Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth to everyone in America! To celebrate, we will discuss my hot, sweaty thighs!

Three weeks ago, I started the Couch to 5K running program. I love it. Well, I love it every hour of the day besides the hour in which I’m actually participating in the Couch to 5k running program. I wasn’t sure if I could logistically follow the program, considering it involves time and distance measurement, until I found this podcast on iTunes. This very nice man created weekly podcasts with music in which he tells you when to Stop and Go and Keep Loose and Run Through Your Heels and Good Job, You’re Almost There!

The music is a little techno-y, but if you don’t mind the thump-thump-thump and an occasional siren blowing during the songs, it’s all good. Oh, except this one song in the first week’s podcast, when this whiney bitch of a dude sings, “Leave me alone, leave me alone, I don’t waaaaaaaant to see yoooo”. Not “you”, but “yoooooo”, which always makes me laugh hysterically while running, scaring all of the mommies and small children in Bugaboos.

However, let us not discuss whiney bitchy dude techno today. Let’s discuss running attire. I usually wear a wife-beater and stretchy capri-type pants, which was all fine and dandy until my neighborhood suddenly became Planet Hellfire this week. Must I remind you of my rosacea and heat intolerance? Well, wearing stretchy black pants is not exactly helping the issue.

As much as it hurts me to say this, I think I need to purchase some running shorts.

*dry heave*

I need serious assistance with this matter. Does anyone have any good recommendations for running shorts that:

1) Do not ride up the inner thigh into the nether regions.

2) Are loose enough to not make thighs look like sausage casing.

3) Are not fugly.

Help me, oh wise ones!

  • Sara

    July 4, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Do you have a Lululemon in your area? It’s a cool Canadian company. I recently bought some longer pants, but their shorts looked good too. The “Reverse Groove” style is famous for making asses everywhere look hot. And isn’t that the goal, really?

  • sizzle

    July 4, 2007 at 9:23 am

    i cannot help you with this one sister though i am interested to hear what people have to say. :)

  • Neil

    July 4, 2007 at 9:37 am

    No wonder this blog is rated R, with all that talk of hot, sweaty thighs. I have absolutely NO advice for you, except that they have a 4th of July sale at Sportmart.

  • Kristy

    July 4, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Delurking for a sec here…I have some Nike shorts with *gasp* built-in undies. (Similar to men’s swimming trunks.) The legs are really loose, so there are no ride-up issues. They actually look more like soccer shorts than regular running shorts. I have several pairs of regular running shorts, but the inner-thigh ride-up drives me insane. The soccer shorts are actually pretty cute, as well. Hope this helps!

  • Maggie

    July 4, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Hi Whoorl,
    Title 9 is a company that is all about women’s athletic gear. (Title 9 being the ruling that schools must devote equal funding to womens’ athletics as they do to mens) Anyway, they have lots of options:
    Good luck with the run!

  • sarah

    July 4, 2007 at 10:49 am

    glory bee and hallelujah. i love that running program but the only thing that was a pain was figuring out when to stop and start. thank you for sharing the podcasts!

  • erin rae

    July 4, 2007 at 10:54 am

    The dreaded running short, eh?

    First off, make sure you get good running shorts. And by that, I mean shorts that were made for ~running~. Sounds simple, no? But it’s not. Your aforementioned aversion to Target will at least help you steer clear of the general workout shorts.

    Secondly, the lighterweight the material, the better. Not just because I am a fellow exercising lobster-head, but because I don’t like the crotch bunching and my thighs are not blessed with a 2″ gap. Ahem.

    So – with that in mind, LUCY makes some speedy runner shorts that I like (and there is an inner key pocket).

    Otherwise, I kinda like UnderArmor, Nike and New Balance.

    And also – I secretly heart the new running skirts. Maybe it’s because I’m already used to wearing skirts for tennis, but it’s basically tight bike shorts under a cute skirt. I don’t mind tight when nobody can see it :-)

    Good luck with the rest of your program and congrats! Are you working up to a specific race?

