#REALwomenmove & a Giveaway!

By now, you all now how much I love wearing my running skirts. I was, for many, many years NOT a lover of the running skirt. Although I am a girl who likes to wear cute sundresses and get dolled up, I never enjoyed the look of the running skirt.

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(setting my half PR here in my fave skirt!)

That all changed last summer: Enter Skirt sports, a trip to Portsmouth and a running store. My little eyes spied the Lioness skirt inside Runner’s Alley. Even though I LOVED how cute this skirt was-I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. “I’m not a girl who wears running skirts!” I told myself. So my husband and I moved on, ate lunch and I dwelled on it the WHOLE lunch. I found myself dragging my husband back to the running store to buy the skirt. I tried it on and immediately-I fell in LOVE with it. Two deep side pockets, one back pocket that zips shut, and it was short and sassy. (I’m more of a “Daisy Duke” girl when it comes to my shorts/skirts, and I don’t like long shorts either. Or long skirts!!.. I will admit it :)) That skirt quickly became my signature skirt: I PR’d in the half marathon, and two weeks later BQ’d for the first time in it. I don’t want to call it a “good luck charm” since I know that luck isn’t anything when it comes to racing and it is all about your training….but it kind of was a tailsman. I was AMAZED at HOW MUCH STUFF I could cram into those pockets (its alot) and had the BEST race day because of it.

Back in the fall, I became an ambassador for the company that makes that skirt and I couldn’t be HAPPIER with my relationship with Skirt Sports! I Loooooove them!!!!! Everyone is SO wonderful, and all the skirt sports sisters really care about one another..It’s really cool to be a part of this amazing little team!

Skirt Sports has now started a movement called “Real Women Move.” You can join the movement by hashtagging (#) your pictures, posts & tweets with #REALwomenmove. I am in love with this movement. In the words of Skirt Sports founder, Nicole DeBoom:

“ We are surrounded by messages of intimidation and exclusiveness in the world of fitness . My REALwomenmove goal is to stop the madness and show women that being fit is something we can all do, regardless of our size, shape or activity level.”

I don’t know if you have noticed this- but I am kind of into empowering runners. I like meeting runners, running with runners, encouraging runners, helping runners… its pretty much my favorite thing. So I am ALL OVER this movement!!! Running is RUNNING. Moving is MOVING. You don’t need to be a certain shape/size/height/weight/bra size to be a runner or to work out. If you are doing the left right shuffle and huffin and puffin–GUESS WHAT?? YOU ARE A RUNNER!! and you know what else??? YOU ARE A REAL WOMAN WHO IS MOVING!!!! If you are big, small, short, or tall, skinny, curvy, or sort of burly…whoooooo cares?? We are all REAL WOMEN, right???

Setting goals, trying your best, doing a new type of run, challenging yourself, working out…these are all examples of empowering yourself to be a better runner or to get into shape. Running and exercising are all a part of being fit! You are a REAL WOMAN because you are doing your best to stay in shape! Every body is different and that means all of us are setting different fitness goals. Maybe your goal is to break 30 minutes in the 5k by September. Maybe it is to break 20 minutes by July. Maybe its to lose 20 pounds, maybe you like to work out because its your only quiet time after a long damn day. Perhaps you work out because you are hanging our with your girlfriends whilst working out. Maybe you want to gain muscles that you lost from not lifting weights for a while. If this sounds like you than guess what? You are a real woman..moving, and setting goals for yourself that will make you ecstatic to accomplish.

Let me give you an example of two real women who move. This is a convo between me & SIL: 

That is a conversation between two real women who have two different goals. Neither one is better than the other. We are simply going to each be trying our damnest to make them happen! Because one woman is a faster runner than the other is irrelevant. Each woman has goals and has eyes on her own prize. BOOM. To show your own #REALwomenmove side…just add that hashtag to your IG/Tweets/Facebook

Now..if you read the title of this post: you know that there is a GIVEAWAY happening, too!!! Yes, yes. This is correct, my friends!

I’m giving away a basic entry ($85 value) to Skirt Sports Virtual 13ER race on June 14th!!!!! Its a 13.1 mile race that you can choose from two options:

1.) Run in Colorado for the actual race and join my Skirt Sports sisters!!!

2.) OR, you can do it in your own neighborhood (like me) from June 13-16. (Saturday-Tuesday!)

Now. I understand how a virtual race can seem not as cool as running a race where you are competing with others. HOWEVER. I disagree. These are my top reasons to run a virtual race!

