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Running skirts…have you tried ‘em?


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.

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Bridget Edwards completed her first 5k in April 2012. She blogs about cookies and other dangerous treats on her blog, Bake at 350,
Jenn Marie - August 2, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Brooks makes a great skort with silicone grips for no leg slippage. Unless the humidity is over 95%, they do a great job. Plus it has cute pleats at the hem that make me feel flirty, and it comes in several colors.,default,pd.html?start=2&cgid=womens-apparel-skorts

My other favorite is an aqua tennis skirt from Nike that has an asymmetrical hem and tulle overlay. Golfsmith often has sales on tennis skirts which work for running.

nicole - August 2, 2012 - 4:12 pm

I have two running skirts and they both ride up and chafe. :( One is the C9 from Target, unfortunately. I am seriously considering buying the one with the panties underneath.

Alisha - August 2, 2012 - 4:17 pm

I have some fabulous running capris that I LOVE. I’ve avoided skirts because I’m concerned about…ummm…chafing? Do your thighs not rub together? Are the boy shorts long enough to prevent that?

Southern Gal - August 2, 2012 - 4:25 pm

I’ve been looking at skirts for a long time, but haven’t bought one yet. Ruthanne from Eclectic Whatnot reviewed the Gym Girl Ultra Skirt on her blog. I love that it’s longer.

Lindsay - August 2, 2012 - 4:25 pm

After running for a couple weeks, I got tired of my shorts riding up (you’re not alone!) And bought a pair of Champion Capri pants at TJ Maxx ($15!!!) to wear under my shorts. By far my favorite combo. I’ll have to check out all the skirts now! Thanks Bridget!

bridget {bake at 350} - August 2, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Nicole & Alisha….for me the “boy shorts” underneath have helped with that issue. They do rise up a bit, but not like regular shorts. Have you every tried “BodyGlide?” It really helps; I found mini sticks of it at Academy.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts - August 2, 2012 - 4:29 pm

I have tried a few running skirts, but have had problems with the shorts underneath riding up and chaffing.
1. Get Body Glide – anti-chaffing stuff that helps a TON. Comes in a tube like deoderant for around $3 at your local sports store (I got mine at Dick’s).
2. I found a skirt this year from Kohl’s, that has a “sticky hem”. So far that has worked well.

Kelly weekes - August 2, 2012 - 4:56 pm

How dd I miss that you were a runner? Cookies and running…love you even more. I love my running skirts. Nike pacer is great and so is the lululemon flirty one. I just got it in white and I love it!
I just ran the rock and roll Chicago half marathon and made some cookies to commemorate the race and my girlfriends. I am going to tweet you a pic.

Thanks for sharing!
Kelly in SC

Renee - Kudos Kitchen - August 2, 2012 - 5:14 pm

I’m afraid I’m still in the baggy sweat pants and bulky t-shirt stages. Maybe someday I’ll be into the cute little running skirt. I hope so anyway ;)

Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab - August 2, 2012 - 5:17 pm

I LOVE my running skirt! I hate running in shorts- and wearing them in general, they look horrible on me and they ride up instantly. I only have one running skirt, but I wear it for nearly every run. The shorts are a little too big for me, so they ride up a little, but since no one can see the shorts I don’t worry about it!

As for chaffing, I’ve never tried any of the body-glide stuff, I just put a swipe of deodorant on my thighs and that seems to solve the problem :P

Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - August 2, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Atta girl, Bridget!! You even posted an image of my FAVE running skirt from – the black one. I put on those skirts and forget ‘em, except when I need something like a Clif Shot or hotel key from one of their handy side pockets. :) Never a chafe, a bag or a ride up in my skirts. Lots of worthy options here, too, it looks like!

beth greene - August 2, 2012 - 6:58 pm

i just found a running skirt / bra at tj maxx. i LOVE the skirt. makes me feel cute, even if it’s just me & my treadmill. it’s super comfy, less hot than the bike-type shorts i had been wearing. the price was good too at $17. i am looking for another one so i don’t have to wear the same one all week long! :)

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - August 2, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Yes, I hate shorts that ride up, makes the entire run so annoying having to adjust every five steps. I’ve been looking at skirts but just wasn’t sure, may have to try those Champion ones, and I’ll definitely be checking out BodyGlide too!

Michelle - August 3, 2012 - 11:06 am

So I’ve been contemplating a running skirt, but have yet to try one. This post has me even more intrigued…might have to get one now! (Anything has to be better than my husband’s gym shorts…made for basketball…at least those long things save me from thigh chafing!) :-)

Cookin' Canuck - August 3, 2012 - 12:45 pm

This is such a great post, Bridget. I haven’t found a running skirt I’m really happy with, so I can’t wait to try some of these. My running partner just bought one of the Brooks running skirts that Jenn Marie mentioned (with the grips to stop it from riding it) and she absolutely loves it.

