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Hump Day Giveaway: Skirting the Issue

August 4, 2010
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A showdown at the starting line.

You either do or you don’t. Or you’ll try it or you won’t. I’m not talking about going vegan, getting a Brazilian, teaching your infant sign language or any other slightly divisive topic.

I’m talking about a much more serious subject: running skirts.

As much as I cringe to admit this, I notice what others wear, especially when it comes to running. I’m human–and female–after all. I notice who matches their running outfits, who tries to slide into the crowd by wearing a race tee and black shorts, who is bold enough to go with just a sports bra, who wears bun huggers. Unless there’s a glaring fashion don’t–a sports bra that is not doing its job or buns that are falling out of their huggers–I pretty much use my observations for research, not judgment, noting what companies are well represented, what styles are cute, what trends I should follow (or not).

And I, like anybody who has been on a race course in the past few years, have noticed that skirts are big. We spread the gospel of skirts pretty loudly in RLAM: they don’t create that unfortunate crotch-bulge;Β  they’re much more universally flattering than shorts; they remind you not to take yourself too seriously. I wear them exclusively while spreading the RLAM love during book events, but I’m not ready to give away any of my shorts. These days, my running feels serious, and most days, I’m not in a fun, flirty mood when I head out. I’m in shorts, and I’m all business.

I may be in the minority because I equally embrace both shorts and skirts. Monica, who interviews the running world’s movers and shakers for her blog, regularly asks the question “Running skirt: friend or foe?”and the answers are solidly yes or no.

Kara Goucher answered this: I have to admit this to everyone. I modeled one for a Nike catalog in 2007 and I really liked the skirt. I wore it a lot, even in the Olympic village! I got a lot of compliments on it. But I could never wear it for a hard serious workout, I just couldn’t.

Writer Liz Robbins said this: When I run, I want to wear shorts. When I play tennis, I wear skirts. When I played lacrosse and field hockey, I wore tartan plaid polyester skirts. Enough said.

Writer Rachel Toor simply proclaimed: BFF.

According to Skirt Sports, you can save the world in this skirt. Seems possible.

Where do you fall in the skirt debate? Does it add to your run or subtract from your seriousness? Have you tried one or will you never? Do you own more than you can count? Let us know and a random winner will take home–huge surprise here–a Gym Girl Ultra from Skirt Sports, the company that got this whole flippy party started six years ago. The GGU, their most popular style that is available from XS to XXL, has a modest length, shorts underneath and two pockets–one on either leg–for music, gel, keys and other essentials. Promise, regardless of your skirt stance, you’ll smile just putting it on. (If you win and you’re firmly anti-skirt, you may convert. Or you’ll make one of your running buddies very, very happy.)

So do you skirt? Why or why not?

P.S. Winners of this giveaway and last week’s running allowance one about budgeting in running in tough times–a $100 Asics certificate–will be announced on Friday. Promise.


363 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:26 am

    I LOVE the skirts, without actually wearing one running yet! They’re pretty new here in Australia, and mostly worn for tennis or netball. But I’m using a cute, patterned one I saw online as my motivation/reward for continuing to run through the rest of winter. As soon as the weather warms up, I’m going to get out in my (new!) running skirt and convert all the other Aussie’s. πŸ™‚

  2. August 4, 2010 3:27 am

    i don’t skirt because they are hard to find at a good price here in Aus. I do have a couple of running dresses I made. I like that they aren’t a short skirt and give some modesty, and for those long treks/trail runs are great for when nature calls.
    I have just started looking into running skirts as it would allow a little bit more mix and match. And I just like the way they flick and feel as you run (the dresses, not the skirts but I am sure a skirt would feel the same)

  3. Cindy permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:48 am

    I love the short/skirt combo (shorts underneath with skirt on top – one piece). I feel feminine and feel that it is more flattering to the figure (hides more lumps and bumps). But I must confess that I wear shorts more because I prefer to not shock those around me with my white legs.

  4. August 4, 2010 3:57 am

    I love skirts! I think they’re more flattering and feminine than shorts on most body shapes. I’m dead keen to express my Scottish heritage by running in a kilt! http://www.sportkilt.com/

  5. Tammy permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:02 am

    I’m a new runner. I’ve been slogging through the PA heat and humitity trying to find my legs. I’m making progress but its been slow. My typical running outfit has been gym shorts and old tee-shirts. I figured I’d don a “real runner’s outfit” when I had accumulated a respectable running route. Enter into the picture my two little girls who are forever playing dress up. I overheard my youngest exclaim to her sister “you’ll never have a bad day wearing a pretty gown.” That afternoon I bought my first real running outfit – a skirt and a tank. And, holy princesses, Batman! She was right! My next run was great. The heat and humitity didn’t bother me as much and my legs felt stronger. I’m all for the skirt – a shift in attitude does wonders for new runners!

    • August 4, 2010 11:32 am

      Where in PA are you running? I’m in NEPA, and new to running, too.

  6. August 4, 2010 4:02 am

    I will admit that up until this year I never thought I would evern try on a running skirt. I mean, come on; I’m an athlete. I’m a runner. I am way to serious to try to think I should look cute whilst running my ass off!!! That is until I stopped taking myself so darn serious! I can still compete and wear a skirt darnit! I belong to a running club and the skirt is gaining popularity among the group. I overheard there was a sale near by and after practice ( I was a sweaty, stinky mess) I went and bought the LAST one. I wore it the next day on a solo run ( early morning so nobody could see me) and I fell in love. I have yet to buy another one, but I will. I have worn it once to race in and every time I wear it I can’t help but to feel cute- I don’t mind looking cute as I pass abunch of people either- it makes me feel powerful-even more so in a skirt for some reason! πŸ™‚
    Yes to the running skirt!!!

  7. Jessica permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:13 am

    I have never been able to find shorts that work for me, no matter how many I try on. So I always ran in pants or capris until I bought my first skirt (yeah Skirt Sports) and now I have 3 (2 short and 1 with capris underneath). Such a life saver for me in this warm weather!

  8. Den permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:16 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my skirts!! I prefer to wear skirts rather than shorts. Maybe its the girlie girl in me. In a skirt – I can get my workout in and then go straight to running my kids around, doing errands, etc without having to worry about changing. I may still have that haggard, post-exercise look but at least I have a cute skirt on;).

  9. August 4, 2010 4:37 am

    Love the skirt! Finally an alternative to my gazillion pairs of Nike running shorts. So much more flattering. So cute. Feminine. Fun. So for all of those reasons I think it adds to my run. I’ve never felt like it takes away from my seriousness as a runner. Yes. I’m a skirt friend.

  10. Judy permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:37 am

    I have never worn a running skirt. It is just not me. I play tennis also and I don’t even wear a skirt for that sport. I am much more comfortable in shorts. Maybe I am just traditional (old fashion) and not a hip running Mamma. If I won one, I would be winning to try it out.

  11. kim permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:46 am

    i need something to alleviate running
    so i usually have to where long compression type shorts
    then i want to cover up a bit more…
    so then i put running shorts over
    yuk
    and too much!!
    so i have ONE skirt
    that i love
    IT DOES IT ALL
    and looks nice
    and is not TOO MUCH
    would love another skirt
    i think it is an advantage to be a chick
    and have a choice:)

  12. kim permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:47 am

    too early
    not alleviate running
    alleviate RUBBING
    oops!

  13. Kelly permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:49 am

    Love my running skirts! I guess after I got married and had kids I stopped spending money on trendy, fashionable “going out” clothing. The running skirt has allowed me to indulge in clothing again while being somewhat fashionable while I run. I love being able to look cute while I run my long run. Comfort is another bonus. I do still wear shorts a lot, but on days when I’m up with a teething baby, haven’t had my hair cut in months, and my nails look like I took up chewing them, the skirt lets me feel fun and flirty!

  14. August 4, 2010 4:55 am

    I have one running skirt – and it has a frill around it! I ran my first half wearing it and loved it! I have three sons, so I try to be as girlie girl as I can possibly be. I always wear capris under it because my legs are nothing pretty to look at – but I love having a skirt on. I’m training for my first marathon and always wear something pink when I run – whether it be a shirt, socks, hat, whatever. I’m all girl and proud of it!
    http://www.halffullpinkmartini.com

  15. Lisa Bandiera permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:57 am

    I love love love all my running skorts…will never go back….ever…you can;t make me! πŸ˜‰

  16. Kathryn permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:58 am

    I’m a black spandex, random cotton t-shirt kind of girl but am inspired by this post to take it up a notch. I hope I win!

  17. August 4, 2010 5:03 am

    I love the idea of a skirt, but haven’t bought or tried one on yet. I’m tricky with sizes. I have a very large butt attached to a very small waist. Often there’s not enough fabric in shorts and pants to go all the way over my butt, or if there is, the waist is huge on me. To give you an idea, I wear size 6 tops and size 14 bottoms.

    So I’m reluctant to buy without trying them on, and the stores I’ve checked near me don’t carry them or carry only one of the super short ones.

    Would love to try one on!

    • August 4, 2010 5:02 pm

      I’ve got major curves too–11 inch difference between my waist and hips!–and find that running skirts are SUPER flattering on me. They are always stretchy so seem to accommodate both waist and hips! Try them! πŸ™‚

  18. August 4, 2010 5:05 am

    love.love.love the skirts to run in. maybe because i am not a serious runner :), so i can still afford to try to look cute when i run, simply because i do not run nearly like you, or many of your followers…just getting started again. πŸ™‚ i just “found” this blog, this week…but love the inspiration it affords me. πŸ™‚ happy trails. melissa.

  19. Kortni Mann permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:10 am

    I am converting to skirts from shorts. I ran my first race in one in May and loved it. I did not have the need to pull at something or fix something during the race and it was great. I still wear shorts on training runs on most days. I save my skirts for the long runs and when I don’t feel like running. They seem to give me a little extra something early in the morning!

  20. August 4, 2010 5:12 am

    I am a running skirt devotee, it just makes me feel like I’m having fun! Plus, I love what Kelly said about spending money on yourself, I realized I spend money on running skirts and little on clothes, which is fine with me! Hooray for the running skirt!

  21. Renada permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:18 am

    I think running skirts are just about the best invention ever — but ironically, I never wear skirts in my regular life, I just love the running skirt. I guess because I can wear them with running shoes — if I could wear other skirts with sneakers I’d probably wear them more often too.

  22. August 4, 2010 5:20 am

    LOVE skirts… but, sadly, have only worn one once. The trouble is I just don’t feel like I can justify how pricey they are. I bought and wore one once from a Nike outlet store. (It was $13! Even I couldn’t argue with that price!) It was purple and adorable and, sadly, too big. I had to roll the waist band over to make it work. Not a terribly attractive addition to my waist. They only had Med & Lg sizes and running has moved me very solidly in the Sm zone… which is great but not if you’re looking for running skirts. (Whenever I see them anywhere I check them out and I’ve noticed that there’s hardly any size smalls available. Makes sense that they would run out first… but also seems like the store managers would figure this out and order more smalls…)

    So, put me in the “yes to skirts” category, even though I can’t claim to have a lot of first hand experience with them. You’ll see me in the same running shorts I’ve had since the Clinton Administration.

    P.S. The friend I gave the Med running skirt to LOVES it… so at least there’s that!

    • August 4, 2010 5:04 pm

      Phoebe–check Target if you have one near you. They carry a C9 by Champion running skirt that is inexpensive (under $20) AND runs small/short. I bought the small–my usual size since losing some weight last spring–and it is REALLY small!

  23. Katie permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:20 am

    I swore I’d never wear a skirt to run in. (I played tennis in high school and we had to wear our uniforms when we had a match. The teasing was endless.) I have a really fast runner-friend that talked me into giving them a try this year. I found two on sale. I LOVE them. I’m about half shorts/half skirts now.

  24. maggie permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:21 am

    I’m 100% pro-skirt. Target’s Champion line used to have them and they were great. I also love my skirted leggings from Atlheta.

  25. August 4, 2010 5:22 am

    I dabbled in skirt wearing while living in Colorado but frankly, most days it was too cold to wear one. Now that I’m living on the sun, er south Florida, skirts are ALL I wear. With spanks, no shorts. And they are the only way I can survive the heat of this place!

  26. Lori Bondy permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:25 am

    I bought the yoga pant w skirt (from Skirt Sports) w the fancy silver Tatoo pattern on the one leg and I LOVE them!! They are more for the Fall winter weather so I have only doned them once so far but I loved how it made me look and as a result, feel. I would love to go ahead and order a skirt (and I will someday) but the brokerage and shipping to Canada just about killed me. Ended up being almost 2x the cost of the product!!! πŸ™‚

  27. Michelle permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:26 am

    sigh. i wish i were comfortable enough with my body to run in SHORTS, nevermind a cute little skirt. i’m suffering through the florida heat in black capris. maybe one day i’ll get the courage to try one on…until then, i’ll just cheer for those of you who wear them!

  28. KarenM permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:27 am

    I never thought I’d be the running skirt “type,” as I generally don’t care much what I look like when I run. However, one of my friends convinced me to try one and now I love them. I’d say my runs are split evenly between skirts and shorts these days. I’ve learned that I don’t like the wet diaper feel of the compression shorts in my skirts when it’s very hot/humid and I’m sweating a lot. So for my long runs and hot days, I wear shorts and on other runs I wear skirts.

  29. Gen Cumpson permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:29 am

    I am a newer runner than I am a mom. Which in short means the celulite is here to stay. I LOVE my skirts they cover my less attractive dimples, they stop the chubrub with the tiny little shorts and make my figure more hour glass with some of the sand still up top.

  30. Amanda permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:30 am

    Skirt.

  31. Jill permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:31 am

    I am a skirt girl… Enough said.. Ditto all skirt lovers above…. Puts an extra spring in your step… Keep my thunder thighs (in a fantastic kick your ass on the ski hill kind of thunder thigh way) under wraps a bit…

  32. August 4, 2010 5:32 am

    I’ve looked at them but don’t own one yet, seems the ones I can buy around here are all way too short for me…would love to try one out that seems a little more modest!

    • August 4, 2010 5:06 pm

      This Skirt Sports one they are giving away should be perfect for you. I have one, and it is longer, a bit “larger” (the skirt is more A-line than tight/narrow/athletic), and seems more modest to me than some of my other running skirts. You’d love it.

