I’m tired of my spandex shorts for running, but with the thunder thighs I have, I can’t really pull off wearing those cute Nike running shorts that everyone else wears either.
I finally decided to give running skirts a try, at the very least, my race pictures would be a bit more attractive, right?
Some of my friends swear by running skirts, but after buying one from Target last year, I haven’t been crazy about them. The Champion one had a 1″ inseam, definitely not enough to keep my thighs contained! I know friends that buy these skirts but wear them with shorts underneath, but for me that just defeats the purpose! I definitely don’t want to add an additional layer of clothing when it’s hot out!
So I went online, and after a bit of research, bought skirts from three different websites. As I wear them, I’ll post the review for each here.
The first one I tried out was the “Gym Girl Ultra” from Skirtsports.com. They have shorts underneath instead of panties, have a fairly flattering length, and a slit on the sides.
The skirt arrived last week, and I tried it on at home and loved it. The waistband is low and wide, so there’s nothing tugging on me on the side giving me a “muffin top” look. The shorts are long and have small pockets on each leg, perfect for storing keys, Gu, cellphone, or a small ipod (like my nano). The back of the skirt also has a hole for headphones, so you can put your ipod in the pocket, and have the wire behind you. I don’t usually run with music, but this is a nifty feature for those who do!
(Image taken from REI.com)
(Image taken from skirtsports.com)
I wore it for my hour-long run on Sunday, and not once I had to tug down my shorts — they stayed completely put. The waistband also didn’t move, so I didn’t have to tug on it either.
The weather was warm, but the skirt also kept me cool. I put my car remote opener thingy on the pocket, and I didn’t even noticed it was there — at first I kept checking to make sure it had not fallen out, but it stayed put throughout the whole run.
The skirt is also very cute! The slits on the side, where the shorts peek through, makes it a very flattering design! (The side stripe didn’t hurt either!) For once I looked cute while running!
They don’t have many color options at their site. Right now there’s an “endless summer” print version, black, white, pink, teal and black with white stripe on the side. In a way, that’s a good thing. Because I totally know if there was a bigger variety, they would ALL be making their way into my closet… These running skirts are far from cheap, retailing now at $60 each (ouch!), but it is definitely worth it, since they’re cute, comfortable, and practical!
Have you tried running skirts? What do you think of them?
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