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Audrina Patridge Runs LA Marathon in Running Skirt

Do You Ever Run in a Skirt?

Audrina Patridge lent her face to a worthy cause by participating in the LA Marathon last weekend. The Hills star, 24, took part in a charity relay for The Sunshine Kids by completing the last two miles of the event, which she tweeted about: "Just ran thru the finish line w/ all the sunshine kids!!! Morgan and I finished 1st mile 7 min 30 sec and walked last." For the race, Audrina traded in her normal attire of skinny jeans and four-inch heels for a purple plaid running skirt.

"I wore this adorable and comfy skirt from and they are going to donate 5% of the sales to The Sunshine Kids! Join me in supporting this wonderful organization that benefits children in cancer treatment across North America by purchasing the purple plaid running skirt that I wore yesterday on their website."

In the last few years I have seen a lot of women running in skirts — there's even a 5k race series called "Skirt Chaser." Besides appealing to our more feminine and girly sides, it also ends that whole shorts-riding-up-my-thighs issue. Tell me . . .

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MissTheresa MissTheresa 7 years
I absolutely LOVE my running skirt! What is not to love about looking and feeling feminine while being strong? I have two running skirts by Brooks and both have lycra shorts underneath that give you complete coverage. I feel strong and sexy running in my skirt. And yes, it DOES turn heads especially when you and your beautiful legs are passing through looking strong and confident. I hate wearing running shorts because they always make my butt look big, they puff out at the sides and besides, why look like a man, when I can dress like a woman and be just as strong? I really prefer my running skirt to anything else. It is comfortable, offers MORE coverage than shorts (especially when stretching) and lets' be honest, it looks AWESOME. If you are like me and have a little extra in the booty department, choose the black shorts, they are slimming. I am currently running 10K's and love the reactions I get from other runners about my skirts. There is NOTHING better than feeling strong and beautiful at the same time. Running skirts definitely give me a self esteem boost because they look GREAT and I feel awesome when I run in mine.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Not interested... but I'm not a marathon runner so I guess I really can't say whether it's as bad an idea as it seems to me.
Ebethruns Ebethruns 7 years
I have been a huge fan of SkirtSports since they began. I think the concept is wonderful--we are strong, powerful women who can still be women. I am a 3:10 marathoner and I love running in skirts and dresses and feel empowered to be both a great runner and a woman at the same time. Skirts have brought a choice and a freedom to the marketplace that those quick to judge do not realize. From the elite having fun to the more full figured woman who may be self conscious in running wear, skirts have penetrated the running market with style and flair and are here to stay!
CathyNewMexico CathyNewMexico 7 years
I LOVE the MarathonGirl skirts from SkirtSports. Once I tried them on the first time, I never went back to shorts. They are cute, they fit, they travel well and come in great colors. I have done everything from 100-mile races to the Hawaii Ironman in their clothing and it's all well-designed and functional. I also have their running dresses and the GymGirl skirts for kicking around town. They have great products and I no longer waste a lot of time looking around at other websites. I can go right there always find something that I know will work.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
Does running for the train in a skirt count?
ironmansherry ironmansherry 7 years
I've tried different running skirts-like C9-the champion brand and wasn't impressed. I won a skirtsports gym girl ultra-pink crush @ a triathlon almost 2 years ago and haven't looked back. I can't tell you how many gym girl ultras I own-oh and the cute capri skirts by skirtsports...then in the winter my tough girl long legged skirts. Crap I wear them to work out in and run around town in. I also have worn skirts the past two ironman triathlons I completed. They're cute, flattering, and most important-FUCTIONAL! No chaffies!
Aldi26 Aldi26 7 years
I too am a big fan of SkirtSports. I always had issues with shorts riding up, it's just the way I'm built, but I thought I would just have to deal with it. And I admit, when I first saw the skirts I thought they were just for the girly girls. But then I ran in one, and I was hooked! Besides looking better, the Skirt is so much more comfortable! So for all you non-believers, give SkirtSports a try. These Skirts are not just cute, they are fully functional. The company was founded by a former professional triathlete! Their skirts are designed to work! The fabrics are amazing and wick sweat very well.
AntoinetteS AntoinetteS 7 years
I've been wearing skirts since 2005. The shorts I had were often getting bunched between my thighs and I didn't have those issues with the skirt, plus I also didn't have to just go out in super short shorts which would have been horrible for all parties (me and onlookers). :) At any rate, yeah I love them. I really like doing races in my running dresses, it somehow feels more special.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
:oy: You have to laugh whenever someone uses the good old, "I an entitled to my own opinion" excuse to be rude!
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 7 years
I tried using running skirts last year. I'm more on the full figured side of things, and I found that I had a chaffing issue when doing more than 2 miles. I did try using Glide which totally helped; but ultimately I found compression shorts more comfortable. I do think they are really cute, and if I ever managed to get "model thighs" you can bet I'll be back out in a skirt!
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
