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Skirt Sports Ambassador Weekend Recap, Part 1: The Retreat

Last weekend was one of the best I’ve had in recent history. I’d been looking forward to the Skirt Sports ambassador retreat and 13er (13er, not half marathon, because “it’s not half of anything”) for weeks, even though I wasn’t sure if I could make it to all the events due to house-hunting. I made it, though, and I came away refreshed, inspired, and proud that I get to represent this incredible company.

Quick disclaimer before I get into my recap: As a Skirt Sports ambassador, I get some free and discounted product, but I’m not compensated for posting about them. I’m not one of those bloggers that have 85 ambassadorships and rep a ton of companies; I’m a Skirt ambassador because I love the product and I believe in this company and everything it stands for — namely, empowering women and embracing those of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. All opinions here are truly my own.

My weekend kicked off early. Jordan had a meeting in Loveland on Friday morning, so we went up Thursday afternoon to house hunt; we stayed with a friend in Fort Collins that night. Since Logan lives in Fort Collins and is my kind of crazy, she and I decided that a 4-a.m. wake-up call and a sunrise hike/run at Horsetooth Rock would be a great idea. We were correct.


So excited to be moving closer to all of this!

Friday afternoon, we did some more (unsuccessful) house shopping, and then I headed up to Boulder and the new Skirt Sports store (on Pearl Street; if you’re ever in the area, hit it up!) for an ambassador cocktail reception. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous at first, as I’m a socially awkward penguin (as J says) and I didn’t really know anyone there — at least not in real life.

Of course, I had no reason to worry, because Skirt Sisters are as cool in person as online, and soon I was at ease. The tasty food (provided by Mad Greens and Kim and Jake’s Cakes) and beverages (provided by Ska Brewing and Bhakti Chai) also didn’t hurt.


After some time to shop, eat, and chat, Skirt Sports owner Nicole Deboom spoke. I first met Nicole (and fell in love with Skirt) before last year’s 13er; you can read about that here. The more I read Nicole’s articles, listen to her podcast, and spend time around her, the more I admire her. She is committed to inspiring and empowering women, and her passion shows through everything Skirt Sports does, from the #REALwomenmove campaign to using ordinary women as models to the Running Start  nonprofit.

Nicole firing us up, making us  laugh, and reminding us why we were there. Photo credit: My fellow ambassador Jessi Adler.

Nicole talked about finding your word: the one word that names your purpose and drives everything you do. Her word is “relationships.” I’m not sure yet what my word is, but I’ve been giving it a lot of thought since Friday night.

After Nicole spoke, we had a little  fashion show to preview the new stuff for this fall and next spring. I can’t post pictures yet, but I can tell you there’s a lot of cool stuff coming up. I’d better start saving money now. The night wrapped up with cake, which is, of course, the best way to end an event.

Saturday morning, we met at Skirt Sports community outreach manager Noelle Wilson’s house in Lyons for breakfast (provided by sponsors Justin’s, Two Moms in the Raw, Bhakti Chai, and Noosa… yum) and a beautiful hike… complete with a few unplanned hill repeats when we couldn’t find the trailhead.

“Which way do we go?” Photo courtesy of Amy Machael.


Also Amy’s picture.

After the hike, we split into two groups for breakout sessions. My group went with Nicole and brainstormed some outreach possibilities for the future.  These women are super smart; they had some great ideas that I’m excited to see come to fruition!

Not a bad brainstorming spot, right?

After the breakouts, we came back together as a group, and Kate and Amy led a  session on selfie-taking. Maybe now I can decent pictures while I run… but I probably won’t. Knowing how to do something and actually doing it aren’t always the same thing.

Pic borrowed from Skirt Sports’ Facebook page. I love this picture: Look at all the different body types rockin’ the Skirt!

I had to leave before the wrap-up because we were doing more house-hunting, but the morning was absolutely wonderful. I’m so thankful that I had this opportunity to spend a weekend with such smart, strong, and wicked-cool women!

The weekend culminated in Sunday’s race, which will have its own post later this week. Stay tuned!

What’s the most inspiring, empowering, or exciting thing you’ve done lately?

What’s your “word”?

Coconut-Lime Slaw and Save the Chard

Today’s Run: 7.5 recovery miles

After my run, I met up with my pal Sarah, who is house-sitting here in town, for some walk-and-talk time. Our plan was to walk and then have breakfast at the cafe by where she’s staying, but the place was closed. What the heck. So we just extended our walk so we could hit a different coffee shop. Walking + coffee = happy. We had a little discrepancy, though…my Garmin said we walked 3.9 miles, and her iPhone said 4.57. Hmmm, satellites, confused much?

Fun fact about Sarah: Sarah has been teaching in the same district for the entire time that I’ve been here, but it’s just been recently that we’ve started hanging out and I’ve learned that she’s a really cool person. Way to miss the cool friend boat for six years, Cassie.

Anywhoo, when I got home, I attacked the massive weed patch that was my garden. The good news is that it actually looks like a garden now. The bad news is that my Swiss chard looks like this:

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What is happening? Can it be brought back to health? Help me, Internet friends. Save the chard!

That was a little dramatic. Here’s a recipe for you to make up for the melodrama.

Coconut Lime Broccoli Slaw

1 package broccoli slaw

1/4 c. coconut milk (the kind in a can by the soy sauce, not the drink)

1/2 can water chestnuts

1 T. safflower oil or other neutral oil

Zest and juice of 1/2 lime

1 T. rice vinegar

1 t. honey

Mix everything that’s not slaw or chestnuts, then dump it all together and mix it up.

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Easy and tasty. If you’re still looking for a side dish for that 4th of July BBQ, this is a good one!

Can you save my chard?

What are your 4th of July plans? I’m running a 5k in the morning, which should be interesting since I’ve done speedwork a whopping two times since Boston, then doing political stuff that I don’t really like to do for the rest of the day.

I have most of a can of coconut milk left over. What should I do with it?