Monday, April 23, 2012

Running Clothing: Pants and Underwear

I need advice. I keep wearing *literally* through the capris I wear when I run.

When I started running last year, I started in a pair of G9 Capris from Target. At the time, I was just looking for something that fit and wasn't overly expensive. They worked for a while until I just couldnt get the sweat smell out in the wash.

Then, in November, I moved onto a pair of Nike capris I found at Dicks. The fabric was much thicker and seemed more durable. I wore just these for the next couple of month until I decided to pick up another pair. Then I was rotating through two pairs. This cut down on the amount of washing I was doing. Last week I slipped on the older pair of Nike capris and noticed there was a nice hole in the seam at the inside of my left thigh. I was upset because I actually spent a great deal of money on these capris. Now, you see, I carry my weight in my thigh, I always have. This is the first place that wears in most of my pants including my jeans.

Now i'm down to one pair of capris again. So I'm looking for another pair. I have also been looking at some running skorts. I guess I'm looking for something that wont split down the seams of my thighs. If I am paying that much for an article of clothing, I want it to last longer than a couple of months.

I also need advice on underwear. I know most women run without underwear but the feeling just drives me crazy! I can't get over it. I dont wear it when I bike so you wouldn't think it would be that big of a deal. For those who don't wear underwear when they run, what do you do to prevent chafing? For those who do wear underwear, what kind do you wear? I'm currently wearing underwear that is synthetic and not cotton. I don't want to feel like I'm wearing a wet diaper at the end of 13.1 miles next week.


  1. I wish I could help....I have C9s and Nike capris..until a couple months ago my thighs rubbed, too.. but I bet you have been running WAY more than me! I don't wear underwear for running :/

    I'm surprised that the Nike ones got a hole. Do you put your workout clothes in the dryer? That can wear them down, they lose wicking and elasticity more quickly. I air dry mine.

    Good luck!

  2. I wear wicking fabric boy shorts (seamless) from Road Runner Sports and love them. Very flexible fabric, and they're not bulky at all. The link:

    As for a running skort, I have the Firefly Pose Skirt from Shabby Apple. When I wore size XL, the L skirt was a good fit (it says generously sized on the website and they mean it). Now the L skirts are too big and I'm saving my pennies for a size M. The shorts and the skirt are of a thicker fabric and the shorts are long enough and heavy enough not to ride up, but not so heavy that it's bulky. I've never had chafing with this skort, and I love it. Here is the link to the skort:

  3. I agree Nike clothing is really comfortable and durable too. I love to buy stylish workout clothes of Nike brand, and always search for great discounts online else Nike brand is unaffordable to me. My friend always share with me sale on Nike clothing.