It’s time to lose the judgey tights

The first time I saw a running skirt, my husband and I were driving around town while running errands on a hot Saturday afternoon.

“Wow, look at her go!” my husband exclaimed, pointing at a gazelle on the sidewalk.

I turned to get a better look.

Posture – excellent.

Relaxed upper body – check.

Speed – at least Gazelle Mach 1.

I was about to (jealously) give her a two thumbs up when I noticed something strange about her shorts.

They were a skirt.

no running in skirts

My husband, bewildered by my silence, turned to me expectantly.

“So?” he asked.

I slowly pivoted my head toward him and snapped the waistband on my judgey tights.

“Not a runner.”

“Wait. What? She’s running!”

“Runners don’t wear skirts. WE don’t wear skirts.” I replied.

runners wear pants

After that, my husband did what a husband should never do. He pointed out every person he saw working out in a skirt.

“Tennis players wear them.”

“Not runners.”

“Golfers wear them.”

“Not runners.”

“Field hockey players wear them.”


Eventually, he gave up on his game, and assumed my hatred of running skirts was just another quirk he’d have to live with.

scroll of quirks

Over time, my distances grew longer and I got pickier about what I wore while running. I got too hot in tights, but I hated the lack of coverage running shorts provided.

I just couldn’t find the ideal thing to cover my lower half.

pigs in a blanket

One day, my friend and I went shopping on our lunch break.

“Oh, wow! Look at this!” she exclaimed, holding up what looked to me like a mini-skirt.

“Aren’t we a little old for mini-skirts?” I joked.

“No, silly, it’s a workout skirt. I wore one when I taught spin classes. They keep you cool, and they’re really modest. See?” She lifted up the front to reveal a set of shorts tucked underneath.

I blinked, flabbergasted.

it's a skort!

“Know how annoying it is when you have to adjust your shorts mid-spin class?”

I nodded.

“Well, the skirt keeps you covered if they bunch up. I’m surprised you’ve never tried one!”

speechless on the inside

So I bought one.

hot pink one.

don't judge me

“What’d you buy at the store?” my husband asked when I got home that night, hot pink running skort hidden deep in my purse.

“NOTHING!” I barked, and scooted upstairs to hide the skort.


The next morning at runrise, I snuck out while my husband was still sleeping.

It wasn’t long before I felt “slide-age”. Still skeptical of the skort’s magical coverage powers, I pirouetted a few times to see if I was still covered up.

ballerina dog

To my surprise, I was.

I went on to have a great and, most importantly, comfortable run.

the joys of skorts

When I got home, my husband was awake. He met me at the door with a smirk.

“Is that what I think it is?”


The smirk became a smile. “Did you run… in a SKIRT?”


“That’s a SKIRT! Did you lose a bet or something?” The smirk was now a toothy grin.

Flecksplosion countdown

I sighed and whispered, “I was wrong.”

“I’m sorry, what did you say?”

He leaned in a little closer.

This time, I replied a little louder.

“I like running in a skirt.”

“I still can’t hear you… you’ll have to raise your voice,” he said grinning ear to ear.

“IT’S A SKORT AND I LOVE IT!” I exclaimed.

I pulled up my humble skort and ran inside, my figurative tail between my legs.


Sometimes, we need to try new things.

Sometimes, we need to look beyond the surface before making assumptions.

Sometimes, we just need to lose the judgey tights and put on our humble skorts.

humble skort

So judge me all you want, runiverse. You don’t know what you’re missing.

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53 thoughts on “It’s time to lose the judgey tights

  1. This is my most favorite post of yours ever…EVER!! That’s hard to say, too, because I love all of your posts. Scroll of Quirks…Flecksplosion…Judgey Tights…just so brilliantly hilarious! I am still laughing, so thanks for that! I hope you are fully healed from the foot injury and back on track. 🙂

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  2. I might have to checkout a skort! I have one pair of running shorts that fit and cover. The rest I have to alter when running as I think I’m exposing (but does a skort allow ventilation like loose running shorts?). Do you think someone could make skort or running kilt for guys? Sometimes when the Lycra’s old, it doesn’t hold up so well and if you run looking just head a few steps it must hurt like large chested girls running in bikinis or ill fitting sports bras!

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    • LOL! Running kilts! That’s a genius idea! The skort provides lots of ventilation, and it’s honestly the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn when running. I highly recommend that you try one!


    • Well, You might be outside of the typical target demographic for the skirts, so that’s totally forgivable. 😉 It’s nice to hear that you get to train with your niece, what a great way to do some family bonding! 🙂

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  3. If you can wear a little skirt, I say go for it! I now wear a skirt ed suit to swim laps, I feel more comfortable and it covers things I would rather hide!

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  5. I love my running skirts! I wear Skirt Sports Gym Girls because they have awesome pockets on the legs that don’t look all bulked up because they’re covered by the skirt. I’m glad you are a concert. But what’s wrong with looking like a ballerina while running? You could do some pirouettes for giggles.

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    • I’ve never heard of that line! I’ll have to check them out! The unfortunate thing about ballerina-running is, I’m the farthest thing from graceful. My pirouettes just look like falling down. LOL! Thanks for the read ! 🙂

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  6. I loved how you wrote the whole post. You passed on some great pointers, all in a good humor.
    Just yesterday, I have been in some great trouble on my swimsuit. And skorts were to rescue. Sometimes you don’t realize but there is a lot more in market offering to all types of people, which we may overlook

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