Dilemma: Are my new short running shorts wrong?!

Just bought a pair of 2 inch Nike dri-fit running shorts...

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31/01/2013 at 20:47

The context: I started running more seriously about a year and a half ago (running 5 miles to work a couple of times a week), then entered a HM (1:27:32) and a 10k (39:24) and felt the need to look more 'Mo...'

So I researched the web and found what I thought would be some cool 'elite runner-eqsue' running shorts. Got them today, very excited, put them on to show the wife and...she's not impressed. Gutted. 

Is it wrong for non-elite runners to wear elite-style running gear? I don't want people to look at me and think I look obscene, but I did want to get away from looking like a public park footballer who took the wrong turn on his way to see his rotund mates for a kickabout.

I'm quite slim and as yet have no tummy hanging over, my legs are toned etc...so should I keep the shorts (which I like), or should I get rid and get a more modest pair of running shorts (and appease the missus)?

Runners World forumites, looking forward to hearing your views on this most major of dilemmas...


M...eldy    pirate
31/01/2013 at 20:50

What was she not impressed with???  That you didn't turn into Mo  

31/01/2013 at 20:58

I think she thought they were 'too' short...but isn't that the whole point? That they don't interfere with your stride at all, that they're light?

31/01/2013 at 21:10

If she doesn't appreciate them, I'm sure there are plenty of women who will.  Knoworramean? 

31/01/2013 at 21:15
Sack them! Don't try and be someone your not.... Just be you!
M...eldy    pirate
31/01/2013 at 21:20

There was nothing swinging about in the breeze I hope? 

31/01/2013 at 21:21

At the end of the day, would the police be interested if you went out wearing them?

31/01/2013 at 21:31
What are "elite runner-esque" running shorts??

Sounds like there some kind of super shorts I've yet to come across!!
31/01/2013 at 21:34

did you say 2 inch..?

31/01/2013 at 21:53

Haha! Yes, two inch...they are pretty short.

What I described as 'elite runner-esque' is basically very short running shorts that have splits on the side and make you look like you're at an important track meet (you know the shorts that proper athletes wear!). The ones I got can be found here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nike-Fundamental-Split-Running-Shorts/dp/B0047P27JQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359669159&sr=8-1

Thanks for the comments thus far - and just in response to bigeater, I'm not trying to be someone I'm not, but I do want to wear proper running kit rather than my old football training kit - I thought I'd done ok with these shorts...maybe they'll grow on my wife when she sees me out running in them, rather than prancing round the living room in them!!

31/01/2013 at 22:17

oof.. so the 2 inch is a split.. thought it might me the entire lenght the shorts' leg, in which case I would certrainly sympathise with your wife

31/01/2013 at 22:18
Oh I get it now, and BTW they don't make you look any more elite than the next chap wearing them. I see many people in them from middle age to old.

I wear Lycra, apparently they are a lot funnier than short shorts, I love them
31/01/2013 at 22:22
Pop them on and post a pic for more reliable feedback
31/01/2013 at 22:37
Well if your not trying to be someone your not wear them with pride!!
31/01/2013 at 23:02
Order a pair of tight compression shorts, and see if she'd prefer you to run in them??!
31/01/2013 at 23:58

will you be wearing pants under them? If not, be careful when stretching, sitting, lunging etc...

01/02/2013 at 06:24

Better not go for the upgrade then!



Edited: 01/02/2013 at 06:26
01/02/2013 at 06:57
timinho wrote (see)
...so should I keep the shorts (which I like), or should I get rid and get a more modest pair of running shorts (and appease the missus)?


Keep the shorts. Wear what you are comfortable in, and ignore what other people think!


01/02/2013 at 07:07
Wear what you want and feel comfortable in. It's not a fashion parade.
seren nos    pirate
01/02/2013 at 07:14

Is K80 the only one with the sensible option of pop them on a show us the piccie..........

I thought they were the old fashioned type of shorts.surely all the elite boys are in lycra nowadaya

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