Running with Thighs Part 2

29 Apr

Ed Note: I don’t think this is the space to go on the rant I’d like to about oppressive regimes in this country, but I don’t want to post about running shorts as if that’s the most important thing on my mind today. So I will let other, smarter people do the talking– if you are looking for thought-provoking views that go past pithy, void-of-context MLK non-violence quotes, please read this article. And, if you struggle to understand why people don’t “do something productive” instead of burning CVS, please bring your most open mind when you sit down to read this one (especially the part about ‘tone-policing.’ I’d love to hear what you think. Sorry for the awkward transition–one day I will run a blog on social commentary instead of gluten-free recipes and running tips.

Last summer I wrote about my search for running shorts, and I’m excited to say I have two new pairs to add to the list of shorts worthy of some big ol’ runner’s thighs.

Brooks Run 7″ Shorts

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Let’s get something about this shorts straight right off the bat: they are wildly unflattering. My last post was about how I didn’t want running gear that looked like Bermuda shorts, and these do NOT meet that requirement–they are not even particularly good looking on the lovely Brooks model above. Just to drive the point home, someone I run with told me that these clinched my victory in the “Least Vain Runner in Washington” category and she’s probably right:

Brooks running shorts that don't ride up

Face covered to protect those who just don’t give a damn.

But the good news is that I just cannot be bothered to care  what they look like because these shorts are extremely light and comfortable. After the initial in-fitting-room jump around, I took them for a spin during a track workout and am pleased to report that what they lack in sex appeal is more than compensated for in their ability to stay put. I didn’t think about them once during my run in them, and am sure they are going to be lifesavers during hot, long runs this summer. For fit purposes, I sized up.

Lole Lively Short

No need to qualify these guys at all–they are comfortable, flattering, and held up great during the hill run I took them on yesterday morning. Features that make me love them: a wide, no-roll waistband and elastic grippers at the thigh openings that ensure these babies aren’t going anywhere, no matter how hard I’m working.

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If posting three pictures of my thighs on the world wide web ain’t endorsement enough, I just don’t know what is. The only complaint I have about this pair is that sizing is kind of strange- there was a BIG jump between sizes. I probably could have sized down for waist and sized up for thighs (#storyofmylife), so I ended up sizing up and am glad I did–they were so comfy I ran two extra hill repeats because I was enjoying wearing them so much.

And that’s what I have to say about that. What shorts are you wearing?

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