Subtitle: choose your running kit wisely.
You'd think I'd know better. I've been running for a while now. I know - I *know* - the importance of a drawstring in running leggings. I can just about manage without zips at the bottom of the legs, if they are full length. I can sometimes do without pockets, if it's a long run, because I'll take a backpack or waistpack with me to carry the hundred-and-one things I can't possibly run without any more.
But I was seduced by the beauty of these leggings. They are Day of the Dead ones, with leg bones decorated with roses and flowers. I'd had others (Disney's Snow White) from the same company, the same size, the same type, so I thought these would be fine, and off I set. Erm, no. Within minutes, there was slippage. I hauled them up and carried on. A certain insecure feeling made itself felt. Hmmm. Perhaps my underwear needed a quick readjustment as well? A bit of a rummage, and all was well again. But not for long. It became drafty. I hauled valiantly. My ankles appeared. Ha! No, it just took another 200 metres for the leggings to plan their escape and head for my knees. I wondered if I could somehow trap their waistband under the bottom of my bra, but discarded this idea as it would have meant some serious constructional effort by the side of a busy road. I considered plaiting grasses together for use as braces, but alas, all the hay has been gathered in round here long ago. There were no passers-by who could run with me, holding the leggings up for me, so I had to do it myself. Four bloody kilometers clutching my waistband. It should have been a 5k run but I admit that I gave up and went home.
I am fussy about my sports bra: I only trust a ShockAbsorber to look after my girls. All my running shirts are technical wicking types: most of the race ones have the standard higher necks that I find a bit choking, but on the whole they are far less sweaty than cotton. I've recently found Injinji toe socks, which I love; and it takes me forever to find the correct trainers for my Hobbit feet, currently thumping along in Brooks. But seriously? You'd think I'd know better about leggings. For me, they have to have a drawstring so that this situation can be prevented. Never again.
And no, there is no photo.