Dear Running Skirt: I Don’t Get It

You are pretty. 

I understand that.  What I don’t understand is why I should want to wear you while running, when I wouldn’t want to wear any of your non dry-fit friends for a night on the town. 

You are the modern-day equivalent of a skirted swim suit. 

Your skirtier features serve no purpose of enhancing my run.  They won’t make me run faster or be more aerodynamic. 

The very thought of wearing a mini skirt and sneakers seems like a major error in fashion judgment…but an even bigger error in fitness judgment.  It’s hard to run in a skirt! 

Forget even the logistics for a moment – it’s really hard not to be self-conscious in a skirt. 

I just want to run.

I don’t want to be thinking about how I look when I’m running.  That’s not to say that I don’t buy attractive or brightly colored gear.  My priority is comfort which includes a measure of freedom of movement – and skirts just don’t offer that.

Will you make me feel prettier when I run?  I don’t know.  But I also don’t care

I sweat when I run.  I get dirty, and I like it. 

Wearing a skirt just seems like it would cramp my style.

I see you all the time and wonder why.  You’re on the roads, the trails, the treadmills at my gym, and the racks at my favorite gear stores.  Why do women choose to run with you instead of shorts, crops and tights? 

What exactly is it that you bring to the run?

A few weeks ago, my curiosity got the best of me and I relented.  I tried one of your friends on…and I still don’t understand.




Running Skirts Go Girly (New York Times)

One thought on “Dear Running Skirt: I Don’t Get It

  1. Ha, love this! While I haven’t tried a running skirt, I’ve always wondered why people like them. I much prefer a comfy pair of shorts; adding a skirt layer just seems strange to me.

    Kinda like tennis. I understand the tradition and history of women wearing tennis dresses/skirts, but I don’t get why women *still* do today. Unless you really just like them, of course. Figured we would be past the expectation/requirement by now.

    But hey, that’s just my thoughts from a runner who has never tried one! 🙂

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