Last night I was talking to one of my dear MRTT friends at a home jewelry party and as we perused I mentioned that I am not really a “sparkly” person. And I thought she was going to get wine up her nose…
You see, my friends, in real life I tend to be rather simple – jeans, comfy tops and very classic work clothes. I like small silver jewelry and simple patterns (polka dots, stripes, etc.) The craziest I go is the occasional bright shoe for an event.
When I started running again in 2012, my running clothes were simple too. Black, navy, gray – anything to not stand out in the crowd. Somewhere along the way in my race a month journey in 2013 I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to add some color or a cool hat or a tutu? So I added some crowns and some fun shirts…
And I taught myself how to make tutus.
But truth be told… Tutus are not super comfy to run in, particularly when it is 90+ degrees outside. I was reading my friend Amy’s blog (check it out – she rocks) and she was talking about specialty SPARKLE running skirts. So off I went to Sparkle Athletic for the first time.
Sparkle Athletic was born out of the blood, sweat and sparkle of three friends. Long-time runners and triathletes Carrie, Elise and Kelly stormed the Surf City USA Marathon in Huntington Beach, California clad in sparkle running skirts.
Little did they know it was the beginning of something great… and something very sparkly.
I started with hot pink for the Diva Half Marathon in 2013….
And after that, I was hooked… I pretty much wear a sparkle skirt for EVERY race now and plan my outfits for races around these crazy skirts! For 20 of my 22 races in 2014, I added some sparkle fun.
So what do I like so much about these skirts?? I’ll share my top 5 reasons for going sparkly…
1. They are made by runners for runners. That means they don’t get in the way and they don’t slow you down.
2. They come in TONS of colors for any race theme. Feeling nervous, start with a holiday – it will help ease you into the sparkle experience.
4. Not only are there skirts, but they have hats, shirts, sleeves, capes, wings… It’s a whole world of fun!
5. There is no better feeling than passing the guys while wearing a sparkle skirt… It’s AWESOME!!!
There are many ways to look at running races. They can be serious. They can be intimidating. And they can be fun. As I grow in this sport I have found that I am most attracted to the fun. And I love spreading the sparkle joy to my running friends!!