  33. August 4, 2010 5:32 am

    I would love to try one of these. I’m still mainly an indoor runner. Partly because I hate shorts and the way they ride up! That leaves me with pants… Blech

  34. Stephanie permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:39 am

    I’ve always loved skirts for whatever activity. When I was 10 I think the only pants that I owned were the snow pants my mom made me wear over my skirts to walk to school in Minnesota winters.

    I bought my first running skirt from bornfit while pregnant last summer and loved feeling cute while running (it worked really well postpartum too when none of my other running stuff fit). Now I think I’m just going to go skirt for warm weather runs (but will definitely not wear them under snow pants for winter runs).

  35. Mandy permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:39 am

    I wear a skirt every time I run. I don’t even bother trying to buy shorts anymore- they just aren’t comfortable. When I’m wearing it I’m really not concerned how “serious” I look, I guess I just don’t care whether or not someone else takes me seriously or not because of what I’m running in. All I care about about is my comfort.

  36. August 4, 2010 5:45 am

    Recent skirt convert. Love them!

  37. Heidi permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:48 am

    I’d love to try a skirt – the women I see running in them usually look so powerful and feminine and strong all at once. I love that. BUT – I wear a fuel belt on long runs, and every now and then you see someone running in a skirt with a fuel belt, and her skirt has ridden up and bunched up over her bum so the spankies are exposed and THAT terrifies me, because I don’t want to be running along with my rear hanging out without knowing it. So….I haven’t tried one yet, but I love the look (when it works).

    • Kate permalink
      August 4, 2010 7:39 am

      Skirts and fuel belts require compromise – when I wear tights in the winter I can have the fuel belt low on the hips. With the skirt I wear it at my waist – no bunching up issues.

      • Beverly permalink
        August 4, 2010 8:28 am

        I do the same. I ran 15 miles in a skirt with a fuel belt. No ride up!

  38. August 4, 2010 5:48 am

    I bought one of the SkirtSports skirts several years ago at the Minnie 15k expo – a girlfriend and I each got one. She looked way better in hers than I did (maybe I’m just seeing it through the eyes of someone who had to wear a uniform skirt for 6 years in school). I kept meaning to wear it, even taking it on trips with me but never having the guts. In my recent household move, it appears to have vanished. I’d love another opportunity to try it out……my current go-to, which always makes me feel like a runner (and feel like I look like a runner) are Nike Tempo track shorts. For long races, I need something with more storage and cuter than RaceReadys – maybe the Skirt folks could work on that!

  39. August 4, 2010 5:48 am

    I’ve never tried one, but I totally would! I have SUPER short hair that is not very feminine (I just got tired of dealing with ponytails, etc. so WHOOSH — down to a #3 on the clippers and I’ve never looked back). Since I cut it, I have gotten a kick out of wearing SUPER-girly clothes/makeup/etc. because I like the contrast with my sort of boy-looking hair. I think a running skirt would fit into that nicely because I especially do not look very girly when I run, and there is only so much pink a girl can handle!

  40. Suzanne S. permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:52 am

    Total fan, though not so much for distance running. Anything under 10 miles, I skirt it. Over 10 miles and I find that the inner-short liners get bunched up just like running shorts, so I end up fighting the skirt to pull down the liner. It’s much easier to fight the shorts (and I don’t look like a pervert).

    I agree that for shorter runs, the skirt is way more comfortable and I feel more confident. I’m not exactly sure why but I love it!

  41. August 4, 2010 5:55 am

    I don’t own a single running skirt but I’d definitely try one if I won. Most of my runs I am just happy to get out the door, thinking more about ‘are my shoes tied’ than whether or not I look cute but comfort is important so if the skirt works and it looks good, then why not?

  42. August 4, 2010 5:58 am

    I am a skirt-a-holic. I only run in skirts. I just can’t run in shorts. But oddly enough, I crosstrain and lounge in running shorts.

  43. August 4, 2010 6:00 am

    I love running skirts! I have shorts as well, but I almost always wear my running skirts instead. More comfortable and cuter, too.

  44. August 4, 2010 6:00 am

    I mostly wear shorts, but love my running skirts just the same. It’s all about how I feel heading out into a run. If I feel simply fabulous, I want to flaunt it …. in a skirt.

    I haven’t been wearing them most recently, because my body has changed shape with my running and increased mileage (though I haven’t necessarily lost weight) and most of my running skirts are now too big in the waist. I constantly have to pull them up when I run and my tops always ride-up. Causing a constant battle with the “mommy buldge”. I’d love to get a new addition to my runnign wordrobe! πŸ™‚

  45. Katherine permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:01 am

    I love them. I like that fun and flirty feeling and the whole idea of “running like a girl” makes me more competitive. And you know what? It does give me a competitive edge. My husband spends more time looking at me than the road. πŸ˜‰

  46. August 4, 2010 6:04 am

    Love my running skirts! I have a few pairs of shorts I keep around, and I may pull ’em out when the skirts are in the wash, if I really must, but it’s skirts all the way for me. I just feel better wearing them, and I still feel as strong and athletic and serious as I ever would donning shorts — probably more so because my confidence is higher. It just is. Now my running partner on the other hand…she won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. I tell her one of these days she might convert, but she insists no way. We have a good laugh about it.

  47. Carolyn permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:06 am

    I’ll admit I’ve never even tried a running skirt on. I would like to, but like so much else in my life, it’s just not high on the priority list right now and so it’s not happening. I don’t know, maybe I’m a tomboy at heart and that’s why I don’t wear the running skirts. It’s not that I think I’ll look like an ass in a running skirt, but I think I’ll feel less athletic (which didn’t stop me from playing field hockey and lacrosse in little plaid kilts in high school and college). When I run I like feeling the sweat pouring down my face and burn in my muscles. I feel tough, like I can take on the world (and the insanity in my house). Add the Beastie Boys or Snoop pumping in my ears and I am certain I could take down Mike Tyson. Ok, maybe not. But I guess I think if I did all that in a skirt, I might lose that invincible feeling. Like I said, I do want to try one on and give a whirl, and I will…someday.

  48. Lynn permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:08 am

    I do not skirt…. yet. But I am definitely going to. My children go to a private school overseas and I am always the Mom dropping off or picking up the kids in my running gear- feeling less than glamorous as the other Moms click away in their heels on their way to coffee. Not only will I be the running Mom but I’ll be the cute and confident running Mom!

  49. August 4, 2010 6:10 am

    I love my skirt!! The budget has allowed for just one so far, but I completely love wearing a skirt!

    I also like my $10 on clearance shorts, but my skirt makes me feel powerful AND feminine. LOVE IT!

  50. Maria permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:10 am

    I bought my first running skirt after reading the RLAM book , and I was HOOKED!!! I absolutely love the running skirt and will NEVER wear shorts to run in again. Skirt Sports gym girl ultra is my fave! Just ordered a couple of their limited edition skirts. Can’t wait to get them. The shorts never ride up. I wear them on all runs…short and long. Doing my first half marathon this September and can’t wait to wear my skirt to run it in!

  51. August 4, 2010 6:14 am

    Totally friend of the skirt. Okay, I confess, I slept in my running clothes last night, skirt being my pajama “bottoms”…I didn’t get to run yesterday…lots of stuff happening around here, and I needed something…somehow it was fulfilled by sleeping in my un-sweated in running clothes!!!!
    Normally, I still do flip flop between shorts & skirts for the run, though…

  52. August 4, 2010 6:14 am

    I have one running skirt and I have worn it for a few easy short runs. I always see women at races wearing them and I really want to run in one too! I think they are super cute! But I do agree with Kara – I would probably not be able to wear one to do a hard workout in.

  53. Kate permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:19 am

    My running skirts now outnumber my shorts so count me firmly in the skirt camp! Wearing a skirt during a race generates lots of comments – from that looks great to one woman saying to another ‘I wear skirts for tennis but not for running.’ That cracked me up because do you not run on the tennis court? If anything the risk of exposing you spankies/bloomers is higher on the court than the trail.

  54. Jami permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:22 am

    I started running again (sort of in earnest) about a year ago. I’m in the Army, so I’ve always had A relationship with running (either themandatory relationship, or at time a voluntary one). In recent years, it was the mandatory one. when I decided to pick up running as my social outlet (I run to get to the expo/food/drinks/girl talk afterward), I needed to pick up a few non-Army work out items. I immediately fell in love with the idea of running in a skirt — you can’t get much more opposed to the Army-mandatory-running-uniform than that! I picked up one, and ended up washing it every night. I’ve picked up a couple more since and have probably only run in shorts 4 times (yes, I can actually remember each time) since then. When my kids see me getting ready to run or returning, they see a strong active Mom, who hangs with other strong active Moms and it feels normal – at those times, I’m not the Soldier that walks through the door each evening. Serious, lazy, fun, nervous – I bring more to every workout in a skirt.

  55. August 4, 2010 6:25 am

    I am back to running from a (ahem) 17 year break, so all I’m running in right now are my workout capris (blech). But I would LOVE to be a skirt runner!!!

  56. Katy permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:27 am

    Love skirts. I would trade in my shorts in a second.

  57. The little Lion's mom permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:28 am

    I was hesitant to try running skirts. I work in an engineering office as the only female engineer and usually try to blend in as one of the guys. Some days I’m climbing ladders or crawling down into dirty places on job sites so I never wear skirts to work. In fact, I rarely where skirts, ever, because I hate the looks they draw on the days there are no clean khakis and I don’t have a choice. “Hey, look! She has legs!” Thanks, guys, I hadn’t noticed.

    When my son came along, however, I found myself embracing the tiny shred of my inner girlie girl and letting her come out to play more often. Now that I’ve tried running skirts, I don’t know if I’ll ever buy shorts again. I hate the way shorts fit, ride up, fall down, etc. I love the way the skirts fit, hide a little bit of butt that shorts don’t hide, and just feel fun! I train in them and LOVE racing in them. My running bottoms drawer contains only skirts, capri tights and long tights. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  58. August 4, 2010 6:31 am

    I want to. I really do. But $62 does NOT fall into the budget. Especially when I own so many shorts.
    But, I believe, given the right skirt, I could do it. I promise to try at least.

  59. August 4, 2010 6:31 am

    I just wore my skirt for the first time this weekend and loved it! As I was heading out the door, our 8 yr old son asked if I was going to go running in a skirt (yes, he noticed!) since, as he put it, “you don’t even wear one to work!” When I got back, I was telling my husband that besides being cute and fun, it was super comfortable and for those reasons it made the run easier. At which point our son said, “well, then maybe you should it wear it work!” Yeah, maybe…..
    I’ll buy some more and hope the novelty doesn’t wear off!

  60. Lisa permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:33 am

    I was a tomboy growing up so the thought of wearing a skirt while running made me laugh! I did try one on though last month and my husband laughed when I came out of the dressing room and when I looked at myself I looked so silly…how can I be a serious runner in this thing? I’ll stick to my Nike Tempo shorts they work for me and make my butt look cute!

    • August 4, 2010 5:15 pm

      I wonder why some women think running skirts make them look “not serious” as runners?? Is Serena Williams not a serious tennis player because she wears a skirt/dress? It’s interesting to me to read comments like this, too, because I have always actually felt the opposite–that maybe I’m not a “serious” ENOUGH runner to wear a skirt. The runners I see in skirts look, to me, to be super athletes. Maybe it’s because the skirt is often expensive and, especially when paired with a matching running tank, is so obviously “running gear” (as opposed to just running in whatever shorts and tee you have lying around). I don’t know. I wear skirts every time I run, but have often wondered if I am athletic/fit/thin/muscled/serious enough to be wearing one!

  61. August 4, 2010 6:35 am

    I have one skirt and I love it, but I don’t hate shorts. I wear shorts most of the time, only because I can’t bear to pay an expensive price for a new running skirt.

  62. Deborah permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:36 am

    After a nasty chafing incident involving my shorts, I have been almost exclusively a skirt girl lately. Love how cute it is and how relatively comfy and non-chafing. But I do feel kind of visible when I’m wearing one, I don’t see them often. I would like cuter ones than my plain black one!

  63. August 4, 2010 6:38 am

    Shorts. I live & run on an Army post, and I’m not sure if I would be taken seriously if I were wearing a skirt.

    That being said, I’d really like to try one out. Maybe, I’ll be a convert…

  64. Sarah permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:42 am

    I rewarded myself with a running skirt after completing my first double digit run. I tried some on in the dressing room a month before and felt magical. When it came time to buy the skirt I randomly found one (not at a sports store) on clearance and got it instead. It doesn’t fit well or look great, but I still love it and wear it every week. I have my sights on a better one I’d like to get before my 20 mile race next month. Love them.

  65. Jennifer permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:50 am

    I think they are so cute and would love one. However, with my limited budget, the only ones I’ve tried have been off-brand types from discount stores…baggy or tight in the wrong places, not flattering, and definitely not comfortable! Until I save enough dough for a nice one (or win one!), I’ll stick with my trusty shorts.

  66. Kristin permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:51 am

    LOVE the skirts, but haven’t had the guts to try one myself. They are so cute and feminine. Would love to have one at a Skirt Chaser 5K if they would only come to Baltimore.

  67. August 4, 2010 6:53 am

    Skirts rock! Traditional running shorts have never done it for me and when I first tried a skirt with the compression short underneath–I thought I’d found perfection. I only have one, though, and would love to have another. Plus, just looking at my skirt makes me want to get out and run.

  68. August 4, 2010 6:55 am

    I love my running skirts – and, yes, I own more than one. Running skirts make me feel flirty and powerful at the same time. I race competitively in mine, often winning overall or category awards, so I am serious about my running. But if I happened to be going to the Olympics, I probably wouldn’t wear one there either. I’ll make that decision if I ever come to it:)
    My shorts sit in a closet. I won’t throw them out; one day, I may need them again.

  69. Julie Fredericks permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:55 am

    I wear both shorts and skirts. I love wearing skirts in my races – makes it feel more like a special occasion. I still feel a bit silly wearing a skirt on just a normal run, but they sure are nice when I do. Given how hard it is to find shorts that fit and work well for running, I could see myself moving towards more skirts, but right now I just have two.

