|Hiking in my Jette Skirt and Eclipse Tank|
It was actually something pretty random that brought me to Skirt Sports. It was a couple Halloweens ago, I think October 2014. I was running the Monster Dash half marathon in Dallas. Now, Halloween is my favorite holiday, right up there with Christmas, and I like to go all out in celebrating holidays. So, I dress up every year. With this being a Halloween-themed race, I wanted to wear a costume. Since a half marathon is quite a feat of physical endurance, I wanted something warrior themed. And I decided to theme my costume around William Wallace, the warrior Scotsman leader from Braveheart. That meant a plaid kilt, plaid sash, and blue face paint.
As I was about to run 13.1 miles, my costume needed to be comfortable and runner-friendly. I started scouring google for plaid running skirts with built-in capris. At that time, I chafed so much in shorts that I always insisted on wearing capris when I ran (I didn't yet realize Skirt Sport's amazing anti-chafe technology). And, if I could find this skirt with pockets to hold all my on-the-run necessities, all the better. I searched and searched and finally, on a discount clothing website I found a plaid running skirt with built-in capris: Skirt Sport's lotta breeze capri skirt in Abernathy print. Not only was it plaid and with capris, but it was loaded with pockets! I was ecstatic! I ordered the skirt right there and hoped that it would arrive before my race later that week (yes, it took me that long to decide on a costume).
|My first skirt ever: lotta breeze capri in Abernathy|
Or so that's what I thought I would do. My package came in, and I decided to just see what the lotta breeze capri looked like in person. I was impressed. The material was soft and breathable, and it looked even cuter in person. I decided to then just try it on and see how it looked, and once I did that, it felt so comfortable (and looked so good on me) that I thought, "What the heck, let's take it for a test run."
That first run was a five-miler around my dad's house. The capris stayed put and didn't ride up my legs. The pockets and headphone port made it so that I didn't have to wear a bulky armband or carry my keys in my hands! And a bonus surprise, this skirt has a thick waistband which kept my postpartum stomach tucked in and prevented bouncing. I even felt modest with the skirt covering my booty. This led me to purchase another skirt/capri combo for my upcoming race, mostly since the red of the Abernathy print didn't match my shoes as much as I wanted. Yes, yes, I know. I need to feel THAT coordinated. So I bought the jette capri in gotham print. After all, black and gray go with everything.
|At the halfway point of the Big Sur Marathon on the Runner's World Challenge team.|
The jette capri carried me through my first marathon, Big Sur. You can read more about my experience at the Big Sur marathon here. I think that was the first race I ran in my new skirt. I trusted it enough to get me through 26.2 miles of mountains, winds, and a scenic wonderland. It didn't let me down. I didn't worry about fuel since my pockets were stuffed with Gu's. I didn't worry about chafing since everything was held securely in the skirt. I didn't worry about anything except getting over the next hill and finishing before the course cut off. And I didn't worry about looking good in my race pictures; I knew that wouldn't be a problem! The only thing I worried about was surviving all the crazy mountain inclines--which I did do. The entire marathon, my skirt performed beautifully, and from then on I was sold. I felt tight, secure, and pretty in that outfit...and I wanted more!
|My favorite skirt: the Lioness|
|Skirt Sports Sisters|