A few Christmases back, I got a full-on jogging suit made by Target's C9 by Champion. The pants and jacket are a windbreaker material, but are at least a size too big for me. The pants feel like bellbottoms. The jacket works well as a springtime jacket, but not for running.
However, when it comes this time of year in Ohio, I need a second lower layer, and these wind pants are my only option other than sweatpants. And come on, sweatpants? That's so passe. Nobody would believe I'm a runner in those.
So it is the giant wind pants I am forced to wear. I have to hike them up over my bellybutton like your stereotypical grandpa and double over the waistband to keep the bottom of the legs from dragging on the ground.
I think I'd really like a pair of tapered wind pants some day, but in the mean time I made my own. Back in the 1980s we used French cuff our pants and wear scrunchy socks with penny loafers. For you kids, the French cuff was where you fold over the pant leg before rolling it up to create a taper. I have now adapted this concept to running gear.
I knew an actual French cuff would not hold with nylon material and the jostling of the running motion. Instead of rolling the leg up after the fold over move, I grabbed two safety pins left over from a racing bib and secured the taper. My wind pants have a zippered side, which allows me to leave the safety pin in place.
The modification to my wind pants held up well during yesterday morning's run. I can now hold off on buying a new pair until I see an irresistible sale.