We have a winner!

by lachicaruns on

The winner of the Skirt Sports Tough Girl giveaway is: Anita Milner, picked at random using the Rafflecopter tool. She’ll get a code to redeem the Tough Girl of her choice at

Thanks for playing, everyone.

My Tough Girl has certainly gotten a lot of use recently as I’ve been wearing it, washing it, hanging it up to air dry and wearing it again the next day. Even so, it still looks brand new.

tough girl skirt

My “other” mom (the wonderful Cheryl in Texas) sent me birthday money, so I got a second winter-weight skirt. This time, it was the Ice Queen, which isn’t currently available on their website.

The material is thicker and stiffer than the Tough Girl, as it’s meant to be worn through even colder, wetter weather. They do have the Ice Queen Ultra jacket and it currently has a huge discount. I’ve asked for Santa for that one and I’ve been a very good girl.

I bought the Ice Queen skirt in small, although I typically wear a medium and it fit a little tighter than I’m used to but was still very comfortable. I’ve only worn it once, on a 30-degree day and the thing kept me very, very warm. I think this is going to be my go-to piece for those days when the temperatures are in the teens and 20s, with the Tough Girl for slightly warmer runs.

I hope you had fun dreaming about winning your own Tough Girl. If you want to get your own, you can use my 20 percent off code: SSLCR20.

Happy running and I hope to see you again.

How’s your winter running going? What are your goals for your winter running? What’s on your wish list this year?

As much as I’ve loved the previous Skirt Sports skirts I’ve tried, my current favorite is the Tough Girl and I’m fortunate to get to give one away, so make sure to enter as many times as you want before the giveaway ends at midnight on my birthday, Dec. 8, 2015. I’ll announce the winner on Dec. 9.

This is where I tell you that as a Skirt Sports ambassador captain I get gear to try and a generous discount. That said, all opinions are my own.

Why the Tough Girl?

tough girl skirt

I got the Tough Girl in early fall and pulled it out as soon as the temperatures dipped into the 40s in the Michigan tundra. I was not disappointed then nor more-recently when I’ve run in the 20s with a brisk wind.

Like its shorter cousins, the Tough Girl fits great. I am not-quite 5-foot-6 and weigh about 130 lbs. The medium is a hair too big, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall off. It’s also a bit long, but doesn’t touch the ground when I wear running shoes. Good news: it also comes in short and long lengths as well as in sizes from XS to XXL.

The fabric is substantial but not so thick that it feels heavy. The skirt is just the right length to cover your, ahem, assets and the built-in pants have two pockets that easily fit my iPhone, even with my Otterbox cover.

tough girl pocket

I’ve loved this skirt so much that I have been washing it, hanging it to air dry and wearing it again the next day. (I’ve asked Santa for another winter-weight skirt so I’ll have one to wear and one to wash.)

The Tough Girl retails for $95 and the quality shows. This has been my go-to skirt and has held up beautifully despite all of the use (including trail runs every Sunday) and repeated machine washing.

As with a lot of the Skirt Sports gear, I really wish the company would add more reflective features, especially since it’s weight and length call for it to be worn in the fall and winter when the days are so much shorter. Other than that, it’s definitely a winter must-have.

How do I get my hands on a Tough Girl?

You can enter the giveaway, of course. Or use my 20 percent off code to buy your own: SSLCR20.

What are the rules?

You can enter daily. By participating, you are agreeing to share your email with me as well as with Skirt Sports. You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to claim your prize.

I will pick one winner at random using the tool Rafflecopter, which gives you options of steps you can take to earn entries such as commenting on my blog or following me on Twitter.

The winner will get a code to use online to register for the race and get all the goodies that come with registration. Can’t wait to see who wins!

What’s your favorite winter running item? Have you entered to win the Tough Girl skirt?

The winner of the Hot Chocolate 15K race entry is Taylor Nichols of Chicago!  (Cue the confetti and balloons!)

Taylor tells me she had promised a friend she’d run the race with her so the news came as a pleasant surprise. A runner since graduating from Michigan State University, she fell in love with both the riverfront trails in Chicago and the half marathon distance specifically.

Hot Chocolate 15K will be her first race after a groin injury that prevented her from training for the Chicago chocolate

“Hot Chocolate will be my first race back and I couldn’t be more excited,” she wrote. “I’m just hoping it is a little warmer than last year. ”

Tapering tips

Shudder. Tapering can be a difficult transition for a lot of us as we switch from running four our five times each week to significantly reduced mileage. Some of us get a little cranky and may not know what to do with our time.

Some of us spend a lot more time baking things like banana bread, can’t-leave-alone bars and chocolate chip cookies.

This Competitor Running article gives more technical advice to tackle the taper.

The week after your race

No one told me that the week after a race would be just as — or even harder than — the taper. Because I look out for you, here’s a nice Women’s Running piece on what to expect and how to deal.

And here are my tips, just in case you need additional help (and who wouldn’t?).

Forced tapering (a.k.a. injury)

If you want to avoid getting forced to significantly reduce or stop running altogether due to injury, check out this great resource from Strength Running, which lists gobs of information.

Have you ever won a giveaway? What’s your favorite race distance? What’s worse, tapering or the week after a race?


I knew I had you at chocolate, but stay with me for a little longer and I’ll tell you how you can get some.

The folks at the Hot Chocolate 15K are sponsoring a free race entry for one lucky La Chica Run winner. That could very well be you!

Why should you enter? Let me count the ways. How about 15 of them?

  1. Um, there’s chocolate!
  2. There are races all over the country.
  3. You’ll be one of a quarter million people who have run the race.
  4. It’s not called America’s sweetest race for nothing.
  5. You can run a 15K (9.3 miles) or a 5K (3.1 miles).
  6. Their goody bag is notoriously, well, good.
  7. There’s a race expo before the event.
  8. There’s a post-race party with music and a kid zone (bounce house, anyone?).
  9. Finisher’s mugs with hot chocolate mug
  10. Age-group awards for those much speedier than this chica.
  11. Chocolate fondue.
  12. Dippable treats include bananas, marshmallows, rice krispie treats, cookies and mini pretzels.
  13. A drawstring bag.
  14. Fleece-lined zip-up chocolate hoodies
  15. A city-specific finisher’s medal shaped like — you guessed it — chocolate.

So, what are you waiting for? Enter away!

DISCLOSURE: I won a free race entry during a recent #RunChat but am not able to participate, so the good folks with Hot Chocolate 15K are allowing me to give it to one of my readers. I will receive some race swag instead and am not receiving any additional compensation for promoting the race and this contest. Good luck!