  70. August 4, 2010 6:56 am

    I LOVE running skirts. If I’m not wearing a running skirt, I run in capris or longer spandex shorts. In all my 20 years of running, I have never found a super comfortable pair of shorts. Running skirts have been great for me for long runs, short runs, track workouts, grocery store runs…

  71. Abbey S permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:04 am

    So I’m new to the whole running thing and have never tried a skirt. Would love to win and try one out!

  72. Erin permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:06 am

    I like my skirts. I’ve never had the “I feel less athletic/tough” feelings that some have while wearing them like I know some women have, and I’m not even that much of a skirt girl in my non-running life (more accurately, I’m not a pantyhose wearing girl – Yuck!). I have both shorts and skirts, and I’ve worn my skirts in all race distances from 5K through marathon. I just happened to be looking back through some race photos the other day, and I have to say my skirts really did make for a more flattering picture – now if I could just do something about that horrible facial expression…

  73. August 4, 2010 7:08 am

    Before I had my second kiddo, I wore them to run all the time … but as I’m still losing a little extra, they are not my friend chafing wise. πŸ˜› I really like them and still wear a couple casually with t’shirts since they’re super comfy and very cute. But to run, at least for now, I’ve got good ol’ capri pants. I look forward to the day I can race in a skirt again … I love the cute factor for sure.

  74. August 4, 2010 7:12 am

    Yes to the skirt! And here’s why: I do all of my long runs in an Atalanta Commitment skirt. I’ve worn it for all three of my half-marathons too. I’ve never considered that it’s silly or frivolous, but then again, I’m not fast enough to take myself too seriously. The simple fact of the matter is that the skirt performs the way I need my running gear to perform. The shorts stay in place. They don’t rude up. Nothing chafes. These are two LARGE pockets for gels, my ipod, and a cell phone (if I think I’m going to get lost or need some assistance!). Unfortunately, none of my running shorts can meet all of these criteria. They either chafe in strange places (like the waistband) or ride up. And none of my shorts has the holy grail: pockets. I just bought a pair of Addidas with a hip pocket, but it’s barely large enough for my iPod.

    When it comes to going the distance, the skirt gets it done!

  75. Sarah AJ permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:16 am

    I haven’t run in shorts since I bought my first running skirt three years ago!

  76. Martha permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:21 am

    Still have not tried one but was considering one for my half mara in Sept. I love to “dress-up” so think it would be a fantastic feeling when running πŸ™‚

  77. Jay permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:22 am

    I have only one running skirt. They are hard to find in small town. But I love the one I have. I can’t give a yes or no answer, either. I am all girl and that means my moods are wildly fluctuating. Some days I feel like wearing a skirt and other days I don’t.

  78. August 4, 2010 7:26 am

    I purchased my first skirt last week, after reading about their greatness in RLAM. I tried it on and it felt like Heaven. I can’t wait to use it during a workout. I could move around without feeling restricted. I can’t wait to try it out on the road.

  79. Erin DeGroff permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:28 am

    I have totally crossed the line into skirt territory. About the only time I wear shorts now is for biking. I own numerous skirts and find them incredibly comfortable (no more chafe!) I love the different colors and patterns that are now available. I have even managed to convert some friends to skirts for big races! I will never go back to boring shorts πŸ™‚

  80. Cara S permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:30 am

    I don’t actually own a running skirt, but I think they’re adorable and I would totally rock one. I’m not that serious, so that shouldn’t present a problem πŸ™‚

  81. Tracy permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:38 am

    I am a capris runner. Although I have a good friend who swears by the skirts and has been trying to get me to convert. I came close – was a the store and almost bought my first skirt. Key word is ALMOST.

  82. Amanda permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:40 am

    I don’t own any but would love the chance to convert : )

  83. Stephany permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:43 am

    I am a newbie runner who still has some weight to lose. I had only run in capris .. I hate the way my legs look as I run in shorts- they ride up, it shows all the skin and weight I am ashamed of… GROSS!!! I participated in a 10k in June and couldn’t bear to think of running in the heat in capris, so I broke down and bought a skirt. LOVED IT!! No ride up, no gross thighs, stayed cool, and felt better somehow in a skirt. I have two more on my wish list!! πŸ™‚

  84. Stacy permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:44 am

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Five or so years ago my running partner and I became obsessed with finding ourselves a skirt — one to actually try on, not just order online. We got ’em and people in our running club still credit us with starting the skirt trend, at least among the female members of our club!

  85. Christina permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:00 am

    I love love LOVE my running skirts! I just loathe running shorts mainly because I think they are very unflattering with how my body is shaped. In cooler weather I wear capris or long pants, but when summer came I was looking for something cooler (and still could NOT get myself to put on running shorts). On a whim, I tried a running skirt and surprise – I LOVED it! I now have four, a fifth one on the way to me, and I’m eyeing some of the new prints and colors at SkirtSports. Can I say ADDICTED?! LOL! This is coming from someone who once thought that running skirts were silly. Silly? No! FUN!!

  86. Vanessa permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:03 am

    I’m new to the running thing and have heard so many great things about running skirts but haven’t had the chance to try one yet. I typically buy myself something new when I’ve hit a milestone in my running. I’m might just have to reward myself early after reading everyone’s posts!

  87. Marisa olsen permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:04 am

    I have not tried the running skirt, I plan to in the future. (My husband keeps pushing it πŸ™‚

  88. JnetRuns permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:05 am

    Skirts, skirts, skirts! I could never find a pair of running shorts that look good on me, so I went with skirts and never looked back. No chafing, no riding up, and definitely no crotch bulge (lol) like you mentioned. Atalanta is the brand I have and I love ’em but unfortunately she’s closing up shop, so I’ve been thinking about the Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra, which I’ve added to my Christmas wish list (along with a million other running related items I’d like!).

  89. Katie permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:06 am

    I love running skirts with compression shorts underneath. They are all I wear. Love the fact they cover and random bulges and the mom pooch that I am working on getting rid of. And they are are in fun colors. And I get to match them with outfits.

    • Jess M permalink
      August 4, 2010 8:28 am

      What brand do you wear? I love my compression shorts, but can’t seem to find a running skirt with an appropriate compression short underneath. The pair I currently own, the short underneath is loose and chafs my thighs on longer runs! ugh…

  90. Priscilla permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:06 am

    I like skirts, but only own two: one that I got on clearance and one that was a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law. I would like to have more, but I am too frugal. Most of my running clothes come from Target or the annual sale at our local running store. And skirts being so popular, they hardly ever go on sale! I wonder when Target will carry them?

  91. Michaela permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:07 am

    I haven’t tried the skirt thing yet… It is just too expensive for me to justify, since I’m afraid I won’t love it. The only place I have any curves on me is in the rear, and I have this running nightmare in which I’ll be thinking, “Wow, those people think I’m so fast!” when in reality they’ll be thinking, “Does she have any idea what she’s showing us?” But then again, I’m needing new running shorts so if I’m shelling out a few dollars anyways to cover my butt, I may as well try one of those adorable skirts!

    • August 4, 2010 9:05 am

      I just recently discovered running in skirts. My running partner bought one, hated it, and passed it on to me. I fell in love and immediately bought two more. They make me feel cute while sweaty, feminine while athletic, and fashionable while I’m giving it all I’ve got.

  92. August 4, 2010 8:13 am

    I’ve thought a lot about this topic. I even spent a half hour on a long run trying to explain the issue to my husband. I guess it is the kind of issue men don’t get…and don’t have to! I have friends on both sides. I’ve nearly always worn shorts. When I tried a skirt a few years ago, I liked it, but at that time I ran mainly at the gym, and I didn’t feel comfortable getting off the treadmill and strength training in it.
    After reading RLAM and while training for my last mararthon, I decided to re-visit the skirt. I would be running the marathon for my anniversary with my husband, so I thought it might be fun to feel a little cuter than shorts can make me feel. After a few short training runs with the skirt, I loved how it was so cool and so comfortable. I felt like it actually kept me moving at a faster pace, because I didn’t want to be seen lumbering along at my usual snail’s pace with it.
    When I took it out for an 18 miler, things changed. I chaffed where the shorts ended, (something that I’m happy and feel lucky to say NEVER happens when I wear shorts) and honestly, wearing it was just one more thing to think about…At the last minute I decided to run the kid’s run with my daughter in the skirt, and the marathon with my husband in the shorts. Now I still put on the skirt for shorter runs, and I will likely wear it tonight for the running club’s run (which will be followed by a street party down town).
    It is a fun topic, in any case. I love laughing about it with my skirt loving and my skirt hating friends!

  93. Melissa permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:14 am

    I have never tried a running skirt but would definitely give it a chance! I often worry that I am not the most “graceful” runner and might look obscene (even though I know there are shorts underneath) which has been my hesitation to date to even try one on. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  94. Janet permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:15 am

    So although I really want to and I think they are super cute, I haven’t yet tried a running skirt. I don’t like how shorts ride up so I am pretty much in love with my capris, but I think I might just fold and give one of these “sworn to not ride up” skirts a chance!!

  95. Alison permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:16 am

    I don’t have a skirt, not opposed in theory, but they are expensive, and I am cheap. I usually run in one of two pairs of decent running shorts and a t-shirt (sometimes a two sizes too big cotton one because that’s all that’s clean).

  96. Carri Schmidt permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:18 am

    I love my skirts! They make me feel so pretty while I run, which underneath all that sweat is nice. I have yet to wear one for a race, but I have trained in them. When I trained for my first half this summer I did my first 7 mile run one weekend in one, I loved it! They also give me a little more motivation to keep on going and smile while doing so. I know people sometimes give me sideways looks when they see me, but hey – I’m the one out running, you’re in a car! I also love that my skirts set off my thighs (which I run hard to make sure they stay fit) in a very flattering way. I’ve recently been seeing the running “dress” pop on in ads and catalogs – I can’t say I’m ready for that, but my skirts hold a special place in my heart and keep a smile on my face, something very important for a run!

  97. Deltha permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:20 am

    I’m new to running and have never tried a skirt. I invested all my start up money in good shoes. I have been reading that a lot of women love the skirt and feel fun and flirty when they run. I’d like to give it a try!

  98. August 4, 2010 8:20 am

    Are you kidding me? I run my hardest training runs in skirts and my most intimidating races in skirts. Why? Because it sends the message LOUD and CLEAR that, “Yes, I am a girl, and yes, I just beat you…in a skirt.” It sends the same message of fierceness and femininity as wearing skirts in a mostly male office and being completely certain that I AM smarter and more balanced than my male counterparts, and I can look cute while doing it too. I think being a girl is so fun, and wearing a skirt while running is just one more way to celebrate and announce my pride and strength! I mean, come on, it’s also one more thing to make the boys jeaouls. Sure, they can wear skirts when they run, but they don’t look half as good as we do in them! Cheers ladies!

  99. Jess M permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:23 am

    I love the look of running skirts. I recently bought my first one in purple at our local Dick’s Sporting Goods. $25, what the heck, give it a whirl!! It’s comfortable enough, however, anything past 3miles, it I get chaffing on my inner thighs – the inside liner is not long enough. I usually wear compression shorts and stick to those when I need a no-complications kinda run…. but I’m still searching for the perfect running skirt that has a long liner underneath. Suggestions?

    • August 4, 2010 8:44 am

      The Skirt Sport Gym Girl Ultra is the best I’ve found with compression shorts. They stay put and are long enough to help avoid chaffing. If you don’t win this one, you should definitely look into getting one. πŸ™‚

  100. August 4, 2010 8:28 am

    How funny that today’s post is about skirts! I dug out one I hadn’t worn in probably a year last night for this morning’s first tempo run. I just started training for my second 10K and figured I needed all the help I could get for my first speedwork day…I didn’t do speedwork for my first 10K. And while I love the coolness of the skirt, this one definitely needed longer shorts underneath…or I needed Bodyglide πŸ™‚ Still, I have to say the skirt definitely changes my attitude and feels great!

  101. jessica carter permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:30 am

    I absolutely LOVE my skirts! Bought some from RoadRunner sports and the Target in my town does carry skirts by Champion which I also have. I like how they feel, and I like that my legs look sexier (to me anyway) in a skirt than in shorts. On speed days I still wear capri tights because I need any help I can get on those days. I love my skirts.

  102. August 4, 2010 8:32 am

    okay I have to admit I have never tried the skirt but I have wanted to. Secretively I think they are cute but have always worried if people would take me as a serious runner or a rec runner if I wore one. I think I should win this one so I can try one on and go for a run.

  103. Sarah permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:37 am

    I don’t really like the way they look, but I imagine they make your legs feel free. I’d be willing to try one.

  104. Jennifer permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:37 am

    I have never run in a skirt, partly because I have shorts and don’t want to spend the money on a new skirt, and partly because I just don’t think much about how I look when I am getting dressed for a run. And I am a sweaty mess by the time I am done so I am not sure I would look cute no matter what I was wearing!d

  105. August 4, 2010 8:40 am

    I wear both skirts and shorts… depends on the run. I swore I’d never wear a skirt, but happened across one for super, super cheap on clearance at Target that I bought, while pregnant, to wear in a halloween race (went better with my stripy socks than shorts did) and I loved it. Then I got lucky enough to win a much better quality skirt that I absolutely love. I now own 4 skirts. I love them for longer runs but usually stick with shorts for more “hardcore” track workouts.

  106. August 4, 2010 8:41 am

    I wear both, I love my skirts for longer, slow runs. But when I need speed I usually go with my Asics shorts in bright blue!

  107. alison permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:42 am

    i have never used a skirt but i would like to try it out. i am afraid that i will look stupid and fat in it. i am heavy on the bottom and shorts are tricky on me. so i wonder how a skirt would look. hope i win so i can find out!!

  108. Wendy permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:44 am

    I am a newbie runner. Wanted to be a runner for a long time but for whatever reason I couldn’t “find my legs” (or lungs for that matter!). I turn 40 this year (on Saturday! Woo Hoo) — it is so LIBERATING! This past February I wondered what the heck I was waiting for and started training for my first race (6.1 miles) in Boulder — my Mother’s Day present. I ran an 8:44 minute mile. Better than I thought I was capable of. I am surprising myself each day and setting an example for my 5 year old and 3 year old (and husband). I am determined to break the “couch potato” lifestyle of my kids grandparents. Now that I have remained consistent in my training (the longest I have ever remained consistent) I am finding I want to be a little more “sassy” when I am running instead of trying to disappear into the trail or asphalt. I LOVE running!

