I think around 2007 when I had just finished my first marathon here in Houston, was about the time that I began hearing about running skirts. I certainly didn't see any here out and about, but I didn't care. I bought my first one from Running Skirts and I was hooked. Then there was Skirt Sports and before you knew it all the major brands of womens running apparel slowly but surely jumped on the bandwagon.
The thing I liked about the skirts at the time was a) it was different and I had not tapped into the regular running fare of womens apparel just yet (meaning I hadnt discovered Tempo shorts). and b) I felt more comfortable in a running skirt than in shorts for whatever reason. Then once I lost a bit of weight and Summer had come around I began to feel a bit more confident in shorts. So the love affair with Tempo shorts began and I began wearing the skirts less and less often. Plus the Tempo shorts were a lot cheaper to stock up on than the skirts. When Nike came out with their version of the running skirt I did purchase a couple and to date, these are the only 2 I have left. All the others were given to charity or sold on Ebay.
I think the last time I wore a running skirt was a couple of years ago at the Bayou City Classic 10K. That would have been March 2009 I guess. Thats the last time I can remember a race photo with a skirt that much I know.
Last night as I was getting ready to go out for a short run in the feels like temp of 107deg (at 7pm mind you!), I didnt quite know what I wanted to throw on, and for whatever reason I grabbed one of the 2 running skirts. I knew that I dont like wearing these with a running/jog bra only because they give me a muffin top, but I slipped one on, then put on a top and thought to myself: eh, not so bad. ;o)
So off I ran in my shorty short running skirt for the first time in over 2 years. For the first mile I wondered what anyone was thinking about a girl running in a skirt, but then I figured, oh its old hat these days. You see running skirts EVERYWHERE, but to be honest they still seem to resonate more with women who are a bit more on the fluffier side of the scale for some reason. I actually felt kinda sexy running in that skirt. The only drawback to running in this older style of Nike running skirt is that the fabric is still too 'thick' for me to run in in this heat. It wasnt horrible but it was only 4 miles. Their running skirts now are a lot thinner and more dri-fit than they were in previous years.
Nowadays what seems to be the frontrunner in womens running fashion is Lululemon. And I am all over that bandwagon. I love love love my Lululemon Speed Shorts and am partial to the Run Swiftly line of tanks, SS and LS tops (although not in this hot ass weather). Show up at Kenyan Way on Saturday morning and its a virtual fashion show for the most part. Speed Shorts by Lululemon are definitely the winner in the KW runway show that leaves from Jackson Hill every Saturday morning.
They are everywhere.
I had even purchased one of the Lululemon Running Skirts early on in my Lululemon buying and trying days, but it soon found its way onto Ebay. I wore it once. I just wasnt in love with running skirts anymore.
I sold all my Nike Tempos on Ebay, and the Nike 2" Road Race shorts that I had started running in post Nike Tempo and pre Lululemon were sold to a friend out in California.
I don't expect I will rotate the 2 running skirts I have left into my running schedule, but it was fun to run in something different for a change.
Do you run in a running skirt ever? Are they popular where you live and run? What style of shorts are you addicted to?
|My favorite pair of Lulu's|