Look, ma, no wedgie! (a.k.a. Skirt love)

by lachicaruns on

La chica is what one would have called a “tomboy” growing up. At least for a Puerto Rican.

So the idea of running in a skirt was laughable … until it wasn’t. My running friend Brandess had been singing the praises of the Skirt Sports gear. And she, unlike me, always looks put together when I see her out on the trails.

I’m talking so put together that she could go have just come from running errands, not running a 20-miler. I, on the other hand, look like I’ve run an ultramarathon over a three-day weekend, even when all I’ve run is three miles.

And, she promised, the shorts under these skirts don’t shift around. OK, this I’ve got to see. So I finally ordered my very first Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirt in black. I’ve had it for weeks, but it’s been too cold in the Michigan tundra to take it for a spin. That is, until today (cue overly dramatic music).

The afternoon sky was blue with a few fluffy white clouds, but a strong wind. The temperature hovered around 50 degrees by the time I got out to the Michigan State University campus.Red Cedar Spartan Stadium

The skirt and the 7-inch built-in semi-compression shorties (think running tights) felt snug but not tight. The skirt fabric flows and moves easily; I thought I might find it annoying as it moved, but I didn’t even notice it there.

Bonus: You can go commando because of the way the shorties are structured. Translation: No wedgie! Ta-da! Plus, the skirt covers you enough that wearing the Happy Girl feels modest, but not, well, old.

I like the length of the shorties, too, as I suspect they’ll help avoid thigh-chafing issues in the much-longer and much-hotter summer runs as I train for my second half marathon, now that I have a better idea of what to expect.

Huge love, too, for two generously sized pockets built into the shorties, plus a zippered pocket in the back that could easily fit keys and a driver’s license. I like to bring a lot of luggage highly necessary things like an external charger for my iPhone, which inevitably dies on me leaving me Marc Anthony-less.

My previous running skirt experience was quite the dud, which might explain why it took me so long to trust Brandess on this one. Sorry, my friend. I won’t doubt you again!

I should note that I bought this skirt before I was chosen as a Skirt Sports ambassador and that all opinions are my own. Also, I’ve since ordered additional items on my own dime so I don’t look like a wreck when I run on an upcoming vacation.

And because I have no friends…or no friends who can run immediately after work on Mondays and Wednesdays, I had my favorite 15-year-old shoot some pictures of me in my falda when we got home later.

Happy Girl skirtSee my smile? I like it, I really like it!

So, will you convert to skirt?

What’s your favorite of running gear you initially thought would be a dud? Do you look like a fresh flower or a Tasmanian devil after your runs?


Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.

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