I Run Like a Girl

And that, my friends, is a good thing.

Yes, I am a runner. I am also very much a girl, therefore I make girly decisions. Race or event outfits should be planned not only for comfort, but also for the picture. I don't think there is a rule that says just because you are a runner you have to throw the cute factor out the window.

Are you with me here girls?

I have been known to occasionally wear mascara when I run, making sure that it is waterproof of course. Sometimes I color coordinate my socks. Is that so wrong? This girly factor even influences key purchases. For instance, the other day I popped in our local running store to get a new pair of shoes. I was planning of getting Asics Kayanos again since I've been quite happy with them. I became concerned once I noticed the display shoe, it was gray/silver and purple. Not terrible, but still, I like for the background of my shoe to be white. I'm just quirky that way.

The shoe fairies intervened when the man told me he was out of 10.5 (yes, I have snowshoes for feet). Would I like to try the same type of shoe, but in Brooks? The Brooks Trance is similar to the Kayano. Normally so close to a race I would not change brands of shoes. However, these were bright white and zippy orange. Even a shade of cute. I thought to myself, "Why not?"

So being the shallow girl that I am, they came home with me. I ran 5 miles in them the other morning and all seems well. I will continue to break them in and might even wear them on race day if no issues arise.

I also bought a tank that might just become my race day tank. Because it's cute and pink. See...

I am still a fan of running skirts. LOVE them. I'll probably wear mine for the big day. Rising through the ranks of my rotation though are my Nike tempo track shorts. LOVE them too.

So much of training is monotonous, day after day, run after run. It's the little bits of girly-ness that add a bit of fun. You know, a little spark. Pizzazz. SHWIZZLE.

How about you, do you run like a girl too? What are your girly must haves?


  1. I am such a fan of the skirt. especially on race day. you are guaranteed a cute pic out on the course.

  2. You're so cute! I love your girliness. When I begin training I'll have to get into the fashion thing, too. But, for now I just wear old sweats! Boring! Love the shoes!

  3. amen to the adding fun things in towards the monotonous part of training! :) woo hoo! and those are cute! hello legs, too! wish mine looked that great when i ran!

  4. I love Brooks!

    "Shwizzle." Oh, I love that Holly-ism.

  5. I'm all about girly girl. I run in running skirts 90% of the time and on race days my outift has to be cute! Alot of times I'll wear a pink bandana on my head to keep it out of my face. And my cute sunglasses on sunny days are a must!

  6. Cute stuff..I am a big fan of the Brooks Ephiphany shorts and matching head bands and bows really girly stuff.

  7. Hello,

    I totally agree with you about looking good while running!

    Granted, it's not all that easy being red in the face and all, but nevertheless, there's no harm in trying, is there.

  8. I love the mascara while running. I don't know if I can pull that off, but I know you can! You'll have to post photos of the MC Marathon with you in your cute-sy outfit!

  9. A cute outfit is a race day must. You didn't train that hard, and run that far not to look fabulous in race day photos!

  10. I'm a guy and I guess I run a bit like a girl. I like everything to match. I really like purple and orange, but that's not going to happen. I like women who run like girls:)

  11. what? I didn't know you were doing marine corps marathon. that is so great.
    did you you know that if you have brooks you get to use the good bathrooms. i have brooks and love them, but have them in a 11.5

    i should hook you up with my friend anne who is doing the same marathon.

    i am really so excited for you!!!

  12. I am so with you. YES - I run like a girl. I am so glad to see someone else out there who says you can run and look good too!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the running skirts!!! I came across your blog from musingsofahousewife. Good luck with your marathon. I ran my first one back in 2007 at Disney. It was great. My hubby and I try and run a 5K a month. I plan all of my outfits for my races *smile* He doesn't care about running long distances - yet. I blog about running too. I will definitely be back to check out how you did! I am so excited for you. Good luck.


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