John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." NIV

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Do you skirt?

I skirt. I skirt on days where the temps are 50+. I skirt on days that are under 50 too, just pull a pair of tights on first. I enjoy skirting too. Why do I skirt?

I like the motto that: "It isn't how fast you run, but how good you look doing it!" With that being true, I also started skirting for other reasons. In the beginning it was because I wanted to cover my... well, large bum that was squished into spandex. As I lost weight, it just felt right to wear skirts.

As I mentioned before, when I skirt, I get stares, honks, smiles, glares, double takes, and even comments (some good, some bad). I have been called: Skirt girl, Skirt babe, Skirt-tard (yeah for another day), and Skirt Flirt.

Bob jokes sometimes that he is going to chase my skirt, which I take as a compliment... a new term for getting "chicked" at a race? TriGuru isn't really a fan, but I think it is because I am all matchy-matchy, not necessarily because I am wearing a skirt.

While some people say that skirters may not take their running seriously, I scoff at them. I know a LOT of FAST runners that prefer skirts. Reasons differ, but really it should not matter. Why do some runners prefer spandex and others prefer shorts? Why do some runners (ME) take time to actually pick out an outfit to run in that matches while others just grab whatever comes out of their drawer first? Does it make either of them a better runner or that they take the sport more serious?

I have had some luck while skirting too. Remember that New Years Day 5k where I met Candida? We had matching skirts... and instantly starting talking. It was nice. On the Turkey Trot, I had spectactors yell, "Nice Skirt" and it made me smile. Skirting has not exactly made its way to my area yet.

I started running in Nike skirts, then moves to a irunlikeagirl skirt (wore during MCM), and now I prefer runningskirts.com.

And since I love to skirt, I want to share the love and offer a giveaway for this skirt (NEW size 3 wms size 8). You can go to runningskirts.com to check out the specs, but I LOVE their skirts.

To enter the giveaway, you must:

1. Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment so I know you what in.

2. If you already skirt, tell me a story about your skirt wearing experience.  If you do not already skirt, tell me why you want to start to skirt.

Extra entries: for blogging about the giveaway, tweeting, Facebooking... etc. Leave a separate comment for each.

Winner will be announced on March 26th (after I finish the National Half Marathon). All entries need to be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 25th.

171 comments:

ajh said...

I am a follower.

kimert said...

This is a great giveaway...perhaps if I meet my weight loss goal (soon) I can fit that thing! LOL

I FOLLOW!

Terri said...

I am a follower!

Terri said...

I wore a skirt for the Outer Banks Half Marathon and got nothing but compliments. Love, love, love my skirt!

Terri said...

I'm adding you to my blog giveaway section!

Richelle said...

I follow.

Richelle said...

I've never worn a running skirt before, but I'd like to give it a try. :)

Dee said...

Follower!

The Unexpected Runner said...

I accidentally bought a skirt off a clearance rack thinking it was a pair of shorts & boy, it was one of the best mistakes I've ever made! Love it! It's my favorite piece of running gear now! No plaid available in my small town though...ypor plaid rocks!

Dee said...

I skirt. I've been skirting since before skirting was popular. I started skirting (wearing a tennis skirt with spankies underneath) when I was in high school because my old fashioned nana didn't think it was appropriate for young ladies to be running around in shorts.

Dee said...

I added your giveaway to my blog sidebar

Dee said...

I tweeted this giveaway (deeFSU)

Molly said...

wha wha whaaat?? Great giveaway! you know that I'm a follower : )

Molly said...

I have a camo/purple running skirt, which I started wearing at the beginning of last summer's racing season. By my September Marathon, it was falling down and I had to keep hiking it back into place. I love that thing : )

Molly said...

I'm going to tweet this giveawat...and this is weird, between the few seconds that I left my first two comments, to this comment, your blog layout changed!!!!

:)

Kirstie said...

I am a follower.

Kirstie said...

I am a skirter and skirt any chance I can! I just ran my first marathon two weeks ago in a skirt and I loved it! My fav skirt moment is when I finished my first 50k in a skirt!

julie said...

I am a follower!

julie said...

