why do elite women run in knickers?

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25/10/2009 at 12:49
Was just watching the elite women race the Great South Run and was wondering why some elite women choose to run in knickers whilst others run in shorts? Those knickers are teeny! but can't imagine that they make much of a difference to performance compared to small, tight shorts?
25/10/2009 at 13:14
Do you mean like the navy knickers we had to do PE in at school?
25/10/2009 at 13:16
Oh God (shuddering with the recollection).  Mine were bottle green.
25/10/2009 at 14:10

Gym knickers were responsible for my hatred of exercise for years!

I can never work out how the professionals' knickers don't work their way ... errr up!  They just stay neatly in place the whole time!

25/10/2009 at 14:48

I don't know, it's always been that way although I think in the past 5 or so years there's been more of a shift away from gym knickers.

On a related note about gym knickers I once went to a race and was given the uniform the night before and the gym knickers were yellow. I didn't want to wear them (and one of my teammates actually refused and wore the men's shorts instead. they were yellow too. she had a shouting match with the team manager about this).

I dont think I've worn them for about 5 years and I wouldn't be in a hurry to do so again. Like plodding lady says they don't have any effect on performance else all of the men would be wearing them too

25/10/2009 at 18:25
That's bought back memories, my gym knickers were supposed to be grey flannel and they had a pocket on the front - never knew what I was supposed to put in it but I never wore them anyway.
25/10/2009 at 18:43

Its an interesting question.  One that pops up regularly on RW and never seems to get a sensible answer.

Surely someone knows why elite female rurners run in knickers?

25/10/2009 at 20:20
OMG, the only reason I run is to look at fit women running in pants lol!   I used to love the girls in their regulation gym knickers when I was at school - sigh...
25/10/2009 at 20:36
ours were navy and they were horrific, we refused to wear after the 2nd yr so we got to wear cycling shorts instead, looking back they were just as bad - just longer!
25/10/2009 at 20:37
I think elite men should also run in knickers
25/10/2009 at 20:41

No JW, the navy ones were the best - better than the burgundy ones, anyway!  Cycling shorts are even better!

I think you're right Johnny, wonder if women would like that lol!

25/10/2009 at 20:47

ummmmm - nope!

CB - I can see ur a connosieur of the gym knicker!

25/10/2009 at 21:00
lol @ the pocket on the front - maybe it was for a tissue?
seren nos    pirate
25/10/2009 at 21:24
some of the men in tri run in the knickers with a lttle mankini..............doesn't look good.even with their brilliant bodies
25/10/2009 at 22:31
25/10/2009 at 23:09
You're right JW, those gym knickers rock!  Looking at the girls wearing them made me what I am today - a right old perv lol!
26/10/2009 at 05:55

In answer to the original question it's down to heat and a little bit of aerodynamics.  Having ran in crop top and knickers myself I don't overheat nearly as much as running in a vest & shorts.  I do like to think that there's less wind restistance wearing less kit too, but I prolly don't run quickly enough to make a difference, but for the elite athletes every little helps, so like the elite swimmers choosing the best costume (even if it only makes a tiny difference) it's still worth the effort.

..and no, the knickers don't 'ride up'

Plus - if you had the body for it wouldn't you want to show it off?

26/10/2009 at 09:05

Vicki - really? do you feel like the knickers make you less hot/more aerodynamic than v short, tight shorts?

I can understand that a crop top rather than a vest would help but just can't get my head round those teeny knickers?

lol - why am I so obsessed with this question? I have no idea...just intrigues me!

Crash Hamster    pirate
26/10/2009 at 09:15
I've always wondered that, especially when the elites obviously train in shorts, judging by their comedy tan lines...
Edited: 26/10/2009 at 09:15
26/10/2009 at 12:27

I'm surprised by the perving men here. Maybe I'm looking at it all wrong but don't those knickers and crop tops make them look utterly unsexy? It's all laid out on a plate and it isn't like there's anything feminine about most of them to display!

I still can't get the memory of my burgundy PE knickers out of my head - came complete with my initials on them. How fetching ... NOT!

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