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 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.
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?