Truth: I have two pairs of running shorts. Okay, I have more than two, but I really only wear two pairs because they’re the only ones that are completely comfortable, don’t ride up, and don’t chafe. Two pairs of good shorts is really great, but here’s a couple problems:
- I bought them when I was in college (maybe a sophomore?) so they’re at least 6 or 7 years old now. They’re actually holding up really well for being so old and so used, but I always worry they’re going to bite it one day.
- Because they’re so old, they’re also way too big for me. I have drawstrings in them but if the drawstring falls out they have no chance of staying up on their own. The drawstring actually did get lost inside the waistband during a race once, but luckily I had a longsleeve shirt I could tie around to help keep them up.
- I only have two pairs. I run 5 to 6 days a week each week, which means either a lot of laundry or I’m wearing shorts that really aren’t that comfortable or chafe. Not great.
I’ve been looking for new running shorts for a few years now but haven’t found any I like that are comfortable, don’t ride up, and don’t chafe. I have yet to find a single pair (seriously!). A week or so ago Kimberly posted that she scored a great deal on some Gap running shorts in store – about $9 each. I immediately jumped online and grabbed up a few pairs to try. I tried two different shorts but one completely won me over. Bonus: they were only $11!
I’ve been wearing these GapFit gStride Sprint shorts and I love them! They’re incredibly lightweight and soft and fit well. They’re one layer of mesh, so they’re super breathable but not see-through The inseam is shorter than I’m used to (2.5 inches) but they don’t ride up at all when I’m running and I’ve had no chafing problems. I actually bought another pair to have on hand as well! Soon I might actually have four pairs of running shorts to choose from!
Do you have a hard time finding good running clothes?