Favorites Friday: Running Skirts!

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Man, this poor little blog is a little dusty.

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Since the height of fall marathon season has kicked in here in Texas, I thought I’d start off my renewed commitment to the written word with (cue the music…) “a few of my favorite things.”

I will begin this particular post with the disclaimer that I am an Ambassador for Skirt Sports. I don’t get paid and I don’t get any sort of commission, but I get a little discount on the items I can’t live without as well as a discount for all of you in exchange for spreading the skirt love in my little world. Now that we have that out of the way…

When I first started on my journey to lose weight, oh sometime about six or seven years ago now, I began to walk. Walking turned to runs. It was pretty awesome. But I was genetically gifted with, dun dun dun…. CHUB RUB. Come on ladies, most of you don’t have that thigh gap, and YOU NOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. First it begins with the thighs that kind of catch when you’re mid-run. But then the sweat starts to give it a little lubrication, and you think you’re out of the woods. But no. About a mile later, you’ve got a little heat that has built up and (sorry men, it’s not THAT kind of heat). Before you know it, there is a little stinging involved.

imageMy options included giving up the idea of wearing shorts and just resigning myself to those running capris. But I’ve got to tell you, it’s darn hot here in Texas and humid to boot. If I could run nekkid and get away with it, I would! So I began my quest for something better. A random post all those years ago on a weight loss message board was ultimately what introduced me to the running skirt, specifically, Skirt Sports. I was promised that those skirts would change my life.

I was all about changing my life at that point, so I took a look. Back then, the selection was just a couple of styles, so it was easy for me to grab a gym girl ultra skirt and be done with it. The company promised that the little compression shorts would hold all of me in there (yeah, that was a concern at the time) and were long enough to cover all the way down to that little piece of meat on the thigh that was causing all my angst. Verdict? Well, there is a reason I ONLY run in Skirt Sports running skirts.

But enough time in the old way-back machine… let’s talk about the here and now.

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My friends are as diverse as their favorite skirts!

The skirts have come a long way and there are so so many to choose from, it’s almost dizzying. So, the big question is… what features are important to you? Coverage of the leg? Length of the shorts underneath? Adjustability of the waistband with a drawcord? Pockets to fit your iPhone or run nutrition?

When my friends ask me which skirt to buy for their first, I almost always tell them “gym girl ultra” because it’s a tried and true classic. But I scoured through the website this morning and put together this little handy-dandy table of all the features of the various skirts being currently sold in the hopes that it helps all of you decide which skirt is your soulmate…

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Oh, and as I talked about earlier, my friends get a discount on their Skirt Sports order! This code (FWS20) is good only once per customer and expires 9/30/2017 and can be used at www.skirtsports.com. We get new codes every quarter, so you can place an order every quarter with discount codes!

So, do you have a favorite style? I’ve been challenged to break out of the old comfort zone (I mean, really, I have more than 30 gym girl ultra skirts alone!) and try a different style I didn’t think I would like. I’ve bought a Happy Girl, a Jette, a Peek-A-Boo and a Mod Quad. Which one should I try next?

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A few of my favorite things, part 1: my running skirt!

As my training group finished our long run this morning, the girls asked about my skirt.  It’s not surprising, I get comments all IMG_4829[1]the time about “how cute that skirt is” or that I always look so perfect when I run.”  My love of the skirt began when I began running.  It’s hot enough in Dallas for long enough that you can’t get away with wearing very much clothing, so capris or long pants were out.  However, being sixty pounds overweight leads to what I affectionately refer to as “chub rub.”  Thighs that rub together with enough friction that, without the addition of all that sweat, I’d probably start a forest fire!  Shorts were just out of the question.  They didn’t cover the necessary body parts and rode up.  Nothing says sexy more than digging shorts out of your crotch while running.

I must have tried every manufacturer of running skirts before it was over with.  Some had shorts that weren’t long enough, some didn’t give enough stretch around the midsection and just looked awful on a body that was changing with every run.  A couple had that annoying glue stuff on the inside of the legs to keep the shorts from riding up.  That would be great, but I spent the whole run messing with the because they felt like they were digging in to my thigh.  Most didn’t include pockets!  They all ended up on ebay before it was over with.

I discovered SkirtSports from an online forum of runners.  I checked it out, bought one and I became an instant convert!  I literally do not go on a run without a skirt now.  I love that the gym girl ultra version hits at the perfect length for my fairly short legs.  It’s not so long that it cuts me in half.  The shorts have just enough compression to stay put and not ride up.  I can wear my skirt for twenty miles and the legs are never a concern for me.  The material of the skirt is stretchy enough that it accommodates the movement of running and is forgiving if I have eaten a cupcake or two and put on a few pounds.  I run with my inhaler without fail because my asthma is no joke, but those inhalers are a pain to run with because they don’t always fit in a pocket of a hydration belt or the pockets in most shorts, but SkirtSport Gym Girl Ultra skirts have a pocket on each leg of the shorts.  The pocket holds my inhaler perfectly and it has never shimmied its way out.  The second pocket I use to hold my iPhone, which has a case that keeps my drivers license, insurance card and a debit/credit card for mid-run emergencies.  It slides right into the pocket and lays flat against my leg so that it doesn’t bounce or swing around and, even better, the skirts come with a small reinforced hole at the hip to thread your earbuds through.

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 The colors and prints for the skirts are bright and fun and include enough variety that you can match almost any top with your skirt.  I will confess to maybe going a little overboard, but I really just love them all and want to get the newest prints, so I may have a few… 😉  That being said, these skirts are also indestructible.  I have had a few skirts for years and they still look new, despite all of the trips through the washing machine.

If cost is a factor, the company is great about sending out discount codes on their facebook page and email list, and a few times a year they mark these beloved skirts down big time!!  You can occasionally find the skirts at local running stores, but I prefer to shop online at skirtsports.com because there is more variety.