I have one running skirt. It is fun to wear when I am running or just working out. A couple weeks ago I wore it to play a game of basketball.

rachelanna said...

i would love to try out a skirt. one of my favorite parts of racing is dressing up be it a full costume or just rocking some crazy socks. skirts could be lots of fun.

Karen said...

I am a follower.

Karen said...

I wear skirts most of the time when it's warm enough. When I race, I wear either a skirt or tights. I've never gotten any negative feedback on my skirts, but I have gotten a few compliments on outfits. Like you, I always plan ahead and color coordinate, even if I'm running alone in the dark or on the treadmill. At a 5K in February, I wore a running skirt with pink compression socks, and at one point I heard a guy behind me say something about passing the girl with the pink socks. He never did pass me, but he came up to me after the race and commented on how he spent the race trying to catch me.

Catrina said...

Following!

Catrina said...

I do not currently skirt, but would love to. I love wearing skirts while not running, so why not while running! and March 26th is my wedding anniversary.

BigHappyFamily said...

I am a follower!

BigHappyFamily said...

I feel like I want to skirt, because darn it, I put in enough miles and I would like to look snazzy doing it.

Rene' said...

i follow you!

Rene' said...

You know that I skirt for every run, rain, sleet, snow etc...My best story is at my Feb half my "skirt sisters" went ahead of me because of some injury problems and I started talking to a girl next to me. She then looked at me and said "I know you..." of course I am like...."YOu do?" she started laughing and said, "you were part of the skirt team at Manchester, we talked about the outfit for the rest of the day. Loved it." Did you pick a skirt for Saturday?

Pam said...

I follow

Pam said...

I've never skirted and actually never been a fan of the skirt. But I'm all about some free clothes. I'll take what I can get. lol

Lisa said...

i'm a follower

Lisa said...

i have skirted in several brands. my favorites at the moment are my lotta breeze capris and my brooks pr skort. i'd love to try the running skirts capris and their size 3 is the perfect size!

Michelle said...

I'm a follower!

Michelle said...

I wore a skirt (for the first time) on my first marathon in November. I got so many compliments on it - all positive :) Maybe they were all positive because I looked like I was about to die and they felt bad for me... regardless, I love love love running skirts.

Julie said...

I'm a follower!

Julie said...

My husband and I have done exactly ONE run together. It was in Hawaii a few years ago and he was trailing me as the heat had done him in. He asked me why I was trying to be all sexy when I run. I said WHAT? He said my skirt was flipping all the way up in the back with each step and he was getting a great view of my bum.
whoops! Maybe that one was a little TOO short.

Trish said...

I'm a follower and a size 8, so I want in!!!

Trish said...

I LOVE to skirt! I got my first one two years ago. I love them because my upper thighs carry a little excess baggage and having the skirt covers that, and makes my legs look thinner.

Plus the hubby loves the mini skirt look!

Angie said...

I am a follower!

Angie said...

I've always wanted to try out a running skirt, I don't currently have one! I think it would be fun to try one this spring!

Angie said...

posting your giveaway on my blog, http://kansasrunnerblog.blogspot.com

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I follow your blog.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I was too shy to wear a skirt when I first started running, but now that I'm skinnier, I think I can pull it off!

S Club Mama said...

I follow

S Club Mama said...

I have only skirted once with a Team Sparkle traveling skirt for my half last Sept. - I want a skirt! :D so fun to have people specifically yelling for YOU.

R Hacker said...

I'm a new follower :)

R Hacker said...

I don't own a running skirt YET, but I wear skirts ALL THE TIME in every day life. Even all winter with tights :)

I've been looking for a good running skirt, but just haven't found the perfect one that I'm willing to spend the money on yet.

This one's perfect size :)

proudpatriot07 said...

I'm a blog follower and would love to win!

Amy Lauren
proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

proudpatriot07 said...

I have a running skirt and I love it :). I wore it in my 10K on Saturday and PRed, also placed first in my age group. It makes me feel pretty feminine when I'm running :).

Amy Lauren
proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

~K~ said...

Following...would like a chance to try a (free!) skirt! Haven't tried before but they do look cute on all these blog-runners! =) Thanks!

momof3 said...