  109. August 4, 2010 8:46 am

    I enjoy running in running skirts. I do prefer the ones with briefs underneath rather than shorts. They seem to be more freeing.

    I would be tickled purple to win one! My running budget is small with having five children to feed. =)

  110. Stephanie permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:46 am

    I swing both ways on the issue. Mostly it depends on what’s clean. I have 2 skirts, both with shorts (not briefs) and 2 pairs of running shorts. I have to disagree with those who believe they are not serious enough for “real” athletic endeavors. A bigger issue–what up with the giant, body-strangling shorts worn in the NBA in recent years??? πŸ™‚ My take on it: The running skirt offers restraint-free leg movement (and some ventilation on hot days) and the built-in shorts give a bit of compression for tired legs.

  111. August 4, 2010 8:46 am

    OBSESSED with the skirt! My husband does not let me out of the house with only spandex on (thank you!), but I get chub rub if I do long distances in shorts. So, skirts are the best! I do like that they are girly, but they hide some chub and I feel great running in them. They let me focus on the run, not pulling down the shorts or cringing from “the rub”

  112. Kristyn G permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:54 am

    I’ve never tried the skirt, but have been considering it a lot lately!

  113. kimberly permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:01 am

    I’ve been running about 6 months and have looked at skirts, but never tried one before. I think I’m still just very self-conscious about being slow and still overweight. Probably need to get over this, though.

  114. OtherJulie permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:06 am

    Haven’t tried one that works…these enhanced legs need long shorts underneath.

  115. Adrienne permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:08 am

    OH, I just LOVE the way these look! πŸ™‚ But–I haven’t been able to fit one into my clothes budget just yet…so winning this would be great! Whenever I see other women at races wearing them, I just think they are so cute, and what a great way to add a bit of femininity and mix things up from plain old workout clothes. I’d LOVE one!

  116. August 4, 2010 9:08 am

    I am a newly-converted skirt wearer. Love them! I currently have a Nike one (from Marshalls) and a C9 one from Target. Would love another!

  117. August 4, 2010 9:10 am

    Oh yah, baby! I just recently discovered the girly joy of wearing a running skirt…if fact, I blogged about it yesterday! LOVE!

  118. August 4, 2010 9:11 am

    I had half-heartedly looked at running skirts, but didn’t think it would be a good choice for me as someone who carries all her extra weight in the hip/thigh area. Then RLAM convinced me to give it a try, and I am so glad that I did. I love, love, love my running skirt! I would run in them on every outing if I had more, especially in this hot weather. I wore shorts on my run on Sunday and was so grumpy about how I felt in them, so it’s skirts or tights for me from now on.

  119. Betsy permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:12 am

    Once I found out about running skirts, I got one right away. I was slightly overweight when I started running, and shorts had a tendency to ride up between my legs. I love the fact that many running skirts provide a little more coverage and have compression-type shorts underneath that help prevent “chub rub”. πŸ™‚ Besides, the skirt makes me feel a little “kicky” when I run! Now that I have lost weight I have tried a few pairs of running shorts, but I still prefer the running skirt because it’s so flattering.

  120. August 4, 2010 9:15 am

    I love running skirts! I have been running for over 20 decades and I spent the majority of that time doing it looking just terrible. I’m talking poorly fitting Army PT uniform terrible. Now I own 3 running skirts and need – NEED more! I have to admit that when I am running trails I often feel odd when I am sporting my skirt because I am frequently the only skirt out there but I’d like to think that skirts will catch on more with trail ultra runners and I’ll be able to say, “Yeah. I’ve been wearing them for years!”

  121. molly permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:16 am

    i own one skirt… i really like the look/thought of it when it’s not on my body (it doesn’t necessarily look bad on either) – but i gotta say – i’m just not used to skirting it yet – it makes me feel a tad bit self-concious – like i’m trying to hard. i sound straight out of jr. high!

  122. Pip permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:22 am

    Skirts are great, as long as they have long enough undershirts to prevent any chub rub! I usually wear capris but do feel better in a skirt.

  123. Pip permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:24 am

    Did I say undershirts?? Under shorts is what I meant- damn auto correct!!!

  124. CaRoline Eakle permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:25 am

    I am a new runner, started in March, ran 5 races so far all 5 k, got 3 more lined up and in November my first 10k. In the last 9 mos I Lost about 67 lbs due to health issues and major lifestyle changes and when I started running I was not ok wearing real running shorts so I wore basketball shorts to cover more of my thighs…I wish I had found these skirts! Now that I lost all that weight I do wear running shorts but I am still not 100%. confident that I should!!! I am 5’11” (now down under 140 lbs) so lots of legs to cover or show depending on the point of view!! I still say cover my husband says show ( nice guy!) Running skirt would be the perfect solution for me! I would love to try but cannot find any in stores near me only tennis skirts! So I am a yes on skirt!

  125. August 4, 2010 9:26 am

    I haven’t had a chance to try a running skirt yet but I want to!! I’ve heard such good things about them and I saw a bunch at a race recently. Just saving up some cash and researching what kind to get…

  126. August 4, 2010 9:29 am

    Sometimes when I run I want to feel cute and girl-y, during those times I definitely love the running skirt (but only with body glide).

  127. August 4, 2010 9:31 am

    I think the running skirts are great! I have one, by Champion, but only because they are super expensive! I can’t justify spending more than $40 on one piece of running clothing other than shoes. If they were less pricy, I would wear them all the time.
    I think it is actually empowering. We can be athletic and feminine at the same time. Thanks for the giveaway, I HOPE I win πŸ˜‰

  128. Beverly permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:32 am

    I love my running skirts! I’ve worn them exclusively since my daughter bought me one for my birthday 3 years ago! I love being a girlie girl. I wear skirts/dresses in my “other” life for the most part. Just the love the freedom of movement and the way they make me feel when I’m on the road. I wore one for my 1/2 marathon in January. I couldn’t have been felt more comfortable when I was running. Made me feel better post run as well! They can be expensive, but I’ve found them at TJ Maxx and outlet malls. That helps cut down on the cost.

  129. Alicia B. permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:34 am

    I have to preface this post by admitting that I don’t run for hours at a time and I’m not training for a marathon but I do run regularly. Since reading Run Like a Mother, I have purchased two running skirts and I LOVE them. I love the North Face version because it has a pocket for my iPhone so I don’t have to worry about how to carry my all important music (and safety net in case something happens) plus I’m not self conscious that all my wobbly bits are exposed like when I’m wearing shorts. Plus – I have been working hard to lose 20 pounds this year and I feel more feminine so I like to look more feminine. I say running skirts are a boon to this runner girl!

  130. Katy permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:37 am

    After just gettin back into running after having twins, I am not wearing skirts YET. Let me get back to a place wear I think my thighs will look decent in a running skirt and I would love to rock one! I’m hoping that day will be here in the next month or son:) Bring on the skirts!

  131. www.theevolvinghomemaker.com permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:40 am

    I dig the skirts.

    πŸ™‚
    Jen

  132. Alicia permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:43 am

    IM all about cute, but Im scared of the skirt! I have the vision in my head of expanding hips.

  133. syndie permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:43 am

    I really love the skirts! They are fun to wear & SkirtSports has one that had the shorts underneath that are extremely comfortable & do not ride up in places they shouldn’t πŸ™‚

  134. August 4, 2010 9:44 am

    I love my running skirt! After looking at all the pictures from my first 1/2 marathon I had a hard time not looking at the thigh that was exposed. I’m not a super thin runner, but I do love the muscle tone in my quads! I had seen so many gals in skirts so I tried one on at my neighborhood Fleet Feet. I LOVED IT instantly. It hides my thighs but still shows off my better parts and it’s super flirty and fun! I do still wear my shorts on occasion (I agree that they feel more “business”) but I prefer my skirt.

  135. Rachel permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:47 am

    I have one skirt, and have worn it sporadically the last few years- however it has made it into my rotation a few more times than usual and I have to say that I am liking it now more than ever- I have the worse problem with the shorts riding up and it sometimes seems that there is not enough Body Glide to make it them stay in place! I might be converting to the skirt…

  136. HaloJen permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:49 am

    I started the skirt trend in my running group. The breakdown in our group is 2 votes YES! YES! YES!, 1 vote NO!, and 2 votes MAYBE, but haven’t had the guts to try it yet. I have bought a couple of running skirts at Target. I like them for runs of an hour or less. They are cute and functional without the expensive price tag of other brands. I’d love to find one that I could wear for the longer haul.

  137. August 4, 2010 9:50 am

    I have several, and now my friends are wearing them too, after giving me a hard time when I first wore on to the gym. I like the feminine look. No bun huggers for me, skirts hide my hip/thigh issues, and for that I will love them forever.

  138. Lori N permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:53 am

    I bought my first skirt a month ago and I love it — it’s so comfortable that I forget about what I’m wearing and can just enjoy my hike. (I go hiking with my puppy and we’re both slowly working up to running.)

  139. girlsworld permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:57 am

    I have one, and for the most part I like it. There are days where I’m not just feeling cute and sassy, so I reach for the shorts. I like have the option between shorts and skirts just like I enjoy having options in my non-running clothes.

  140. margothere permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:02 am

    I’ve never worn a skirt, but want to try it out – the whole creeping shorts/chaffing thighs thing is something I am willing to avoid via skirt. I’m not sure that I won’t feel like a goofball running in a skirt. I’m not sure I’ll care, especially if they do the job!

  141. August 4, 2010 10:03 am

    I am definitely a skirt girl, all the time. A running skirt is the only reason I can run in the warm weather of summer. I hate how shorts never stay put, bunch, and I always feel awful in them. But the skirt stays put and even when the shorts creep up underneath, no one knows!! And I kind of love the looks I get from other runners (even when it’s sometimes a look of disgust). Yay skirts!!!

  142. carla permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:04 am

    i have two that i bought to run in 3 years ago when i was pregnant. i like them, altho i find the inner shorts to be too short (they often ride up). the newer skirts seem lighter weight. i tend to wear mine when the weather’s btwn 50-65 deg’s. too warm otherwise.

  143. August 4, 2010 10:04 am

    I love my running skirts. I pretty much only run in skirts – sometimes capris. I can’t get with the shorts, my legs are not shorts ready yet. Plus the chaffing I can do without!

  144. realrellim permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:05 am

    So RLAM convinced me to try one by mentioning “the unfortunate crotch-bulge.” Newly postpartum, I knew any of my regular running shorts would have that problem, and I wasn’t quite comfortable pulling on bike-type shorts because, ahem, not everyone needs to see that my post-baby body isn’t quite in shape yet. I found one on clearance at Sierra Trading Post and fell in love. (The only thing I don’t like is its bright pink color–mostly because my double jogger is red!)

    Now I’m on a quest to figure out whether I like the skirt with briefs more, even though it requires body glide on the thighs (see: not quite in shape yet), or the skirts with compression shorts. Thus far I’m a fan of the brief-type when it’s hot out, and of the compression shorts when it’s a little cooler or when I’m literally running errands with the jogger.

    I’ve always struggled with what shorts to wear if I want to stop at the library or grocery store on the way without attracting too much attention and the skirts do the trick. (OK, maybe not the bright pink one, so that doesn’t get worn on errands.) I also like the longer compression shorts because the shorter ones, at least at the moment, ride up enough that they might as well be briefs. (It took nine months to get that out of shape, and another nine months to regain it, right? Right?!?!)

    I still love my shorts too, especially for treadmill days, speedwork or, thus far, races. Now that I have a skirt with long compression shorts (Skirt Sports Happy Hour Skirt) I might bring it to a race so I can stretch without exposing anything afterward–but we’ll see.

  145. Megan permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:07 am

    Big convert, love me some skirts!! I have a Prana, Sugoi, RunningSkirts and a Lu Lu and like them all for different reasons. Fave for feeling sassy is the Prana and fave for a super long run is the runningskirts one because it feels like I’m wearing my pjs! Three years ago I scoffed at the idea thinking skirts were just for the tennis-types but reach for them first now when setting out for a run.

  146. Cheryl permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:08 am

    I love the skirt! Makes me feel fast. I have two with compression shorts inside. Tried one with spankies, but felt completely naked. . . can’t run naked!!! At the SF Marathon Expo it was all I could do to tear myself away from the capri/skirt combo at the RunningSkirts booth. . .gotta get me one of those πŸ™‚

  147. Stacy permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:10 am

    I was skeptical when I first saw them, but having tried one I LOVE the concept of a skirt. And I do not normally wear skirts and dresses in “real life” as a rule. However, being of stocky build with legs that are not “runner slim” yet & will not be for some time, I have not found the right one yet. I really need the compression shorts for my thighs. I am limited budget right now due to cuts at work and going to school, so I can’t buy many. My first one was fine the first run, but the second time out, without a waist belt, it totally proved worthless. The skirt fell DOWN and the so called compression shorts rode UP! I was tugging & pulling the whole run. Not fun. I really have had my eye on the GGU, want to try one of the Skirt Sports dresses to. I see no reason why you can’t do a serious run in a skirt. It doesn’t change the train & power that you have, and if you can be more fashionable while doing so, why not?? How does that take away from the accomplishment??

  148. Jennifer H. permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:10 am

    I love my running skirts, but don’t frequently wear them for running. I wear them around on the weekends with a tee or tank. I tried running in them and it was okay, but seems fussy when compared with just pulling on shorts.

  149. August 4, 2010 10:16 am

    I owned one skirt but never wore it to run in. After my injury when I came back to running I needed something to motivate me and tetail therapy is a great motivator. I purchased a cute sleeveless asics top to match the grey and yellow skirt. I wear it to easy and harder workouts although it doesn’t seem to fit as well as regular shorts.

  150. Csaf permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:16 am

    Pick me! Pick me!!

