From Geek Girls Run July 9th 2013 (edited by Skirt Sports)
One word to describe the Skirt Sports Inaugural Half Marathon: AWESOME!
A second word to describe the Skirt Sports Inaugural Half Marathon: EXHAUSTING!
The second weekend in June (2013), I met up with fellow GGR (Geek Girls Run) Ambassadors Janine, Amber, and Michelle in Colorado for the Skirt Sports Inaugural Half Marathon. All of us wear and love Skirt Sports gear, so when we heard about this race we jumped at the chance!
On Friday morning, we stopped by packet pickup, which was at Skirt Sports headquarters. Our race numbers were awesome!
Janine and I completely fangirled over Skirt Sports founder Nicole DeBoom's original running skirt, which was displayed near their front desk:
After we picked up our bibs, we went back to their sale area, where we checked out all their new gear. OMG we are in the Skirt Sports warehouse!
While we were there, we were super excited to meet Nicole DeBoom in person! She’s been such an inspiration to all of us. She was incredibly sweet and even remembered Janine from one of the SkirtChaser 5ks from several years ago. We told her about Geek Girls Run and she was very supportive! Thank you, Nicole!
After we got our goody bags (in a reusable tote from Whole Foods, yay!), we stopped to sign their Wall of Words, which would be displayed at the race:
The race was in Superior, CO, on Sunday morning at 7. Amber was awesome and got us a hotel room that was literally a stone’s throw from the starting line, so all we had to do was roll out of bed, get dressed, and walk right over. The energy around the start-line area and expo was so fantastic!
Janine and I had worn our Thor and Captain America running outfits, and got a great response to them! Here's the four of us, pre-race:
We spotted a guy in a Goofy Challenge shirt, and it turned out to be a friend-of-a-friend, Mike, whom I’d met at Disney World during the Princess! He ran as Vanellope during the Disney Princess Half!
It was definitely a majority-women race, but there were quite a few gentlemen to be spotted. Two of them were even in skirts! You go guys!! (Check out the guy in pink– it was his first half marathon ever! Woooo!)
Okay, so, the race. Well– Janine, Amber, and I are all from the level lands, far far away from mile-high Colorado. (My Runmeter regularly tells me that I'm running *below* sea level!) We knew the altitude was going to be killer, and we were going to be slow. So we just decided to take it easy, not worry about how fast we were going, and enjoy the heck out of the race. And we did! Janine and I sang and danced most of the way, hopefully amusing the other runners we saw along the way. Special props to the woman who sang along to "Living' On A Prayer" when we got to the halfway point!
And the course was *gorgeous*. Absolutely beautiful scenery. We kept having to stop to take pictures!
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There was one absolutely killer hill. Janine and I walked up the entire thing, belting out "Thrift Shop" (our weekend anthem) until we were gasping for breath. Here's looking back down…still not at the top though!
A horse!!! (There were many horses. Also cows, which we at first mistook for horses. We are city folk for sure.)
Heroic poses were struck!
It was such a nice change to run a small race…there were about 300 people running the half. But we never felt alone! And a HUGE shout-out to the awesome volunteers at all the water stations, who cheered us on and kept us pumped up! They rocked!
And then suddenly, we came across the finish line! (All the mile marker signs after 9 had been stolen, so we had very little idea of where we were!) Both Janine and I felt totally destroyed– it is *hard* to run at altitude! We both agreed that we felt like we'd run a full instead of a half. We picked up our pink finisher skirts– AWESOME– and made sure to thank Nicole for an amazing race before heading back to our room for chocolate milk and a shower. Janine decided that Nicole was worthy to wield the hammer of Thor:
We got back to the finish line just in time to cheer in Amber and Michelle!
Amber gangnam-styled in, crazy girl.
All of us, plus Michelle’s awesome mom, with Nicole, post-race:
Overall verdict: Super fun, super gorgeous race. I had a fantastic time. I would love to run it again, if timing and money stuff works out. Thank you for a great weekend, Skirt Sports!
Thank YOU Geek Girls Run! We were so thrilled to have your incredibly infectious spirit at the Skirt Sports Half!
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