Dilemma: Are my new short running shorts wrong?!

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...

 

Comments

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

  • 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?

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

  • Sack them! Don't try and be someone your not.... Just be you!
  • There was nothing swinging about in the breeze I hope?  image

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

  • What are "elite runner-esque" running shorts??



    Sounds like there some kind of super shorts I've yet to come across!!
  • did you say 2 inch..?

  • 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!!

  • 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 wifeimage

  • 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 image
  • Pop them on and post a pic for more reliable feedbackimage
  • Well if your not trying to be someone your not wear them with pride!!
  • Order a pair of tight compression shorts, and see if she'd prefer you to run in them??!
  • will you be wearing pants under them? If not, be careful when stretching, sitting, lunging etc...

  • Better not go for the upgrade then!

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  • 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!

     

  • Wear what you want and feel comfortable in. It's not a fashion parade.
  • 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 nowadayaimage

  • Based on the times you have given, you are quick enough to wear short shorts, but I think it needs a piccy to be sure.
  • You should get a pair of my favourite "barely legal" running shorts from Viga and wear those round the house for a few days.  Your missus will be begging you to get the Nike ones back on.

    http://www.viga.co.uk/images/products/big_mens_ultracool_pacer_shorts_orange.jpg

     

  • timinho wrote (see)

    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.

    Tim,

    It's the opportunity to help with serious issues like this, that makes this forum worthwhile.  Personally, I find that a strategically placed pair of socks can help.  Try it, I'm sure that will make your shorts more appealing to her.

  • Wear elastic laces. That way you don't have to bend over to tie your laces and give everyone an eyefull of your undercarriage.
  • i own a few pairs of shorter running shorts, great for the spring and summer as i overhear easily. they're not exactly hotpants, so you're wife will just have to get over it.

    she's probably worried you're going to be followed by a bunch of ladies in the park, benny hill style image

  • Speaking as a lady runner, I would not choose any shorts that would necessitate a bikini wax.

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    literatin wrote (see)

    Speaking as a lady runner, I would not choose any shorts that would necessitate a bikini wax.

    image Me too! That's why I wear Capris image

  • Shorty-shorts make you run faster. Fact.

    If you like 'em, then wear 'em.

  • I wear those, and wore shorter even when I had teenage daughters.

     

  • I've got a pair of those, although sadly not the pair in the rather fetching picture on the left!  I like them and you should wear what you want.  I'm sure that you'll learn to ignore the missus.

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