Running tights etiquette

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23/09/2010 at 15:52

I purchased some today from t'interweb, cost about a tenner if I recall, .

I live in Poland, and it has already started getting cold in the evenings, so thought it best to be prepared. I thought i'd try them out and if I like them maybe buy some more expensive ones.

Frankly I couldn't give a monkeys what I look like when I am out running, and I can't understand why anyone would care?

I look fantastic for the other 23 hours a day mind
23/09/2010 at 16:12
Skinn102 - I agree! I've seen women in full make-up at races. I stare at them completely bewildered, why do you want all that crap on your face when within ten minutes of running you'll sweat it off? The idea of mascara clagging up my lashes while I wiping my face fills me with horror.
23/09/2010 at 16:20
God, I have the same problem - I can't get a mascara that won't run!! Oh s**t, wrong forum
23/09/2010 at 16:27

Who cares if they are accepted or not. Up to you what makes you comfortable when you are running.

My four kids fell off the sofa laughing when I first put on my triathlon suit. My daughter was aghast when I told her I'd done a session in it round our town after a swim (she goes to the same school I teach in)!

Personally I hate running with anything on my legs, so although I own some tights I only use them for cycling or warming up in.

23/09/2010 at 16:46

How many more justifactions do you want to have given yourself in your own question? They stop chafing (which apparently only has one f!!), they are comfortable and they keep you warm so whats your issue?!

I wear cycling shorts (under normal shorts) in summer and tights in winter - just get a long T shirt that hangs over them a bit more, or better still a jacket that hangs over..... personally I think that looks pretty cool on runners that i've passed in the street! But i'm one more for not wearing shorts over them, that just looks crap!

 I've got a pair of tracksters too but they are just wrong in so many ways that I don't wear them!

p.s I remember the first time someone commented about my tights, they told me I looked like Billy Elliot - but who cares, I still wear mine!!

23/09/2010 at 17:07
tell me 44 - why do you feel you need to have a long T or jacket hanging down to cover the nether regions?? are you embarrased that someone might see something that all blokes have (bar a few genetic cases)?? and why the normal shorts over cycle shorts - same issue??

I seriously do not get what the problem is here - we have a cock and a pair of balls. all females over an innocent age know that. we know they have a vagina and tits. so where's the problem??

do we live in the 21st century or do people still live in the victorian era??

could someone please give me a rational reason why they feel they need to cover up?? I really really really don't get it.
23/09/2010 at 17:21

There's nowt wrong with my Ron Hills. I have customized them just a little bit though. This is me at a recent half.

http://purefnevyl.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/hairy-assless-chaps.jpg


But triathlon suits, like all-in-one rowing outfits, are just plain wrong.
Edited: 23/09/2010 at 17:22
23/09/2010 at 17:34
FB, has anyone ever told you that you have a real way words, you make such topics sound so elegant!

I wear cycling shorts under my shorts in summer because of a groin injury (and subsequent operation) so they help support the tendons I ruptured. If it weren't for that injury then I probably wouldn't wear cycling shorts under my normal shorts..... but my cycling shorts are white, and therefore see through and therefore look less dodgy with shorts over them!

As for the jacket / tshirt comment, I prefer having that on to cover my arse, not the front. And before you start off on that one too thats because i find it gets cold when i'm running if it aint covered so I cover it with a jacket!!

Maybe you could start a naked running club or somethin
23/09/2010 at 17:36
"But triathlon suits, like all-in-one rowing outfits, are just plain wrong." - unless you are doing a triathlon, in which case they are a truly practical bit of kit.

Personally would always choose a pair on Ron Hill tracksters over a pair of tights every time. Apart from anything else they show you are a "real runner", especially if they are the navy ones with red piping coupled with a Helly top.
23/09/2010 at 17:42

I wear skins, as does my husband even if it's warm.  I don't care if he looks like Linford Christie at the front, though I know he's a little self concious but we've both noticed how much better our muscles feel  for wearing them.

23/09/2010 at 17:46
fair enough 44 - you are excused! but why not running lycra shorts instead of cycle shorts - they'll be a damn sight more comfy without the pad

and muttley - re: tri suits - what EC says. it's form and function that counts, not what it might look like. I honestly think that us triathletes are probably the least conscious people I know when it comes to what people may think about what we wear. we know why we wear it and we don't give a hoot what people think we look like or what they might see.

although, granted, white lycra tri kit is not a good sight - it might reflect sunshine and keep heat at bay but seriously, it doesn't look good even on ripped bodies. and in the case of - shall we say "rectal issues" - it hides nothing.

I still need an answer to my cover up question though
23/09/2010 at 17:52
fb - i did mean running lycra shorts...... its just that all my years as a footballer leads me to call them cycling shorts!!
JPenno    pirate
23/09/2010 at 20:53

FB - white lycra is wonderful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLtos4aWYy0

23/09/2010 at 21:23
She's got bigger biceps and smaller boobs than me
23/09/2010 at 21:59
Best. Link. Ever.
24/09/2010 at 08:05
Good heavens. She'll catch her death 
24/09/2010 at 08:57
I just watched that at work - its quite likely I'll get sacked at somepoint soon now!
24/09/2010 at 10:06

Quality grouting. I like that 'wet t-shirt contest' has cross linguistic divides too.

24/09/2010 at 10:19
how can she have a decent shower wearing kit?? pah......



24/09/2010 at 10:52

Blimey.  She's fit.

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