Category Archives: Running

H&M jeans, 2007, repaired

Bought some very dark jeans from h&m eight years ago. Have used them a lot for the last two years. They’re not my favourite pair, but they fit me well and I’ve worn them since they were perfectly dark blue. I have repaired the crotch, both front pockets, one back pocket, right thigh, left knee. I am experimenting a bit with mending techniques. One of the great things about sewing is you can always rip it up and try again.

The short rise looks very out of style in 2016, almost like women’s jeans. They used to be straight, but I’ve tapered them. The old look was almost like a slim bootcut, but now they are more like regular 80’s jeans.

Not worth the work I’ve put into it, but I like the fact that they’re so worn out.

Factory distressed jeans look ridiculous to me, and I’ve always felt this way. I bought a pair of designer jeans from the Red Cross thrift store with fake wear on the knees, and I’m going to give them to my brother, because I just can’t wear them.

I’ve ordered some olive colored cotton canvas to make a parka, so someday I will post how that goes.

But first I will post an image of Marty McFly’s inside out jeans. The movie is set in 2015. Somehow that never caught on. Even though G star tried.

Sustainable fashion – an oxymoron?

Just learned from a very interesting newsweek article that there’s a global crisis in second hand clothing. Fast fashion is leaving so much low quality second hand clothing that even the African market is getting picky, and 80% of what we give to charity is just burned or discarded.

Too much of what we buy is too impractical, or not durable enough, even for some of the world’s poorest. It really gives a refreshing view on the window displays at H&M and Zara.

Whenever my wife buys something from the Swedish brand Monki, it typically breaks after a few weeks. Which makes me think that these clothes aren’t really clothes, they’re just fashion. You have the textile industry, and the fashion industry, and their products are fashion textiles, but are they clothes? Some of these clothes are simply trash, and too bad to be of any use to anyone in the world. To me that makes them less pretty.

Maybe fashion, at it’s very core, is impractical, vain and wasteful? Maybe fashion can never be sustainable, because the idea of style implies you discard something perfectly usable, just because it’s out of style.

On the other hand I know a few old baby boomers who wear the same parka and Wrangler jeans for 20 years, and I don’t strive for that look either…

I think fashion can be sustainable, but it has to be slow fashion. Also we shouldn’t let the high street brands confuse us as to what fashion is. If you get a camouflage three-piece suit, a shirt with flamingos, or a big hat, wear it twice and then sell it, that’s fashion. It’s silly, it’s wasteful, but at least it’s fun. But you don’t need 6 boring grey shirts from a chain store, that you might never wear. That is not fashion; that’s just clothes. And it’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity, so treat it as such. Which means basically, you buy something nice and new, wear it until it’s become a little less trendy, and then wear it some more, and then you treat yourself to something nice and new again when it’s worn out.

I know it sounds like preaching, but I’m just thinking out loud here…

On a side note I think that any clothes bought second hand are far more sustainable than sustainable fashion can ever be.

I’m not sure about recycling. If I read this article in the Guardian correctly, it’s still some time before it’s actually effective… The thought that my polyester parka could be around for hundreds of years after I’m dead makes me think that maybe it’s worth a try.

I could probably get by for the rest of my life just on clothes discarded by family members. After I started not throwing clothes out, I cant even get rid of the stuff I get for Christmas or inherit.

Riveting

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I forgot to write last time: I’m omitting rivets. I don’t like them. I just tried to replace the pockets on an old pair of jeans, and it became a mess because of rivets. They make repairing and refitting jeans harder. I’m sure they made sense in 1871, but they don’t any more.

Anyways. When I read about sewing I just want pictures pictures pictures, so here they are:

I’m very happy with the front pockets. They are railroad pattern twill from a jacket I bought second hand to use as scraps. Should last forever. (And if they don’t I can easily replace them because there are no rivets.) I did a French seam on the back first, but I have since unravelled that seam and just zigzagged and topstiched. It became bulky, and I’d traced the 501’s too faithfully. In the future I’ll straighten the lines of my pattern a bit more before cutting. Now they look nice, and I like the look with no yoke.

Buttons are on the way in the mail. I’m not putting shitty jeans buttons on my nice jeans. YKK makes some without a logo, which goes well with my minimalistic design. More pics soon!!!