Amy - August 3, 2012 - 6:12 pm

I haven’t tried them yet, but maybe I’ll get brave and give one a go. I do like that last combo from Altheta.

Terri A. - August 6, 2012 - 9:00 pm

I have a skirt and do wear it, but not on the hottest days. With the shorts underneath and the skirt on top, it almost gets too hot to run in. Love it in the spring and fall. - August 11, 2012 - 10:46 am

I’ve been wearing the Skirt Sports Gym Girl skirt for about 6 years now…I love it!

Christina - August 13, 2012 - 11:50 am

I saw this post and become obsessed with the idea. I went to Lululemon and picked up the pace setter in a pink stripy pattern. i absolutely love it. The shorts underneath do NOT move while running. The skirt in the back is longer than it you might think. I am curvy so never would have thought it would have worked for me.

I never, ever would have thought about wearing a running skirt without this post, now I can’t wait to put on my skirt and get running.

Thanks for the post!

Annabelle - August 14, 2012 - 9:15 pm

When I first started running, I bought Champion skirts for $5 and went through a lot of Body Glide because of the chafing. Those days are over. I just bought the Brooks PR Mesh Skort II and it’s the bomb! I’m not built for traditional running shorts so the Brooks skort is perfect. The silicone grippers keep the undershorts in place, the outer mesh skirt is cool (I’m in FL) and the perfect length, there’s a zipper pocket on the skirt and a nice pocket on the shorts for a cell, ipod, gel, etc. and the waistband is flat with no drawstring. I have run twice in my new skirt and I love it! I don’t have to fiddle with anything and the skirt is so lightweight, it’s a dream. Some colors are on clearance at Brooks right now. Definitely try this model if you are on the fence about running skirts.

Mental Toughness- Go Get It!


It seems like the pursuit of mental toughness comes pretty readily alongside running. Setting and reaching running goals is not only physically motivating but mentally as well. Do you remember the first time you ran for 5 minutes in a row? How about the first time you were expected to run two 8 minutes intervals? Then there is the day during your training when you are asked to run for 20 minutes without stopping! Yikes! If you are anything like me you dreaded that run and questioned your ability to complete it.
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Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - July 30, 2012 - 7:52 am

That’s right, Katrina! I’m working with a new WW this week – relentless. The heat’s relentless, why can’t I be, too? No reason at all. Have a great week and power through with your WW!! :)

bridget {bake at 350} - July 30, 2012 - 9:23 am

Even just the title of your post was what I needed to hear today. Love Cindy’s comment above, too!

Southern Gal - July 30, 2012 - 9:32 am

I usually lose steam after the second mile and find myself thinking I’ll just quit with 2 miles. After all, it’s better than nothing, right? Then I start telling myself I can do it. Sort of like the Little Engine That Could. It helps me put one foot in front of the other. Some mornings I sing to myself. Saturday, I sang the chorus from David Crowder’s “The Glory of It All” where he sings “We will never be the same, we will never be the same…” (over and over again) while running up the last hill. I didn’t even realize I was doing it until it was over. ;)

Toni @ Carrigan's Joy - July 30, 2012 - 10:02 am

I feel so connected to this post. :)

As I stood on my treadmill and the clock counted down for my 1st 8 minute run to begin, I simply kept repeating the words you had tweeted to me, “You Can Do It!” Those were my Warrior Words this morning. Having people believe that I can do it has made all the difference. :)


Cookin' Canuck - July 30, 2012 - 10:36 am

You absolutely nailed this, Katrina! Repeating those power words to myself has kept me going through many difficult runs. My favorite is “engergize”. It helps me pick up the turnover of my legs just enough to get back into the groove after a tough portion.

Carolyn - July 30, 2012 - 10:50 am

Reading this makes me happy. I’ve had some trouble finding my mental toughness lately in this heat but today, it all came rushing back and I ran harder than I have in a long time. And it felt AWESOME!

Robyn | Add a Pinch - July 30, 2012 - 5:31 pm

This is exactly what I needed to hear, Katrina! I’m counting the days until I can start my training again. You’ve got me in the mental frame of mind to get after it!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen - August 2, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Very motivating post Katrina! It’s exactly what I needed as I’ve been a little lackluster of late. Thanks :)

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Race Highlight: The Color Run 5K

My husband and I recently participated in The Color Run, Kansas City. I’m sure if you are into running at all, you have probably heard of The Color Run. New race locations for this popular event seem to be popping up everywhere!

