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Have you ever traveled for a race or need an extra suitcase for the mountains of running gear you brought to continue your training during a vacation?

That’s the theme of this week’s Tuesdays on the Run, hosted by MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice to encourage runners to connect and find new runner bloggers.

We camp a lot and we’ve taken a couple of nice trips — including a cruise and a visit to Tucson, Ariz. — since I started running, so I’ve learned a few things about what to bring. Here are my favorites:

  1. Be flat.  Just because I’ve forgotten to pack key things like my running shoes or favorite socks before (face palm!), I now always lay out all of my clothes and gear the night before. I’m talking about everything I’m going to need on race day or on a long run — from my head to my toes. I’m talking about fuel. Water bottles. Hair ties. Bra. Top and bottoms. Jacket(s). Water belt and all of the things I carry with me because I just can’t live without any of it. Take a picture and share with some friends who are experienced runners. They will point out things you may not have thought about (Body Glide comes to mind) before it’s too late.
  2. Double duty. My favorite tip is to pack things for your trip that you can wear for both sight-seeing and running. I’m looking at you Skirt Sports! I already wear my Skirt Sports gear during the weekend and while camping. They have gear you can wear for all types of weather, including tops, running bras and bottoms (from shorts to running skirts to capris and long pants). Since I’m going to stink it up while running anyway, I just wear the same clothes the next day for my run. IMG_4685 (1)
    Skirt on the Glory And even though I have to undo and re-tie my laces (thanks TSA!), I wear my running shoes to travel in because they’re so bulky.
  3. Wash and wear. Tech fabrics are easy to hand wash in the sink and hang to dry. There’s something magical about them that causes them to be dry by the next day if you wring them out really well and hang them on a clothes hanger so that the fabric doesn’t touch. I turn my Skirt Sports bottoms up-side-down and clip the shorts underneath with skirt hangers to make the process go quicker.
  4. Go commando. Most running bottoms have some sort of a built-in panty or brief. No sense in getting more clothes dirty. Be free while running.
  5. Roll it up. Tech fabrics barely wrinkle so they’re also prime for rolling up in your suitcase or bag. That way, they take up a whole lot less room. I also roll my socks and hair bands and stick them in my shoes or jacket pockets.
  6. SmartWool socks. If you’re not already wearing them, buy them. Now. They are super comfortable, no matter the temperature, and they will not stink. I wear them multiple times, air them out and wear them again.

Ever since I started doing all of these things, I’ve been able to save some room in my bags and know that I will arrive at my destination with everything I need. There’s a lot to be said for planning and for being creative so that you remove one more thing from the things to stress about before your run.

Do you have any tips for packing for a destination? Have you ever forgotten anything when you packed?

Disclosure: I am a Skirt Sports embassador captain. That means I get a generous discount and gear to wear test. That all said, all opinions are my own.

Got to enjoy the Carnival Glory all of last week, with stops in St. Marteen, my motherland of Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. It was a blast.

I won’t bore you with tons of pictures of me snorkeling, eating Chocolate Melting Cake or sitting pool-side, but I will tell you that I got to run three times on the ship’s track for about 45 minutes each time. It was, well, glorious.

Between those runs and today’s run on the Michigan State University campus where it was a perfect 60 degrees, I can finally share my thoughts on the three Skirt Sports running skirts I’ve tried so far. Remember that I bought some gear myself and will note whenever the company gives me items to review/test. This is where I tell you that although they may give me the gear, all thoughts are my own.

Ready for those deep, meaningful thoughts?

Happy Girl

My favorite skirt so far is the  Happy Girl, mostly because the semi-compression shorts underneath did not move an inch. Those suckers stayed put, no matter what.

I like that the skirt is long enough that I don’t have to adjust it at all, even when I am wearing my fanny pack high-tech hydration belt. It does still feel a bit long, but I’ll take it because the skirt fits perfectly.Happy Girl skirt

This will be my go-to skirt for my longer runs because it also has big pockets and the shorts are long enough that there was absolutely no chaffing. I ran with it on the ship when it was five-gazillion degrees and I didn’t notice any significant difference in my comfort, compared to the shorter skirt.

I’m glad I got it in black because I know I’ll be wearing it a lot.

What’s not to like?

Gym Girl Ultra

This was the first freebie item from Girl Sports and I absolutely love the look and the feel of the fabric. The Gym Girl is the company’s most-popular skirt and I can see why.Free Spirit Gym Girl Ultra home Free Spirit Gym Ultra

I ordered the Free Spirit print in the jewel-tone green, which has a silky feel and a soft sheen. The skirt has slits on the sides, which means that the shorts show quite a bit as you walk/run (not a problem for me).

This skirt is flattering. Like all of the items I’ve ordered so far, I ordered this in medium and it fits just right. I’m glad I didn’t order this in a small. (Here’s where I show how deeply I love you guys: I typically wear a size 5/6 in regular clothes and weigh between 130 and 135 lbs.)

The shorts did ride up when I got in and out of my car, but that was the only time I had to readjust them. The skirt, however, just would not stay put when I wore my belt and I had to keep pulling both the front and back panels down.

I will definitely wear this style again, but probably only on shorter runs when I don’t wear my belt. They do make it in lots of fabrics, so I’ll be revisiting this beauty.

Running Skirt with Shorties

I also really liked the Running Skirt with Shorties because it was comfortable and cool. The shorties did not move at all; there was no re-adjusting.

I especially liked the red over black combination and that the fabric is so light-weight.

