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Running Skirt Review!

So I got my first (and still only) running skirt from Target. It was normally $19.99, but I found it on the clearance rack for only $4.98. At this time I was still skeptical but wanted to give it a shot and I didn’t even really know what it would feel like to run in a skirt.

I decided to wear it for my last 1/2 marathon and it was AWESOME. I’m not one to do it for the ‘I want to be feminine, or show boys that I can run too’, but it was a just a really great feeling to run in a skirt, and I didn’t even feel like I was running in a skirt.


Obviously the pictures aren’t of myself, but I thought this picture showed how loose fitting they are, and how they really help with the chafing issue that some girls might have in shorts. They are not tight around the thighs and have some give in the material. Since they are a spandex mix, they are stretchy and don’t give you any restriction when you run at all. I was nervous that they would chafe the front of my legs from taking each step, but that wasn’t an issue at all. Since they are so loose fitting they feel great when you run. Usually they have a band at the top to keep the skirt on tight as well, or some have a drawstring or a tie. They come in many different lengths too so if you want to show off your legs, opt for a shorter one, and if you are not into the super short ones, go ahead and go for a little bit longer one.

So how does the skirt not flop up and expose your underwear? I didn’t really understand how this part of the skirt worked, but was glad that there were built in shorts!


This is actually the exact skirt I have, and all the running skirts have built in little shorts or briefs, depending on the model. I really thought these were great inside the skirt. They weren’t too short or restricting at all, which I thought might be an issue. The shorts are just a little bit shorter than the skirt, so if the skirt does flop up when your running everyone doesn’t get a show. I really thought they were comfy and moisture wicking, which is the key in warmer climates. Another great feature about the running skirt is that they don’t ride up like normal shorts at all. You’re not constantly putting down the band and the skirts fit so well.


If you look at this picture, you can see how stretchy and not restricting the skirt is. I was really surprised with how great it felt to run in. I’m not for any woman’s liberation movement or being super sexy when I run, but I did find it to be a great addition to my running clothes. If you see one on sale, don’t be afraid to try it! It’s shape is flattering on everyone and though you might feel a little silly, it’s fun to race in and super comfortable. I’m all about comfort when I’m running so that was a huge plus for me. Also many of them have a little pocket just like many shorts do. Once you get used to the fact that yes, you are actually running in a skirt, and no, no one will see your underwear, it’s pretty amazing!

If you are in the mood to find a running skirt to give a try, check out these links.

GearX Prana Women’s Mini Skirt – $45.95 – plain black running skirt.

TriSports Women’s Running Skirts – 8 different skirts in different colors on sale ranging in price from $19.97-63.97.

Sports Authority Nike Women’s Running Skirt – Gray or White longer skirt, $39.97

Target C9 Pink and Black Running Skirt – on sale for $17.99

Target C9 Blue Running Skirt – on sale for $9.99

You can find a majority here but they don’t really have sales – Running Skirts
PS Sara sent me this link to Holabird Sports and they have a ton of great deals! Check out their stuff here!!! Also remember to check your local running attire supplier to see if they have any on clearance!

Last night for my workout I decided to just run 6 miles to top of my total for the day at 10.5 miles. I did some striders and stretched really well after too to help my legs get some life back into them. Today I’m going to run stairs after I get off work. I can’t believe how gorgeous the pictures were from my run yesterday morning, and I’m sad that the weather man is reporting rain for the next FIVE days. When am I going to get my runs in? Off to the dreadmill it looks like for me! So the moral of the story is give running skirts a chance! You might be pleasantly surprised, and if not, then send them my way! :)

Also, about the biggest loser! The show is getting pretty intense and I was very sad to see Damien go, but also super glad that him and Nicole are doing it by themselves and look great! There were a lot of parts of the episode last night when I was thinking to myself, NO WAY! Joelle, Seriously, get your act together girlfriend. I can’t believe the work she barely squeeks by with. What a let down for Bob! It was another crazy week with the weigh-in and I hope they all continue to do well! I can’t wait for next weeks episode when everyone is reunited. I cannot believe Blaine and Dane did what they did, but now team play is ON! :)


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  • Reply Marcy

    Dang you got it on sale for $4?! I have a couple Target ones as well. Work good for me ;-)

    January 21, 2009 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Abbie

    I *only* wear a running skirt to run in. I started back in June and got hooked. I have three of them… all Nike, though. They are amazing b/c they don’t ride up like regular running shorts.

    January 21, 2009 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Jamie and Craig

    Too funny… I almost bought one of these the other day AT TARGET. Then I realized I hate my legs! HAHA Oh well… as I keep up this running stuff and tone my legs up more I am sure I will pick one up.

    January 21, 2009 at 10:57 am
  • Reply The Mrs

    I have been wanting one after I read about them in runners world! I may have to go to Target today to look for one.

    January 21, 2009 at 11:47 am
  • Reply sara

    Danica, i have two running skirts, one by Brooks (the one you saw me in) and one by Mizuno. both of them i purchased at Holabird Sports ( which is my favorite place to purchase discounted running apparel. i LOVE both of the skirts, although the Mizuno one does chafe a bit after 10 miles. anyway, glad you love your skirt … i’m definitely planning on buying more skirts myself! :)

    January 21, 2009 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Mojito Maven

    Love this skirt! AND DITTO about the biggest loser. Joelle needs an attitude adjustment!

