What is Team Sparkle? A fun company that makes sparkle skirts for your athletic endeavours.

Why are they better than other running skirts from companies I won’t name? Because you wear them over your regular running clothes.

It is no big secret that I love Saucony and only wear Saucony to run in, so when I heard we had to wear some sparkly skirts as part of our outfits for Hood To Coast with nuun, I was less than excited.

Me a skirt? It is not that I do not like skirts, I do. I used to run in them.
For many years I was a runner but only considered myself a girl who ran instead of a runner girl. When I finally started to believe that I was a runner, I ditched the skirt because I wanted to dress like *REAL* runners do. I wanted to look legit. I wanted to look fast even if I was not. Costumes were for people who were running their first race, or who were weekend warriors in my eyes, they were not for people who did tempos, track workouts, progressions runs, and the like. Skirts were for other women but they were not for me anymore.
As usual God decided to teach me a lesson about my silly notions of what a runner wears and what they don’t wear.
When I was handed my red Team Sparkle skirt, I thought it was cute, but still was debating not wearing it. As soon as we arrived at the start of Hood To Coast, I knew. I knew I would wear that sparkly skirt because that is what the TEAM was doing. What the team wants, I want. It is a totally different mentality when you are racing as a team instead of an individual.
My first leg was down MT Hood. The skirt bothered me a little, mostly because I felt like I looked dumb, I didn’t think that anyone could possibly think I was a runner if they saw me in a sparkly skirt.
Something magical happened on the side of that mountain………
When I looked down at my watch and saw 5:59, my fastest mile in a race ever, I knew I loved that skirt. I am a real runner, doesn’t matter what I am wearing, or you are wearing. It felt BEYOND awesome passing people in a red sparkly skirt.

I’m not bragging. I don’t usually compare myself to people in races, but something happens to me during a relay. I want to win. I want to pass people. I want to be fast. I want to DO IT FOR THE TEAM.

My 2nd run was in the middle of the night. It too was awesome for it’s own reasons. On this leg I did not get passed once. NOT ONCE. I kicked butt. It was the most pain I have ever been in during a race. My quads were screaming out from the massive downhill on my first leg. My abs were hurting from my breathing. My arms felt like bricks as the lactic acid built up in my body.

I DID NOT SLOW.

I played catch the blinking lights, and caught every runner I saw.

In the last 1/2 mile I had to push it hard to catch the 1 last light ahead of me. When I finished I immediately started dry heaving and thought I was going to throw up all the pizza I had eaten earlier. The man I passed came up to me and said *that was real mean passing me like that in the finish* I was still dry heaving and breathlessly responded – do you know how hard I just worked to pass you. To which he responded – *at least you ran past me so fast you made me look like I was standing still*

He had BEEN SKIRTED, which is wayyyyyy worse than getting chicked.

For my last and final leg I was excited that it was finally cool enough to wear my new ViziPro Pink arm warmers, and hat which I thought looked fantastic with my skirt. I do not typically look in the mirror and think hey you look good today, in fact I usually think quite the opposite.

The skirt gave me some sort of magical confidence. I walked around thinking that I was living in a dream world.

I was a runner. I was a fast runner. I was running freaking HOOD TO COAST. I was running as a sponsored runner. I was running for nuun. Is this my life? Everything clicked for me in that race. I finally felt like I was enough.
So as cheesy as it may sound, that sparkle skirt helped me find confidence I had been lacking. I’m tempted to order a bunch more and wear them at every race!

Who knew a skirt could have magical powers? Not me :) Do you think the moms in the carpool line would look at me weird if I just wore it around town? Maybe it could give me super powers when I’m not running!

Here’s your chance to win a sparkle skirt of your own!

* You must be a google friend connect follower of my blog to win

Here’s how to enter: [please leave a separate comment for each entry]

LIKE Team Sparkle on Facebook – leave a comment “I want to win a Team Sparkle Skirt from Mile Posts http://www.mile-posts.com/

Extra entries:

If you LIKE Team Sparkle but want more ways to win here is how:

1. Follow Team Sparkle on twitter and tweet: I want to win the @runteamsparkle giveaway from @mileposts
2. Follow Mile Posts on twitter @mileposts
3. Follow Mile Posts on facebook

**Winner will receive 1 sparkle skirt in a size and color of their choice. Contest ends on 9/18/11 – winner will be notified via blog post shortly thereafter and has 2 weeks to claim their prize before a back up winner is chosen. I will verify that you are a follower of my blog.

Comments

  1. 321delish.com says:

    OMG YES!!! I liked them on FB! And if I win, I'm definitely going to register for the marathon I've got my eye on!

  2. I think I need some sparkle power. Follower!

  3. 321delish.com says:

    I tweeted!