Blue Jeans DIY

20161013_111028I got my blue rigid denim in the mail, and I’ve started cutting and sewing my jeans. The basic idea is to make Jeans Without Unnecessary Stuff. I’m copying a pair of well fitting 501’s which where covered in paint. I cut them up and copied all the parts. Here’s what I’m omitting from the standard 5 pocket 501 design:

  1. Contrast topstitching
  2. Coin pocket
  3. Yoke

I’m not a denim purist, and in my opinion they still look like jeans, only better. I already have jeans with blue topstiching, but I’m curious about how omitting the yoke will work. What I like most about jeans is the fabric and the pocket design. Chino pockets always spill coins.

I won’t go into detail about the construction, but here are a few links I have watched MANY TIMES.

  1. ki-online.net – “DIY: Instructions for sewing a pair of RAW Denim Jeans. Step by Step and easy to follow tutorial, for Beginners and Megalomaniacs.”
  2. Angela Kane – Sewing blue jeans
  3. Youtube – Paul Kruize – Jeans in progress
  4. Youtube – Roman Lemeschko – Designer jeans men’s style

I’m heavily inspired by the first link. The other are not for aesthetics, but more about learning the techniques. I have discovered that taste and sewing skills are two separate things, and I enjoy videos of good sewers even when they make ugly stuff. Not that any of the jeans in the links are ugly, just generally.

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Is this ugly or beautiful? I walk past it every day, and it always makes me happy and angry at the same time..

Flat soles?

I’m tired of the title of this blog, so I’m simply renaming it to Flat Soles, and moving to a fitting WordPress subdomain.

Trying to keep the singularity of thematics, or whatever it’s called. I’m not really writing about opera anyway. So, flat soles it is.

The benefit of having 0.199 readers is nobody cares if you move blogs. 😉

But you are all more than welcome to follow me at http://flatsoles.wordpress.com if you want to hear more of my endeavors running in old school sneakers.

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Too little sleep

Too little sleep.

Too many muffins.

Nice long run.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/73496885

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Routine

It’s good to have a weekly goal. If I feel uninspired I can focus on reaching my weekly goal of 16km. And this week I overshot it by two km again. Might need to up the ante. 18 kilometers it is!

22,5 km left to beat my monthly record.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/72556594

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/72228212

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Spontaneous run

Was supposed to just do a couple of easy km’s and I ended up running 10.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/71880140

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Easy does it.

Today I achieved my most important goal: Totally carefree and easy running. After 5.3 km I ran home for dinner. Then I ran another 3.6 km, burping vietnamese food all the way.

Not fast, but more enjoyable than ever. If it continues in this direction, I’ll be able to skip my way through the half marathon in April. While whistling.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/71051884

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/71052490

Edit: Maybe the reason it felt so good was the temperature. A comfortable +5°C (41°F)!
Spring is here.

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Fatherhood and intervals

Since my last post I’ve become father of a beautiful daughter who enjoys milk a lot. She hasn’t got a name yet, but we call her “Lanugo” after the little baby-hairs on her shoulders. She makes life a lot more enjoyable and that includes my interval running. Also, a few days without running makes running more enjoyable.

Interval work: Second km 4:15, fourth 04:13.

(Short term-goal: 3 1km laps under 4:10. This earns me new shoes.)

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/149451554

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Interval training

It’s getting warmer, and I’m longing for the day when I can simply put on a t-shirt and shorts and head out the door.

4:11/1 km is fast for me. Had fun today. Found a good “track-like” route, with good, new tarmac, and almost exactly 1km. In the slow laps I tried to incorporate some drills like butt-kicks and high knees. My target race speed for the half marathon is about 05:00, so I consider this “sprinting” (for now). Will be doing more interval training.

1 km laps:

1: 6:17.4

2: 4:10.7

3: 6:53.7

4: 4:24.6

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69987620

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Running in winter

This kind of weather is extreme for Denmark. Yesterday the brake-wires on my bike were frozen. Today was a bit warmer: A comfortable -5 °C. Good run today, and fast considering i’ts very slippery outside. Lots of powder snow. Quads and ankles are OK, and I overshot my weekly goal by 3 Km.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69508130

And here’s some inspiration:

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Will power.

What is will power? It used to be the ability to put on my running shoes and force myself out the door. Those were simple days.

These days will power is what I need to respect my rest days, and not go for meaningless runs like the one today. Hobbling along with legs hurting doesn’t do any good for my form or VO2 Max.

I should focus on getting some cross-training done, and eating less junk. Got to lose six kg before half marathon in April. That is not going to happen if I don’t start eating better tomorrow. Wish me luck. Or will power.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69302660

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Wind chill

My weather app says “-9 C, feels like -16 C”. It accounts for the wind chill factor. Keeping the torso warm is not  a big problem, but any exposed skin really feels it. And how do I keep my TEETH warm? If this weather holds up, I’m getting a ski mask.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69155292

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Real running.