Dude - My skirt got me through my marathon... "GO GREEN PLAID SKIRT!" was something women called to me all the time.

momof3 said...

I wasn't going to enter the giveaway, since I'm a 2... but you know, I have a friend that would look STELLAR in this skirt. So you know what? Put me in the hat! I'm a FOLLOWER!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

I'm a follower.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

I have a white running skirt that I really loved(d). During a training run for the You Go Girl Half, I was running with some brand new running friends in Browns Point. We ran under a tree, I looked down at my skirt and thought I had scraped my finger and got some blood on the skirt. Um, no...I got pooped on by a bird, in my WHITE skirt. The stains still haven't come completely out.

bhedgpeth said...

Please count me in! I don't have a skirt, but want to give it a try!

christa0329 said...

I am a follower, I have a few skirts, and always get compliments on them. I don't have any as cool as from runningskirt.com.

Kaysi said...

I follow

kaysiscrafts@gmail.com

Kaysi said...

I don't skirt, but would love to :)

kaysiscrafts@gmail.com

Little Miss Runshine said...

I am a follower!

erindegroff said...

I'm a follower!

erindegroff said...

I have been wearing running skirts for 3 years now. I started with basic black, and then discovered runningskirts.com, and have never looked back! I have several of their skirts, and I won't wear anything else. I even wear them to the gym. They feel a lot better than shorts, and I love how they look! I have even converted some of my friends to wear them :) I will never go back to shorts!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I'm a follower!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Um, skirts are my lifeline. I get all confused if I'm running and not wearing one. I'm not really sure what I would do if they were no longer made ...

Thistledew Farm said...

I skirt because I can! Love to skirt - wore one in Outer Banks half marathon and on a killer trail race last weekend. Skirting hasn't hit my area yet either so I get lots of looks, some good. I love that it hides the butt when wearing spandex shorts!

Darlene said...

I am already a follower

Darlene said...

I have one running skirt - I wore it for a 5k where I had a PR and several people complimented me on my skirt (I may have been the only one wearing one - it was Thanksgiving)- I also wore it for my lst & only Half Marathon - both are great memories - I really need another one for my 2nd half in April (for the photos, right?)

Darlene said...

I posted your giveawy on my blog

Darlene said...

I posted it on Fb too.

Finallyfit2011 said...

I am following :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I currently do not skirt, nor do I own any decent workout clothes ha ha! These look super comfy & cute and would sure love one to get this girl's workout wardrobe going!!! :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Posted to my blog!!!!

Run with Jess said...

Oh, just my size!!!
I'm a new follower.

Run with Jess said...

I have a couple skirts... I feel sassy running in them.

Run with Jess said...

I added your giveaway w/link to my giveaways tab on my blog.
www.runwithjess.blogspot.com

Run with Jess said...

I tweeted about you too...

JenniferLeah said...

Follower :)
Duh. winning.
lol...sorry, had to do it....

JenniferLeah said...

I just started skirting at the end of the summer (2010) and like it. It's cute...I have not found one that rocks my long run yet though. I have not tried RUNNINGSKIRTS so maybe they will be "the one"

JenniferLeah said...

linking on my blog at http://milesmusclesmommyhood.blogspot.com

Im doing a RoadID giveaway right now so feel free to stop on over to check it out :)

Noelle said...

I'm a follower :)

Noelle said...

I would love to start wearing a skirt while I run because I think they look so feminine and adorable!

Angela said...

Love wearing running skirts, something to refresh my spirit

My Life and Running said...

Just became a follower of your blog!

My Life and Running said...

I don't skirt, but I am ready to. After this loooooong, cold winter of 800 layers, I need some cuteness on my runs! Good luck at your marathon!

Melissa Cunningham said...

new follower!

Melissa Cunningham said...

never ever ran in a skirt before but want to try it!!!!

KristynG said...

I am now a follower and want in this giveaway!

KristynG said...

I run in a skirt or pants only-no shorts for me. I cant stand shorts that ride up when I run! I only have a couple skirts from Academy and would LOVE a "real" running skirt!

KristynG said...

tweeted your giveaway!
http://twitter.com/KristynKG/status/51278218816274432

erica said...