    I love rocking the running skirt look! I’m a total convert. I even prefer the ones with bun-huggers, not compression shorts AND (*gasp*) I also don’t wear underwear with ’em (perhaps a topic of a future post — do you wear undies with your running shorts/skirts that have built-in liners? I always have, until I got my first skirt with bun-huggers, and with those, I don’t!).

    Honestly, I think wearing a skirt makes a runner-girl look MORE serious, as in — “Hey, I’m confident enough to be sporting this awesome, girly, flirty skirt while I kick ARSE on my 10-mile run.” πŸ™‚

  151. Sarah permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:17 am

    I have never tried a skirt, but I’m not totally against it. I think I would be uncomfortable in one with my current body. Perhaps after losing some weight, I’ll give a skirt a shot. I also don’t wear shorts. They ride up and they make my thunder thighs look/feel even bigger. Right now, I love me some capris. I get the fitted or semi-fitted kind even though I am a thick girl and they don’t make me feel fat – they actually make me feel like I look good. So I’m sticking with them for a while.

  152. RamFM permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:18 am

    Never knew there were running skirts! Until RLAM. Now my teen daughters and I ogle the websites, ooohing & ahhhing about the cool designs and working on our Christmas lists. Being female, sometimes the cool gear makes it worth getting out of bed πŸ™‚

  153. Terry permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:22 am

    I love my running skirt, but not for every run. I rotate it in with shorts. That’s because sometimes I don’t feel like looking very girlie for a run. Also, you have to wear a cute running top to wear the skirt and if I’m just slumming it with an old race shirt it looks better to wear shorts. I just bought a pair of running pants (yoga style) with a skirt attached for this winter and I can’t wait to try it out once it starts to get nippy again.I look a lot to see what other running ladies are wearing and noticed when I was vacationing in San Diego last week that I didn’t see ANY running skirts on Mission Bay near Fiesta Island. I thought this was very strange and a shame since I see so many on the paths and trails in Denver.

  154. Susan riley permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:27 am

    I like running skirts because I feel less exposed when doing errands etc. after doing a run. My biggest problem with them, however, is that the shorts underneath ride up almost every time, forming a sort of “bunchy panty” which can be very uncomfortable. In addition, I’d love to wear them for spin classes too but with those shorts riding up, it just wouldn’t work out. I’m still searching for the perfect running skirt – have tried 3 brands and haven’t found the perfect one yet!

    Susan

  155. Isabel permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:27 am

    I only wear skirts. In fact, I credit skirts for getting me into running. I picked up my first skirt from the inventor of running skirts, Skirt Sports founded by Nicole DeBoom, in 2005 and felt so darn cute that I had to get out there. 10 minutes led to 20 then 1hr… you know the rest! Now, picking my skirt is just as much part of my workout as figuring out my route or interval lengths. I love the feel of skirts and will never wear shorts again. In 9 out of 10 runs I get comments like “where did you get that skirt??”.

  156. Amanda Sam permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:34 am

    I love the way skirts look but I haven’t bought one yet. I’m still new to the sport so I’m just doing shorts at the moment in an effort to save money. πŸ˜‰

  157. Sally F permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:35 am

    I wear regular skirts everywhere. I’ve worn them to climb mountains in the Middle East and to paddle in the Indian Ocean. The only time I don’t wear skirts is when I run. Why? because until this week, I didn’t know they made running skirts. And until I started reading your blog I had no idea that a skirt could work for running fast and far, could make you feel good, and even be comfortable. I need to try a running skirt!

  158. Andrea permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:38 am

    I want to give skirts a try – I just haven’t had the funds yet (shoes first, then clothes).

  159. August 4, 2010 10:39 am

    I actually have about 4 different running skirts from different companies, including one from Target! I like them all, and had dreams of wearing them on every run and looking really cute while wearing them. Truthfully, sometimes I’ll wear one of my skirts b/c I really do love them. They are super comfortable, and I like how they make me feel. But, when the time comes to pick out an outfit to wear for my run, 80% of the time I’ll get my favorite pair of shorts.

  160. August 4, 2010 10:46 am

    Two weeks ago, a woman running in the opposite direction was wearing a skirt, and she looked so refreshed. I was tired and sweating like crazy. I wonder if it was the skirt. I need a skirt.

  161. August 4, 2010 10:46 am

    In my little rural part of the world I have not yet seen a running skirt, much less had the chance to buy one and try it out. After reading RLAM and some other sites, I hope to try one from an on-line store. I am sure the 4 dogs and 2 horses on my run-route will be much impressed!

  162. August 4, 2010 10:50 am

    I bought my first running skirt before my first half marathon in April 2010. I had read really good things about them, but was scared to buy one off of the internet without trying it on first. I found one for $15 at Target. I really liked the way it fit and looked. I ended up wearing it for my half, and had no problems with it at all.
    Since then though, I have ran in it. No real reason why, but I think I feel more like a hard-core runner person if I have running shorts on! Plus, they are easier to find in the stores, so I can try them on etc. I really would like more running skirts, because I think they are super cute! It is a great way to stay girlie and still be an athlete!

  163. Terzah permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:50 am

    I’m pro-skirt but own only one, so in practice I still wear shorts most of the time. I get Kara Goucher’s point, but at my less lofty level, wearing my skirt makes me feel like a bad-ass in a superhero costume, Batgirl in Sauconys, and different in a good way from the boys. I definitely plan to acquire more skirts when my limited clothing budget for running (see last week’s post) allows.

  164. Melissa Bannerot permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:01 am

    I love my running skirt. I run in Colorado. After running all winter, the heat was a big a adjustment. My running skirt made the heat more bearable. I have been looking for another one. =)

  165. Nicole permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:12 am

    I LOOOVEEE my running skirt. Pick me please:)

  166. jord permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:15 am

    I love my running skirts. No particular reason. In my mind, they shorts but better. They meet my biggest requirement of athletic wear: feminine without being pink (at least there are options besides pink).

  167. Lyndsay S. permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:27 am

    I have a few skirts from New Balance and SkirtSports that I run in and I love them. I don’t necessarily love them more than shorts–I wear both. Like running shorts, different brands/models fit differently and you have to find the kind that works for you and your body type.

    My last two marathons, however, I’ve run in a dress and I absolutely do love that! Not only is it super cool, but I enjoy not having anything around my waist. Plus, it’s great for training when I’m wearing a hydration belt because I don’t have to worry about my shirt riding up or my shorts riding down and the belt rubbing my skin.

  168. Heather permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:27 am

    Yes, I “skirt” for running. I love my running skirt but it’s shorts for everything else yoga/plyo/strength/etc. I just can’t do serious workouts in the skirt it really gets in my way but for running it is heaven. I love my skirt for running.

  169. Megan Barnes permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:32 am

    I want to love them! I’m just sure they would cover my cottage cheese thighs so well!! That being said I am new to running and had to use my $$ for some running shoes, but I’m putting away every penny I can to get me a skirt!!

  170. August 4, 2010 11:33 am

    I am a 90% shorts girl – for hard workout, treadmill intervals and long runs. But, if I go for a ‘date run’ with my hubby or even one of his friends/colleagues that I got into running, I wear my skirt because I feel feminine and sexy. I run with his colleague once/week and he’s become a great friend of both of ours. My hubby even laughs and says, “Why are you putting your skirt on to run with him?” He jokes but it’s almost as if he knows I wear them when I want to feel flirty.

  171. Dawn permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:36 am

    I have never heard of wearing a running skirt until reading Run Like a Mother! (What can I say?! I lead a sheltered life!) I think they are lovely, very feminine, and I will be rewarding my self with one each time I build up my run by a mile, up to 3.1 so far….working to 5 miles, then a 10k….then a half marathon! I am looking forward to building up quite a collection! πŸ™‚

  172. Terri permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:36 am

    I absolutely love my skirts!! I have three of them from three different manufacturers. I don’t think I will ever go back to shorts again.

  173. Penny permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:38 am

    I only have one. Can’t decide if it’s too big, or too small for my booty?

    Every time I wear it, I spend time tugging it up.
    Really annoying on my solo runs, but potentially obscene in a race.

  174. Sara permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:40 am

    Love running skirts – so comfortable and flattering, but i have a hard time not feeling silly when wearing one for a run. Then again…maybe that’s the point?

  175. Joanna permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:46 am

    I can take them or leave them. I recently tried spin class in a running skirt – not my best idea. I ran yesterday in one, and was fine. I think ultimately I prefer shorts.

  176. Laurie permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:56 am

    I agree with Kara Goucher…I think they are great but have a hard time doing a serious, hard workout in them.

  177. Kelly Lanley permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:04 pm

    Will totally wear one as soon as the running budget allows (after the Nike+ system has been bought)! They look totally comfy and hey, if I can look good while running, that might motivate me to enter a few races!

  178. Kelly permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:06 pm

    Skirt convert here! 100% better than shorts for my body. They are the greatest for longs runs — no chafing & lots of storage for Gu, ipod, etc. All I know is that I can be ‘serious’ about my workout when I don’t have annoying chafing or need to be worrying about shorts that ride up.

  179. Amy permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm

    Love how you cover every topic out there from the serious to the not so much. I have never tried a skirt but really want to now. I have been running for years and think I need to lighten up a bit about it and the skirt might just do the trick!

  180. sandra m. permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:12 pm

    I think they are very cute on many people. I havent ever worn one because I have short legs with muscular thighs and think short skirts look goofy on me. HOWEVER, I am willing to try! Would love to win one and see how it goes.

  181. August 4, 2010 12:17 pm

    I have never thought of myself as a “skirt girl”, but I have to admit the more I see others running in them (yes Dimity I too check out what others are wearing!) I think I might have to break down and try one. Heaven knows the running shorts have not been kind to my thighs so maybe a more feminine look will work?

  182. Karen permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:19 pm

    I skirt!!!

  183. Kristen permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:21 pm

    I tried one once and hated it because the shorts rode up-I was reaching under the skirt to pull the shorts up the whole run. However, I have a feeling it’s because it was from Target and not necessarily very high quality. I’d like to try again, but don’t have the extra money to spend on something that may or may not work. I did get my 9 year old daughter one for her birthday however, and she ran in it earlier this week. I was just a little bit jealous of how cute it was on her!

  184. Ella permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:28 pm

    I thought long and hard before I purchased a running skirt primarily because I retired a few years ago from the Marine Corps (even spent some time as a Drill Instructor) and the whole thought of running while wearing a skirt just went against my grain. I kept hearing how comfortable and modest they were so I gave one from Skirt Sports a go when I found one on clearance. It took me weeks to finally wear it outside on a run and I was floored at how much cooler I felt and how much better I looked. I am now a total convert and loving it!

  185. renee s permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:41 pm

    I love to run in skirts and don’t do it often enough. The best part about it is passing someone up – especially a guy – while looking cute. The skirts I have are actually more modest than my shorts and they look SO much better. The only thing missing is that I always want a cute top to go with it and I don’t have enough cute tops.

  186. Becky permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:44 pm

    I wear my running skirt when I need to carry my cell phone or things that need to be in a zippered pocket, but I love my shorts too! So fun to have a choice! I have been following your blog since it was on RunnersWorld and am excited to read your book too – can’t decide whether to get a copy for a belated mother’s day present for my mom, or just for myself (I probably won’t be a mom for a while yet…) – might have to do both!

  187. Annette permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm

    I have tried one on, but don’t know if I like the way my legs look in them. Vanity, I know… but I know they have longer ones, so perhaps that is the ticket. Would love to try them to see how it feels to not get the bunching!

  188. August 4, 2010 12:54 pm

    I have run the past two Boston Marathons in my running skirts, and I am a huge fan. Now that I am four months pregnant, I am an even bigger fan. They are SO comfortable on my expanding waistline.

  189. Kate permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:56 pm

    I either wear a running skirt or shorts. My father in law actually introduced me to the skirt by buying me one for my birthday and I like it. My only complaint is that the little shorts underneath tend to ride up.

  190. Kate permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:58 pm

    I have never tried a skirt but I definitely would (especially if one were to come my way free, ahem). As I sit here getting ready to nurse my 10-day-old boy for what will be one of 10 times today, I feel anything but fit and glamorous — so I would definitely be up for slipping on a running skirt sometime in the not-too-distant future and seeing what these now-somewhat-mushy legs can do!

  191. Stephanie permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:00 pm

    My husband gave me a running skirt for Christmas last year and I was a little hesitant about wearing it. Once I tried it; I loved it. It’s so comfortable and fun. I didn’t realize it was such a divisive issue until I brought up how much I love running skirts on a girls’ weekend trip. I’m now working to convert my anti-skirt pals.

  192. Amber Izzo permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:04 pm

    I have not yet become a skirt convert, but I am willing to be convinced. I have several friends that run with them and love them, but I have not yet bought one. In fact, I am often teased by running buddies that I must be afraid of being called girly:) Thus far shorts and running capris have done the job, but it couldn’t hurt to have something cute to wear on the days that you just feel icky about yourself. Maybe I will try one…

  193. Lowly permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:04 pm

    Have never tried the skirts yet, but I’m WILLING! πŸ™‚

  194. August 4, 2010 1:05 pm

    I love skirts! I’ve been wearing only skirts for about 2 yrs now. No way I’m ever going back lol!

  195. Heidi permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:08 pm

    I don’t own one but think they look adorable on other people. In fact, every time I see someone running in one I make a mental note to pick one up some time. I keep forgetting…how bout you just send me that free one? They look so comfy!!

  196. Julie permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:09 pm

    Haven’t tried one yet, but I hope to very soon, because I think I’d love it!

  197. August 4, 2010 1:10 pm

    I do. But, I agree that I wouldn’t wear one for a serious workout. Now that I’m preggo, I’m all about the skirt, though!

  198. August 4, 2010 1:10 pm

    Wow, a lotta people love the skirts! I am – so far, anyway – firmly in the long shorts/capris category. I think anything less than an 8″ inseam would probably cause chafing for me. Also, I own exactly ONE dress and ONE skirt, so clearly, I don’t love skirts in my non-running life, either – mostly because I get chafing if I have to walk any distance when I’m wearing a skirt. But since so many women here seem to love the skirts, I may have to reconsider…

  199. Paula permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:13 pm

    I need to try one because I have yet to find a pair of shorts that I like! I worry about my legs rubbing together though, and not to share too much, but I sweat a lot, so I would need a skirt with absorbent shorts underneath. Is there such a thing out there?

