To my Grandfather, who I know reads every blog I post – please don’t read this one. Also anyone else that doesn’t want to know about my knickers…STOP READING NOW!
For those of you runners, I feel like there’s no such thing as TMI (too much info) when it comes to sharing with other runners. You can talk about your pre and post run loo habits, the best and worst portable loos, runners trots, and chafing. Today we’re talking about underwear.
When I first started running, I thought when it came to pants, bigger was better. Large, black M&S granny pants to be precise. What I didn’t take into account was ‘hungry bum’ while running which sadly caused some painful chafing.
I now run commando (sorry Grandfather if you kept reading). There’s nothing to chafe, and it’s one less thing to think about when planning your running kit. Here’s some top tips if you do want to run commando;
- Shorts with pants within are the best of inventions.
- You really need to test that your leggings are not see-through, ask someone you trust to tell you the truth before you go for a run.
- Run skirts are amazing, why do you think I wear them for all of my marathons?
- Vaseline is your friend. Actually vaseline should be every runners friend, regardless.
- Look for leggings with a proper gusset (Lululemon is very good for this), sweat wicking, and antibacterial if possible.
- Wash your leggings/shorts/skirt after every run.
I was recently sent some Runderwear to test out, and was intrigued. I wore them on a run and can see why people like them. I felt snug, secure, protected. The seamless knickers have micro-perforations throughout the material to control air-flow and ensure maximum comfort, ideal for those that like to wear a big knicker when running. These would be great for anyone that wants top coverage out on their run (or in their yoga class). I’d be more likely to wear these to the gym or a class where I didn’t want accidental knicker flashing.
I have to say, I don’t quite understand the Runderwear bras. In my opinion they aren’t supportive enough to run in, despite the website saying that they are. I am a strong believer that no matter the size of your boobs, they need to be adequately supported! Again, this might be good for a Pilates class or even Bikram yoga.
I often run in what my mum calls ‘my silly little knickers’ – a thong. There are some great seamless ones out there from sports shops like Sweaty Betty and Lululemon as well as good old M&S, although obviously technical, breathable fabric that you’ll get from the sports thong is better for your bottom. You’ve already done the ‘hungry bum’ so it won’t be a surprise (less chafing) and you get some coverage to ease any nerves of going commando.
It’s not so simple for guys either. Shorts with a lining are the obvious choice, however that gets a little nippy in winter. Baggy boxers aren’t ideal for running, apparently a tighter brief is best. Tom likes these Lululemon pants – Lock em down trunks.
What pants do you run in?