Oh yes, this may come as a shocker to some but I do not wear underwear when I run, or work out for that matter…IF I am wearing the fabulous shorts with underwear built in. I have heard some clatter about this topic on some comments to Tall Mom on the Run and some questioning the reasoning over at Caution:Redhead Running and thought I would throw my $.2 in.
Here is the deal. Last year I was wearing my nice cotton underwear (what they say women should wear because of sweat and gross things that can happen if you chose to wear nice little satin panties or other fabric when you work out) with my Nike Dri-Fit running shorts (LOVE them!) They are my go-to running shorts. If I run in shorts they are the only style I wear. And they come in at least 50 different color combinations! It is pretty hard to chose which ones to buy, so I usually pick up 2 or three at a time. You can NEVER have too many (this is why I need a job!)!
Oh, anyway...I was wearing underwear with the fabulous shorts and I was going out of my mind because of the friction and honestly the dreaded shorts-up-the thigh-and-bunching-in-my-crotch issue (anyone else know what I am talking about?!). This would cause serious chaffing. Part of this I am convinced was due to my larger thighs that I am proud to say have slimmed up a bit since then. But the major factor was the the UNDERWEAR and built-in undies combo! The liner is polyester, which is good for allowing our special space to breath. There really is no reason to wear underwear, unless you are super opposed to going COMMANDO! I found that when I don't wear underwear with these shorts there is less friction and less shorts up the thighs. You should give it a try and let me know how it goes!!
Here are some pictures of the shorts that I wear and do not wear underwear with and check out the liner and awesome little pocket that fits a driver's licence, an iPod, and a car key or door beeper. :
The Addidas shorts (the pink ones) are my least favorite. They just are not flattering on me. They are a little longer and straight where the Nike Dri-Fit flair out a bit in all the right places and make your legs look a little skinnier. The Brooks are AWESOME spandex! And frankly there is no room for underwear when it comes to spandex. I never wear underwear with my spandex shorts or my tights. But be careful if you are stretching in the spandex with no undies! Sometimes the crotch has a bit of a meshy material for breathability (if you are confused as to WHY your crotch needs to breath just leave me a comment, I bet Amber can explain it to us! HA!). And check out the sweet little pocket on the Brooks shorts too! It has a zipper so you can be certain your key, money, ID, whatever wont fall out. It is also on the outside of the back of the shorts.
Well, yesterdays workout was a bear! Rarrrrrrr! I had an easy three miles on the dreadmill and then strength training. I love lifting weights! I destroyed my legs though with squats, dead lifts, and lunges. So today will be another light day, maybe three miles or maybe I will swim since I have my eye on the Kirkland Traithlon in September.
Today I am grateful:
-that the hub will be home in 2 nights!
-for a lazy Saturday!
-for some sweet things I "won" (i.e. got to buy) at my son's Montessori Silent Auction last night!
-that Oh-So-Sore feeling that means I have been workn' it!
Have a GREAT WEEKEND and Run Happy!