  200. August 4, 2010 1:17 pm

    I would love to have more skirts. I bought one and the shorts underneath ride up in the middle like crazy. Definitely takes the “cute factor” out when you are reaching under a skirt to straighten/tug. So, I am on the hunt for one with a little more length and some breathability. But, I think they are about as cute as it gets while being sweaty and stinky. Although, I have to admit, I felt like I should have a tennis racket in my hand the whole time I wore it. Maybe I’ll get over it with the right skirt. So, I’m sort of on the fence, but am willing to give it another try.

  201. Kim permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:20 pm

    I like running skirts as long as there are the right length of shorts underneath. The gym girl ultra is perfect and the shorts underneath don’t ride up. I have a couple of other skirts that I can’t wear for long distances, the shorts are too short and ride up. I love the pockets on the gym girl ultra. They are sturdy enough to carry Gu and chapstick.

  202. Amber permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:21 pm

    They are cute. I haven’t tried one though. I am a SAHM so I can’t bring myself to pay for one just in case I don’t like it. It would feel like wasted money if that was the case.

  203. Morgan permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:22 pm

    In spite of having never worn one before to run in, the moment the doctor cleared me to run again (I just had a baby 6 weeks ago) I went out and bought a super cute running skirt. Why? because I needed something that helped to motivate me to go out and run even if I have had no sleep. The skirt made me feel like I could look cute no matter how bad I looked or felt.

  204. Kathy permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:24 pm

    Ever since I read your book, I have been keeping an eye out for the skirts. Haven’t encountered them yet but I would definitely try one!

  205. Catherine permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:25 pm

    I think they are cute and would work well for me. I haven’t gotten one yet due to the price, but I gave my sister one for her b’day and she loves it! I definitely want one for the Disney Princess Half Marathon-my first half- this February!

  206. Susan permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:26 pm

    I have 2 skirts, 1 of which I really like. I have a few pairs of shorts, and am super picky about them bc shorts have a tendency to bunch up, super annoying. Skirts solve that problem. Can’t see why you can’t be taken seriously, or take your work out seriously in a skirt??

  207. Rhonda permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:26 pm

    After reading your book, I was on the lookout for skirts. Found some Nike DriFit tennis skirts at Marshall’s. These have shorts underneath (like my nieces wear) and not a panty. I love them! I feel so much “prettier” than the middle-aged tomboy that I am. I immediately emailed a friend of mine and told her to run, not walk, to Marshall’s to get some skirts. She already had a few, and commented about how cute outfits are motivating for her. I need, however, to explore other brands. I want to try the panty kind, and I am desperate for pockets. I’ll take the humpday giveaway–two pockets would be great!

  208. August 4, 2010 1:40 pm

    I want to try a skirt. I think I’ve only seen one other woman in my area wearing one. I could be a trendsetter. Little nervous about the chunky thighs rubbing together, but I’ll try anything if it makes me look cute and sporty.

  209. Erica Richards permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:40 pm

    I’ve tried a couple of skirts (because they don’t make my favorite shorts anymore) but haven’t found one that doesn’t ride up underneath. I love capris and thought I had found a great new pair…ran 7 miles in the with no issues…until I looked down after my run and it looked like I had wet my pants! So embarassing!! May have to give a good (translation: expensive) running skirt another try.

  210. Meg Zajdzinski permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:42 pm

    Love, love, love them. I’m not sure how I ran in the summer (in Phoenix), prior to skirts, since I’m not a big fan of shorts. Best invention for us female running types.

  211. Amanda permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:42 pm

    I have just started wearing skirts. I own 4 but only like 1 for running. All skirts are not made the same!

  212. Christine permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:43 pm

    I think its funny that people feel more serious in shorts over the skirt. I do not own either -really I have just started running over the past 2 months and haven’t been able to invest in any “official” running clothes.
    But….I definitely want a SKIRT!!! When I am running what gets me through to the end is the chant in my head…”I am woman hear me roar”!!! I can produce another human body inside mine and then give birth to it and feed it all on my own!!! I am a freaking woman…I can do anything!!!!! LOL So I say I [embrace] the femininity the skirt adds!!!

  213. Melissa permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:44 pm

    I love my running skirt. I’ve tried pair after pair of running shorts but none have been as comfortable as my running skirt!

  214. Heather McG permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:44 pm

    I am open to a running skirt as long as it comfortable and doesn’t ride up

  215. August 4, 2010 1:46 pm

    I’ve always wanted one and gaze upon them in the stores but have yet to pick one up! My issues is shorts riding up , I don’t like it feels, don’t like the way it looks. I’m ready to try something new :O)

  216. August 4, 2010 1:51 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE running skirts! But, it has to have a longer compression short underneath. I, for the most part, only run in a running skirt now. I will ocassionaly run in shorts still, but it is rare. But, when I go to the gym to lift weights or cross train, I will NOT wear a skirt . . . not sure why, but I have not had the courage to sport a skirt at the gym yet.

  217. August 4, 2010 1:51 pm

    I really love the skort for most forms of exercising – dance classes or working out – by the skort, I mean, a good type of water-resistant fabric skirt that actually has a pair of shorts under it. However, I’d love to have the courage to try running in a skirt! It sounds like a great liberating idea and you’d be able to get your legs moving more freely. Why not? The only problem I could forsee is if it’s a very windy day, it would not be good for modesty.

  218. Jill permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:51 pm

    Totally converted after reading RLAM. I have one skirt from Athleta, as well as their capri/skirt combo. I would love to check out the Skirt Sports skirts! I started with Athleta because I spent the long, cold winter looking at the catalogs on the TM.

  219. August 4, 2010 1:52 pm

    Haven’t bought one yet (see last week’s topic!), but am slowly thinking that I could convert. I was in compression shorts, but found that they exacerbated my GI issues so have switched to shorts with a liner which are MUCH better for my tummy. Some of my reluctance to skirts is that my husband just doesn’t like them – he thinks they look silly – so I’ll have to convert him too.

  220. Chrystal permalink
    August 4, 2010 1:54 pm

    I’m a new runner, and before RLAM I had never heard of a running skirt. I love the concept!

  221. August 4, 2010 1:58 pm

    I recently bought my first running skirt and I love it! Very comfortable and I feel light and faster somehow when I wear it. I will say though, that I love that it’s not so skirt-like. It’s black, it’s not pleated or flouncy and it doesn’t really bounce and move around when I run. So it’s still kind of tough and sporty even if it is technically, a skirt πŸ™‚

  222. August 4, 2010 2:01 pm

    I haven’t worn a running skirt before but if I won this one I promise you I will wear it in the 1/2 marathon I’m training for in November!

  223. August 4, 2010 2:02 pm

    I really like my skirts and don’t actually have any shorts that I can wear running that dont ride up unless I am wearing tights underneath them. They still ride up but tolerably.

    I like the look of the Sugoi Moxie shorts. I don’t buy anything Nike so that is out. I would try shorts but am dubious that they wont ride up and give me a crotch wedgie πŸ™‚

    My skirts allow me to be feminine while living a very active dress unfriendly lifestyle (unless its a pretty long dress)! I have four boys and worrying about flashing the world my nether regions is nil when wearing a skirt with boy shorts. I am constantly bending down, squatting down, getting in and out of the backseat of the car or van ect.

    Icing on the cake, they are very comfortable and I wear them all the time and not just running. Since I am a barefoot runner its nice to just kick off my flip flops and go for my run instead of lots of prep πŸ™‚

  224. Carla permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:04 pm

    I have wanted to try them since I wear skirts almost everywhere in my non-running life. BUT, my husband — sweaty, skinny, fast runner guy, doesn’t like them . Howver, if I were to win a FREE one, that would warm his CPA heart and I could probably trot around in it all the time!

  225. Miriam P. permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:05 pm

    Haven’t tried one yet, but absolutely plan on it. New to running, so I am slowly building up my wardrobe. I’m hoping to find a good buy with the upcoming change of seasons. I love my shorts, but I am open to options!

  226. Callie Berger permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:05 pm

    I’ve never worn them but I think they’re SO cute on everyone else! I’ve always wanted to so maybe when I buy new running stuff for next Spring/Summer, I can find one or two then and try them out! I’m all about the sassy, so I feel like they’re right up my alley!

  227. Cathy permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:09 pm

    I love the look but have yet to get one, only because of price. I even motivated myself through a 10k training schedule with the lure of a new skirt at the end. Still have yet to fork over the cash for one yet.
    I also like the idea of having a little more fun with running and not being so concerned of ‘looking’ like a real runner….I’m a woman too!

  228. Lori permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:10 pm

    I have never worn a skirt to run in. I am slightly intriqued by it, but don’t know if I could actually go through with it.

  229. Edwina Richards permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:15 pm

    Oh, I want to try one. They do look so cute, but I’m a little worried about my thighs rubbing together. Pick me, Pick me!

  230. August 4, 2010 2:16 pm

    I have never even tried on a running skirt. I’d like to try one out though!

  231. August 4, 2010 2:17 pm

    After hearing others raving about runningskirts, I bought one on clearance. I ordered the type with the brief instead of the shorts on accident, and was sure I would hate it. Willing to give it a chance, I put on bodyglide and hoped for the best. I loved it! It was so comfortable and cool. More importantly, I didn’t have to adjust it like I did my shorts that would creep up. Now I own three, and find myself running in them more often than my Lululemon shorts that had been my favorite running outfit.

  232. Mary permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:18 pm

    I’m game for anything once. May just be what I need to try after not keeping up with my running this summer and paying for it now while I’m trying to get back in shape for fall races. A skirt might just be the mojo that I’m missing!

  233. Tina permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:19 pm

    Never tried the running skirt, but have to say that I am a bit curious about them. Hmmmmm, maybe if I win one I can try it out and tell ya what I think! ; )

  234. August 4, 2010 2:20 pm

    I don’t have a skirt. Yet. But it’s in my future. My near future. I really think I’d be more likely to actually get out there if I felt cute. With my kids going back to school in 3 weeks, it’s in my future. Really.

  235. Tina permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:21 pm

    That would be a “bite” curious, not a bit of curiousness! Oh that’s so embarrassing when then happens!

    • Tina permalink
      August 4, 2010 2:22 pm

      Dang, I was correct the first time – let me just stop while I’m ahead. I’ll assume you know what I mean. Ug, one of those days.

  236. Rachel permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:21 pm

    I wore my first running skirt for the Wasatch Back in 2008 and promised myself I would NEVER wear a running skirt again. It was just so uncomfortable for me. However, here I am in the Boston HEAT and I’m wearing the skirt again. We are students so buying lots of new running clothes is not in the cards, so I’m using all the stuff I’ve had for years. And the skirt is the coolest bottom I have. I don’t love it still, but I no longer hate it. It does the job and it covers what I want to cover.

  237. Molly permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:24 pm

    I don’t wear a skirt but after reading your book I was more interested in the idea (became more conscious of the bunch in the front effect). Just need to find one I like and some extra cash (or perhaps win one). And, yes, my husband would like it too πŸ™‚

  238. August 4, 2010 2:26 pm

    LOVE my skirts! I always feel less exposed when running in them and they are so much more comfortable than my shorts (less riding up if you know what I mean). Not to mention that since I am “slow” — I like to know that I at least look good while I am out there!

  239. Samantha permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:29 pm

    I don’t even own a single pair of running shorts! I’ve been wearing SkirtSports skirts for 2 years now, and wear them practically every day! Love Skirtsports!

  240. August 4, 2010 2:29 pm

    I love the sports skirts and have been wearing them for years…but not for actually sports participation. They are a staple for me while coaching, working events, and as my everyday work as an Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist. I can’t bring myself to ride or run in them, but not because people won’t take me seriously. Here in Florida that would just be waaaaaaaay to much fabric! The skirt being soaked with sweat? I can feel the puddles building up in my shoes just thinking about it. Blech.

  241. August 4, 2010 2:36 pm

    I probably wouldn’t go out and buy one because I’ve never even tried one on. If I were to win one, I’d definately wear it. I’m all about the free. If its free, I’ll wear it. Like last weekend, my sister competed in an Ironman event, and I wore the FREE Ironman (as in super hero Ironman) men’s underwear she gave me…over my running shorts of course.

    • August 4, 2010 2:48 pm

      Melissa,

      That is AWESOME! I might have to totally copy you and bust out some panties over my running shorts next race. That will make a statement! πŸ™‚

  242. August 4, 2010 2:46 pm

    I have never worn a running skirt. A year ago I would have said “NO WAY!”. But now that I’m running all the time (or at least it feels like that), I think I’m ready to try one out. I have to admit that the ladies in the skirts just seem to have more fun at races. I want that! I think I’ve been taking running too seriously, and lately my new goals (which I already told you about in your August Homework blog) is to have more fun with running (well and qualify for Boston – but have fun doing it). So yes…I’m ready…bring on the skirt!

  243. Becca permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:47 pm

    I think I could be a skirt girl! I see lots of them where I run and always get a smile when I do! Just need to get myself to the running store to get one. Loving this movement around women runners!

  244. Lindsey permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:47 pm

    I’m pregnant with my second baby right now and I finally broke down and tried a running skirt after reading RLAM and the BornFit maternity wear mention. THANK you for the recommendation. I LOVE the running skirts for not only comfort but also it effectively alleviates the whole sausage look from my growing belly and my regular running shorts and shirts.

    And I was worried about sweating through both the bottom and skirt, but I was so happy to learn that the skirt hides the sweat below. Sweet! No more being self conscious of sweaty shorts πŸ™‚

  245. katie rhodes permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:47 pm

    Ok I will admit it. I’m a skirt junky. I own tons of them. I did have a revrlation recently. My thighs are thick so I always bought the shorts kind. But the brief works great because then I don’t have to worry about the shorts riding up. You can’t go wrong in a good skirt.

  246. August 4, 2010 2:51 pm

    I tried the skort right when they came out and I did not take long to retire it! I have not tried one since but I truly have seen some cute ones on the trails lately and will probably try again soon.

