Thursday, August 14, 2008

Running Shorts

I had to come into work early today and didn't get a chance to run, but I'll be biking after work.

One thing I've been thinking about recently is running shorts..and swimming trunks for that matter.

My beef with them is that whoever designs these things has to be an idiot or physiologically my polar opposite.

They all have these asinine mesh linings. I have no idea what their purpose is, but on running shorts they're often touted for their magical ability to fight bacterial build up. This magical process is not explained. I think the whole concept of the interior lining is some sort of prudish notion left over from someone fearing a look up their shorts.

But when you run or swim, you get wet with sweat or water. The lining of the pants then clings to your nether regions, and if you keep moving, it starts chafing you. Running with wet material clinging to you down their is not fun.

I've bought two pairs of running shorts this summer, each of which I've surgically relieved of their linings.

No more chafing.

Anyone know what those things are really for? Does anyone enjoy them? Do they not cause problems for you?


Sarah said...

I don't know but my husband has some swimming shorts like that and I think they look funny. :D Maybe it's for guys who can't do without their briefs, if you know what I mean?

Lea said...

Andrew - too bad you can't run in one of those running skirts - they rock! Maybe you can invent something similar for men....

Running Raw said...

Maybe. I'm sticking with my prude notion because I find it infinitely more enjoyable.

Lea -
Running skirts? Never seen one, but the Romans rocked the tunics, and my friend brought me a Buddhist man-skirt home from Asia, so maybe.