Only thing I didn’t like was the length. Again, it fits just right and looks very flattering, especially with the matching Reversible Flight Tank Top.  But I just don’t know if chaffing will be an issue with longer runs in the summer heat; I would definitely use Body Glide or something similar with this skirt for a longer run, just in case.

A side note on the tank top: It’s ridiculously comfortable and — bonus! — is reversible, so I’ve worn it several times already. More on this and other Skirt Sports tops later on.Skirt on the Glory

Overall, I’ve most-definitely converted to skirt. I like the more-flattering look than just wearing capris and the comfort of not having to worry about lots of pulling and adjusting like with traditional running shorts.

Remember that if you want to order regular-priced items, you can use the SSLCR20 code for 20 percent off.

Happy running!

What’s your favorite new item of running gear? How much running will you do this week? Just how nice is the weather where you are?

 

If you’re like me and like to get a great deal on running gear either for your self or as gifts, here are a couple of options:

Skirt Sports (affiliate link): Why wait til Friday to shop? My favorite running gear is on sale for up to 70 percent off now with — bonus! — free shipping with your $40 or more order. I already ordered my favorite running skirt, the Happy Girl, in yet another pattern; this time in the very colorful Tantrum because it matches just about any of my race-shirts. I should note that it’s Skirt Sports’ longest skirt and has two pockets in the built-in shorties plus a zippered pocket on the back. I specifically bought this skirt to wear on our spring break cruise because I can wear it to go sight-seeing without having to bring a purse, then wear it on a run before I have to wash it.

The Happy Girl won’t be the only Skirt Sports gear I’ll bring on that trip. It’s the perfect double-duty option to save room when packing for a trip. Rolled up, it doesn’t take much room in my suitcase, it won’t wrinkle and I can hand-wash it and hang it up to dry to wear again. Consider Skirt Sports gear for your next vacation, or buy some for a loved one who likes to travel.

If you fall in love with something on the Skirt Sports site at full price, you can use my LCR20 discount code for 20 percent off. The Toasty Tights, for example, are on my short list for when I get some birthday or Christmas money to shop with. They have panels to prevent your thighs and butt-cheeks to keep you from getting frozen. These, too, have built-in pockets.

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Skirt Sports Toasty Tights.

Road IDI’m not affiliated with this company, but I would love to partner with them. I certainly talk about them a lot on my blog and with my friends because I don’t think any runner, biker or swimmer should ever leave home without wearing a Road ID.

Road ID already has an offer this week where you can get half off a Road ID with the purchase of one at full price, plus free shipping. I started out wearing their cheapest band, the Wrist ID Slim, and loved it, but took advantage of a sale and got the Wrist ID Elite because it can be adjusted, plus has a clip that lets me take it on and off much more easily.

My Road ID in black with the 26.2 badge.

My Road ID in black with the 26.2 charm.

And remember that you can get other ideas for gifts for your friends and family from last week’s Tuesdays on the Run link-up. As I do most weeks, I’m once again linking up with hosts MCM Mama RunsMy No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice. I can’t wait to see what deals the other runner bloggers share.

Happy shopping!

What are your best Black Friday deals? What’s on your short list of things you’d like to get for yourself or as gifts?

Runners, they lie

by lachicaruns on

Running’s perfect, they said. All you need is sneakers and the road, they said. You can do it anytime, anywhere, they insisted. You can just run a couple of miles. That’s all.

Hogwash.

First, it was the $100 Brooks Ghost running shoes. Comfortable, sturdy workhorse. OK, now I’m all set. Thanks, Playmakers.

Darn, forgot a sports bra. Ooh. Runner’s World magazine rates Moving Comfort the best. I’ll take one of those.

Some of the gear I brought on vacation.

And I don’t know what I’m doing, so I need an app for that. Enter Couch to 5K. Definitely worth it.

Oh, but my headphones pop out all the time and I can’t run without my Pandora. YurBuds save the day. That’s it.

It’s hot and I sweat too much. I need wicking fabrics. Target, here I come. Running Warehouse, send me another pair of running shorts. Marshall’s, thanks for carrying name-brand gear cheap.

It’s sunny, so back to Target for Ironman sunglasses. They don’t slip off. Love ’em. No more.

My hamstrings are tight. Target sells foam rollers? Throw one in the cart.

Finished my goal 5K, so why not sign up for another one (or five)?

It’s now winter, I’m cold and it’s dark when I run. I need high-visibility gear that won’t let me freeze, but I don’t want to drive in this weather. Running Warehouse has free shipping, you say? Nike hyper warm jacket and tights made it in record time.

Now it’s spring. Back to hot and sweaty. Need some water for the road. Thanks, gear swap event with runner friends. Got a Nathan’s belt with two water bottles and pockets — for free. Score!

You’ve done 5K, you can certainly do 10K and run a marathon relay. Um, yeah. Why not?

Did that already and didn’t die? Pfft, then you can do a half easy. You’ve got more than three months to train.

Running more miles. Need to fuel. What do you mean I can eat candy on my run? How many packets of Sport Beans can this belt hold?

Training for my first half marathon, so I need some experienced runners to help me get through the long runs. Join a running club and get a team tech shirt and two discount coupons? Sure, where do I sign?

Playmakers has a huge sale and the running watch with GPS is on sale? Pass. I gotta buy my daughter’s Brooks Adrenaline so she can start running two-a-days with her high school cross country team. Because it’s going to be a lot of fun — in August. Scout’s honor.