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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Finally a running skirt I love!

Many of you have heard my rants about running skirts - seems everyone makes them but so many companies haven't grasped that I want to wear a running skirt because I a) like to channel my inner girlie girl some days and b) can't wear regular shorts because I get thigh rubbage (sorry if that's TMI, but it's true... momma's got some legs). I've converted to only wearing compression shorts when I run.  But even those need to be long... think 5" inseam and not booty shorts. I have strong legs.  Soccer legs.  Biking legs.  And that means that when I run in normal running shorts and running skirts with tiny little compression shorts that ride up, especially when it's warm, it's not comfortable.  So, I've struggled with the perfect running skirt - one that's cute and fashionable, but also functional.  Aka long underneath short that doesn't ride up.  Is that too much to ask for?

Back in December, Running Skirts sent me one of their newest skirts from their collection, along with a sports bra and compression socks.  I had been putting off reviewing it until I could get a good warm day to wear it and get the full effect.  It fit me back when I got it and I'll be a little honest when I say that I was worried it wouldn't fit this past weekend with my growing belly.  But alas... it did!!!

So I took the skirt out of the package and immediately noticed the long under short. Score one for Running Skirts!  I noted that this was from the "athletic line".  Their Athletic Skirts are made from a really light fabric which is quick drying and are a little roomier than the Running Skirt line.  They all come with compression shorts starting at 5" inseam and two side pockets that velcro close. The waist band is wide and comfortable.  So far so good.  I put it on and even 19 weeks pregnant, the skirt fit great.  Off for a run I went.
At first the legs rode up a bit and I was worried, but that lasted about a minute and a half and after I adjusted them to where I wanted them to sit, they stayed in place for the remainder of my five mile run. 

I'm in love.  With a skirt.  That a I can run in.  Finally!

I'm super pleased.  I've washed the skirt and it came out great.  I've worn it around just as a kick around and it's super comfy.  I'm worried that as I get bigger, this one is going to seem smaller, but Running Skirts used to have a maternity line and I anxious to see what those skirts are all about if they still have them.  Hello, maternity running skirts?  I'm all over that.  I will hopefully be able to get my hands on one to review for you because we know how hard good maternity clothes, let alone good maternity running clothes are!

Yesterday I wore the compression socks around all day and then on my bike.  I love me some compression socks!  These were awesome... soft, long enough to cover my entire bottom leg, tight enough to feel the compression, and super cute with the pink heart on the side.

The sports bra is a little small.  Okay, a lot small, but that's mainly because I'm pregnant.  It would have fit me 20 weeks ago.  I'm going to hold onto it and wear it when I'm back down to a normal human size chest.

Overall, I'm loving the Running Skirt line.  I finally found a skirt that I love.  They have a ton of cute colors and styles.  And their customer service is awesome (if you get a skirt and aren't 100% satisfied, they will refund you or exchange it for 30 days!)  Oh... and they are offering my readers 15% off at their website by using the code "sharethelove13".  Trust me, you will be happy in this skirt and these socks.  Really, really happy. :)  Thank you Running Skirts - you have a lifelong fan!

Oh... and because I'm pregnant - here's a little teeny tiny baby update.
  • How far along? 20 weeks, 1 day
  • Total weight gain: Just about 10 pounds total (I think I'm up exactly 10 pounds according to the doctor's scale)! :)
  • Maternity clothes? Yes.  They are glorious. :)  I'm still wearing some of my own stuff though.  And luckily I work from home and the office attire is yoga pants and tee shirts.  Again, I'm hoping to try out one of those glorious maternity Running Skirts!
  • Stretch marks? Nope.  I slather myself in cocoa-butter every chance I get.  I know that hasn't been proven to stop stretch marks, but it can't hurt. 
  • Sleep:  Sleep is getting a little difficult.  Part of it has to do with Charlie who, God love her, is a cuddler.  And by cuddler I mean she's a "I-have-to-be-touching-you-at-all-times-and-preferable-in-the-smallest-crevice-I-can-find" kind of way.  And she doesn't do it with Tom.  So he's sprawled and I'm in the shape of a pretzel.  Also, I have heard that around this time I shouldn't be sleeping on my back and I'm naturally a back sleeper.  So I go to sleep on my side, wake up freaked out that I'm on my back and go to my side.  This cycle repeats often throughout the night.
  • Best moment this week: At my 20 week appointment this week, seeing our little girl moving like crazy.  I haven't felt her move yet so this was pretty awesome.
  • Miss Anything? Someone asked me that this weekend and really, I don't.  I wasn't much of a drinker so I don't miss the alcohol.  And really, that's all that I absolutely gave up.
  • Movement:  No.  Which is bothersome to me some days and I'm totally fine with it others. I have felt some bubbling feelings a time or two and I'm *thinking* that might be her moving, but I don't know.
  • Food cravings:  I'm not really craving anything, but I can't get enough of a snack consisting of an apple, 2% cheddar cheese and some pretzels.  Seriously a great combo.
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope... am I jinxing myself or what?
  • Gender: Girl... thankfully they confirmed that today or else we would have been returning a lot of girl stuff and repainting some walls!
  • Labor Signs: Nope
  • Symptoms: Um, I feel like a hippo.  I have a giant belly.  I have gone up two bra sizes.  I eat anything that's not nailed to the table.  Are those symptoms enough?
  • Belly Button in or out? It's in, but I can tell it's changing and that makes me laugh.
  • Wedding rings on or off?  On... no swelling yet.
  • Happy or Moody most of the time: I feel like I'm happy, but I guess the person to answer this would be Tom.  If I get snappy with him, I usually cry and apologize because he's been so amazing to me that I feel bad.
  • Looking forward to: Hanging her name on the wall above her crib now that we know for sure that she is a she.


