I'm slower in track pants vs long tights

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11/11/2011 at 05:56

Being on and off runner I started to run in track pants. Then I got a bit more serious I bought long tights for cool weather and then I noticed that when I ran in track pants I was always slower than in tights. The difference is about 10 sec/km (I'm slow, I usually run between 5.30-6.00 min/km).

A week ago I did three runs on the same course and in the same weather, two in tights and one in track pants. Indeed, the pace was 10-12 sec slower in track pants and they feel less comfortable.

11/11/2011 at 08:06
Why are you surprised?  Track pants are not really made for running in - they are made for keeping warm before and after training sessions.  They are heavy, restrictive and flap in the wind.  Its not rocket science   Non runners think we wear figure hugging lycra to show off our super trim toned bodies ( heavy irony there...) we don't, we wear it because its easier and more comfortable to run in.
11/11/2011 at 09:29
LOl you made me laugh.  Get rid of the track pants, they're not for running
11/11/2011 at 09:46

I must be getting old. I presume you mean tracksuit bottoms? 

I run quicker in my tights than anything else cos they're black with blue go-faster stripes that make me feel like I'm Batman.

11/11/2011 at 10:07
is this a wind up??
11/11/2011 at 10:34

fat buddha wrote (see)
is this a wind up??

I'm just saying. 
 
PhilPub wrote (see)

I must be getting old. I presume you mean tracksuit bottoms? 


Probably, they are.

Advertised as track pants though (I've got something like this but without zips: http://www.reebok.com/GB/product?modelId=QE739&articleId=W07547).

Heavy? I wouldn't say so. Mine are fairly light, 290g vs 235g for tights and I don't feel restricted. They might flap but the worst thing is that they soak when it's raining and the last negative thing - they don't hold keys in a pocket as snugly as tights.

11/11/2011 at 10:40
"I'm just saying."

I'm quite staggered that you asked the question in the 1st place as you must understand the difference in air resistance between a smooth surface (tights) and a baggy surface (track pants)?? 10secs over a km I'm not surprised by

however a data set of 3 is unlikely to be that useful anyway
seren nos yn canu    pirate
11/11/2011 at 10:47
try shorts...........I run much faster in shorts and further.can't run in long uns
11/11/2011 at 11:02
I run much quicker in my blue trainers as opposed to my red trainers.
11/11/2011 at 11:09
PhilPub wrote (see)

I must be getting old. I presume you mean tracksuit bottoms? 

I run quicker in my tights than anything else cos they're black with blue go-faster stripes that make me feel like I'm Batman.

I find I run fastest in bright blue tights with red undercrackers over the top.
11/11/2011 at 21:42
I thought track pants were like Speedos but for women runners.
11/11/2011 at 21:52
I run slower if I'm running towards a man wearing running tights
12/11/2011 at 12:44
fat buddha wrote (see)
"I'm just saying." I'm quite staggered that you asked the question in the 1st place as you must understand the difference in air resistance between a smooth surface (tights) and a baggy surface (track pants)?? 10secs over a km I'm not surprised by however a data set of 3 is unlikely to be that useful anyway

I'm deeply sorry but there's not a single question mark in my post.My post was just a piece of information to discuss or laugh over.

Air resistance? You serious? I'm a cyclist, I know a little about air resistance. At speed of 10.5 km/h it plays so little role it has no influence to provide 1.8-2% speed difference. I can only guess that flapping somehow restricts movement

I have the same impression from now popular cycling flapping shorts. I've always been a fan of spandex and when I tried shorts, they left me with the same feeling: they somehow restrict my movements. I raced several times in them but later returned to run-of-the-mill lycra.

Edited: 12/11/2011 at 12:49
cougie    pirate
12/11/2011 at 13:03
What are the now popular flapping cycling shorts ? Not popular on road bikes ?
12/11/2011 at 13:45

I'm a regular 5mins/Km runner and this is very interesting, seems long pants are restrictive and slower than tights, and tights are less restrictive but still slower than shorts, this expalins something that had bugged me.

I jumped out of my girlfriend's window the other night when her Husband came home early wearing nothing at all, and I never ran so fast in my life.

12/11/2011 at 14:23
EG Graham wrote (see)

when her Husband came home early wearing nothing at all


 I would have jumped too!

12/11/2011 at 16:29

@EG Graham - if you'd have shaved off all your body hair you could have broken the 100m world record...

BTW - was it you wearing nothing at all? or did her husband come home wearing nothing at all...?

Edited: 12/11/2011 at 16:31
12/11/2011 at 16:34
PhilPub wrote (see)

 

I run quicker in my tights than anything else cos they're black with blue go-faster stripes that make me feel like I'm Batman.


but does your cape slow you down philpub?.....you may shave off vital seconds without it...

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