  • Kami

    July 4, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Sorry no help here, me and running are like oil and water. We no mix. Good luck on your quest for the ultimate running shorts.

    And as a Canadian I have to plug Lululemon. I have some of their yoga pants and even my hiney looks reasonable in them.

  • nabbalicious

    July 4, 2007 at 11:41 am

    My knees are ass, and therefore, I cannot run.

    But if you want running short recommendations, talk to Maliavale. She’s big into it and I’m sure she’s got some ideas.

    I, personally, am eyeing these for my own workouts: http://skirtsports.com/

    Skirts! You can work out in! Without showing your goods! So cute.

  • nabbalicious

    July 4, 2007 at 11:43 am
  • sunny

    July 4, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I really like Adidas’ running shorts for women. I have these:


    and the “quickly moves moisture off your skin” is really true!

  • Maliavale

    July 4, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    I’m with Kristy, was it? I was going to suggest Nike shorts — they’re long enough, not tight, aren’t cut up the thigh, and can actually be quite cute. You can get them at any Sports Authority-type place, but your best bet is a running store. And if I may anticipate the shoe question, a running store is by FAR the best place to get shoes because they will actually watch how your feet fall and body mechanics work. It’s pretty darn amazing, actually. And, also, yes, the built-in undies. Hey, less sweat, right? … Crickets.

  • Natalie

    July 4, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I normally wear those stretchy 3/4 pants as well but I moved to shorts when it got really hot. They bunch. I hate that. So I started a search for super-awesome-sweet running shorts and ended up looking at Adidas b/c I love their running shoes. I REALLY like the two pair I bought. Stay pretty sweat free (so pretty), move easily, minimal bunching and are very lightweight. They were about $45-$55 each.

  • LVGurl

    July 4, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    I have no advice to give, as running and I are not friends.

    But I have to add that the ‘sausage casing’ comment made me laugh :)

  • Jana

    July 4, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Go for the running skorts! A skirt with running shorts on the inside. Plenty to choose from … athleta.com, new balance, activa, adidas, nike, etc. The perfect compromise. I just switched from Nike low rise pants to the skirts/skorts because I just can NOT do shorts. Good luck!

  • jonniker

    July 4, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    The Couch-to-5K program ROCKS. I love it. I’ve been doing it off and on for years, and I feel very empowered and fancy when I do it, like I’m training for something Very Important, which of course, I’m not.

    You gave me some recommendations for form-fitting capris at the Gap, many moons ago when I posted the same question, and I use those sometimes. For shorts, I picked up some mesh Champion ones at the Sports Authority, and honestly, I love them. They’re lined, which keeps the girly bits protected, and most importantly, covered, and they also prevent chafing and ride-up. And they’re hilariously cheap and good to have around in general.

    However, my very favorite shorts are the Adidas ones Sunny posted above. I love them. LOVE LOVE LOVE them, and wear them too often, and wash them all the time.

  • jonniker

    July 4, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I missed the stretchy capri-pant disaster portion of your post, but I have to say: AMEN. It’s hot as…well, sweaty balls, here in Florida, and hell to the no, I am not wearing capris, even in the air-conditioned gym, because it never really cools down in summer. NEVER EVER TO THE EVER I HATE IT SO.

  • Jane

    July 4, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    I did the C25K plan a few years back and I am still running! It’s a great program. The problem I had with shorts are that they would ride up until they were bunched up at my crotch. This caused a problem in my running rythm as I was always having to pull my shorts out of my crotch. Here was my solution (and at one of your favorite stores, too)!

    Go to Target and look in their activewear section. They have a brand called C9. The shorts you are looking for actually have a compression short UNDER the actual short. This keeps the shorts on the outside from riding up while running. They are great and cheap!

    Good luck with C25K!

  • whoorl

    July 4, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Awesome suggestions, thank you thank you thank you!

