When I started c25K, I ran in the clothes I had already. The first several weeks, I was running big cotton shirts and long, heavy cotton, flare-leg yoga pants. Oh, it weighs me down just thinking about it.
Once I realized that this “running thing” was going to stick, I invested in some “real” running clothes. Y’all…the first time out in my new duds, I felt like I was 5 pounds lighter.
If you shy away from shorts like I do (am I the only person who has shorts ride up after taking 2 steps?), consider a running skirt.
The Layla skirt from Splits 59. This is my first skirt; I found it at my local running store (Luke’s Locker), and fell in love. Unfortunately, I can’t find online anywhere, so check your local running shop. It has drawstrings on the sides to make the skirt longer or shorter, plus it adds a cute little detail. Under the skirt, boy shorts. Retails $79…more that I’d probably pay for a REGULAR skirt, but I’ve easily worn it more than 20 times already.
C9 by Champion at Target. After trying on every running skirt at my local running store and Academy, I thought, surely, the running skirt at Target would not work. Guess what? It did. It flares out from the body just a bit more than the Layla; boy shorts underneath. At $18.99, it’s a bargain. Available in stores and online.
Running Skirt from RunningSkirts.com. Our very own Cindy swears by these skirts…and Cindy logs many, many, MANY miles per week…I trust her. She says they are “Absolute. No Fail. Every. Time.” Instead of boy shorts underneath, these have panties…how cute! Great prices, lots of colors and patterns…this black one is $49.
Tuck-n-Run Skort from Title Nine. I love how fun this skirt looks. Maybe it’s the picture of the girl doing the cartwheel, but still, it looks adorable. Boy short underneath. On sale for $42.
Pace Setter Skirt from lululemon. This is probably the flirtiest skirt and I might have to work up my nerve to wear it, but it’s cute, no? Boy shorts underneath which they describe as having a “sticky hem” for no ride-up…love that. Also from their website, “the thick Luxtreme waistband won’t dig in – muffin tops are for Seinfeld.” Seinfeld reference? Sold. Click over to see all of the fun colors…$58.
The Contender Skirt Capri from Athleta. THIS is what I’m buying for fall. I’m in LOVE with this skirt and capri combo! Did you know Athleta is part of the Gap? They have a few stores popping up around the country, too….one in Houston. I’ll make my way down there and report back. Capri skirt…$74. (There is also a cute short version for $64.)
Running Skirts….have you tried them? What’s your favorite?
Bridget Edwards completed her first 5k in April 2012. She blogs about cookies and other dangerous treats on her blog, Bake at 350, bakeat350.blogspot.com.