I can’t speak for the weather where you are, but here in New York City spring has definitely sprung. Overall we had a very mild winter, so it wouldn’t really be accurate to say that these warmer days are giving us a break from much of anything. Still, though, it’s nice to be able to ditch some of the layers as well as the heavy coats. And I challenge anyone to complain about flowers being in bloom. Especially flowering trees.
Sadly, though, spring always heralds an inevitability that is (for me, anyway) unsettling: running shorts. It seems like every year I set out on a new odyssey to identify a style of shorts that I feel comfortable wearing and that doesn’t ride up, has the right amount of pockets, is the length I’m looking for, and doesn’t do some weird, inexplicable ballooning in the front. I’ve tried Brooks, Nike, Zoot, Reebok, Adidas…the list goes on, and although I’ve found pairs that are tolerable, my search continues.
What is it about running shorts that makes them so uncomfortable? Why has it been so hard to find a pair that gets it right? When I run in cooler weather, I don’t think twice about what I’m wearing or how I look. The minute I have to wear something that hits above the knee, I freak out. Last week, after pulling on a pair of shorts for the first time in several months, I nearly had a melt down. That’s not how they fit last year! What’s happened to my body! Why do I even care about this! Is this an expression of the fact that I haven’t actually come all that far in accepting and loving my body as I would like? Or is this an unavoidable side effect of the “shrink it and pink it” approach that a lot of brands have taken in the creation of women’s running apparel? Will these questions ever be answered?!
I may never fully understand why running shorts set me off the way they do. I do know, though, that my search for the perfect pair will continue over the coming months. I’m determined to find something that works. And if I end up having to ditch shorts altogether and take up running in skirts, so be it.