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It’s a Sale!!! On A Sale!!!!

3 Mar

(This post contains an affiliate link)

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That’s right!!

Right now, through March 12, you can get an extra 20% off of everything

All you have to do is use code SALE20 on any item on the Sales page! Using the code will make most items anywhere from 50-70% off! This is a great chance to grab some of the great items from the Fall and Winter collection before the Spring/Summer line is all up on the site!

And remember you also get Flat Rate Shipping for just $4.99. And if you spend $125 or more, shipping is free! 

Just a reminder, that you can’t use any other discount codes with this sale. If you want to buy full-priced items you CAN use 1SSCAPT20 but you’d have to put in a separate order.

So….it might be time to do some shopping!!!

HAVE FUN!!!

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My First Skirt!

6 Apr

The first time I ran a marathon I wore, I kid you not, cotton “running” tights covered by a pair of sweatpants and a short sleeved *cotton* tshirt under an old college sweatshirt. And probably cotton socks. You see, when we headed out to the starting area, it was chilly and it was raining. In LA. In March. My plan was to find my parents on the course (they were flying in that morning) and give them my outer clothes.

I never saw them. And I LOVED my sweatshirt so that wasn’t going anywhere. I ended up with bigger blisters on my feet than I’d ever seen (wet shoes/socks + cotton = ICK!) and, as many runners know, I learned in the shower that I had some pretty serious chafing under each of my arms. So severe that for almost 2 months I had scabs and the scars lasted another couple of years!

Why am I telling you this? Well…

After this first disaster I wasn’t finished with this marathon thing. Obviously. And, while I wasn’t ready to jump into running in a running bra and shorts I needed something different. I experimented for a few years and then one day, probably at a race expo, I saw a table for Skirt Sports!

WHAT? Skirts for running? That’s just crazy talk.

It had just so happened that I had recently been diagnosed with diabetes and the subsequent life-style changes had caused about a 20 pound weight loss. So I was ready for my legs to be out in the open!

I did suffer from a condition we like to call “Chub Rub” cause I guess it sounds cute – so I bought the original Gym Girl TRIKS (skirt spelled backwards – clever huh?!) but I also picked up a Marathon Girl or two.

Since then I’ve pretty much always run in skirts. I remember times when me showing up in my pink leopard spotted Marathon Girl was VERY unusual – and I was stopped many times to be asked about my skirts!

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These might be my only remaining originals…no shorties underneath just panties

One of my most favorite marathon pictures ever is me at the NYC Marathon in my bright blue skirt

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This picture was taken before everyone ran with phones that took pictures. Or, just phones 🙂

That is, until Marine Corps Marathon last year when I was out on the course in my Tantrum Lioness!!

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Not a great race, but I looked pretty good, huh?!

Over the years, Nicole DeBoom has come up with a few more styles, and added in tops and capris and now, even dresses! To be honest though, the dresses were an original and are coming back in new styles this spring!!

I don’t still have all of my originals on account of that 20 pound weight loss didn’t stick around! But I definitely keep adding to my collection – super helpful now that I’m an ambassador for the company that got me to show my legs out on a run!!

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Skirts, tops, shorts and more skirts!! And one or two might be in the laundry…

And now you can show your legs – or not, if you’re a capri kind of gal – for 20% off at Skirt Sport with my discount code of ORF20 – just click below and start shopping!!

A New Sale – and Some Other News

9 Mar

So, there’s a new development on this here blog of mine! As you VERY well know, last Spring I became a Skirt Sports Ambassador. Well, today I took a big (for me) leap and became an affiliate for Skirt Sports as well.

 

What this means is, now, when you see one of my super cute Skirt Sports outfits on my blog and you decide that YOU need some cute too, you just click on the affiliate link to Skirt Sports and order as usual — using your super 20% off discount code ORF20 – and I get “credit” for your purchase. It’s not a lot, but it is, frankly, a little extra Skirt change for me! And a skirtier me is a happier me!!

So let’s try it out now shall we??  🙂

From now until March 16, all of the 261 Fearless Collection is on sale! Click below, and go have a look!!

I hope ya’ll will all join me on my new adventure!!

 

‘Tis the Season!!