As a group, we thought it would be fun to share details about various races we run. I think The Color Run is a great place to start, so here we go…
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Stefanie - July 26, 2012 - 11:50 am

Sounds like a great race. I want to do it with all the women I work with. I checked my location is already sold out for 2013.

Kristen Doyle - July 26, 2012 - 11:58 am

Stefanie – Make sure to get on their waiting list. The first time I tried to sign up it was sold out within a few hours, but they ended up opening up another day so we were able to get in.

Becky (So Very Blessed) - July 26, 2012 - 4:46 pm

I am so excited to do one of these races! We’re hoping to get into the January race in Phoenix. It looks like a blast!

Kim - July 26, 2012 - 10:54 pm

Looks like it was a blast, Iam upset, the St Louis one is full. :( Maybe next year I will be on top of things and get registered earlier.

Lori @ RecipeGirl - July 27, 2012 - 10:56 am

I can’t wait to run the Color Run in San Diego! Seems like it will be great fun to run it with my 11 year old :)

Kate | Food Babbles - July 27, 2012 - 12:33 pm

This sounds like such a great event! I signed up for their mailing list. Hoping to make it to the event in NJ in September. What a blast! Thanks for telling us about it

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 29, 2012 - 2:52 pm

Missed the Portland one in June but hope to do next year, it looks so fun! I read a tip that if you really want the color to stick as a keepsake you should spray your shirt with vinegar and then iron it before the race. From the sound of your socks though, maybe you don’t have to :D

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 29, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Ooh, just found out I was totally wrong and the Portland one is Sept 29th and registration is still open!! Now to talk some friends into doing it with me!

bridget {bake at 350} - July 30, 2012 - 12:32 pm

I cannot wait to run the one in Houston!!! Thanks for the tips!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen - August 2, 2012 - 5:20 pm

This looks like an absolute blast! Maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to participate in one too.

Laura - August 4, 2012 - 9:05 am

I’m doing the Color Run tomorrow in Grand Rapids, MI. I’m a little nervous (it’s my first “real” run, and I’m not that crazy about crowds), but I’m sure we’ll have blast!

Kristen Doyle - August 4, 2012 - 10:55 am

You will do GREAT Laura! Just be in the moment and soak it all in. KC had the largest Color Run there has been so far, so the crowds are probably not like that everywhere :) Let us know how it goes!

Courtney G. - August 4, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Thanks for a great review!! I signed up for the race in NJ with 5 of my friends. Cant wait to run the event!!

Kristen Doyle - August 5, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Oh fun – enjoy!!

Cate O'Malley - August 7, 2012 - 8:41 am

I’m doing the NYC Color Run with 4 girlfriends, and the Richmond, VA one with a friend and my kids – can’t wait!

Nutrition – Fueling Your Race

Ask any seasoned runner what they eat on race day, and you will likely get a very detailed answer. It’s almost like a ritual, like a good luck charm, for a runner to eat the same breakfast before every race.  Because through much trial and error, they’ve arrived at something that works for them, that helps keep up their energy throughout the race without upsetting their stomach. This also differs from person to person – a bowl of oatmeal, or a bagel and peanut butter, or a 2 egg omelet with cheese (that last one is me!). If you are a new runner, you may be wondering what will work best for you. No one can tell you for sure, so you will need to experiment a bit, but here are some tips to keep in mind:
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Kristen Doyle - July 23, 2012 - 9:04 am

As a newish runner, I so appreciate this information. I’m just now understanding and learning the power of what you eat and how it effects your run. Thanks for the great tips!

Cookin' Canuck - July 23, 2012 - 9:09 am

This is such an important factor in whether or not your race/run goes well. Thanks so much for this great post, Carolyn! I typically eat half a banana and a half piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. It’s worked well for me overall, but I still need to play around with lower fiber options so my tummy doesn’t get upset partway through my long runs. There’s a balance in there somewhere, I just know it! :)

bridget {bake at 350} - July 23, 2012 - 9:13 am

These are great tips! I’m always a little unsure about what to eat/drink…even before my morning runs. I’m a little hooked on Kind Bars now, but maybe I need to experiment like you suggested. Thank you!

Katharine - July 23, 2012 - 9:49 am

I’ve always heard about carb loading, and when I found out I was prediabetic and needed to restrict my carbs I was nervous I’d have no energy for exercise. It’s been cool to see how well protein and fat fuel my workouts, and I never seem to get side stitches anymore. Before I became prediabetic I loved whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana slices before a big workout. Thanks for this post!

Carolyn - July 23, 2012 - 10:01 am

It’s really interesting that you mention the side stitches…I noticed exactly the same thing when I started eating low carb. My runs are much better fueled on protein and fat. Did you see my post about it today on my blog?

