Why not you?

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I have running friends who I am sure will believe that this post is all about them. Sorry to burst your bubble, it isn’t. It’s about all of us. I’m tired of women saying “I’m too old, too fat, too _________” to wear ________.

Why not you?
If I had a dime for every woman who said they could never wear a running skirt because they’re too old.

Why not? Do you really think other runners are gossiping about you behind your back? Or that spectators are pointing at you and laughing at that old chick who has the gall to run in a skirt?

More likely they’re just in awe of you. Or not thinking about you at all, because most people spend far more time thinking about themselves than others.

How high can you go?
The next thing I hear is “well, I can’t wear a skirt that short”.

Why not? Are the running fashion police going to come along and throw you into the sweeper van? Are short skirts really only for models? Have you even ever tried to run in a short skirt — and how did it feel?

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Do you think I have the legs for the skirt? You know what: it doesn’t matter. It only matters that I like and feel comfortable in my skirt.

Look, I totally get it.
I really do. I have days when I’m totally confident about my body and then I have days where I just feel frumpy and lumpy. Sometimes both happen in the same day. I’m not a Barbie Doll, never was, never will be. My legs are not my best feature.

If skirts just aren’t your thing, that’s cool. But if you don’t wear them because you care about what other people are thinking about you, that’s just  not cool. If you think you’re too old, I’d tell you you’re never too old to wear something that makes you feel good. If you’re scared, just try it. Weren’t you scared at your first race? How’d that go for you?

The most important questions.
Do you feel comfortable in your skirt? Does your skirt give you confidence? Does your skirt make you feel good? Does your skirt allow you the freedom of movement you need to run? Does your skirt have enough pockets to carry your crap (if not, I suggest you check out Skirt Sports, and use code 522CRJ for 15% off regularly priced items — and I personally love the Jette skirts, although there are many other styles I love, too. Just ask me. There’s a skirt for you, I promise!).

These are the only questions that matter. So tell me:

Do you think you’d like a running skirt? 

Have you tried a running skirt (and what did you think)?

Do you really think there’s an age cutoff for wearing a running skirt?

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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19 thoughts on “Why not you?

  1. What attracted me to running skirts in the first place was the ample pocket space! It was the perfect size for my phone, so I bought a ton of skirts. I got a new phone that no longer fits in the pockets and I’ve grown out of some skirts (literally), so of course they are not as comfortable as they once were. I know I should buy more in a larger size but they are so darn expensive! You always look so good in your skirts Judy! -M

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    1. I purposely bought a small phone. 🙂 Although that’s getting harder & harder to do! In the winter or even cool fall & spring days, my stuff often goes in the pockets of my jacket.

      They are expensive. It’s an addiction — but a healthy one, right?

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  2. When I first heard of running skirts, I didn’t think I would wear them. Then I tried my first one and I fell in love. Seriously. I took my first skirt on a 6-mile run and I was hooked. They’re SO comfortable, and the fun patterns are contagious. I want every one.

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    1. It did take me a few years before I bought my first running skirt. But there was no turning back after that.

      Although I still do wear tights & capris (and Skirt Sports makes those, too). I even wear shorts sometimes when I’m running on the treadmill.

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  3. Age cut offs suck. I’ll wear a skirt anytime i damn well please. I may care if something in my “civilian” wardrobe is too short, but when it comes to running, its all good. I think I owe that to the confidence that comes from running.

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    1. You’re not supposed to have long hair after what, 40? 50? I have no intentions of cutting my hair. I’ve been short & long & prefer it long.

      The interesting thing is that most of the women I know who worry about running in a skirt are older than me. I wonder, sometimes, if it’s a generational thing. Heck, for most of them, being active was strongly discouraged!

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  4. I have a few running skirts that I wear once in awhile. Not sure when or how it happened, but I’ve kind of morphed to mostly running in shorts now. I need to change that…there are so many cute skirts now days in lots of fun patterns.

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    1. I only run in shorts on the treadmills! They do not have enough pockets for me (although I have not tried the Skirt Sports shorts).

      I just like my skirts. From the very first time I tried one I was hooked!

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    1. The same women who wouldn’t wear a running skirt would probably wear a skirt. I think a lot of it has to do with a different generation but I say be a rule breaker and don’t care so much about the “rules”!

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  5. I have to say I’ve never heard anyone say they couldn’t wear a running skirt. It’s the shorts that seem to bother everyone. Bottom line, who cares? We’re out there running. That’s what’s really important.

    Now, don’t think I’ll be wearing a jog bra…

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    1. I do hear it a lot. Maybe because I tend to run with women older than myself.

      Of course no one cares what we run in — unless, of course, we don’t run in anything. Which you won’t catch me doing!

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  6. It’s not about age or looks, it’s about comfort levels. Everyone’s is different. If you are not comfort in a skirt, you shouldn’t wear one.

    I was more comfortable in a bikini when I was younger so I don’t wear one now. I was more comfortable showing my thighs in my 50’s so I don’t wear short skirts now. I was more comfortable with longer hair before I colored it so I keep it shorter now.

    I wore my first skirt for my first half marathon. Just for the pockets. Now that’s all I wear. I don’t have any shorts or tights or capris. It’s all about the skirt but mainly for the pockets.

    And that’s what I am comfortable running in. The same for tennis, I always wear a skirt (sorry not skirt sports) The balls fit in the shorts.

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  7. You asked :).

    I only colored it once (like 30 years ago) and it’s been just the roots since. Still a PITA. And no, I would NEVER let it go gray. Back to the comfort thing.

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