  4. I like them on FB and left a comment!

  5. 321delish.com says:

    I follow you on Facebook too!

  6. You look super cute in the skirt!! I liked it on FB!

  7. The Hungry Mom says:

    this i want! wish i had one this weekend!!

  8. I follow you on FB!

  9. Aww I love how the skirt gave you confidence!

    I'm not going to lie; running skirts have never appealed to me until I saw this one. I love that it's sparkly and goes over your clothes.

    I follow you on twitter. Obviously :)

  10. I just followed them on twitter and tweeted!

  11. Hey Dorothy! I'm honored to be wearing a traveling Team Sparkle skirt for Tough Mudder VA, and while I won't be throwing down 6 minute miles anytime soon, I'm hoping the skirt mojo you describe in this post rubs off onto me!

  12. Chelsie Varga says:

    I just liked team sparkle on facebook and left a comment!

  13. Chelsie Varga says:

    I also just liked Mile Posts on Facebook.

  14. TMB @ RACING WITH BABES says:

    I like Team Sparkle on FB and left a comment!

  15. TMB @ RACING WITH BABES says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  16. TMB @ RACING WITH BABES says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  17. TMB @ RACING WITH BABES says:

    Tweeted!

  18. I am a follower!
    (PS, I think the red skirt is awesome. I love it!! And clearly it gave you super powers…)

  19. I like them on FB and left the comment. :)

  20. I follow them on Twitter and Tweeted!

  21. I follow you on Twitter!

  22. I follow you on FB!

  23. I posted on FB about the giveaway on the Team Sparkle Page! 😀

  24. I follow Team Sparkle on twitter and I tweeted! (@krissymmurphy)

  25. I follow Mile Posts on FB! 😀

  26. I also follow Mile Posts on Twitter (@krissymmurphy) 😀

  27. I left an FB comment

  28. I tweeted from @LauraRMuise

  29. This is great! I liked Team Sparkle on FB!!

  30. I already follow you on twitter (@heatha262). :)

  31. I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter now and tweeted about the giveaway. Bring on the sparkle!!

  32. Oh (last one!), I already "like" you on FB. Happy Friday!

  33. I had seen the photos and was wondering what was up with the skirts! I think it comes down to what makes you feel the most comfortable while running. I personally prefer skirts for longer runs and shorts for shorter runs!

  34. Carolina John says:

    Those are great skirts. I would have totally worn one – as a dude – if I had been out there with you.

  35. Suz and Allan says:

    Following your blog!

  36. Suz and Allan says:

    Following you on twitter. I'm Suz4AU0608

  37. Suz and Allan says:

    Like them on fb and commented on their wall about your giveaway

  38. Suz and Allan says:

    Following Team Sparkle on twitter and I tweeted about your giveaway

  39. I liked Team Sparkle on facebook!

  40. I like your blog on facebook!

  41. I follow you on twitter!

  42. I follow you on twitter!

  43. i liked your facebook page!

  44. i tweeted that i want to win a skirt and i followed @runteamsparkle!

  45. i liked team sparkle on facebook and posted to the wall!

  46. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    I liked Team Sparkle on fb and told them you sent me.

  47. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    I follow Team Sparkle on twitter and tweeted the giveaway

  48. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    I follow you on twitter

  49. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    I like you on fb

  50. I liked them on FB!

  51. I like you on FB!

  52. Followed them on Twitter and tweeted!

  53. And…I follow you on Twitter!

  54. erindegroff says:

    I liked Team Sparkle on Facebook!

  55. erindegroff says:

    I liked you on FB!

  56. erindegroff says:

    I'm a follower of your blog.

  57. I liked TSS on facebook!

  58. runningthroughitall.com says:

    I tweeted it too!

  59. runningthroughitall.com says:

    Argh. The meggsc and runningthroughitall.com are both me.

    I also follow you on twitter!

  60. i follow you on google connect

  61. i liked team sparkle on FB

  62. I liked you on FB

  63. I tweeted and followed team sparkle on twitter

  64. i follow you already. I really hope I win this so we can rock the skirt magic at MCM!!

  65. Follow you!

  66. Follow you on Twitter

  67. Follow Team Sparkle

  68. Follow you on FB

  69. Tweeted!

  70. I follow team sparkle on twitter * tweeted about the contest

  71. I also follow you on twitter.

  72. Jerilee E. says:

    I like Team Sparkle on FB and told them I want to win!!

  73. Jerilee E. says:

    I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway! @jerileeplus5

  74. Jerilee E. says:

    I follow you on Twitter! @jerileeplus5

  75. Jerilee E. says:

    I like Mile Posts on FB!!