  247. Robin permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:58 pm

    Skirts – yes! I was turned onto them by, no surprise, an article in Runner’s World and a pretty pink one from Skirt Sports was my first. I love them because there is (as SBS points out) no unsightly bulge, they reduce chafing in my experience, and I look better at the grocery store (who has time to change?) I wear them to work out and have worn my pink one in a marathon (actually a huge women’s running group pulled me over and asked about my skirt while running it!) My pink one from SS is super lightweight and I don’t look as horrible when it sticks to my legs in this humidity (compared with shorts). I ran during my pregnancy in a wonderful skirt from RunningSkirts — it had this great panel that covered and supported my belly and eventually protected me from the support belt I wore in late pregnancy. AND I think I looked cuter running in it. LOVE SKIRTS.

  248. Bea permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:13 pm

    I love running skirts, have a few pair. they are comfortable and look better on me. The compression shorts on some ride up on long runs and I know which ones work better. Hard for me to wear shorts now.

  249. August 4, 2010 3:22 pm

    I love my running skirts. I feel young, feminine and flirty in them. I wear Tricks skirts to run in, and they fit very well.
    I use Target (C9? The Champion brand?) skirts for daily use b/c they fall down when I run, but are super flattering in the summer, and I can’t accidentally flash my undies while chasing my kids around at the playground….

  250. Allyson permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:23 pm

    No skirts for me. I’m loyal to my favorite shorts.

  251. ashlee permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:23 pm

    i love running skirts. sometimes i need extra motivation to get moving. and cute fun running gear helps!

  252. Suzanne permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:26 pm

    When I first started seeing skirts at road races 4-5 years ago, I silently scoffed at them. Because we are running toe to toe with men, I felt that no one would take a runner seriously if she was wearing a skirt. I wanted to be taken seriously. Fast forward to 2010 and I admit–I am kinda skirt-curious. I read about them. I look at them online. I asked skirt-wearers about them. I circle the racks of skirts at sporting goods stores and stare them down. I think about buying one… a lot. But I haven’t… yet. I think they are cute and that cute might not be so bad. When I played lacrosse I LOVED the phrase “dirt in a skirt!” Why am I being prejudiced toward running in one? And apparently they are pretty functional, so if I could go for a run without pulling my shorts out of my crotch even one time, I would be a happy (and cute) runner. So I am almost–ALMOST!–a skirt convert. Thisclose.

  253. August 4, 2010 3:33 pm

    LOVE running in a skirt! So thankful Nicole DeBoom broke the mold and introduced the ladies to these!

  254. Rosemary permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:52 pm

    I love running skirts … I wear shorts too, but I love running skirts. Though, I will admit, I don’t feel like a “serious” runner in a skirt!

  255. christine lowery permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:57 pm

    love them. i bought a skirt from this company, and i love the build in undies! It feels so nice to run and feel the skirt swish around your legs.

  256. Steph permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:57 pm

    Haven’t tried one yet, but I will! I saw some at the 5k I did last weekend and they were cute!

  257. August 4, 2010 3:59 pm

    Love them and will never go back! So very flattering. They make me feel stylish and speedy. They’re awesome!

  258. IA Running Momma permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:00 pm

    Really want to try one out! I love the femininity! I just for a Gift Cert for runningwarehouse.com for my bday today, and I am going to order myself a skirt! Can’t wait to try it out!

  259. Janice Greenhalgh permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:00 pm

    I started buying running skirts because they were frequently cheaper than tennis skirts. Then I started running in them, and now I have a hard time pulling on a pair of running shorts. I love, love, love running skirts!

  260. Lee permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:04 pm

    I love the look of them and I’m dying to have one! However, as I said in last week’s post about saving $, I get most of my running gear at the Salvation Army or from the clearance rack and these cute running skirts haven’t really made it there yet.

  261. Alice permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:06 pm

    I would be afraid to run in a skirt. I always have a baby is a stroller and a dog with me so adding the complexity of a skirt would be too much. Though I have been wearing a lot of skirts at home now so maybe in the future?! I may have to add that to my birthday wish list.

  262. Janice S permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:17 pm

    I’ve never tried one, but I think they are adorable and would love to try one!

  263. Suzanne E permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:23 pm

    I have just recently started sort of running. It is more of a walk/jog thing but I’m working on it. I have never tried a skirt but keep thinking that if I got something cuter than cheap shorts & one of hubby’s tank tops to wear that it might possible make the whole running thing a tad less painful for me.

  264. August 4, 2010 4:27 pm

    I’m a skirt girl 100%! I chick lots of guys in my skirt and win my AG a lot. My friend places in the top women all the time at trail races while sporting her skirt. I think trail runners embrace skirts more than road runners. I see more skirts at trail races than road races.

    I have about 6 skirts and am venturing in to running dresses as well!

  265. August 4, 2010 4:27 pm

    I’ve been known to sport a skirt a time or two. While it’s not necessarily my favorite thing to wear, I have to admit a wicked sense of pleasure when I pass a guy during a race while wearing one. Can’t help but think to myself, “Dude, you just got passed by a girl in a skirt.”

  266. Jen permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:28 pm

    I love mine so much that I ration them to make sure one is clean for my long run each week. Plus, something about the cut of the waistband allowed me to wear both of mine until 26 weeks pregnant and still be comfortable. I get some inexplicable mental boost from doing a hard, dusty trail run in the mountains of Colorado in a hot pink skirt!

  267. August 4, 2010 4:32 pm

    Haven’t tried one yet..I was waiting to debut mine at the Denver Skirt Chaser 5K. I even signed up for it the first day of registration. Looks like I won’t be able to run it now due to an unexpected family event..I am soooo bummed! Maybe you could let me win one to help ease the heartache!!??

  268. Cara permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:35 pm

    Have never tried one, but would love to. I do think they’re cute. Basically, anything that has a little pocket for my ipod is A-OK with me!

  269. August 4, 2010 4:41 pm

    I loove running skirts. For some reason I feel much more comfortable in them than traditional running shorts. I was one of the first in my running group to embrace the skirt, and wear them on both training runs and in races.

  270. Rachel Taylor permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:46 pm

    I bought my first (and only) running skirt in March and I absolutely LOVE IT!! I started running a couple years ago and up until recently couldn’t bring myself to put anything but basketball shorts on to run because of the extra weight I carried on my thighs. Today, I am many pounds lighter – thanks to my new love for running – and the skirt I bought almost 6 months ago is too big for me! It’s time for a new one πŸ™‚ I love that they make me feel girly!

  271. Helen M permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:56 pm

    I think they’re cute – though I do feel like I’m wearing my old school games skirt!! Trad running shorts just look weird on me and I’m not liking compression shorts anymore – but the skirt is perfect! (Still I think to non runners it looks a little odd and unusual…but there’s only one way to change that!) I love skirts!

  272. Susan K permalink
    August 4, 2010 4:57 pm

    I haven’t yet tried a skirt (I typically wear capris), but I really, really want to try one! They look so fun and comfortable. I had been trying to decide what kind would suit me best and this giveaway is exactly the kind I was thinking about ordering!

  273. Jane permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:03 pm

    I LOVE running in skirts!!! I only own one that unfortuanetly doesn’t fit me right now post-baby:( I’ve been checking Skirt Sports website for clearance but haven’t found good sales. I can’t afford regular prices so I’ll keep looking for the sales they had a couple months ago! In the meantime I have to run in frumpy shorts. Blech!!

  274. Suzie. G. permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:19 pm

    I have a skirt in my closet but since having my 9th baby 4 1/2 months ago I haven’t got up the courage to bear my legs in public ( still wearing the capris) I am starting to up my mileage and it is HOT hear in NC so perhaps I should take the plunge and start skirting again!

  275. August 4, 2010 5:22 pm

    I like them – they do make me feel more “girly” but I feel too girly when I am the only female to show up to our local run group.

  276. Jamie permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:33 pm

    Would love to try one but haven’t been able to fit it in my budget yet!

  277. August 4, 2010 5:33 pm

    i am a middle aged, full-figured gal: I.LOVE.MY.RUNNING. SKIRTS. they make me feel not so over-exposed and dorky…

  278. Carrianne B permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:36 pm

    I love my running skirt (skirtsports rocks)! I find it super comfortable and makes me feel attractive – for a 2x gal, that is a great feeling. I have a hard time wearing anything else when I walk or jog.

  279. Danielle permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:56 pm

    I haven’t tried a skirt yet but I’d love to! I think it might give me a little boost to try something different and so feminine.

  280. Rene' permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:00 pm

    I love my skirts! There is something fun and cute about them.

  281. Jodie permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:01 pm

    I am still very much a novice runner. I love the feeling I get after a run knowing I have done something good for my piece of mind and body. But I am not one of those women who feels comfortable in “feminine” clothing. I like the idea of looking nice and dare I say a little sexy but I also love the idea of a woman who can kick it with the big boys. I looking at the running skirts and said “no way!” But I took my first running class through Gallagher’s Fitness in Salem, OR (Thank you Susan for all the support) and asked the question “what’s the deal with skirts?” Well to make a long story short I was tempted enough to try it out and love it. My big booty is covered, I feel pretty (which is hard for me to feel like in my mommy jeans and tees) and comfortable. I am a converted skirt πŸ™‚ I can kick butt and look good doing it! Who said you can’t have it all.

  282. Mary permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:05 pm

    I own a couple of skirts but don’t usually wear them to run more than a few (3) miles. If they have longer shorts, they tend to ride up; if they have panties, not even Body Glide will stop the chafing.

  283. Suzy Hay permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:25 pm

    Love the skirt! I have one….but I want, want, want MORE!!!! πŸ™‚

  284. Cathleen permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:30 pm

    Love, love, love my skirts! I wear the runningskirts.com kind with the brief, but was always too worried about chub rub to go without compression shorts underneath. I was so excited the day my thighs were finally toned enough to go without the compression shorts, and just some body glide! I’m not sure I would have survived the brutal heat this summer without them.

    They are expensive, but I got myself one of the princess skirts to inspire me to reach my goal of running the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I actually got so inspired, I’m training for my hometown half marathon in November!

  285. Shayna Wellington permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:39 pm

    I LOVE MY SKIRTS! I have never liked running shorts and have run in yoga pants for years until…SKIRTS! So comfortable, cute, cool, liberating πŸ™‚ I love skirts! Especially my Brooks skirt.

  286. Carmen W permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:45 pm

    I haven’t tried a skirt yet, but would love too!

  287. Kerry permalink
    August 4, 2010 6:48 pm

    I’m a skirt girl…bought one before my first marathon in 2009, one last training run in it and I was sold. Every since I grew 4 more inches in HS to be 5’10” and turned into rowgirl I haven’t been able to find shorts that don’t bunch up between my thighs…the skirts end all of that and I feel like a girl. Honestly, never wanted to feel like a girl before I became a mom, but now I revel in my skirts, my mom-power, and my time on the road and trails.

    …Sarah, tried the capris…I’ll likely do it again in the fall and in temps closer to 40, but anything hotter and I’m just too hot!

  288. August 4, 2010 6:56 pm

    While I have not completely given up on shorts, I do admit that I LOVE skirts. In fact, I actually rely on skirts to give me a boost in confidence when I’m feeling down…whether due to lack of motivation or injury. For me, skirts put the FUN back in running, especially on days when all I feel like is a run-down mom of two always-amped-up boys aged 2 and 4.

  289. Julie Berland permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:05 pm

    I do both. I only own one running skirt and loved it initially but have put on a little bit of extra weight and while it still fits, it rides up. I’ve yet to purchase a new one, the cost of a good one feels a bit more prohibited then some cheap shorts that do the job. I agree with those who feel that shorts seem like they’re needed for “serious” runs. With shorts I don’t fear chafing.

  290. August 4, 2010 7:06 pm

    I just bought a skirt this summer, and I wore it in a 15k, and now for every long weekend run. It makes me feel like I’m naked, in a good way. Kind of makes me dread winter.

  291. August 4, 2010 7:14 pm

    I do ‘skirt’. More often than not these days it seems. I started wearing them for races, as kind of a treat to add to the celebratory atmosphere. I’d do my hard training in whatever but when it came race time I’d be all gussied up— like prom.
    I find myself reaching for skirts more often these days, even for the sloggiest of training runs….the ones in extreme heat…the ones that are complete before the sun makes its appearance. They help remind me that I am special, not just on race day, but everyday, just for getting out there.

  292. August 4, 2010 7:15 pm

    I have never tried a skirt, simply put. I am also one of those people who thinks it just seems a little weird. However, I have in the last month become more in tune to the blog-o-sphere and even started my own blog. I have found many sites that I really enjoy reading about running and parenting and other fun topics like food and having a fun career! RLAM has been a great source for me to find other running mom blogs and sites and I have really enjoyed all that I have seen. But one thing that I am seeing a lot on all of these sites is this addiction to running skirts and it is starting to really tempt me to try one out. Wouldn’t this be a perfect opportunity for me to give it a try? On the running end, I have been running for about 3 years, but I mostly consider myself a wanna-be runner. This summer I have gotten serious though…I completed my goal of running 100 miles in the middle of July (from the start of June) and now I am working on finding my next race to run! Regardless of whether or not I win this skirt, thanks for your book and thanks for this site!

  293. Liz C. permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:23 pm

    I love running skirts! I am not a girly girl and do not wear skirts as a rule. But something about the empowerment I feel when I run makes me feel very feminine. So feminine that wearing a skirt feels right when doing so in the rest of my life doesn’t.

  294. Megan permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:45 pm

    I do like the running skirt, and was inspired to try it after reading RLAM. But they are so expensive and I only have one, so it gets into the rotation only as often as I can do the laundry.

  295. August 4, 2010 7:54 pm

    I don’t own any yet, but I think once I get my hands on one I would firmly be a skirt wearer? Why not? Cute and fierce at the same time. Talk about getting your mojo going!

  296. August 4, 2010 8:08 pm

    I like them…but still like running shorts too. I love running skirts for non-running activities though. They look a little more like real clothes.