    I must admit, I’m intrigued by the skirt/shorts – they’re just so cute! But as Jonniker can relate, I’m faux-training for something Very Important and this outfit choice might sway me to prance directly to the coffee shop to show off my flirty pink skort instead of actually RUNNING.

    Secondly, how do you know if new shorts won’t ride up? Do you run in place in the dressing room? I don’t think that would be terribly accurate.

    Finally, I visited lucy.com, and they have great stuff on sale right now. PLUS, I found a code for 30% off your entire order! Go use it – 0406F2FR. I got me some sports bras. WOOOOOOOOO!

  • julie

    July 4, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    my absolute favorite running shorts are the tuesday run short that they are clearing out right now at desoto sports (a triathlon company)
    sadly, they only have pink and white in the size that will probably fit you

    the low-rise version is here, which is the new version of that short, made for women. i am going to buy this as a nice present for myself after i get rid of my post-baby flabbo stomach.

    the newer version of the tuesday short is called the torrey short and it’s here:

    i have worn their stuff for triathlon and for just running/training. don’t get anything listed as a tri-bottom or a racing bottom, because they are triathlon bottoms, and they usually will have a (very thin) pad for riding on the bike and that will probably give you the mother of all yeast infections if you try to wear them as running shorts in this weather!

    but their regular training shorts should be great. they have unbelievably great customer service. the owner of the company exchanged something for me personally after writing a very nice email back to mine.

    if you do get something from them, check the sizing chart.

    i like lucy too, but i’ve never used their running shorts.

    ok, and my other recommendation is sporthill.
    their shorts are here:

    my shorts from them are not on this list anymore, but i like their products and they are made of super light, great fabric for running.

    oh, and yes, all of these have that little underwear insert and it’s good because it is made for running and you don’t wear underwear along with it. it keeps the underwear from going up your butt and well, the clamminess factor stays down too because it’s all special breathable fabric.

    there’s my $.02!

  • Alissa

    July 5, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Sorry I’m so late but another suggestion: Stella McCartney for Adidas. Too cute, sexy, etc. Check it out, I love this stuff http://www.adidas.com/campaigns/stella07/content/?strCountry_adidascom=com&strBrand_adidascom=performance

  • Amanda

    July 5, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Old Navy has some that are great. Light weight with the little undies inside. I haven’t had any problems with them riding up at all – I think it’s the material. Anyway, they’re cheap and comfy and look just like all the other running shorts out there.

  • Lawyerish

    July 5, 2007 at 5:19 am

    I have to recommend the Nike Tempo Track Short. I have about seven pairs in different colors, and they are super comfy and, although they’re short, they don’t bunch or ride up or make any legs look like sausage casing. I swear. They also have a handy key pocket inside. And you will look like a badasssss runner type.

    I would also recommend that you purchase some Body Glide — oooh, naughty! No, it’s not THAT sort of thing; it looks like a deodorant stick and you slap some on your thighs and, spit spot!, no chafing! For chafing, it is bad.

  • AngelaF

    July 5, 2007 at 7:02 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have been wanting/needing to start running again since I had a baby nine months ago, and this is exactly what I needed to read! Just last night I told my husband that I needed to start running again, and soon, otherwise I would need a new wardrobe. I have run two marathons and several half-marathons in the past, but I am useless without a training partner, and these podcasts are exactly what I need. Plus, I need a training program that won’t kill me and discourage me at the same time.

    I also second the suggestion of Body Glide. It is wonderful, and saves my inner thighs from becoming red and raw. Chafing is evil.

    I don’t have a good way of telling a good pair of shorts from a bad pair in the dressing room- it is mostly trial and error. For long runs, I used to wear shorts that looked like biking shorts, but they were black and had a white stripe on the side that was “slimming”. They might not have been the most attractive, but they did the trick.

    Thanks again, from a fellow Jayhawk. Rock chalk!
    Love the pictures of your boy, btw. He is such a cutie!