Becky (So Very Blessed) - July 23, 2012 - 1:04 pm

I definitely need to keep trying different foods. My stomach seems to cramp when I run no matter what I eat, even if it’s 2 hours after eating – that’s why I’ve been trying to run first thing in the morning (that and the crazy Tucson heat!). Thanks for the tips!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - July 23, 2012 - 1:12 pm

This is wonderful information, Carolyn! Great for race day as well as while training as well. Like Bridget, I always wonder if I’m having the right things. And, since I’m also watching my carbs, this is great information for me! Yay!!!

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen - July 23, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I always feel like I’m just going all willy nilly with what I eat before and after a run. Thanks for the info and encouragement to keep trying to find what is best for me :)

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 23, 2012 - 8:06 pm

I’ve always struggled with what to eat too, especially on the rare occasion it’s an early morning workout becasue I’m not usually hungry first thing. I’ve heard the toast/pb/banana trio mentioned before so I may have to try that one next! Thanks for all the great tips!

Christine - July 26, 2012 - 7:13 pm

This was such a timely post for me. It is rare if I eat anything solid before a run. One cup of coffee and some water is the usual pre run meal. Two weeks ago I had half a yogurt before my morning run. I claimed my fast time was due to my new skirt. Yeah right, the yogurt gets the prize! Dara, the half a piece of toast with peanut butter and bananas sounds good. I think I’ll give that try next time. Thanks Carolyn for the information.

dressca - August 27, 2012 - 4:56 am

Yum! Thanks for the link love!!

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Running on Vacation

So… you’ve managed to get started on a running training program, and then you go on vacation- where you’re away from your routine, your familiar places to run and maybe even your running partners too.  What to do?  Run!  Your running routine doesn’t have to suffer just because you’re traveling.  And you just might be surprised what a change of pace can do for your motivation!

Think of running on vacation as a chance to do a little more sightseeing than planned.  I like to get up early in the morning (perfect for hot summer vacations) before my family has a chance to object to my plan for a run.  And you’ll be able to observe some neat sites around town as businesses are getting ready to open for the day and people begin to emerge. Keep on Reading »

bridget {bake at 350} - July 19, 2012 - 9:35 am

Lori….these are GREAT tips! I have some traveling coming up and was feeling a little nervous about letting my running slide. Now I feel like it will be FUN!

Dara - July 19, 2012 - 11:19 am

These are really great tips, Lori. MapMyRun is definitely a great app for tracking the distance on unfamiliar routes, but I had not idea they had pre-set routes already entered by other runners. I’ll have to check that out.

Kim - July 19, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Thanks for the great tips! This helps a lot, I’m going on vacation in August.

Christine - July 19, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Great travel tips. When traveling, my husband and I always take our running/workout clothes. Even when we go on a cruise. There will always be a gym or running route somewhere.

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 19, 2012 - 9:25 pm

Ooh, I have the MapMyWalk app and love it, I’ll have to check out MapMyRun. These are all great tips, I actually had no idea there were gyms in airports!

I think keeping up with the running and working out on vacation would help me feel less guilty about vacation food which means I’d enjoy it even more!

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry - July 20, 2012 - 11:10 am

I love running on vacation. I was able to get out on my last vacation and run through my mother-in-law’s neighborhood. It was a great change of pace!

5 Things | - July 22, 2012 - 5:27 pm

[...] *And if you’re a runner… and you’re going on VACATION… don’t take a break from running while you’re there!  I wrote a post on the Red Faced Runner’s blog on how to keep up your running routine while you’re on vacation.  Check it out here: Running on Vacation [...]

5 Things | - July 22, 2012 - 5:27 pm

[...] *And if you’re a runner… and you’re going on VACATION… don’t take a break from running while you’re there!  I wrote a post on the Red Faced Runner’s blog on how to keep up your running routine while you’re on vacation.  Check it out here: Running on Vacation [...]

Kristen Doyle - July 22, 2012 - 7:00 pm

I’m totally going to have to check out that app! When we were in Park City I could have really used it!

Robyn | Add a Pinch - July 22, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Great tips, Lori! We have some traveling coming up and I’ve been mildly panicked about how to continue on successfully! These tips are golden!!!

Carolyn - July 23, 2012 - 4:58 am

I love running on vacation because it shakes up my routine. I get to see new houses and sights while I am running and I don’t feel so bored! Great tips!

Trina - July 23, 2012 - 8:21 pm

This is so true. When I had the privilege to travel to Japan this past February I ran several mornings as people were making ready for their day. Shop keepers cleaning the store front and monks getting ready for prayers. It was such a different view after the tourist arrived.

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