My friend, Christie O. is a total badass. She is (among other awesome things) a triathlete, half-marathoner and full marathoner. Bad.Ass. She has run 2 half marathons and a full marathon wearing a tutu. Yes, you read that correctly, she wore a tutu while running. See, she’s a badass, but she likes to have fun. I mean, if you aren’t having fun, then why are you doing it at all, right?
Last week, she posted on Shrinking Jeans a how-to on her race tutus. (You can read it here. It’s awesome! There are full instructions and even a video!)
When I originally read the tutu post, I thought it was cute, but really didn’t think much more about it. I have fun when I run, but I am not the dress up type.
I don’t really remember what changed my mind. But I woke up Tuesday morning and decided I wanted to make a tutu. I didn’t have a race to wear it for. And I didn’t realize that my friends who were headed to fitbloggin were making them too, when I originally made my decision. I just woke up feeling like I needed to make a tutu.
So, I did!
I went to the gym and had a kick ass workout! Then I went here:
I was almost giddy when I walked into the store. (I was sweaty too, but that’s beside the point!) I started walking through the aisles of fabric, searching for tule. I’m not really the fabric buying kinda gal, so I was in barely chartered territory. Then I found it! There were so many different kinds! But my eyes went immediately to the tule that had to have been placed there just for me! I took the bolts to the counter and asked for the required number of yards (10-12 yards total).
There was an older lady behind me in line and she asked what I was making. I was pretty giddy and excitedly told her that I was making a tutu! She looked at me with some confusion. I must have told her I might run in it because I remember her telling me, “Oh my daughter is a runner, but she doesn’t dress up.” The complete lack of any “fun” in her tone made me realize right then and there, I will wear this tutu during a half marathon. Because I am a runner, and who cares if I dress up or not. Dressing up does not take away my runner status.
When I got home, I really wanted to get started on making my tutu, but I had some other things to take care of, so I had to wait.
Then it was time…
The sparkly pink and while tule screamed for my tiara to be included! Who am I to argue?
I got out the required materials:
I took the tule to my dining room table and stretched it across the table. The directions say to cut 6″ strips. Imagine my surprise when I determined that the tiles on dining room table were 6″! It made it so easy!
Yes, I’m a lefty. (It’s one of many awesome things about me!)
I got all my tule cut and I was ready to start tying it on the elastic! Since I didn’t have nearly as much pink as I did white, I did 3 strips of white and a strip of pink.
The more strips I tied on, the giddier I got! I couldn’t wait to try it on!
And then it was done…
It’s perfect! I absolutely love it! And yes, I needed to wear the tiara too! I mean c’mon!
I don’t know what is in store for this tutu – but I can tell you that it made me happy flitting around the house wearing it! Maybe if I’m in a down mood, I will break out the tutu and tiara and wear them to improve my mood!
There is already talk of me making a camouflage tutu for Tough Mudder in September… stay tuned for that!
A few people on my FaceBook asked why I made this. I love my response:
Why not? Does there need to be a reason? Enjoy life! Make a tutu!