TriMOEngr said...

Such an exciting time with baby girl on her way. Congrats on the skirt. I didn't have stretch marks with my first until the last month, but still not all that bad. Get some extra pillows to help sleep on your side. I also had a lot of luck sleeping on the couch (not ideal, but sleep is necessary). I'd get my back up against the back of the couch and tuck pillow between my knees and sometimes even kind of hug another one and sleep like a dead person. In between the nights of insomnia, the couch was my saving grace. Recliner was a distant 2nd and bed was usually last.

misszippy said...

I think RunnngSkirts has some of the cutest patterns out there. The skirts don't fit my body type well, however, which makes me sad! But I have a couple and I also have a great top of theirs. I think they are a great, generous company from what I can tell.

Wow--halfway! So exciting. Sounds like you are doing great and enjoying the whole experience.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

"eat anything that isnt nailed down" can also be said about any triathlete too!!

Great to hear everything is going good down in Georgia.

Alisa said...

These have always been my favorite running skirts too! I have like 4 or 5 of their skirts. I love them but since getting into Lululemon (don't do it) I can't run in anything but those shorts now...except of course now that it's freezing out I'm wearing pants (except not b/c I'm only running on the treadmill--haha).

Cute photos!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Charlie!

Can't wait to see pictures of the baby room. I'm sure it'll be super duper cute.

Jen Small said...


So happy you are having a girl. I have yet to part with a single item of Lola's from when she was little.

Keep enjoying this awesome time xo

Teamarcia said...

Woooot for 20 weeks!
I too have um 'significant' legs and yes the athletic skirt is the bomb. It's all I wear. Love it!

Wendy said...

Awesome skirt review!

I lived in my Brooks running skirt through my pregnancy with Susanna (6 wks yesterday). It just moved down a bit with time, so I paired it with the (understandably) larger shirts.

Kacie Darden said...

Nice review and adorable pictures!

Jill Poon said...

Love the pics!! Glad the skirt is working, I might have to try one of those as I share your "healthy legs" running issue :D

As for the running bra... you probably wont be trying that sucker on until after you are done nursing... sorry to say, the just get BIGGER after the birth haha

MissFancyPants said...

I am so happy to hear about the maternity line!!! Iove running skirts brand -I recently ordered the compression socks and liked them too! Seems like you are moving along well

Heather-O said...

Cute skirt. I have yet to try a running skirt, but have been tempted on several occasions. Now I may just have to get one!

And btw, you look fabulous for 20+ weeks. If I saw you on the street I wouldn't think you were prego.

How exciting! Nursery pics please!!!!!!

Matthew Smith said...

So, I'm totally stoked about your new running stuff. But, even though I'm glad you finally found a skirt that you like, little Miss Kingery eclipses all that!!! I CANNOT wait till she gets here! She'll be the prettiest baby girl in Georgia! Yay for babies!

You're looking great, by the way! Way to keep up the training. That little girl will be so healthy because of you.

Jenn and I can't wait to see y'all next week. We miss you guys!!!

Ms Mae said...

UGH! I absolutely agree with the skirt complaint. I was able to find one that had capri lenghth leggings under that helped.....I may have to try these as well.

As far as sleeping on your back I read/heard that you don't need to freak out if you wake up on your back as that is typically your body's way of saying it is time to move.

I had to buy some new bras today as the pre-pregnancy ones were having some rediculous spillage over.

Super impressed with your sister. I come from a family of 6. Half of which got my father's skinny genes and half got my mom's not so skinny genes. I have to watch and workout to maintain. My mom and my sister are still in the struggling to lose it boat. Its hard. So again good job to her for finally taking control of her life and as my hubby likes to say, she has learned to eat to live, not live to eat.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Looking great Momma K!

Exciting that you have a name picked out already! We have options for both ready for after the ultrasound.

Runner Maybe said...

love your recap of your pregnancy! You look great!

Anonymous said...

I always wonder how women can be comfortable in short shorts and running skirts. I'm with you on the thigh rub.

I'm 25 weeks and asked my midwife the other day about the sleeping on your back thing and she's says that's something that has been blown out of proportion and isn't true for the majority of women, especially this early in the pregnancy. She also said no child can be pinpointed as a "oh, your mother laid on her back with you, didn't she". As soon as your body is not handling being on your back, it'll tell you.
I hope you are able to get some better rest soon!

Fiona R said...

Thank you for the discount code, I was umming and ahing whether to buy from running skirt as they're quite expensive but they do seem to have the best collection! I just hope they fit ok, I've ordered 2 as the postage is $23 to the UK!

Anonymous said...

This is perfect! I was looking for a post-run sock. Love my compression socks.