The weather this weekend was gorgeous! Mid – 70s and Sunny all weekend! I can come up with the craziest excuses of why I can’t go running. But I had none! I actually ran 3 days in a row.
Friday, my day off, I started out on 4 mile run that turned into a 6.5mile run. I felt awesome and my splits were at least 30 seconds lower than my normal runs. Took me about hour. Not an hour straight, I stopped the clock for my 2 walking breaks and I had to make a pit stop back to my house after about a mile to change my outfit….
Originally, I put on the snazzy new running shorts I received from New Balance at Fitbloggin. Everyone else loved them! Initially, I did too! The shorts sat right on my waist, were not too short and had a pocket for my ipod. Turns out the pocket was too small for my iPod Touch, which I found out after I was out on the road! Fail!
Changed from this:
I want to love running shorts. Companies always come out with the cutest colors. Some are even NOT pink! (I have strong feelings against pink workout gear) And they are light and cool in the summer unlike some soccer or lacrosse shorts.
The problem is Running Shorts don’t love me.
No matter what I do, the shorts ride up and bunch. It feels like I have on a bulky diaper. Though I have no idea how it looks, it is an incredibly uncomfortable feeling. But I bet I look pretty ridiculous! Each step I take, I think chaf-ing, chaf-ing. I never actually chafe because I turn around and change my outfit.
I have the same issue with running skirts. The skimpy “compression” short found underneath most skirt ride right up. In outfit #2 above, I have on a running skirt that has shorts AND Under Armour 7′ compression shorts.
Its close to impossible to find anything that I like and fits and doesn’t ride up. Even my capris ride up! The start out on my calves and end up bunched around my knees. Since the weather warming up, it is becoming more of a problem. This wasn’t an issue during the winter because I wore tights all the time. And before last fall, I would wear lacrosse or soccer shorts, usually longer but heavier (aka hotter).
It is absolutely getting on my nerves. I have tried on shorts and skirts of just about every brand out there. Nothing seems to stay put. Think maybe I will just switch to capris? I really love the Lululemon Crops but shelling out $86 for crops hurts more than just my wallet. I ordered this SkirtGoddess Skirt, which has 7′ shorts underneath! Unfortunately even if it works, they are going out of business.
I have been trying to NOT use fat talk and build a better body image. Hard to banish fat talk though when I feel my ‘large’ thighs are the reason everything ride up. So the other day, I took a long look at my thoughts and my thighs.
I recently read that most women think they are bigger then they actually are. I definitely suffer from this! I took a hard look at other women runners. Guess what? Most ladies don’t have smaller thighs than me! Yet, they can run in running shorts and skirts.
Me Thinks my gait and foot landing is the issue with things riding up. I have neutral landing, meaning I run on the outer edges of my feet. I also run with one foot in front of the other. This is considered a more bio-mechanically efficient stride.
So tomorrow when I go on a search for running bottoms, I know it’s a struggle because of how I run NOT because of my body. It makes me awesome!
Take that Fat Talk!