-You get to wake up whenever you want. No getting up at the crack of dawn. This means waiting til your breakfast settles in your belly, and no porta potty lines because it isn’t settling in. MMM HMMM.

-You get to pick the day. Busy Saturday and Sunday because you are like me and try to cram All The Fun Things into one weekend??/ That’s A-Okay. Run Monday. Run Tuesday. Choice is YOURS.

-You get AMAZING SWAG AND YOU DONT EVEN HAVE TO WIN THE RACE TO GET IT!!!!!!!!! Check it out!!!!
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YUP!! An amazing skirt!!! PLUSSS…Your $85 entry will get a $50 Skirts Sports gift certificate to use on whatever you want!!!

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!

The giveaway will start today and end at 11:59PM on Monday, May 18th. If you register BEFORE May 24th, your skirt is printed with the sweet finisher artwork! **Can’t wait?? You can register today, here, and Enter Coupon Code SSGWR20 to save 20%!

To enter: Leave a comment below saying how YOU display your own #REALwomenmove side. I will announce the winner of the giveaway on Tuesday May 19th on this website! Please check back to see if YOU are the lucky winner!

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20 thoughts on “#REALwomenmove & a Giveaway!

  1. I display my #REALwomenmove side by being an example for my daughters that anyone can get up and do it. I started with the couch to 5k and have slowly progressed my way up to the half. Maybe one day it will be a whole. The sky is the limit. You just have to get out there.

  2. Love empowering runners! I’m a #REALwomenmove runner and I do barre classes. I also have a sub 30 minute 5k goal. Slower running is still running! Good luck to you SIL!

  3. Nichole – I always love reading about your adventures and how positive and enthusiastic you are about running! You are really inspiring ! I am a homeschooling mom of 5 and have been running for 6 years. I have to knock 23 sec off my PR to be able to qualify for Boston. I am teaching my children that good things come with working hard! 🙂 #REALwomenmove

  4. I would LOVE to try one of the Skirt Sports skirts. I’ve wanted to try one for awhile, but have been trying to limit my extra spending :/ You make this skirts look and sound fantastic!!! I keep running because I’m on a mission to BQ like you one day 🙂 And maybe I’ll wear a skirt in that BQ race too 😉

  5. I love running skirts! I’m not much into the sparkly, frilly, tutu types, though. I love running in the morning and then walking my son to school. Modeling good behavior, even if I am a sweaty mess!

    And I’m moving to NM so I would LOVE to run with you — in a skirt — in Colorado 🙂

  6. Love this post! I wouldn’t have tried a running skirt except that I remembered your post about finding the one you mentioned. It stuck with me and as a challenge to myself I told myself if I PRd in my half marathon this spring I’d get one. I trained with a good friend who was doing her first half and together we pushed ourselves – I took over 13 minutes off my time on the same course that I’d run the year before and PR’d while helping a fiend reach her goals too. I just bought myself that skirt and ran in it this week – loved it!

  7. I love my skirt sport apparel because I can dress up several of the styles and wear it to teach my 5th graders, then at the end of the day throw on my running shoes and my favorite skirt sport t-shirt and head out for a run!

  8. i’ve never worn a running skirt before! real women support other women, no matter size, shape, or speed 🙂

  9. So fun. I used to wear a running skirt all the time to keep it girly. I still race in them on occasion. But you totally rock them girl ! 🙂

  10. I display my real women move side by running and dancing on sidewalks. Sometimes at the same time.

  11. I did a whole post on how Real women move, but I found last week that my favorite part is empowering others to get up and moving! Skirt Sports are my favorite and basically all that I wear now! I need more skirts…but my student wallet disagrees…

  12. I would love to try out a Skirt Sports skirt! I have a few other skirts and love them too. My Real Women move is showing my friends and kids that it doesn’t matter your pace, or if you’re in first place, it’s about making your body strong and trying your best!

  13. Love it! Real Women move by putting 1 foot in front of the other. It’s not what you look like – it’s how you feel!

  14. Having a running skirt is something I’ve always wanted but never purchased. I just couldn’t rationalize spending the money on just something cute for running. But. I want one!! 🙂 I’m all over REALwomenmove with you girl! As a runner and personal trainer I’ve taken it as my personal mission in life to get women moving and feeling empowered. My personal goal is to break 20 in the 5k and freaking finally BQ. ITS GOING TO HAPPEN!! 🙂

  15. I love that Skirt Sports is making this approach to fitness so universal—it isn’t about the Lululemon “look” but about being feminine and powerful and strong and cute and whatever you want to be!

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