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Yes, I run like a girl in a skirt

…and by that I mean I run AWESOMELY (is that even a word? it is now)

This morning I ran with my Team Luna Chix and it was FREEZING..like hello we skipped fall and right to winter weather. It was a good thing I had my ladies to keep me company on my 5 mile pacer – otherwise I probably would have wimped out because I forgot my gloves and my fingers were becoming icicles. We fixed that problem by going to have our usual coffee date afterwards – I asked for an extra extra, “like as hot as you’re legally allowed to make it” (<–my exact words to the barista), soy chai latte.

I got these at our run today as a Team Luna Chix goodie, they are delicious
– I’m trying not to eat them off my lips.

luna chapstick

After getting home and warming up, I went on a mission. I was a girl on a mission to find the perfect running skirt. Here’s what I ended up with:

pearl izumi skirt

Pearl Izumi Infinity Run Skirt from the Elite Series

pearl izumi 2

perfect length shorts underneath

pearl izumi 3

reflective lime green accents.

and yes that is a stuffed giraffe wearing a tiara.

I tired on about a million (okay probably more like 7) different brands and styles – which was really beneficial and time consuming because I figured out what I did and did not like in a skirt.

Things I now know to look for in a skirt

  • a least one side slit, so I don’t feel like my stride is constrained, OR options to ruched up the side a little
  • boy shorts underneath, at least 3 inch inseam
  • those boy shorts need to have a grippy thing around your leg – I hate when shorts ride up
  • well thought out pockets – big enough for my beloved Gu or car key (I don’t run with my phone now so that wasn’t an issue to look for), in a easy to reach location while on the go, and the zipper works well – no snagging please
  • fabric type – a lot of brands I tried that a really heavy spandex/cotton type fabric that weighed a ton – I like to keep it light and flowy
  • adjustable waist band – I don’t know about you but I like my running skirts to stay up and on, no mid-run wardrobe malfunctions
  • look for sales, nice running gear can get pricey, but you can usually find great stuff on sale if you’re willing to spend a little more time looking and its totally worth it not to cheap out on your running gear – good quality products will take you through multiple race seasons

And MOST importantly – it has to come in cute colors.

I also really like the Moving Comfort Sprint Tech Skort – BUT they didn’t have it in the store in the color I wanted and size I needed, so I rushed home and ordered it. BONUS – the color I wanted was on sale and I got free expatiated shipping!

moving comfort skirt

Moving Comfort Sprint Tech Skort in Twilight – on sale now for $33!!!

11 miles on the schedule tomorrow, I think I’ll try out my new skirt. I’ll let you know how amazing it was.


Is it starting to get colder on your runs now? What’s your favorite cold weather running gear?

What do you look for in a running skirt? Favorite brands?

Favorite “warm-me-up” fall beverage?

funfitgirl’s friday fav five

…whoa that’s a lot of F’s!! (FFGFFF) So I’m going to try doing the whole “favorite things Friday  style blog posts – bear with me, here we go…

1. Newton Running customer support
I cannot say enough how much I love Newton Running – both their shoes and business. About a month ago I got the Newton Gravity and recently noticed that I’ve been getting pain in my arches when I run in them further than about 4 miles. I popped onto their website and had a great and totally helpful chat with Liz from Newton customer support. I was concerned I needed a shoe with more arch support (I’ve never had this problem with my Terra Momentum) and was wondering if she would advice getting a shoe insert or possibly trying another model to be my road runners. The answer Liz gave was superb – she didn’t try to sell me anything new – and instead she sent me a whole bunch of videos about how to strengthen and stretch my feet so that running in a shoe with a smaller heel-to-toe drop doesn’t hurt. She assured me that over time by gradually increasing my mileage in the Gravity shoes my feet would become stronger. Kuddos to Newton Running for having a customer support team who knows their stuff!

2. Being able to run in the evenings and not die from the 100 degree weather
Thank you fall for finally showing your face in Denver and giving me the option to run while the sun is actually up.

3. weekend long runs with my fav running buddy followed by brunch
long runs are so much easier to look forward to when you know you’ll have your favorite running buddy by your side AND some delicious brunch waiting for you at the end.

4. butternut squash soup
it just screams cozy fall dinner to me

butternut squash

5. fall scented candles and “fall-ifying” my apartment
yes, I just coined the term “fall-ify” – it means to make something fall-festivity. I’ll bust out the pumpkin spice and caramel apple delight candles, cozy blankets and a candy jar full of CANDY CORN.


I hope everyone has a good start to the weekend. Race weekend or long run?

Favorite fall food? How do you fall-ify?