  76. I follow you!

  77. I like Team Sparkle on FB and left the message!

  78. Tweeted!

  79. I follow mileposts on twitter!

  80. I follow mileposts on fb!

  81. i liked Team Sparkle on fb and left the comment [username karen r m] runner_girl5k(at)yahoo(dot)com

  82. i like mile posts on fb [username karen r m] runner_girl5k(at)yahoo(dot)com

  83. I liked Team Sparkle on FB and posted the comment! I hope I followed you right with Google connect. My name on there I think is "Running Jennie".

  84. I follow Team Sparkle on twitter and tweeted the message.

  85. And I follow you on Twitter! (My twitter account is @jennierunning)

  86. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I liked them on FB!

  87. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I follow TS on Twitter and tweeted!

  88. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  89. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I already follow you!

  90. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    And I follow you on FB!

  91. Andrea @ Knitty Bitties says:

    I like Team Sparkle on FB & commented :). Go you!!

  92. Andrea @ Knitty Bitties says:

    I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter and Tweeted :).

  93. Andrea @ Knitty Bitties says:

    I now follow you on Twitter :). I bet you're going to inspire me to get out there and run more!!

  94. enthusiasticrunner.com says:

    I want to win a Team Sparkle Skirt!! I tweeted! I am a fan on facebook! And I follow you on twitter!

  95. I liked Team Sparkle on Facebook & commented!

  96. I follow Mile Posts on Twitter!

  97. Viva Run Vegas says:

    I like Team Sparkle on Facebook and left a comment. :)

  98. Viva Run Vegas says:

    I'm following Team Sparkle on twitter and tweeted

  99. Viva Run Vegas says:

    I'm following Mile Posts on Twitter

  100. Viva Run Vegas says:

    I'm following Mile Posts on Facebook, too!

  101. I like Team Sparkle on FB!!
    I have the same running skirt hangup I need to get over!!

  102. I also follow Mile Posts on Facebook!!

  103. Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog says:

    I follow Mile Posts on FB already

  104. Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog says:

    I like them on FB and posted the comment

  105. Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog says:

    I follow them on Twitter

  106. Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog says:

    I follow you on Twitter @Christyruns

  107. WDWDisneyDiva says:

    I liked them and you on facebook.

  108. thethinksicanthink says:

    Umm – I don't know how to use google friend connect but you are on my google reader! Anyways, I twittered to them, followed you and at team run sparkle. Ever since I saw the skirts on peoples HTC recaps, I've been DYING for one!

  109. I follow your blog! LOVE IT!!!!

  110. I like Miles Posts on Facebook

  111. I follow Miles Posts on twitter

  112. I like Team Sparkle on Facebook

  113. I tweeted the giveaway and left a comment on Team Sparkles Facebook page

  114. I'm a follower.

  115. I liked them on FB and left a comment

  116. I already follow you on twitter.

  117. I already like Mile Posts on FB

  118. I liked them on FB and left a comment

  119. I already like Miles Post on FB

  120. I already follow you on Twitter

  121. I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter and tweeted.

  122. I liked Team Sparkle on FB!

  123. I liked Mile Posts on FB!

  124. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    I like them on FB and commented on their wall :-)

  125. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    I follow them on twitter and tweeted!

  126. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    I follow you on FB :-)

  127. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    I follow your blog! :-)

  128. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  129. amyfinishingstrong says:

    I like Team Sparkle on FB!

  130. amyfinishingstrong says:

    I follow your blog!

  131. amyfinishingstrong says:

    I follow you on FB now!

  132. I like team sparkle on fb!

  133. I tweeted!

  134. I follow you on twitter!

  135. I like you on FB!

  136. runningwithoutborders says:

    I liked them on FB!

  137. runningwithoutborders says:

    I follow them on Twitter and I tweeted!

  138. runningwithoutborders says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  139. runningwithoutborders says:

    I follow you on FB!

  140. runningwithoutborders says:

    I also follow your blog!

  141. Following you on twitter (@melissyk)

  142. 'Like' on Facebook!

  143. Following the blog :o)

  144. Tweeted :)

  145. I'm a blog follower

  146. I am a follower!

  147. I posted to Sparkle Skirts FB wall (and like them, of course)

  148. I tweeted! @momtomarathon

  149. I follow you on Twitter

  150. I follow you on Facebook

  151. I am a new follower

  152. I liked Team Sparkle on fb, and left a comment

  153. I'm following you on fb

  154. track coach and adorable wife says:

    I heart your blog!

  155. track coach and adorable wife says:

    I liked them on fb and left a comment!

  156. I follow u!

  157. I like Team Sparkle on fb & let them know I wanna win your giveaway!!!

  158. I follow runteamsparkle on twitter & commented about the giveaway!

  159. I follow you on twitter :)

  160. I like you on fb :)

  161. I like Team sparkle and commented.

  162. I of course am a follower of you!

  163. I already "like" you on FB

  164. I "liked" team sparkle and told them you sent me.

  165. Christy Tsiantos says:

    I "liked" Team Sparkle & commented! This skirt would be perfect for my FIRST ever 1/2 marathon – The Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in February!

