Friday, July 5, 2013

Favorite Things Part 2. Rock City Skirts

It's time for part two of my Favorite Things Giveaway.  With the advent of my St. Jude's fundraising, I decided I wanted to space out the giveaways and the raffle's to give a little bit of space between the two.  Now that my St. Jude's fundraising is well under way it's time for the second part of My Favorite Things blogiversary celebration.

When I first started running I subscribed to the theory that you didn't need a lot to run.  I had a couple of pairs of shorts, some shirts and my shoes and that was all I needed.  Less is more, right?  It wasn't until I started exploring the internet while researching costumes for Princess (surprise, right?) that I started seeing all sorts of fun things.  Skirts, sleeves, compression socks.  All sorts of awesomeness to make a run more fun and colorful.  

Earlier this year, I found Rock City Skirts on Twitter and was amazed by the cuteness and the options.   Little did I know at the time how Rock City Skirts began.  Check out the history here.  I love that the idea stemmed from a charity fundraiser, and I love even more that the spirit continues.  For every skirt that is sold $1.00 is donated to Team World Vision to help provide clean drinking water for impoverished communities around the world.   

I ordered the Silver Bullet skirt thinking about using it for Wine & Dine to go with my St. Jude's singlet.  I may not be able to dress in costume for Wine & Dine, but I can still look cute and have some fun.  I figured the silver'ish white would look good at night and would coordinate nicely.  The same day that I ordered, I got the email that it shipped.  A few days later, I had the skirt in my hot little hands.  It was love at first sight. Sparkly, reflective and oh, so pretty.  Of course, I had to take pictures of it and share.  One of the things I noticed right away was that it was reflecting the color of the shirt I was wearing.  I thought that was pretty cool and instantly thought about the reflection of lights on a night time course.  The next thing that I noticed was the material, lightweight and sparkly but strong.  

With no races planned until August (it's Oklahoma in the summer.  Not a lot of races planned because, it's stinking hot) I was chomping at the bit to try it out.  I decided that I would just take a one mile test run around my neighborhood yesterday.  Initially, I felt a little silly, running the streets in full out sparkle mode.  But quickly I forgot about that.  I actually forgot I was wearing a skirt.  One mile turned to two.  Two miles, turned to three.  And of course if you hit three miles, you might as well make a 5k out of it.  The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and I felt cute.  

Now for the practical part of this skirt, I did truly forget I was wearing one.  Of course, the sun reflected nicely and I could see it in my shadow as I ran. 

 But it was not any different than wearing my shorts, just more sparkly.  I also loved that he skirt did not immediately go between my legs as I was running.  It was a decent length and stayed skirt like and bouncy and did not turn into sparkly shorts.  I think the weight of the skirt material helped with that issue.  

All in all, I love this skirt, I will for sure be ordering more.  

Now for the fun part.  One lucky Suzanne Ran friend can win your very own Rock City Skirt.  

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