I follow you!
Good luck at the 1/2 this weekend!

erica_pierce@hotmail.com

erica said...

I dont currently skirt (I dont run like I want to currently either...I'm a fair weather runner!) I would love to try a skirt though..I'm fairly conservative in my clothing (and self consious about my body) so I HATE TIGHTS...I feel like my butt and thighs are just jiggling away back there!---i think a skirt would lessen that feeling---thats why I dont run half the time, I"m too self consious to put on running clothes!

kimert said...

I have not skirted for a race yet because I haven't found the perfect one! I would love to though!!

kimert said...

I follow!

Lyndy said...

Just found your blog on Miles, Muscles and Mommyhood! Can't wait to read more!

Lyndy said...

I subscribed via RSS!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I love that pattern! So cute.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I have three skirts but they are all solid; blue, pink and yellow. My duaghter loves when I wear them and always wants to wear her skirts to soccer practice when she is "running." I do think that I run better when I look good doing it!

Haley said...

I'm a follower

Haley said...

I've never skirted! Since my babies I never really liked my legs, but they're coming along since I started running! I think it's time to start skirting :)

Haley said...

Linked to my blog

Haley said...

tweeted giveaway

@climbrunliftmom

Haley said...

posted giveaway to FB

..:danielle:.. said...

im a follower... good luck in your race!

..:danielle:.. said...

i just sent out a tweet :) (@RTdanielle09)

..:danielle:.. said...

aaaand i would love to wear a cute running skirt for our upcoming reach the beach 200 mile relay! our team name was supposed to be "flirts in skirts" but not everyone had a running skirt.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I'm a follower and I would LOVE to win this skirt!

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I have never worn a running skirt, but I want to! I have started to order from runningskirts several times, but never actually made the purchase. I would love to win this skirt!

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I tweeted this giveaway. @cosmickty

Allison said...

Follower!

Allison said...

I want to skirt bc everyone always looks so cute in them!!! I have ratty old capris that wash nearly every day to run in!!! I need a skirt!!

Samantha said...

I'm a follower

Samantha said...

I've never tried a running skirt, but I'd love to! A way to look cute while exercising? Heck yes.

Sarah J. said...

I'm a follower!

Sarah J. said...

I love running skirts! I, too, love to wear mine when it gets warmer here in the NW. I actually think they're a bit more flattering on some than running shorts.

Sarah AJ said...

I'm a new follower.

Sarah AJ said...

I run exclusively in skirts when it's warm enough. I finally got rid of all my running shorts when I realized I hadn't worn a single pair in over two years!

keyalus said...

I'm a follower.

keyalus said...

I break out the skirts when it gets hot in Atlanta. I can't wear running shorts because they all ride up on me. I love skirts because they hide the thigh creep!

Carrie said...

New follower!!

Carrie said...

I just started running and this would be so cool to wear to my first 5k!!

Carrie said...

tweet tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/carriesymes/status/51378385041096704

Carrie said...

Facebook link!
http://www.facebook.com/CarrieSymes/posts/187592341283967

Carrie said...

Blogged it!
http://simplyfittingintolifeandmyoldjeans.blogspot.com/2011/03/fitness-friday-325.html

Shelly said...

New follower here!

I have only 2 skirts so far. I wore one on my half marathon 2 years ago. They make me feel girly. :)

Shelly said...

Oh, & my blog is toadstadpoles.blogspot.com.

Rebecca T-W said...

Following you!

Rebecca T-W said...

I wear runningskirt.com skirts and love them, there are no shorts I can find that fit as well, stay put, and comfy on the run.

Jen said...

I am a follower

Jen said...

I am not a running skirt wearing yet, I actually have one on the way to me now.

akjenniekt said...

I am a follower :)

Kerrie T. said...

New follower. I NEED that skirt!

Penny said...

I am a new follower

Kerrie T. said...

I love my RunningSkirts! My fave is my pink plaid one. It's a size 4 and I've lost some weight so it's sort of too big. Sad face.

Penny said...

I just got a skirt this winter cant wait to try it out. I have read so many reviews on running in a skirt.

