*Day nine in Japanese, according to Google Translate.
Despite permanently kicking shorts to the curb and now only running in a skirt for, oh, eight months of the year, I didn’t immediately embrace running skirts. My I'm-a-tall-dork side believed I wasn’t cute or feminine enough to wear a breezy skirt.
What was I thinking!? Running skirts are right up there with TiVo and tampons as the greatest inventions of all time. We sing their praises in the book and on our Facebook page, and I wrote a rally-round-the-flag review of them for Runner’s World.
Nicole DeBoom debuted the first-ever running skirt in an Ironman competition, then launched Skirt Sports. She continues to be an innovator, this time through Kick Start, currently linked to the Skirt Chaser 5K race series. The program recruits beginning female runners who have some kind of barrier--financial, lifestyle, health--and pairs them with a personal motivator, in addition to giving them a training plan, tips to get across the finish line and, of course, a very cute outfit. (RLAM’s own Dimity was a mentor to Pip last summer.)
In order to support the program, Skirt Sports launched the Kick Start Skirt;$10 of the $50 skirt goes towards funding the important program. But in order to give RLAM'ers a kick start, they're offering up four of the new Kick Start Skirt to four random winners who answer this question: What advice do you have for somebody lacing up their shoes for the first time?
Whether you just started running or you've been running for decades, I know there's something you've learned through your miles that will help somebody else get through her miles. Meanwhile, this adorable skirt, with pink, stay-put shorties under a black skirt, will get you through the miles.
What are your running words of wisdom?
Five chests have Christmas coming early: congrats to these five winners of the Champion sports bra (and a big thank you to their biggest supporters):
1. Susan: My biggest supporter without a doubt is my husband. He never questions my need to run and will even let me ramble on and on about running and shoes and running gear, etc. He never complains when I head out the door for long runs. My kids are also big supporters who have waited at many finish lines for me with hugs and high fives.
2. S Club Mama: My husband is definitely my biggest supporter – he suggested running to me when I wanted to lose weight, agreed to run my first 1/2 marathon with me, and is always ready to take care of our boys while I run. I couldn’t do it without him!
3. Becky Connar: My biggest supporter is my best friend! Her and I run our long weekend runs together and we support each other no matter what. If one is running a race and the other isn’t, we try to be there to support the person running. We have lots of great conversations and we just “get it” about each other when it comes to running. I wish my husband was a bit more supportive, but with 3 small kids, sometimes it’s just easier to do things with my running buddies instead of dragging them along
4. Lyndsay S.: I definitely have to go with my father since he’s been around for my whole running “career” starting in high school when he was my cross country coach. However, my husband is slowly catching up
5. Alyson Yoder: My husband is great. I always ask him, with trepidation, “Can I go for a run tomorrow morning??” and he always answers with gusto, “Of course, run, go, sure!”
My parents were pretty awesome this summer as I tackled my first two sprint triathlons. They came to the first and my dad helped with my swim-bike transition. Because of schedules, they were the ONLY fans at my second. They walked me to my car afterward to be sure I was okay to drive home. So cute.
I will actually e-mail you five, as I want to connect you with a person at Champion to make sure you get the right bra for you. So look for an e-mail in the next day or so.