  • rebecca

    July 5, 2007 at 9:26 am

    I like the Nike running shorts, as someone else suggested above. Of course now reading all the other recommendations I want to go shopping for new running shorts. Am I even running right now? Uh, no.

  • kelly

    July 5, 2007 at 9:49 am

    I’m seconding the skirt sports. I have the pink camo skirt/shorts & i LOVE them! Other (more boring) companies like Nike also make skirts with compression shorts built in.
    Have fun shopping! Oh, I mean RUNNING!

  • andrea

    July 5, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for posting this. It looks like a ‘training’ program even a habitual lazy ass like myself might be able to follow.

    No wisdom on the shorts, but share with us what you find.

  • Holly

    July 5, 2007 at 11:02 am

    De-lurking to say that the C25K program ROCKS for getting back into running again! I also love the online tools at CoolRunning.com! I just had a baby three weeks ago and was planning to start running again with the program in 3 more weeks (I hope), so this is a GREAT post for ideas. THANKS!!

    I also like the Nike running shorts or anything that is “dry fit” works great! Dry fit fabrics are worth the money, wash great, do not hold a smell after a full summer of running (like cotton) and does not fade over time!

    Good for you!!!

    -East Coast, Fairport, NY

  • Kimberly

    July 5, 2007 at 11:27 am

    I dreaded them when I first got into running 4 years ago – but you definitely need to get real running shorts with the built in underwear. I think mine are all Adidas and Moving Comfort. And ditch the wife beater too. Get a real running tank with wick away capabilities. Makes a huge difference in comfort. I love my running clothes so much now that I’d rather grab them out of the hamper and wear them dirty than run in any of the cotton stuff I used to wear.

  • Whiskeymarie

    July 5, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    I’m starting the whole running dealio too- this couch to 5k thing seems like it would work better than my current method- run too fast, get winded, walk, try running again (too fast), get winded, walk…

    I’m going to start it too!
    Except, not until after Friday and Saturday when we should have 95 degree heat and 75-80% humidity.

    I’ll be wearing my usual: Black stretchy pants and a tank top.

  • amy

    July 5, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    i think i have the answer to all your problems whoorl…bc i have done research in this area bc i have the same issues. i run about 3 times a week. i have not read your comments so these rec’d might have already been made. and if so, i will not seem like a lifesaver afterall.
    my favorite:
    in black. these do not ride up. the waist is sits at the exact right place and doesn’t move. i love this in black. even cute enough to wear elsewhere. love them.
    my 2nd favorite:
    lulelemon has the most fanatastic pants too!
    you might look at this at the store and say wooo weee bob that is short but it holds it all in and is flattering. although the only problem i have is the shorties under aren’t long enough. i just bought my sister one and she loves it.

    if you are on a budget i found a running skirt at target made by champion. bc well i like some variety in the running wardrobe. its a little long though.

    hope you find the running skirts as great as i do.

  • PC

    July 5, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    My wife likes the stuff from Athleta:


    Also, I bought her a Nike+iPod Sport for her iPod Nano. That does a really good job of tracking your runs, pace, calories burned, managing goals, etc. I’d highly recommend it! The device is only $29 and I bought her a little holder so that she could use it on any shoe (not just Nikes).


  • Cricket

    July 5, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    I do not like my thighs, so any shorts are my enemies… so I cannot help you But if you find the answer, let me know!!

    BTW, I tagged you here: http://thoughtsofcricket.blogspot.com/2007/07/eight-amazing-things.html

    One day I will know how to link with one word.. hmph.

  • amy

    July 5, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    one more thing…you have to purchase lululemon at their fashion island store. go there!
    also, do you have the nike ipod? bc this little chip is so fantastic. i know exactly how long i have run, what pace, what my goals are, history of last runs, etc. invest in this!