7 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No…not THAT season (but that one’s coming too!!) – it’s Fall Marathon season. This is the time of year that all runners look forward to and train for and worry about!

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I guess my “season” started with the Disneyland Half Marathon back on Labor Day weekend — for the first time I did the entire 13.1 with a friend, and even though we didn’t chat much at all I could really feel a difference.

Then, I headed down to Florida to run the first Volition Half marathon in Orlando.

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Of course I had to spend some time with my fabulous friends Angela and Nate. And Na’Cho. And since I wasn’t staying on Walt Diseny World property, our good phriend Phred came along –

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The weekend after we got home from Florida I joined some of my running group in tackling the first ever East Coast Beat the Blerch “race” – the biggest draw for me was — Cake. On the course. At the aid stations. Real Cake.

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Also cake at the finish line…LOTS of cake!!

Apart from the cake, and the friends, this wasn’t an awesome success for me – advertised as having “some ‘legit’ trails” it actually had *some* legit ROAD – 96% of the course was trail running. Technical, uphill, some downhill, roots, rocks and fallen trees technical. Needless to say, there was not a ton of running but I hung out with a couple of friends for the entire 13.1 (or, if you want to take my Map My Run’s word for it, 33.88) miles 🙂

But now, the season really starts to come alive!

And with that, the perpetual question — WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!?!?

Later this week I will share all of my planned running outfits, and you can bet there’s gonna be a ton of Skirt Sports! You can have a chance to win some Skirt Gear of your own in the next couple of months – all of my fellow ambassadors are holding contests to give away their favorite item – my giveaway comes up in November. But checkout my Facebook page, or Twitter, for links to current opportunities to win.

Also – if you’re on Pinterest (and I know you are!) – We’re having another contest and chance to show your #REALwomenmove spirit! To get involved just ….

1. Follow Skirt on Pinterest
2. Create a “‪#‎REALwomenmove‬ Challenge” board and on the board pin:
-Fave Skirt gear
-Fave race
-Fave post workout treat
-Fave cross training activity
-Who (or what) is waiting for you at the finish line
-Motivations quotes (we all need them!)
‪#‎skirtsports‬ and #REALwomenmove

And even if you don’t win, head on over to Skirt Sports and use SSORF20 for 20% off of any non-sale purchases you make!! I’m sure you’ll find your favorite piece in no time!!

Time for a Giveaway!!!

13 May

One of the perks I get being a SkirtSports Ambassador is the opportunity to share my love of the skirt with you! AND…one way to do that is giving away the chance to participate in the SkirtSports 13er.

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What’s the 13er you ask? Well, let me tell you! It’s a half marathon…but it’s not half of anything!! There’s a real-live, in-person event in GORGEOUS Louisville, Colorado on June 14 – that’s next month!. If you’re not up for the full 13er (see what I did there?!) you can sign up for a 5K or a 10K too. And, if, like me, you can’t make it out to Colorado next month, there’s also a VIRTUAL option. Now, here’s the great part! If you sign up for the virtual event you still get all the perks. Well, except for the cake at the finish…but I bet you could find yourself some cake!!

What Perks? Well…this is not your average event so there are better than ever perks! All entrants – virtual and live – will get a SkirtSports branded finishers skirt! WHAT!??! Yes. You also get a gift certificate to spend on some more awesome SkirtGear – and psst…you can also use my blogger code with that gift certificate to really get a lot of bang…er, skirt…for your buck!! Look at the bottom of this post for your code. 

So, enter the rafflecopter giveaway but clicking this link:

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You can enter once a day and the contest will end next Tuesday, May 20 at 12 am (eastern time) and I will notify the winner by Wed afternoon! By participating, you are agreeing to share your email with me as well as Skirt Sports. If for some crazy reason you don’t want to enter the giveaway, you can register here. And ya know what? That code I mentioned above? You can use that for 20% off of your entry!! Hurry up though, because prices will go up on Sunday!

Now, you know there’s gonna be some fine print, right?

Disclosure:

This is where I tell you that I am a Skirt Sports ambassador captain. That means that the company has given me some free gear to review and sometimes provides additional things like give-aways and free race entries. I, too, will get a 13er race entry. So I’ll be running with you on the 14th!!

