June 13, 2012

The real going commando post

Let's talk business for a minute. When I first started running it took me a minute to figure everything out. By a minute, I mean that it took me weeks upon weeks of wedgies to figure out what to do for underwear while running.

I'm writing this because after my post that mentioned the Go Commando race, for which I am the unofficial spokeslady, I started getting searches from people of the interwebs who obviously need to know whether or not you need drawers under your running shorts. 

The simple answer is don't do it. Ever. I tried every type of underwear in the universe, and nothing was comfortable after a mile of running. Maybe this is part of why I hated running in the beginning of my run life. The worst was boy short undies because if a small wedgie is bad, a giant wedgie is worse. The greater the mass of material, the greater the wedgie. Never forget that. 

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Save yourself some dignity and hours spent in the Target lingerie department (what do they even call the boy version of that -- sock department?) and just buy running shorts. The unders are built right into the shorts and sewn into a wedgie free pattern. I feel like I should do some more research on why running shorts with undies never give me a wedgie. Is it the looseness? Is it the being sewn into the sides? Is it the magic of marketing? 

The other option is wearing some type of long tights or tight shorts. Again without underwear. I know some people who have expressed to me that this idea is disgusting to them, but those people may not have had a wedgie the size of Montana to help them figure out how awesome it truly is. Just wash your tights after you use them. Easy. No wedgie. Happy. 

So here's what you need to know in bullets:

  • Don't
  • ever
  • wear
  • underwear
  • when 
  • you
  • run.

And an added bonus at the end of a super informative post.

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Do you do something different in the bum-coverage department? I want to hear about it if you do!

20 comments:

  1. lol - Nope, I am of the go commando opinion, too. For the longest time (and I have been running for years!) I still wore undies under my running skirts (with shorts built in), but that has changed now too. Definitely better to be freeeeeeee!

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  2. Yessss! Great post! I get questions EVERY week about this - apparently runners every where are perplexed. Thanks for setting the world strait with the humor only you can manage. No more unders!

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  3. I don't wear underwear ever (unless I'm in a dress/skirt) so this was an easy choice for me. LOL Do people really wear underwear underneath the built in undies in running shorts? Strange....

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  4. There are definitely many instances when I will go commando, but one time I didn't wearing a pair of capris and had some extreme chafing on my lady parts due to the seam. I did finds some great undies at Target...Hanes briefs that are silky smooth, stay in place and panty lines are minimal.

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    1. Ouch! Were those running capris? I've had trouble with the seams on stuff that isn't made specifically for running, so I swore it off. I saw a whole rack of unders at our local Fleet Feet this weekend. They all looked very flat and light. So you must not be alone in wanting something extra!

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  5. I go both ways but most often it's running shorts only for me too.

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  6. Haha this post is great! I've only recently started running sans underwear. It happened once on accident. I had been wearing a crappy pair that was giving me an all-day wedgie and I was fed up when it was time for my group run after work. I ran underwear free and it felt strange at first. Now, with how incredibly hot our summer has been, it definitely helps me stay cool in the heat. Yay for going commando! :)

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  7. My running shorts don't have built in undies. I wear my own undies but I haven't had a wedgie problem. Maybe my butt is just SO big that it makes my undies stay where they're supposed to because they can't quite make it up over the cheek to find a place in my bottom?? Ha ha ha!!!!

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    1. Wow, I'm so impressed that you don't get wedgies! I'm pretty J-Lo over here, so I know healthy butts still get wedgies. There has to be a secret to how you do it. Tell us!

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  8. Love this! I do wear undies, but this makes me want to try commando:)

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  9. My running skirts have built in compression/boy shorts and work great! Dear hubby bought me running shorts for Mother's Day that have no undies in them....I won't ever run in them. Won't work.

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  10. I wear underwear - generally I don't have any issues. I'm not sure why I am of the "must always wear underwear" variety, but I just am. But I think I am in the minority on this.

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    1. You're in the same category as my best friend mentioned above. She thinks no underwear is just not right!:)

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  11. Gotta chime in here for the dudes. Commando is only allowed for us dudes if the shorts have the built in support. If there is no built in liner, gotta have the Calvin Kleins on under. Dudes need support.

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    1. Thanks for representing! I really had no idea for you guys, but that makes sense.

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  12. I have NEVER, EVER worn underwear. not even once when I've run!!!!! WEdgie, chafe, rash, oh forget it. it likes misery. I told someoen that who wasn;t a runner and they thought I was crazy but every one knows you can;t wear underwear. It will kill you! TOTALLY AGREED!!!!

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  13. I have had one pair of running shorts give me a wedgie during a long run. So now I only wear those for shorter runs. They were by Under Armor, but not the Escape style - I have that style as well and they do not give me wedgies.

    I only recently stopped wearing underwear under tights/capris/compression shorts. Don't know what took me so long. I think I was hesitant because there is a seam going up the front and I was worried where that seam would go. But I've always gone commando under lined running shorts.

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    1. Yes, some stuff doesn't have very good seams. I bought a tennis skirt at TJ Maxx to run in, and the seams were crappy. But every official running shorts I've purchased seem to work much better and include flat seams! So important on a 20 mile run.

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