Penny said...

posted giveaway on my blog

pinkhatrunner

Penny said...

shared giveaway on my fb page

Kerrie T. said...

Tweeted! "You have till 11:59 EST to enter to win a Running Skirt here: http://settingufree.blogspot.com/2011/03/do-you-skirt.html #momsrunning"

Kerrie T. said...

And posted to my MvM Facebook page!

Kerrie T. said...

Posted on Mom vs. Marathon!

scrapping4twins said...

I just became a follower and would love to win that skirt!!!!

scrapping4twins said...

I've tried several running skirts and by far my favorite is my "cheetah pool" running skirt one and I feel damn good running in it! I too feel it makes me faster!

scrapping4twins said...

I just "tweeted" about this awesome giveaway:

http://twitter.com/#!/scrapping4twins

scrapping4twins said...

I just "blogged" about this awesome giveaway:

http://scrapping4twins.blogspot.com/2011/03/running-skirt-giveaway.html

Jill said...

Follower...300th follower to be exact. Found you through Kerrie at Mom vs. Marathon on facebook.

Ellen Holley said...

I'm a follower :-)

Blonde Mom Runs said...

I am a follower

Ellen Holley said...

Tweeted with a link :-)

Ellen Holley said...

Facebook has your post too :-)

Blonde Mom Runs said...

I bought a skirt on clearance, out of curiousity. I am not a skirt kinda girl, but thought I'd give it a try. I was amazed at home comfortable it was, and how great it was to not have shorts that bunch up or ride up.

scrapping4twins said...

Just wanted to say "have an awesome run during your half"!

Jill said...

I love to skirt, but skirts are tricky on me since I have some...um big hips! I love to wear them over my spandex so they can cover my bootie.

I love how girly I feel in my skirts and how you don't see a tone of them out their...so it also makes you stand out a bit as a runner.

Ellen Holley said...

And finally....
I skirt!...
I had looked into buying a skirt last summer but they were always out of my price range. Until I found one on a clearance rack. North Face with compression shorts underneath. This skirt is my "go to" garment. I wore it cave tubing in Belize, Zip Lining in Mexico and I wear it at least one day a week when I'm C25K-ing. My local sporting goods store doesn't have any yet, (I just checked last week) but I will be getting another one soon. The one I bought is actually too big now. Since beginning running I have lost inches in all the right places, which makes a skirt all the more appealing to wear. :-)

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

I'm a follower!

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

I tried to skirt once! I bought one, got it home, tried to run in it, and it was way too big. Since I only wore it once, I gave it to a friend of mine and now she skirts! I would love to give the skirt another try!

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

I posted a link on my blog!

Kris said...

I am a new follower.

Kris said...

I first bought a skirt when I started back running after baby #2. My pre baby shorts were too small so I opted for something with a little more coverage. Now I wear them because I like them!

The Mama said...

I skirt because when I started running a year ago, I didn't want anyone to see my shorts going up my booty as my thighs did their thing. I stopped wearing skirts for a while, but have recently noticed that my runs are easier, less "fidgety", and all around more productive when I have on my skirt.

Kris said...

Posted a link on my blog

marie said...

I am a new follower!

marie said...

I only run in skirts. My husband still teases me about looking like I'm going to play tennis rather than looking like someone who's going out for a run.

marie said...

I just posted about your Skirt Giveaway on my Facebook page! :)

Beana said...

I am a follower via Google Friend Connect

Beana said...

I don't skirt yet, although I'd really like to! The only reason I don't yet is that my running clothes budget is about $0!

Beana said...

Tweeted as @Beana619

marie said...

I blogged about your fabulous skirt giveaway! Check it out: http://whysheruns.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-skirt-do-you-skirt-or-want-to-skirt.html

Jill said...

I am a follower.

Jill said...

I'm a runningskirts fan. My first skirt was one with "Run Like A Mother" printed in hot pink on the back. I was part of a 10K running group. My group always gets the best comments when we have these on, and I think it's made me break out of my comfort zone. I wear them to gym, running, even to the store.

Staci said...

I'm a follower

Jennifer said...

I am now a follower...jenw435@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I think it would be fun to run in one. It would make me feel like a hot mama.