GOOD LUCK!!!

Oh yeah…that discount code 🙂 Here it is — remember, it’s good for 20% off of any SkirtSports gear AND Virtual races!! SSORF20 And, if you’re local to CO, or planning to run the 13er in person, shoot me a comment and I’ll let you in on another little secret! 

#Fearless261

26 Apr

Last week, a bit more than an hour away from me, was the running of the 119th Boston Marathon. There were thousands running – men and women of all ages.

But that wasn’t always the case.

Today, as women, we don’t think twice about signing up for a marathon. Okay, so maybe we think at least twice about it, but we know that we are allowed to sign up and that we will be accepted on the course.

Back in the olden days, or, you know, 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to register for and complete the Boston Marathon. While, there is really no such thing as an “easy” marathon, KS had a particularly rough time. It was a cold snowy/rainy day and, frankly, the BAA officials didn’t want her on the course. In fact, at one point, there was an attempt to physically pull her from the road. The men she was running with, including her coach and her boyfriend, prevented the removal.

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Photo series showing race official attempting to remove numbers from K Switzer once he realized that “K” was a woman.

 

It took another 5 years for women to be officially allowed to register for the Boston Marathon.

For that we can thank Kathrine Switzer. Her fearlessness in the face of anti-woman sentiment on the course opened doors for all of us. A 20-year old college student who just knew she could cover the miles decided to do it!

To learn more about Kathrine, check out her website — Kathrineswitzer.com — and for a really interesting look at what really happened back in 1967, see what Kathrine herself has to say. It’s eye-opening, enlightening and really very inspiring!

If you want to show your own #Fearless side, check out the SkirtSports 261 collection – and use code SSORF20 on everything that ISN’T on sale and get 20% off!! It’s also good for the Virtual runs – there are a couple coming up!!!

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Virtual run bib #fearless261

 

Coming up, look for some great opportunities from SkirtSports — including a giveaway – in support of our 2015 #REALwomenmove campaign!

 

 

 

So. It’s April :)

1 Apr

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And that means time for some new and improved goals/resolutions!!  Let’s see how well I do this time around!!

Things started out great when the mailman came bright and early and brought me my new SkirtSports loot!!  Two new skirts, a tank and a new grown-up running bra! I can’t wait to wear my new Gym Girl Ultra for Saturday’s Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon!!

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Better pictures soon!!

Sunday is Easter, of course, and I’m hoping to head to NYC to spend a bit of time with my cousin from Minnesota!

And there’s that packing thing that I’ve started…

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Oh. And taxes? Yeah. Should probably finish those before I leave the country!!

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And now for the goals.

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Since I haven’t been terribly successful the last couple of months, I’m aiming low. I need the feeling I’ll get from actually accomplishing what I set out to do!! Plus I’ll be starting that new job (FINALLY!!) and need to figure out my schedule!

 

And so I bring you Anne’s April Goals:

  • Running – I set my monthly mileage goal pretty low, and definitely attainable – 35 miles. Yeah. Kind of a cop out but … that’s that. Also a running goal – to finish the Paris Marathon while there is still support on the course!! The course limit is between 5:40 and 6:00 depending on what I look at. My PR is 6:18. The only solace I can give myself is that the 6:18 was done with VERY very little training. So. We shall see!! If nothing else, it will be a gorgeous tour through Paris!!
  • Organization – I did a pretty decent job in March of getting my office cleared out. Some. There’s still a bit to go so I’ll be finishing that up this month. As well as getting my basement a little more organized so it can return to a more relaxing kind of place!
  • Other Fitness – again, as every month, I want to be much more consistent with my Bikram practice. At least 3 days a week is not unreasonable at all!! Especially with such a low mileage goal.
  • Insulin Pumping/Health – I should hopefully get this figured out and stable by the end of the month! It’s a never ending adventure though!

I figure this is all very do-able – and I should see much success in a few weeks and head into the summer ready to start training for the Marine Corps Marathon!!

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Flashback to Beating the Bridge in 2014!!

But before any of this…I have some packing to do and some Francais to be parlez-ing 🙂 And a little matter of my Third 26.2 in 6 months!

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