I recently bought a new running skirt, the Skirt Sports Women's Adventure Girl Skirt, because it has 5 pockets.In the photo, you can see three of the back pockets that are large enough to carry my 4 3/4 x 2 3/8 inch phone and lots of gels. There are two additional pockets on the shorts that are underneath the skirt. Skirt length for the extra small is 14'' (front) and 15.5'' (back) with 5 inch inseam shorts that do not ride up. The fabric feels like a crepe fabric to me, kind of unexpected in a running skirt. I've worn it a few times. The back of the waist band chafes so I have to wear something underneath and the skirt flares out a little too much, so there's good and there's bad. It was windy today and I liked the fact that I didn't have to worry when my skirt flew up since my shorts were nice and long.
Today I ran 17 miles. It took me 2 3/4 hours. I only ate two GU gels (25 carbs each at miles 8 and 12), which is a low amount, but I like to experiment. I felt fine and was able to speed up a bit at the end. I've often heard that runners should take in 30-60 grams of carbohydrates per hour, which is closer to what I usually do. I found the GU gels for $8 for a package of 8 at my local Academy Sports.
I had cool temps to run in this morning. It was about 50 degrees the entire time, but with the wind it felt cooler. This was such a nice change. At first I needed gloves, but I ended up in just a tank top and skirt. Without the humidity, I felt like I was flying.
I carried a water bottle to see if I'd like to carry one during my upcoming marathon at the end of May. I got used to it quickly. I may carry it since it may be warm at the race in Pennsylvania. It slowed me down a bit when I ate a gel while carrying my pepper-spray. I saw a runner who was a much better multitasker. While running, she was pushing a double stroller along a narrow dirt path while talking on her phone and was able to wave at me, too. I think that with a little planning, I can get speedier at opening a gel while holding a water bottle. Maybe I can even work in a wave at the same time. Update: This skirt worked great for the marathon I ran in May (more photos in that post).