  297. Deborah permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:16 pm

    OMG I so check out what others are wearing. I envied those bold/brave enough to wear running skirts. I broke down not too long ago and bought one. I love how cool you feel while wearing it. But….I have to admit. I actually haven’t worn it while running. I wear it on the weekends doing errands or while hiking. I’m stuck on my shorts. Maybe one day, I’ll be one of those brave soles wearing my skirt while getting in the miles.

  298. August 4, 2010 8:21 pm

    I love skirts. I figure I’ll never be really fast, so I should look good when I come across the finish line last! πŸ˜‰

  299. julie permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:36 pm

    I love the skirts…cute, comfy, and pockets and no riding up between the thighs. i also feel less sloppy and gross when i need to pick up the kids or do errands right after my run.
    for longer runs i do put a pair of longer underarmour compression shorts under a skirt with just spankies to prevent chafing.

  300. August 4, 2010 8:44 pm

    I am definitely pro-skirt! In fact, just the other day I finally got rid of my last few pairs of running shorts that I haven’t worn in over a year!! Making room for more skirts!!

  301. August 4, 2010 9:29 pm

    I am a recent convert.. At 6’0 and with mommy thighs I was hesitant, I thought I was too tall and had too much chub rub to pull it off. Then I found a SALE!! I bought a couple skirts, combined with my usual compression shorts and I found the LOOK. Spandex always left me feeling undressed, add the skirt on top and the outfit was COMPLETE. I feel feminine and comfortable. Pick me!!

  302. August 4, 2010 10:05 pm

    I love the look of them but haven’t had the nerve to try one yet. One of my favorite parts about this whole running thing (and yes, you can guess that I’m fairly new to it) is all of the fun clothes you get to wear! So a running skirt should enter my wardrobe – who knows, maybe I’ll run my first half marathon in one!

  303. Katie permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:08 pm

    LOVE the skirts! Also love SkirtSports! I have the red skirt with the red tattoo mesh capris underneath. I feel so powerful when wearing it. πŸ™‚

  304. August 4, 2010 10:11 pm

    I’d love to run in a skirt. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find one that is flattering and comfortable. And I’ve tried on tons, but not that one…

  305. Carrie Sinosic permalink
    August 4, 2010 10:30 pm

    I love running skirts.
    1. I was a dancer, now I’m a runner (or at least like to run!). A skirt makes me feel like I could still pique turn but am having too much fun running with my girls to do so. Which leads me to…
    2. I have 3 little girls (4, 2 and 4 months). They love skirts. I want them to learn (as I did), that they can do anything in a skirt as long as you keep your skivy’s covered! Which leads me to…
    3. I live in Saudi Arabia. I run on our compound where there is a great mix of cultures. I find a running skirt is less offensive to some of the more conservative cultures than shorts. I’m sure they would prefer I wear pants but it has been over 100F at 5am since May. Which takes me back to…
    I love running skirts!

  306. August 4, 2010 11:20 pm

    I just started running! Completed my first Tri two weekends ago! I wish I wore a skirt! Would have made me feel even more fantastic than I already did! Would I wear a skirt…heck yeah!!!

    Namaste!

  307. GottaRun26.2 permalink
    August 5, 2010 12:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE running skirts! They are fun, flirty, and sets women apart from the men! My favorite are the Nike running skirts which are comfortable and look great. Being comfortable and feeling good make a difference in running performance. I ran my best marathon time in a Nike runing skirt. Love all the extra hidden pockets too.

  308. Paula permalink
    August 5, 2010 2:29 am

    I have yet to buy a skirt. I’ve already tried one on but I didn’t find it flattering. But I promised to buy one as a reward after my first 10k in October.

  309. Susan A permalink
    August 5, 2010 6:27 am

    Would love to try a skirt! I’m rediscovering running (slowly but surely) and a cute skirt would be a great pick-me-up!

  310. Shelley MM permalink
    August 5, 2010 6:40 am

    I love the running skirts, but only have one. So most of the time I run in shorts. Would love to add another running skirt to my workout attire!

  311. Bethany permalink
    August 5, 2010 6:44 am

    Personally, I do not own any running skirts, but its on my list of things I want to try. It looks very appealing! I’m always self conscious of my butt when I run, so a skirt would be perfect for me. My only requirement would be that it has spandex shorts underneath, as I tend to get the chub-rub (I mean, honestly, you’d have to have about -4% body fat to NOT have chub-rub), and there’s nothing more irritating (both physically and mentally) than shorts that ride up between my thighs.

  312. Kathy A permalink
    August 5, 2010 6:57 am

    I wear skirts all the time, but I have yet to purchase one for running. I want one tho!

  313. nora permalink
    August 5, 2010 6:58 am

    I’d love to try a skirt, but my budget is tight so I haven’t tried one yet. But I’m open!

  314. laura mayfield permalink
    August 5, 2010 7:10 am

    I was not a running skirt girl. In fact, I had seen some articles on Runner’s World about the uprising of the running skirt and thought to myself that I was just to “serious” about running to flit around in a skirt (HA!). I thought it would make me seem like I wasn’t serious. I thought if I showed up at a race with a little skirt on….well, I might be mistaken for a “girl”. After all, these women out there are serious. Serious about what they eat, drink, how they train, and most of all what they put on there body for a race.

    Then Valentines Day came— my sweet, amazing husband knew that I was not the kind of girl that would like $100 roses delivered to my job. No, I am a practical girl. So, he went to my favorite store and the sales girl told him about the “newest fad in running apparel”. Home he came with a little black running skirt and a matching top and sports bra. I won’t lie to you, reading stranger, but I did to my precious husband. “Oh, I love it….It’s to cute and thoughtful…..I’m just not sure about the size……oh, you’re are right…..you smart man…..it’s the same size as my other shorts from that shop…….what? run tonight in it? oh….well……hum….”

    I decided to give the skirt a try, then the magic happened, and I fell in LOVE. It was so breezy and cool. It stayed in place and swayed just ever so slightly, making me feel like the girl that wore a dress to P.E. and the coach made her play in it anyway. It was so liberating. Nothing bunched, pinched or stuck out. It was like wearing yoga shorts, or better yet, just my underwear, but without the fear of people stopping and staring. There was no pointing or laughing—it was amazing.

    I started training exclusively in running skirts, and therefore on the morning of a race didn’t think twice about running in my skirt. However, when I showed up at the race, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I could just see the other women staring at me, sizing up the competition. based on my clothing choice they were planning on eating me up in the first mile….or at least that is what I perceived. How wrong we both were. I placed beautifully, and now my mantra stands, “beware of the skirt!”

  315. August 5, 2010 7:14 am

    I want a skirt but don’t have one. I think they are functional and girlie – the best of both worlds.

  316. August 5, 2010 7:22 am

    I love my skirts. Am still looking for the perfect-fit skirt to wear during the Philly Marathon in November.

  317. Kathy permalink
    August 5, 2010 7:58 am

    I have wanted to try one for a while, but I need a XXL (hard to find in most running stores), and I am wary of buying one online, because I’m not sure I would wear it.

    I dont’ mind wearing spandex (for running ONLY) shorts, but somehow a skirt the same length seems more revealing….

    I LOVE how they look on the girls I run with though.

  318. Jen B permalink
    August 5, 2010 8:22 am

    Haven’t tried one yet. But they look really cute. I have just gathered the courage to start wearing shorts again after 2 babies. Maybe the skirt will be next?!

  319. August 5, 2010 8:24 am

    Never tried one. Bought one in the wrong size, gave it away. I must admit, I’m terribly curious and drawn to them, even though I’m not a skirt girl in everyday life.

  320. Pam permalink
    August 5, 2010 8:25 am

    I recently bought a skirt, but haven’t worn it yet. I must be waiting for that perfect “fashion statement” run! LOL! I do love how it looks! Hmmm, maybe today. . . . .

  321. Tyler Black permalink
    August 5, 2010 9:01 am

    I haven’t tried a skirt…something about it is intimidating. I feel like I need to have perfect runner legs in order to wear one…like I have to earn the right to wear the skirt so people know I mean business and not just trying to look cute.

  322. Rachel permalink
    August 5, 2010 10:15 am

    I have 2 running skirts which I LOVE to wear out and about (as a mom to 3 young kids I love how cute the skirts are, but the built in shorts allows me to sit on the floor and play!) I haven’t found one that works for me to run in yet b/c the nice ones are kind of expensive (my favorite one to kick around in is from Target, and it simultaneously falls down at the waist and rides up in the shorts when I try to run in it). I’d sure like to try a “nice” one that I could actually run in!

  323. August 5, 2010 12:47 pm

    if I had unlimited funds, I would have a gajillion skirts. I LOVE running in the one I do have!

  324. Stacy permalink
    August 5, 2010 12:48 pm

    I have not tried one yet, but i’m willing to try! I hate the crotch bulge and the constant pulling down that has to be done. Skirts are cute!

  325. Jill S. permalink
    August 5, 2010 12:57 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Skirt Sports running skirt. It’s fun, feminine, and comfy. I have two other off-brand running skirts that I wear occasionally, but the SS one doesn’t ride up like the other two. I’d rather do laundry several times a week than go back to running in shorts.

  326. Tasha permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:07 pm

    I love running skirts! I am a hippy chick and most shorts that I have tried on has always been uncomfortable in the hips. I bought a running skirt on clearance to try it out and fell in love!! Give me a good running skirt over shorts anytime!

  327. Sally permalink
    August 5, 2010 2:03 pm

    I think they are super cute, but I wouldn’t wear one… I don’t see almost anyone wearing them in my area, and I don’t like to stick out – I’m a big t-shirt, black long shorts kind of gal.

  328. August 5, 2010 3:16 pm

    I haven’t tried a skirt yet, but would like to. Hasn’t been in the budget yet.

  329. Suprchica permalink
    August 5, 2010 3:48 pm

    I’ve been running in a skirt for the last 5-6yrs. and I love it. My skirt is a wrap-around from Terrybicyles.com and I wear it with any kind of lycra or compression shorts I want. Oh the freedom! I haven’t tried any “official” running skorts so, if I win I’ll be able to try and compare.

  330. Tammy Zack permalink
    August 5, 2010 3:52 pm

    Love running skirts! Make me feel girly and free when I am running. They don’t ride up and I hardley have to adjust them. They look good and I can wear it for errands if I need to after a race or a run! LOVE them!

  331. August 5, 2010 4:38 pm

    I love my running skirt! I feel strong and sexy in it! I have one from Atalanta, which has now closed for business. I just got a NB one, but the undershorts ride up (boo!). I have never actually run a race in it, but the Women’s Half Marathon in Nashville will be my Atalanta skirt race debut!

  332. August 5, 2010 5:01 pm

    I hope to love my running skirt πŸ™‚ I’ll get one this Thursday for the skirtchaser run. I wanted to buy one but thought I’d better try one first and since I knew I was getting it I postponed! So far I don’t love running in shorts though

  333. August 5, 2010 5:30 pm

    I don’t have a running skirt. Yet. I keep reading about them and totally want one. Yesterday I was browsing the NB site checking them out. My thoughts on the subject…. just because you are a runner or play sports…you can still look like a girl doing it!

  334. Alison H. permalink
    August 5, 2010 5:33 pm

    I have one skirt. Fortunately it is a basic black one that looks cute with all of my tops, so at least I can mix it up a little. Before I started running, I NEVER wore short skirts — my thighs just did not warrant it. Now that I’m a little more toned, I would love to wear a running skirt on all my runs and a mini-skirt when I’m not running. πŸ™‚ Funny thing, though, my husband thinks my running shorts are MUCH sexier. What’s up with that?

  335. Shannon permalink
    August 5, 2010 6:30 pm

    Currently I’m wearing capris even on the most humid days. Looking forward to the day that I will feel comfortable again wearing shorts or even a skirt!

  336. Carla permalink
    August 5, 2010 7:16 pm

    I purchased my first running skirt last weekend when I stopped at a lululemon store on the way home from vacation. I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet but I felt pretty good wearing it in the store!

  337. August 5, 2010 8:31 pm

    Oh yeah, I’m a skirt addict

  338. Heidi Koehler Carlsen permalink
    August 5, 2010 8:49 pm

    The compression shorts are great under the skirt and comfortable! I would to add one to my running attire! Thanks RLAM πŸ™‚

  339. Megan permalink
    August 5, 2010 9:27 pm

    I’ve never run in a skirt. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about them. It seems like something for a woman who is more well established in life than I am. For the runner mom who has it all together.

  340. Trish permalink
    August 5, 2010 10:15 pm

    Recently got a running skirt, very comfy and cute but I don’t run it. I wear it as casual weekend gear instead of my usual soccer shorts. For running nothing beats my compression shorts. No rubbing, no riding up, no fuss.

  341. Mikia permalink
    August 5, 2010 10:31 pm

    I had never heard of running skirts 2 months ago. 2nd of September I’m going to run a 5k race. In march I couldn’t run longer than 200 m at a time. I was devastated. One reason was my poor muscles after two births. When I heard about the skirts I went and bought one. I live it. It makes me remember I do this for myself. Here in Sweden I haven’t seen another skirt yet. Now I run 25 min straight and I have no problems at all. To me the skirt is the icing on a cake that’s just for me.

  342. Shannon permalink
    August 6, 2010 7:08 am

    I love running in skirts! It feels like they cover the bum a little better than just a pair of shorts. And they play up my best feature – my legs. I started running in a tennis skirt 5 years ago,and have since added a few running skirts to my kit. However, I’ve lost some weight and now my skirts droop a bit, but I honestly just safety pin the waist and keep wearing them. Skirts rule! πŸ™‚

  343. August 6, 2010 7:32 pm

    Just got my first skirt about a month or 2 ago and I can’t wait until the budget allows me to buy MORE!

  344. Jennifer permalink
    August 7, 2010 11:17 pm

    I love running skirts, but not for running. I think they’re fun to wear around, but I don’t find them comfortable while running. Honestly….I’ve never had a good skirt (just a cheapie), so I could easily be converted.

  345. Brandie permalink
    August 9, 2010 9:20 am

    I LOVE RUNNING SKIRTS!!! I will not be seen running in anything else.

  346. August 16, 2010 6:45 pm

    I’ve been working on a new site, fitpy.com, that helps you compare fitness gear and prices across multiple online stores. Under women’s apparel in the Running category, there is a selection for running skirts. There are pages of them appearing from eBay!

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