Pam sent me this race pic from this weekend:
Is that background beautiful or what?! And those two runners aren’t half bad either…
Your lame quotient goes up by at least 100% when you refer to yourself in third person. need to remember that.
Speaking of running skirts, Sunday was the first time Pam ran in one. And I’ve received a ton of emails and comments asking about my skirt collection so let’s chat. Boy readers, this is right up your alley.
The skirt that launched a hundred inquiries. These two skirts are the same: the Nike Dri-fit Challenger Tennis skirt that isn’t for sale anymore.
I run almost all my races in skirts and most of my training runs in shorts. Find what you like and own it, just like Ali and her legwarmers.
Most of my skirts are actually tennis skirts because I like the extra frilly details and I think tennis skirts are generally more girly than running skirts. You just have to pick whatever you like and what you feel comfortable in <—this is HUGELY important.
I’m awesome at ironing.
These are from RunningSkirts which are great skirts to ease into because RS come in a variety of lengths, cuts and sizes. The top aqua skirt was gifted to me from RunningSkirts and the bottom navy blue one was given to me by my mom.
You can tell the top one’s shorter and it has briefs where the navy one has full shorts underneath. It goes without saying that you need a skirt with something underneath it, otherwise you’ll be wearing shorts underneath your skirt and that defeats the whole purpose.
Runningskirts are a little pricey, around $55-65 but they’re great quality and you can find a good fit and length with lots of different print options.
Like I said, it’s most important that you wear something you feel comfortable in. The one downside of buying online is that sometimes it’s hard to get a good fit on something you haven’t tried on.
I received this Nike tennis skirt from Refuel with Chocolate Milk for the Las Vegas Marathon; I can’t find it online anymore either. I just look online for any skirts on sale and that’s what I buy. I rarely buy a skirt for full price because they’re so dang expensive.
I also prefer shorter skirts that sit lower on the waist so that’s what I tend to buy, but just shop around and pay attention to the length. If it’s too short for you to feel comfortable in, don’t bother even looking at it.
This is a Lucy skirt that I bought on clearance two years ago:
I love the colors of it, but there’s a lot of fabric in it and it’s heavy and can feel like it’s weighing you down. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you can find a super sale.
I bought this SkirtSports skirt last summer; it’s very lightweight and a nice silky fabric but sorta plain for me; I wish I would have bought a different print or something. I like me some flair! But there’s some nice features to it (it’s made specifically for runners) and it’s 25% off right now.
I just bought this Adidas Adizero Feather skirt on sale two weeks ago; I love the “bubble” skirt and wished I would have bought the blue color too. Of course, now I can’t find it in my size.
There’s a ton of different options and brands out there that I haven’t tried. For example, I think Lululemon makes adorable skirts but I don’t wanna drop that much money on one.
So to review:
*If you’ve never worn/bought a running skirt before, go try one on at a store; don’t just buy it online. Do you prefer the briefs or the shorts underneath? How short do you want it? Do you need pockets or not?
*Make sure you feel comfortable and covered in it. If it’s too short, too bright, too girly, or just too much, find a different one. YOU HAVE TO FEEL GOOD IN IT. or else you won’t wear it.
*Once you know the skirt you want, Google around online for the best deal… as with everything in life. Google owns me.
*If you’re like me and still regret not being a cheerleader and like bright, girly skirts, look for tennis skirts online; they’re usually cuter IMO.
*And if you are really not sure about the whole skirt thing but kinda wanna try it, check out the “skapri”. You get the coverage of capris and the cuteness of a skirt:
I want y’all to go check out Without Borders. In 2010 reader Stephanie ran the Chicago Marathon for the 3 babies she lost in different pregnancies. Now her and husband are adopting a baby from Ethiopia!
They need to raise $15,000 more to bring their baby home so Stephanie is holding the Race Without Borders 5k/10k on April 21st. It’s “without borders” because you can run it anywhere! So sign up, raise money, change a life.
Laura had a nearly 5 minute PR at her half marathon this past weekend!
While you’re checking her out, go check out Laura’s auction going on right now. All money raised goes to Team in Training and there is nearly $4000 worth of running gear up for auction!