When my friend Sarah turned up at the London 10 Mile race on Sunday, I eyed up her shorts closely, asking her if she was wearing two pairs she said proudly, ‘yes, these are Matthew’s boxers and these are Matthew’s running shorts’. Turns out, she’d stolen all of her boyfriends kit that morning because the chafing had been so bad from her own shorts on a previous run.
Been there, got the chub rub to prove it.
Luckily, I don’t have to worry about shorts anymore as I am building up quite the collection of amazing running shorts, but since it’s one of my most asked questions on Instagram, I thought I’d share them here.
My ultimate favourite pair of running shorts are a pair of Lululemon shorts with pockets on the thighs and in the back. Sadly, they seemed to have discontinued my faves, (however rumour has it something similar is coming back), and the closest I could find was the Train Times shorts.
I’ve put together a collection of similar style shorts to those all time faves, that are long in length, flattering, and should prevent any of that unfortunate inner-thigh rubbing. I typically look for a 7inch length running short (I’m 5ft 6) and the more pockets, the better.
While we wait for Lululemon to release some new pocketed shorts, I think the closest I’ve found are the Oiselle pocket joggers. The Threo and 2XU shorts have zipped pockets at the back – perfect for keys, bank cards, phones etc.
What pairs of running shorts do you love? Any particular style? I used to love the short, baggier style of short with the pant lining, but without pockets, found them annoying for running long distance (and, I think I’ve mentioned the chafing before!). Check out this old school Runner Beans blog post on Track shorts!