Newbie having trouble with the gear

Don't feel very comfortable

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22/02/2013 at 16:43

Hey everyone. Newbie here. Looking to get into running since moving to London (gym are a king's ransom!).

I went to my local running shop and asked the lady there for what she thought I'd need to get started. She picked me out a very tight lycra top and very tight shorts and some trainers.

Problem is I'm a bit shy about how revealing the clothing is. She advised that underwear isn't needed because it can cause chafing ect ect... But I dunno I'm sure these shorts need something over or under!

Do these look right to you?


seren nos    pirate
22/02/2013 at 16:48

they look like compresion wear...which is one of the latest things...........the top looks have a slim body and can get away with it......

the bottom half is a personal do not need underwear under running shorts.......but i personally think that compresion shorts on their own look just like underwear..i would be tempted to wear a loose type of running shorts on top.......

if you are not comfortable in what you wear then it will affect your running

22/02/2013 at 16:49

what's wrong with them??  embrace the lycra

and yes, undercrackers can cause chafing so always best to go commando - and if there is a hint of chafage, vaseline is your best friend.

you might need a bit more clothing over the top in this cold weather though!

22/02/2013 at 18:49

Shy but posting your pic on a forum for comments?

TBH we need a head shot

I mean above the shoulders

Edited: 22/02/2013 at 18:50
22/02/2013 at 18:58

Those shorts look like underwear to me and are usually worn under shorts...I think you'd better run fast in those

22/02/2013 at 19:48
fat buddha wrote (see)


you might need a bit more clothing over the top in this cold weather though!

In clothes that tight I'd want a little more clothing on my bottom half in this weather.  

22/02/2013 at 21:50

firstly i read this and was expecting a woman , well thats just shown myself how sterotypical i can be , assuming a woman must feel self concious about her appearance while running  - bad twig !!

my husband wears compressions stuff, i wouldn't be impressed at him running about in public with just those pants on, despite how atheltic looking as the OP and mr curlytwig are 

and no pants - well boys this did amuse me, i guess the guys are well supported in these type shorts - but ladies without panties  a little vaseline  oh and white pants  my little lady head 

i'd wear those pants (if i was a guy or as i instruct my OH to) under some shorts, he wears loose type shorts over his 

22/02/2013 at 23:03

I was ready to say just wear them but.... it is a bit much.

And if you want pants, i find the microskin ones from M&S don't chafe, they're bloody expensive though (Or I'm quite the skinflint, you decide)

22/02/2013 at 23:08

have you seen the price of running bras?? i have an awesome one made from wet suit type material, you could wear it on its own as  a top although my girls were mortified i might leave the house in it without a tee shirt 

haha  - i might just go running past tehir school at 3pm and wave 

24/02/2013 at 19:29
Can't get the pic?
24/02/2013 at 20:14
Ha ha
24/02/2013 at 22:41
This is funny. Can we do it again?
I bout some under armour compression tights, went out commando and was reprimanded by my wife... I can see why. So could everyone else.
25/02/2013 at 08:43

those are cobatpro shorts underwear not outer wear.

28/02/2013 at 12:57

Agree the shorts look like underwear shorts.

But in general I think the more comfortable you get with running in lycra clothing, the less you care what you look like, even if you DO look a bit funny. I used to feel self conscious, now I don't give a toss what anyone else thinks. And I think men in tights is a good look

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