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! :)