It’s official: I’m tired of the summer. Specifically, I’m tired of it being so warm that I have to run in shorts all the time. I can’t wait for it to get a little bit cooler–cool enough that I can run in capris and put my shorts away.
I’ve searched high, low, far, and wide for running shorts that I like, and it seems like every time I think I’ve found a pair, something happens to change my mind. Right now, my favorites are the Nike Women’s Pacer Short, although lately even they’ve been something of a disappointment. Generally, these are great shorts: they’ve got two inside pockets (and very well sized to fit a gel or two), a comfortable waistband, and a good length. Recently they’re riding up more than usual, but it’s possible that my patience with them has worn thin because I’m so annoyed at my running shorts in general.
Shorts that creep up my inner thighs are such a commonplace that I’ve learned to accept that little problem as something I’m never going to succeed in avoiding as long as I choose to wear loose-fitting shorts. I wish I could say this is the only problem I’ve been having! These days, my shorts are pulling across the back (unless they’re pulling across the front); they’re slipping down; and they’re gapping so much in the front that I feel like there’s something anatomically wrong with my body! When I go out for a run, the last thing I want to be concerned about is what’s going on with my apparel.
The biggest problem, as far as I can tell, is that the warm weather is far from over. I’ve probably got about a month (at least) of shorts weather to push through. And honestly? I’m not at all sure I want to spend another month tugging at my running shorts. In fact, I’d like to just completely forget about them, and never have to think about them ever again. But is that even possible? Or am I chasing a dream?
Here’s the only solution I can really think of: compression shorts with a long(er) inseam. It may come as a surprise given my long history of animosity toward loose shorts, but I’ve never really tried compression shorts. What’s the verdict? Any favorite styles? Cautionary tales? Let’s hear how you deal with your shorts.