  166. I just want to say that I love this post. :)

  167. I liked Team Sparkle on FB and left a comment

  168. I like Mile-Posts on FB.

  169. I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

  170. I follow mile-posts on Twitter (@hockeymom531)

  171. I follow you on Twitter (sclubmama) – I wore a pink TS skirt for my first half last year.

  172. I like you on FB (Randi S)

  173. I like Team Spark on Facebook.

  174. I like you on FB.

  175. I follow your blog.

  176. I like Team Sparkle on FB and commented.

  177. I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter and I tweeted!

  178. I follow you on Twitter.

  179. like you on FB!

  180. awesome giveaway! i am a follower :) and subscribe to your posts in google reader!

  181. i (@JRNEthruLife) follow you on twitter

  182. i "like" your FB page :)

  183. i already "like" Team Sparkle of FB and I posted "I want to win a Team Sparkle Skirt from Mile Posts http://www.mile-posts.com/" on their wall :)

  184. i liked team sparkle on FB

  185. I followed Team Sparkle on twitter and I tweeted

  186. I already follow you on twitter

  187. i already follow you on facebook

  188. Jen Brannon says:

    I already follow your blog!

  189. Jen Brannon says:

    I already like Team Sparkle on FB (I'm lusting after the pink one for my Divas half marathon in Puerto Rico in November!!)

  190. Jen Brannon says:

    I already like ya on FB!!

  191. Jen Brannon says:

    I posted about the giveaway on Team Sparkle's wall, too…

  192. I would LOVE to win a team sparkle skirt… I am now a google follower

  193. I followed team sparkle on Twitter and tweeted =)

  194. I followed mile posts on twitter!

  195. I liked the Mile Posts page on facebook!!

  196. I liked team sparkle on fb and left a comment

  197. I follow you!

  198. I like Team Sparkle on FB and left a comment.

  199. I follow you!

  200. I like team sparkle on FB and I left a comment

  201. I follow you on FB

  202. I tweeted about the giveaway!

  203. I follow you on twitter!

  204. I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway.

  205. I liked Team Sparkle on FB and left a comment.

  206. I follow your blog and I follow you on Twitter.

  207. I'm a follower of your blog and I liked Team Sparkle on FB and left comment.

  208. I now follow Mile Posts on Facebook

  209. Run with Jess says:

    I like, er love, Team Sparkle on FB. I already have 3 of them!

  210. Run with Jess says:

    I follow Team Sparkle on Twitter & tweeted.

  211. Run with Jess says:

    I follow your blog.

  212. Run with Jess says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  213. Run with Jess says:

    I like you on FB.

  214. I friend connected

  215. I followed Team Sparkle on twitter

  216. I like Team Sparkle on FB and left a comment

  217. I followed Mile Posts on twitter :) under @fabbecky

  218. And I followed/like Mile Posts on FB. I so totally need a sparkly running skirt. I need one for every day of the week!

  219. I liked Team Sparkle and left a comment on FB

  220. I tweeted!

  221. I follow you on twitter!

  222. I follow you on FB.

  223. I am a follower of your blog.

  224. I liked on Facebook and posted the comment.
    I want one to run my first half!!

  225. Tweeted! 😉

  226. Following!

  227. Follower! Sparkle on!

  228. I now follow your blog, LOVE the team sparkle skirts, they are so, well sparkly :-)

  229. I have "liked" team sparkle on FB and commented as instructed

  230. I now follow Team Sparkle on twitter and have tweeted the instructed tweet.

  231. I follow you on FB.

  232. Im a follower!

  233. I liked teram sparkle on fb!

  234. I like you on fb!

  235. Jillrunsforsanity says:

    I like team sparkle on FB

  236. Jillrunsforsanity says:

    I follow you on FB

  237. Jillrunsforsanity says:

    I tweeted I wanted to win teamsparkle skirt from mileposts

  238. Dawn Hudson says:

    I like on FB!!

  239. Running In Boise says:

    I liked and posted a comment on Team Sparkle FB.

  240. Jennifer Goodale says:

    I liked Team Sparkle on FB and left a comment. I also tweeted about your giveaway. Love your dedication and enthusiasm!

  241. I follow you on Twitter.

  242. I follow you on FB.

  243. What a great review.

    I’m so glad to have found your blog. I’ll be running my first relay – Ragnar So Cal in a few months so I can’t wait to look back over your HTC experience. I’ve been debating on buying a Sparkle skirt for some time now. I’m running the Tinkerbell Half in a couple of weeks and have been trying to tack down a “costume” of sorts.

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