Running Fashion for 2013

on February 1, 2013

Last Friday I had the pleasure of meeting with Cindy Lynch and Christy Baker, twin sisters and co-owners of Both Cindy and Christy are mothers who combine the world of fitness, business, and motherhood into a whirlwind of a successful life. The following is the interview I had with Cindy.

Me: How did it all start?

Cindy (paraphrased): In 2008 I entered Christy into the lottery for the 2008 ING New York City Marathon.  I told her not to worry because our chance for getting drawn was slim. Then, she got picked. At the time Christy had no illusions or desire to run a marathon, she was a fashion designer for her own children’s clothing line. Christy was determined not to wear the “regular” gym shorts that everyone else wore and she set out to design something “cute” to wear for the race. She came up with the running skirt. Everyone complimented us on our skirts and when we got home we both put a little money into the business and my husband made us a website. Five years later…. Here we are. Running Skirts is an internationally recognized company that sells skirts online as well as in Dick’s Sporting Goods and other local running and triathlon stores around the country.

Me: Wow that’s amazing! Since you are a mother how do you incorporate fitness into your every day life as well as your children’s?

Cindy (paraphrased): We find that we do most of our training early in the morning before our kids get up. We enjoy running but we also work with a trainer and do a “bootcamp” style workout once a week to keep us strong. As far as our children, we try to be fit as a family. They participate many times in the kid races that are held concurrently with many race series.

Me: What is your favorite type of workout?

Cindy (paraphrased): I like speed workouts the best as far as running goes. I also like “crossfit” type workouts because they help to keep the injuries away.

Me: Do you have a favorite race series?

Cindy (paraphrased): I really enjoy the Disney race series both in California and Florida. They are a lot of fun both to run in and for the family.

Me: Do you see a triathlon anywhere in your future?

Cindy (paraphrased): Well, my husband bought me a road bike for Christmas and is trying to encourage me to do a triathlon in Hawaii this next year. We will see…..

In visiting with both Christy and Cindy I found them to be a delight and an inspiration for mothers today who desire to be fit, do what they love, and dare to take a chance on an idea and make a dream a reality.


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