Most of my friends don’t exercise- well at least, not that I know of. I don’t have any real running pals (except my husband)- well, let me clarify, my one running partner I had a few years ago up and moved 2 hours away..so this hasn’t really been a topic I have discussed much in person.
A lot of ladies I know are comfortable enough just wearing tights and a t-shirt when working out or running but I prefer wearing a skirt. There are a select few companies around that make running/workout skirts with appropriate length (I’m meaning to the knee or lower). My mum buys hers from a manufacturer in Israel (crazy..I know). I’ve had a few U.S. companies bookmarked for years- just keeping an eye on what they’re making and I have to say year on year they are getting better and better!
Flash Back to 2014 (I think) with my favourite Nike tights (that I still wear) and a Suzanne Grae stretch skirt from my frugal grandma!
Surprisingly Nike and Lorna Jane have both brought out below the knee running skirts in the last 12 months that look fantastic as well! I’ve linked three of the top ones on my list as well as some comments on each below.
From Left to Right:
- Lorna Jane– I came across this skirt just last week! The material doesn’t have much stretch but the fabric feels nice. There aren’t any splits on the sides so I wouldn’t recommend this one for any long runs! Definitely recommended for walking or athleisure as they like to call it now.
- Nike– This skirt has good sized splits on the sides to allow for running. With a large pocket in front it’s suitable for carrying keys/credit cards etc. The length is also great if you are looking for something longer than the knee! The con for me would be the minimal drawstring waistband- If you’re upwards of a size 12 sometimes drawstring waists are unflattering!
- Snoga– Snoga tops my list every day all day! My favourite at the moment (which mimics my current running set up) is a knee length swing skirt with built in tights! At the moment I’m using a H&M Teen girl swing skirt and Nike tights (not built in). It works well but the skirt sometimes rides up over the tights which can be frustrating. We’re heading to the U.S. in a few months- the plan is to purchase a Snoga skirt and have it delivered while we’re there! Also, Snoga have heaps of great modest designs so check out their website!
All three shops mentioned above ship to Australia (and worldwide for that matter!).
I hope this is helpful in your search for modest running wear!
Prior to getting pregnant with Ava I was running 3-5 times a week.. I was also unofficially competing with my husbands father every month on the Nike app to get more km’s/miles than him.. I’m not sure if he was actually aware of it which is why I saw “unofficially competing!”
When I miscarried late last year I thought it may have something to do with me continuing to run, so I stopped all exercise.. from memory I only started running again well after 3 months.. I stopped again at the 7 month mark- it was getting to awkward.. I take my hat off to all those women who compete in marathons at 8 months pregnant- good for you!!!
While I was pregnant, I continued wearing my normal gym wear- I was dying for maternity tights but couldn’t find them anywhere!! Only recently I noticed Cotton on had a maternity active wear range– say what?!?!
What I’ve also noticed is that active wear has gotten so so expensive! Greg and I are Nike fanatics- I love the feel of their clothing and their designs- but honestly, who is spending $160 on tights.. TIGHTS?!?!?! I made it my mission to find similar looking items for a lot less! You can definitely look great, have good work out gear and not break the bank!
If you just had a baby I would recommend going and getting new work out or running gear. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but a new pair of tights or a new pair of shoes will go a long way in getting you back into it- trust me!!
I picked two companies that have pretty expensive items- Nike and Lorna Jane and found similar looking items for A LOT less.. I hope the below is helpful!
Nike- Tights and Top // Cotton on- Tights and Top
Lorna Jane- Tights and Top // Kmart- Top // Cotton On- Tights
As for actually working out or running, my recommendation is to do what you feel comfortable with! I’ve walked a lot since Ava was born- I highly recommend walking- it’s a lot less strenuous and you can go a lot further. I struggled to run for 25min last week but can walk for upwards of an hour on any given day. If you live in Australia there is a company/facebook community called Running Mums Australia– I highly recommend joining the group- it’s a great support network! If you were somewhat of a runner prior to baby and you don’t have the motivation to start again I would recommend downloading the Nike + Run Club app- you can set goals to run a certain distance by a certain time and be “trained” by a coach on each run. Whatever you decide to do- remember- you just carried and brought a baby into this world- and that is an amazing achievement!
Bonds still have a major sale on at the moment so you’ll be able to pick up the leggings for 40% off. As for the Nike shoes- I know they’re a bit of overkill for little kids (and all white!) but we used a cute little pair for our pregnancy announcement so I couldn’t not include them!
one – baby girls denim dress
two – pearl hair bow
three – nike air max 90 mesh
four – baby bonds stretchies splash floral leggings
Pregnancy announcement below!