  • Vesper

    July 6, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Well I’m not sure how you feel about Target since I am new to your blog, but they have these awesome non see through mesh capri pants that I LUV to run in. I being an anti short gal myself am kept cool and comfortable with out the worry of 1)are my shorts riding up? 2)Can anyone see up my shorts while I stretch? 3)do my legs look like they are bulging out of these shorts? They do have a short version of said capri pants, but b/c of the reasons listed, I opted for the capri pants.
    Good luck in your search!!

  • holli

    July 6, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I just bought some running shorts yesterday…Adidas Clima 365. Love ’em! They don’t ride up and they have a small pocket for a key or whatever on the backside…they were about $45 (canadian)…

    Ps-lululemon has some wonderful stuff as well…check out the bras, pants, well, just about everything!

  • Bethany

    July 6, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Very funny girl, per usual!

    I’m totally downloading that podcast RIGHT NOW!!!

    So you on a Jim Brickman kick right now or what? It’s alright, I dig it.

  • Mrs. Flinger

    July 6, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    ohhh! Thanks for the podcast info! I’m finally able to join everyone for the run portion (I got a Nike + and oooh, oohhh! I love it!). Now I’ll actually have something to play when I run. :-)

  • mar

    July 7, 2007 at 4:19 am

    Not so much with the running (knee reconstruction can do that to you!) but I agree w/everyone w/the built in undies – pick your pair, but definitely helps w/the ride up issue. Someone mentioned Body Glide – huge for the sweating thighs issues. If you don’t like that, my husband (who does the whole running/cycling thing) also occasionally uses a product called Brave Soldier – same thing, but does stay in place better if you are doing any triathlon type stuff – or maybe just running to the beach – it stays put in cold water!

  • Schnozz

    July 7, 2007 at 6:40 am

    I was STOKED to use those podcasts, only to realize that, hey! I hate iPods and only have a Samsung mp3 player!

    After lots of pouting, I found a simple, free converter here:

    My gift to all you non-iPod users. Even though I think I may be the only one left. Despite batteries that don’t last and the annoying dictatorship that is iTunes. Not that I’m bitter.

  • Schnozz

    July 7, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Oh, and thanks for asking for recommendations–I needed them too. I have yet to find a pair of shorts that does not climb into my Area. Bunchy fabric is not welcome in the Area, but for some reason no pair of shorts will respect that.

    But the skorts–those look perfect, and I had no idea they existed. Hooray for no longer flashing my derby leaguemates during embarrassing yogalike stretching!

  • Pam

    July 8, 2007 at 8:56 am

    “my rosacea and heat intolerance”

    me freaking tooooooo, seriously, i might even be a little worse then you, i don’t/can’t really wear makeup bc of it, sometimes my face gets like that in the mall, and ppl come up to you and are like “hunny are you ok?” which is nice i guess but it totally pisses me off, i’m like I HAVE A SKIN CONDITION DON’T CALL AN AMBULANCE, i’m so happy that you understand, you should be my new bff

  • janet

    July 8, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    I am more excited about those podcasts that I really should admit to. But I need a new kick in the rear, and I’m hoping this is it.

    And I buy all my workout clothes at the Tar-jhay. I usually don’t care if I look like crap because it’s 93% gay men at my local gym.

  • undercover celebrity

    July 9, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Hey! I just started this same program. I have romantic notions of participating in the 5k Boot Camp run in San Diego in October. And Lord knows I’ve never run more than a mile in my life.

    I’ll have to check out the podcast because keeping track of all that timing is way too challenging.

  • Amanda

    July 9, 2007 at 8:31 am

    A few months ago I picked up a pair of board short/bermuda short length shorts by Nike. I got them at Dicks (sporting goods store here in OH), but I’m sure you could find them at whatever SG store you have near you…

    They’re low rise black with tourquoise racing stripes that start at the hip and curve towards the front edge of the pant.

    I always go with a longer short for running (to avoid them riding up) or a spandex short short that won’t move. Shorts that hit mid thigh are a little dowdy, but, at the thinnest part of your leg are the most likely not to move or rub.