It was August 2019 and I couldn’t sleep. I had just received word that our biggest account had decided with no notice to simply “not take” the inventory they had committed to that season. My thigh was twitching. It didn’t stop for 3 months. I couldn’t stop the negative thought cycle. I’d been here before. […]
I met Elizabeth Carr through running. Her involvement in the world of running is not what she was originally known for but if she hadn’t found running I never would have stumbled across her, as her true claim to fame is not a world I’ve played in. On December 28, 1981, Elizabeth was the first […]
I met Cindie Collins through the amazing Skirt Sports ambassador community. In 2019, she was one of the featured speakers at the Skirt Ambassador retreat. Her talk was called STROKE – Suffer The Results Or Kickass Everyday. When Cindie was 27 years old, she was pushing hard, working three jobs and striving for what she […]
Amanda McCracken is many things: award-winning writer, competitive endurance athlete, massage therapist, daughter, wife, soon-to-be-mom, and more recently than you’d expect, no longer a virgin. I’ve known of Amanda for years; we run in the same athletic circles in Boulder, Colorado. What’s funny is that she’s a little more well-known for her outspoken writing about […]
Maria Solis Belizaire is a powerhouse with a vision. In her early 30s, she found the life-altering power of running and wanted to share it with other people from her community. The problem is that she couldn’t find them! She knew some Latinos who run, but they definitely didn’t attend races in substantial numbers. And […]
I first met Darrietta in person at the 2018 Skirt Sports Ambassador Retreat in Boulder, Colorado. She stood out from the crowd as our only black muslim athlete but she also blended in so perfectly with her shared commitment to health and fitness that our ambassador community prioritizes. I knew I needed to have her […]
Neely Spence Gracey is not only a superstar runner, she's a superstar person. I met Neely many years ago at the Skirt Sports Half Marathon. She was a young, aspiring runner who was fortunately unsponsored at the time and looking for a training race. I gave her a skirt and a free entry and she won the race handily!
Nell Rojas is a late-start marathon runner - and it suits her. At 32, she qualified handily for the Olympic Marathon Trials in her first marathon ever. Then she followed it up with a 2:28 win at her second marathon and a top 15 ranking in the US. We all have interesting and often winding paths to the things we were meant to pursue. Nell is no different, but the really intriguing part of her story is that her success and ability to tap into her greatness seem to be happening almost by mistake - or maybe by default! Like there's a grand master plan that she is just stepping into at the exact time she's supposed to.
Meet Brittany Charboneau and Jenni Nettik - runners, coaches, dreamers, fun-creators. Brittany is one of the country's newest distance stars, fresh off a win at the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon and gunning for the 2020 Marathon Trials. Jenni is the founder of Mercuria Running, a coaching business that focuses on more than just running - it's about nurturing a passion for the sport without the "at all costs" philosophy of most hard core programs.
Today I share stories from the past 15 years. Actually it started well before 2004, back to when I was a kid and no one could tell if I was a boy or a girl! Today gender is fluid; it's not so much of an issue. But it was back then and it created insecurities about my femininity that ultimately led to the start of Skirt Sports.