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!

  1. 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?

  2. 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. :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. nabbalicious

    July 4, 2007 at 11:43 am
  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 :)

  15. 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!