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“Playing” Dress-Up

August 26, 2014 by The Girls

We will admit it…. we loved playing “dress-up” when we were little girls, didn’t you?

 

Step back a minute and think about your own childhood experience. Maybe you dressed up in some old clothes your grandmother left to your mom. Or perhaps mom even let you put on her wedding dress in order to create that perfect, fairytale wedding you were dreaming of. It’s all part of what makes being a little girl so special.

 

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Maybe that’s why we love “dressing-up” in running costumes so much – it reminds us of our childhood.

 

Just because you’re a “runner” doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. Wearing costumes for running is the new big thing, didn’t you know?! Some of our favorite races are perfect for running in costume. In fact — many races actually encourage it!  Doesn’t it seem like every race these days has a “theme?” Think about it for a moment…. runDisney, the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Series, the Color Run – and that’s just the tip of the running races iceberg.

 

Don’t worry, creating a running costume isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. In fact, it doesn’t even require you to be incredibly creative or crafty. You can create LOTS of running costumes with just a few pieces of running gear:

 

sparkle running skirt with matching top
sparkle sleeves
race legs
sparkle visors

 

Additional accessories & details can include sparkle shoe showings, power bands, racing wings, & more.

 

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Feeling nervous about creating your own costume for running? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Check out the Sparkle Athletic costume guide – we’ve created quick & simple costume how-to’s that you can re-create, or use for inspiration!

 

Running in Costume

 

Okay, let’s be honest about something… at first the idea of running in costume, might make you feel a bit silly. Trust us, we’ve been there.

 

But don’t worry, that feeling won’t last long.

 

But, while we’re talking about running in costume, here are a few tips:

 

1.  Make your running costume functional – avoid materials that are scratchy and unforgiving. Nothing is worse than chafing on race day.
2.  Accessories are key, and can help signify “who” you are dressing as… sparkle sleeves, tiaras & don’t forget the shoes!
3.  Don’t forget to go for a test run.

 

Playing “dress-up” puts a whole new spin on running, doesn’t it?

 

At Sparkle Athletic, we are 100% behind the idea of running in costume. Why? Because we know how much fun it is! Do you really need any more reasons than that? Okay, here’s one more – your race pictures will be amazing!

 

But don’t worry, you don’t always need to rock a costume, and you definitely don’t have to reserve your sparkle for race day. Our sparkle running skirts, and other sparkly gear – is also perfect for anytime you are training. We’ve found wearing sparkle is a great motivational tool when the hard work of training begins to drag you down. After all sparkle does equal speed, right?!

 

Okay, so maybe it isn’t a scientific fact that sparkle equals speed – but we do know that once you put on a Sparkle Athletic skirt, you feel unstoppable. It puts a little pep in your step, not to mention a smile on your face.

 

Haven’t you heard? Sparkle is the new black.

 

So run like a girl. Be loud. Be confident. Be noticed. Be awesome.

 

Put the fun back in your run… Join Team Sparkle.

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