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Run the Great Wide Somewhere: Favorite Things Fridays  September 6, 2013 – 11:22

Of all my favorite running things, SparkleTech running skirts by Sparkle Skirts rank at the very top. I discovered them on social media (either the Facebook Princess group or the DISboards, or probably both!) about 15 months ago and couldn't believe the claims at first. A cute, comfortable, practical running skirt with built in compression shorts that wouldn't ride up. Impossible, I thought.Every pair of running shorts I'd tried in my entire post-adolescent life that were shorter than capri length would ride up during a run and I'd spend half my time hiking the legs down and getting more and more annoyed. And I live in Florida, so for about half the year, running in capri-length running pants was hot and miserable but I thought that due to my generously shaped hips and thighs that I was just not going to be able to enjoy a run in anything shorter.

After reading several glowing reviews by other "non-skinny" runners (who I thought might really understand the chub rub issue I face) I decided to take the plunge and give them a try. I'll admit that I had a little sticker shock. $65 for one running skirt is a serious investment. My first skirt was Surf City. It arrived about 48 hours after I ordered it. I hate waiting, so getting it so quickly was a huge plus to me. I loved it when I tried it on, but still didn't completely believe that the legs would stay put during the run.

#1: Surf City

photo credit: Sparkleskirts.com

Fast forward 15 months and I'm the proud owner of six of these babies. Let's see if I can get photos of all of them:

Here is #2 my Ariel skirt. It has a foiled scale pattern to look like fish scales. It was part of my Ariel costume for the Princess Half.

photo credit: Sparkleskirts.com photo credit: Sparkleskirts.com

Here are my top ten reasons to invest in your first (or seventh) sparkletech running skirt:

10. They are made in America, specifically they are made by Suncoast Trends in St. Pete, Florida and you'll be supporting a small business owner, located in Lakeland, FL.
9. They support charities including the Wounded Warrior Project and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
8. They are great for more than just running, you can use them for any other exercise and for running errands and they are perfect for wearing on vacation. I wear mine at Disney because they dry quickly in case of a rain shower, Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids soaking.
7. They are very well made, from high quality materials. The owner is very picky about what materials she'll make these skirts out of. I've worn the heck out of my Surf City and am not very gentle with it and it still looks and feels new.
6. They come in a wide range of sizes, from XS to 3XL. Other popular running gear only comes in smaller sizes. I think it is wonderful that Sparkle Skirts recognizes that people of all sizes can be athletic and need quality, comfortable, cute athletic gear.
5. They are very comfortable. No itching, binding or pinching. The waistband stays put and doesn't shift around or creep up or down.
4. The customer service is amazing. Every time I've e-mailed them I've gotten a prompt and personal response. They've even given sizing advice when I was uncertain whether to size up or down on a particular skirt. The shipping is very fast and my skirts have always come packaged lovingly with a nice personal note.
3. You could probably pack for a trip to Botswana just in the pockets of these skirts. There is a huge (12") pocket in the waistband with a zipper that can hold a camera, iPhone, iPod, phone, ID, key... They are reversible, so you can wear the zipper to the back if you prefer (I do). Then, in addition, there are two more pockets (one on each leg 4"x4") to hold anything else you might need. I put my iPhone, car key and iPod nano in the zipper pocket (I thread the headphone wires up my back under my shirt) and my ID and Honey Stinger Chews in the leg pockets. On a 15k, my arm sleeves got too hot and I pulled them off and stuck one in each pocket.
2. The skirts are cute, come in a wide variety (new skirts added regularly) of prints, and are cut in a flattering way to hide any thigh issues, camel toe (sorry but it's true!), or dampness in the crotch area (sorry again, but still true). You will really appreciate this in a gym full of mirrors and in race photos.
1. The legs do not ride up, even with chub rub, thunder thighs, junk in the trunk, whatever you want to call it. The legs stay put and protect your thighs from rubbing and chafing.

Source: www.runthegreatwidesomewhere.com

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Cycling in skirts -- funny blog by "Pauline"

While looking to see if cycling skirts are sold separately from running skirts, which I already own and love, I found this:
Cycling in Skirts
By Pauline Harder
While cycling has recently experienced a resurgence of popularity in this eco-friendly age, the particular brand of cycling most actively promoted is a grim, sweat-producing, point A to point B type of experience. If you are one of those people who adhere to this philosophy you will not appreciate the refined joys of cycling in skirts

Rahul & Shikha show long forgotten hand crafted techniques  — Fibre2fashion.com
It was a line of magnificent kalidaar kurtas, wide circular skirts, long angarkhas which layered over the kurtas for a swirling fluid collection.

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  • Each Piece Holds Its Own, Fashionable & Functional No Matter The Time of Day
  • Durable Long Lasting Quality, Retains Fit & Color Wash After Wash, High Quality Knit Wear, Soft & Breathable, Designed for Dancers by Dancers
  • Freedom of Expression, Designed to Flow to Your Every Movement

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