Today went well all the way until the big dents in the pace at 3km, when I got a cramp in the back (the one at 1 km is just a traffic light). But it still felt OK, now I’m finally really running. That means I am limited by the shape I’m in and not some microscopic ligaments in my ankles trying to adapt. Changing form is boring… Can’t believe I found the patience to go through with it, but I’m glad I did.

Today I just put the foot down relaxed in a neutral position, and ran. No thinking about how the foot lands, or how the legs moved at all. Kept my focus on trying to relax the shoulders.

It’s like I found a second gear today, how to run easy and relaxed at about 4:30/km pace. I think this might be my ideal race pace. The first couple of km’s felt incredibly light and easy. My slow pace is about 6:00/km. I’ll see if it sticks.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/69056920

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Industrial espionage

Unfortunately I couldn't explore the red areas. I might go another time without camera and NOT dressed in black, to avoid looking like a spy from a Hollywood movie. Click the images for higher resolution.

Nordhavn

There is a large part of the old harbour that’s no longer in use, making for some scenic views. Sort of like a horror movie theme park. It’s marked green in the map. There was a girl photographing graffiti with a tripod. Kulturkajen Docken (The cultural quay “The Dock”) is marked yellow. They sometimes have 90’s style rave parties. I hope there will soon be an end to that, because we live only 3 km away, and it’s unbelievably noisy! It’s supposedly a nice place to drink a beer in the summer. I also saw one jogger and a fisherman. Other than that, the peninsula was completely empty.

There’s also an old shipyard and an enormous container port (red), but they are unfortunately closed to the public. At the far end of the peninsula, past the marina is a small strip of grass, a perfect place to eat Jennifer’s home made granola bar. Please also note my white Adidas gloves! They are prototypes from around 2003. I have no idea if you can get them, but they are nice and not too airtight, and I can operate my camera with them. Recommend thin cotton gloves to anyone running in winter.

And then I went home and watched this for a while…

34km! Another weekly record according to Runkeeper. I’m starting to get somewhere. Soon I need to do fartlek/speedwork. And some actual running. But it seems I’ve been right to take it easy and be patient: Running is now easier than ever. It’s really been a drag at times, waiting for my legs to build the necessary muscles to achieve a relaxed forefoot landing.

Really looking forward to running a half marathon. And to my next urban exploration run.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/68532873

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Nordhavn – Svanemøllen, a trip along the pier.

Today I got up, and my girlfriend had prepared an enormous meal of egg and bacon, home baked bread, cheese and coffee. And after that I went out and easily ran 20 km. I can honestly say It’s the most effortless running I have ever done in my life.

I have been having a bit of tiredness on the inside and outside of my calves lately. I’ve heard that compression socks is one of the very few things that are scientifically proven to improve results. So I borrowed some off my girlfriend, and I think they did the trick. My guess is, they provide that tiny bit of support my weakling ankles need. On the other hand, it could just be that I’m getting stronger. I’ve rested well since last week.

Sometime soon I hope I’ll come to the point where I can actually start running. Right now I’m just hobbling along at just under 10 km/h. “Travel diary” will be posted. Very nice trip.

And I must add the Neo Trails are simply amazing when it comes to grip on icy surfaces. Running on a wet icy wooden pier is generally considered dangerous, and I wouldn’t attempt it in any other shoe. I was a bit skeptic to this shoe after reading some mixed reviews, but I know for certain than none of the reviewers had tried the shoe in winter, as it only came out in summer 2011. Also it seems that people who live in warmer countries tend to conclude “too warm, doesn’t drain: Dealbreaker” or “No rockplate, overly aggressive grip”, while I’ve read reviews from Denmark and Britain stating “This is THE shoe for winter conditions”. I guess the same  things that makes it good also makes it not suitable for hot weather. Anyway, amazing shoe.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/68101443

Listening to this

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Weekly record

I may not be the fastest runner, but a record is a record! Very enjoyable running week. I hope I haven’t ruined next week… 16km a week is still my goal.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/67488926

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Dyrehaven

Took the train out to Klampenborg to run today. Dyrehaven is a cultivated forest. A bit boring this time of year, all brown and muddy. Below is a picture of how it can be in summer/fall. I’m at 15km, so I should be able to reach 16 this week. A bit tired in the little muscles along the shin bone. Might be bending my knees too much on landing, but maybe I’m fine and just need more strength in my calves. Rest 2 days, then a bit of running Saturday.

http://runkeeper.com/user/etyrmi/activity/66989480

Stock photo.

The gamekeepers lodge looks like this.

Mud.

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