There has been this interesting phenomenon in my life where I don’t often dress incredibly feminine…except when I’m wearing workout gear. I’ve certainly come a long way since my tomboy phase of 8th grade; I’ll wear dresses and skirts, but they aren’t going to be frilly, pink, and overly girly. UNLESS of course it’s running gear, then I’ll take all of the pink, hearts, and glitter I can get my hands on.
I realize this makes no sense, but I figure I’m channeling my inner Gem (you know, Gem and the Holograms?): kick ass while wearing hot pink.
Enter: Running Skirts.
If you are a female runner, chances are pretty high that you’ve heard of Running Skirts brand running skirts. (Or even if you are a guy, I don’t judge. Just last week my boyfriend ran around the streets of Portland Maine in my high school prom dress with a bunch of other “runners”. Sadly…or proudly, I’m still not sure…I’m not making this up.) Started by twin sisters Cindy & Christy, two serious runners and mothers, their philosophy is that fitness fashion for women should be fashionable, flattering and most importantly, functional. While their first skirt was designed to be lightweight with an attached brief underneath to prevent bunching and chafing, the Running Skirts line now has every type of skirt you can imagine. There are skirts with shorts, skirts with capris, maternity skirts, golf skirts, triathlon skirts and more.
But their current line doesn’t stop at skirts: there are sports bras, tank tops, t shirts, jackets, compression socks, headbands, and my favorite: run buns (track shorts).
My partner in crime, Hope, turned me on to Running Skirts back in 2011, and I was immediately a fan.
Things that matter to me about running apparel:
1) They fit (yes…though sizing of Running Skirts varies by design. Fortunately, their customer service people are AWESOME and will help you find the right size if you give them a call) AND are comfortable while running.
2) They are durable. I’ve never had an issue with any of my Running Skirts products. The quality is outstanding, which makes the slightly higher than normal cost (about $50-60 per skirt) worth the investment. I wore a pair of their compression socks during the second half of the 2012 Spartan Ultra Beast, and they held up impeccably. That said I’ve never taken a skirt through an obstacle course race…yet.
3) They look good.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity not only to try out a number of Running Skirts products, but actually spend time with Running skirts founder Cindy and her husband. And they are FUN, which are my favorite type of people. I’ve attended numerous seminars by various running shoe and apparel companies. Usually they lay their products out on a table and give you a little history about the company, and describe what they are currently marketing. Not Running Skirts. Instead, we do this:
There was the “Skirtlympics” of 2013.
I only lost by a technicality…(I’m looking at you, Janae…)
Our most recent shenanigans: the Project Running Skirts Fashion show. It should be noted that our stellar dance moves don’t match the music because in reality, we were dancing to Beastie Boys “Girls“, however for copyright reasons it couldn’t be put in the video. You had to be there. It was fantastic. I’m STILL laughing.
They even cruise around race courses to take stellar photos, like this great photo op on the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon course, where I’m rocking the RunBow Compression Socks.
And we cannot forget the “Twerk for a Skirt” water stop at the 2013 Runner’s World Half Marathon!
To the point of this long post: In my opinion, Running Skirts is a fantastic company created by real runners that makes a quality product. And they want to give one of YOU a chance to rock some Running Skirts apparel at your next race!
Running Skirts has been awesome enough to offer up a a $100 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers! To enter, please use the rafflecopter below.
Don’t want to wait? Enter code RUNWAYSKIRTS at check out for 15% off of your purchase!
Because I know you Running Skirts enthusiasts are going to go crazy for this one, I gave you a bunch of options to enter. Contest ends at midnight on July 2, and winner will be notified by email. Good luck!
*Disclaimer* Running Skirts was one of our awesome sponsors for the 2014 Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon experience. Some of the products shown were given to me free of charge, others are products I’ve purchased over the years. All opinions expressed are honest as always, and are solely my own.