Lilkimbo, and like I said, my opinion is that they are and look ridiculous.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
SaraJean, my shorts ride up and they are actually slightly big since I've recently lost weight and they are running shorts. The ride up because I have large, muscular thighs. It just happens. And, if "everyone is allowed to have his/her own opinion," why are you being so judgmental about people choose to wear running skirts? No one is trying to force you to wear one and no one is ridiculing you for not wearing one!
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
@SaraJean - the runningskirts that I wear have built-in panties / shorts underneath that. I personally like the built-in panties. Also, runningskirts are pretty popular in CA - I can spot other skirt runners at every race that I go to. @Spartygirl - The owners of runningskirts are a pair of twins, that's why you see two girls as their logo. They are very good runners - their half marathon is < 1:30 hr.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
Re: runningesq: yes, I am a runner. I've done half marathons and currently in the middle of a goal I set sometimes for myself, to run 100 miles in a month. And running skirts are still ridiculous. If your shorts are riding up, a) you need a bigger size, or b) they're not running shorts. Don't buy just regular workout shorts that are on sale... the ones I buy are SO comfy and loose, they feel great!! Make sure to get the ones with built-in panties (no more worrying about underwear lines) and I personally like the flowy, short pairs with a triangle cut up each side of the leg. Everyone is allowed to have his/her own opinion, but yeah, running skirts make no sense. If there's truly nothing underneath them (otherwise they'd be a.. skort?), what if there's a heavy wind and your skirt flies up?? Embarassing, but deserved. ;)
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I used to wear one for field hockey in high school, but I never really thought of it back then. It was easy to move it, but they were pretty long and we wore shorts underneath.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 7 years
I know a lot of serious female runners who wear running skirts and love them. I actually just won one (from RunningSkirts) on a blog giveaway and am just waiting for weather warm enough to try it out. The ladies who own the company are super sweet and real runners themselves. I think that if it makes a woman feel more comfortable and more willing to get out there and run, then they're great!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't think I'd ever wear one, only because I'm so used to running in shorts or tights. I've never had issues with them riding up, so I've never felt the need to change.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
Totally agree with all the positive comments on runningskirts. And yes - it made a big difference between different brand!
Run-away Run-away 7 years
hate running skirts
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
SaraJean - there is an added benefit, which a bunch of people have mentioned already. They are comfortable, and don't ride up. I've had countless pairs of running shorts that end up wedged up my behind after a few steps, but the three skirts that I have, no matter whether it was a brief or short underneath, have never ridden up. Not having to tug down my bottoms every few steps = huge benefit.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
SaraJean - are you a runner? I think they are really comfortable -- more comfortable then running shorts. and check this out: Ultra runner extraodinaire Beverly Anderson-Abbs at the Miwok 100k race. Congrats to Bev on another victory! 1st place Masters (3rd women overall!). "I received the RunningSkirt just in time to take it to the MiWok 100k race in Marin. I wore it and loved it. Once I started running, I was thrilled with it. The skirt feels wonderful. I am always getting mad about how long shorts are in the front of the legs, the skirt doesn't cause any of the rubbing or annoyannce that I have with shorts!" If it's good enough for a woman who can place third in her AG while running a 100K trail race, it's good enough for me !
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
SaraJean, there is an added benefit, which was mentioned by Fit and at least one commenter: shorts can sometimes ride up and skirts don't. So, no, it's not that people care that much about what they look like. Honestly, why do you care so much about what other people do? If you don't want to run in a skirt, that's fine, but why do they need to go away? Because you don't like them? Also, way to be accepting of others' religious beliefs!
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
No WAY IN HELL I'd ever run in a skirt. First of all I never see anyone wearing them, but I think they just look.. I don't know... ridiculous, like it's some religious freak who has to wear skirts every single day and not allowed to wear pants. And honestly, trying to find comfortable and attractive running clothes is different than wearing a SKIRT, which has absolutely no added athletic benefit. Do you really care what you look like running that much? I do think it's cool that Audrina wore it for an endorsement (and charity). But running skirts go away! :)
TammyO TammyO 7 years
I have started running in a skirt last summer when I bought a couple from and I have to say they are comfy, don't ride up, don't fall down and have a cool pocket on the leg of the shorts. When it gets hot again I'll get out the old skirt.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I tried it once and didn't like it, but it was just a cheap running skirt from Target that turned out to be way too big for me. I'd like to try out a higher quality one because I think they're cute. As for Audrina running a 7:30 mile and then walking the second mile . . . I totally believe it. I've done a number of 5ks where people who have never run before start off sprinting full out, only to have to stop and walk a few minutes in, then they repeat the cycle until they finish.
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