    January 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Brandi

    I love the running skirt!! It is by far my favorite piece to wear! I was hesitant at first too but thought oh why not give it a try! Now I’m always looking for them on sale! :D

    And yes I was soo disappointed about the biggest loser last night. :( I was yelling at the TV. I couldn’t believe they didn’t vote Joelle off. Something is really going on. Now all the scheming is going to happen!

    January 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply J

    That is such an awesome deal! $4 dollars!! holy cow! Looks like a nice item of clothing. Not sure if I will ever get around to wearing one though!

    January 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    I have a couple of running skirts myself and love, love, love them. I love the colors and patterns on that brand so I should check ’em out!

    Thanks for the great review, as always. :)

    January 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply RunToFinish

    I was surprised the first time I tried a running skirt too, they really are comfortable and maybe in like 3 months it will be warm enough here to wear one!

    BL is such a good show, seriously motivating..and of course reality show drama is just fun for me, my life just isn’t that dramatic, no one here yells or screams.

    January 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    I have a C9 running skirt from Target also, but the shorts ride up…like, way up? Maybe it’s my thunder thighs? Maybe I need the kind with briefs under?

    I am sooo addicted to The Biggest Loser!! This is my first season watching it and can’t believe I took so long to get on the bandwagon!!!!

    January 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply The Running Knitter

    I wear a running skirt from new balance and I love it!

    January 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Janice {Run Far}

    $4… what a bargain. I have a Mizuno skirt. I paid alot more the $4… Yikes. I haven’t run much in it. I will have to give it another try.

    January 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply The Happy Runner

    That’s it. I’m getting one. I’ve been thinking about one for ages and I think I just need to do it!

    January 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Denise

    Good review. And I LOVE target clearance racks!

    January 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply joyRuN

    I have yet to try a running skirt, but they do look comfy! And only built in shorts for me I think :)

    I might have to wait a little while before I can slip those on.

    January 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Taylor

    I’ve seen many girls at the gym wearing the skirts, and I always have wondered if you could run in them! I might go get some- they are cute!!

    January 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply kristen

    I am a running skirt convert! I just bought the camo/hot pink number from and can’t wait to get it!

    January 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply DoubleDigits

    I could not believe the BL last night – the most irritating part (to me), was that Blane and Dane acted like they were consulting with Bob’s team out of respect, when really they were scheming! I do believe that Carla deserves to get a chance to come back, but Damien did not deserve to go home. How disappointing that Jillian’s team went from voting with their hearts to voting with the greed. Argh – sorry, rant over – i just needed to get it off my chest to someone else who watches BL!

    January 21, 2009 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    I love those skirts… I would totally run with one… silly looking or not!

    January 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply d.a.r.

    I ran by Tarjay today, and they only had ONE left. Of course, it was a size XL. Shoot. I need to get one…maybe I will just go back and get the $16 one…

    January 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply OhMyLaughter

    Okay, you convinced me… I need to get one of these. Soo cute!

    Ahh I haven’t watched the Biggest Loser religiously since Ali won. I did watch the last season finale and kept tearing up. I think I need to get back into it! Especially if you will be blogging about it on a weekly basis.

    January 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Frayed Laces

    Score on the skirt!

    January 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply NiC

    I came across your blog while surfing..I love the skirt. I bought one from or something like that. Ive used it once. Maybe if i wore it more i would like it!

    I love the pics on your blog too!

    January 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Hollie

    hmmm, if you would’ve done this post without the pics i would have said ‘definitely not’ but the pics actually look like it would be comfortable. i may just try one! the hubby will think i’m nuts i’m sure. i hate when shorts ‘ride up’ so this may be the fix!!

    thanks so much for sharing this!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:56 am
  • Reply Stuart

    There’s definitely a skort thing going on!

    January 22, 2009 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Jess

    Wow if I found one on sale for that cheap I might be tempted to try it.

    January 22, 2009 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Mrs. Hibit

    Back when I was in really good shape, I ran in spandex shorts almost exclusively. Now that I’m not nearly as fit and much more self-conscious, the skirt may be just what I need!

    This week I tentatively decided to run San Diego as well (though I’m not training at all yet, so likely the half.) I really appreciate your enthusiasm for training, it’s very encouraging! So, thanks!

    January 22, 2009 at 7:58 am
  • Reply The Pink Diaries

    Very cute! I have never built up the courage to wear running skirts when I work out, but maybe soon.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Alisa

    I have three running skirts from and I love em!

    I have one from target but I think it’s a bit too big and I always feel like I’m showing plumbers crack =)! HAHAHA!

    Just found your blog and will be adding you to my googlereader list =).

    January 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Been searching for a solution to the chaf and the ride up. Running my first half in 2 weeks and it will be too warm for the tights I have been training in. I believe I am going to try the skirt.

    April 3, 2016 at 7:56 am
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