in the background.

So while this bias dress didn’t get worn to the wedding last year, it has been worn – double yay!

A funny thing happened to me before I went to the gym

Long story short – I needed a workout top with a zip and I sewed a zip in a RTW cycling top at 5am in the morning.

4 weeks earlier: When I train, I like to keep track of the energy I use ie KCals, and I track what I eat. Most of this I manage with DailyBurn

DH bought me the Wahoo gym/run pack and I decided to use it for the 6am commando class.

2 days earlier: Kristen at Wahoo (now a dear friend of the family) helped me get the Wahoo gadgets to work through my iPhone. What doesn’t an iPhone do? Sew.

Monday morning 5:00am: I was dressing for the gym and I realised for the Wahoo to work I have to have the phone on me because we run all over the grounds like lunatics and holding a car tyre above our heads. 

5:05am: I rustled through my cycling tops to find one with a back zipper pocket. There were none with a zippered pocket but they all have back pockets.

5:10am: I grabbed one of my well-used cycling tops to sew in a zip so that I could leave home by 5:45am. Who would do such a thing?? It had to be a well-used top because I always come home with grass and dirt stains.

I grabbed a short black zip from the stash and sewed one side of the zip on the pocket edge. Wrong. I unpicked it and sewed the zip on the body first then the pocket edge. It worked.

 5:45am: Jumped in the car and headed to the gym – on time and not flustered.

6:00am: The trainer smiled – he knew why my iphone was in my back pocket. My ‘Wahoo’ app worked as did my upgraded cycling top. I’m proud of the car tyre marks on my cycling top, LOL.

This zip is exposed because it runs across 2 pockets.

Ok. The same thing happened this morning (see the blue top) but during the week I only need 2 tops with zips for commando class to track my training. This time I’ve used an exposed zip and my job here is done.