I thought about writing this post and then asked Tim if he thought it was a little, um, "taboo." He asked me if I would want my little brother or my in-laws reading it. I said no. I wrote it anyway. So far I have avoided a lot of controversial topics (having sex before races and long runs, anyone?) because well, the Internet doesn't forget. Luckily, I think I handle the repercussions of this topic. Deep breath. Here we go.
Yesterday Kyria posted about finding the right pair of undies for a long run. I laughed at that, because for me - it was a futile mission. I tried them all folks. The tighy-whities. The granny panties. The barely-there thongs. It took a long run on laundry day to finally figure out what worked best of all - nothing.
That's right. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Commando. Free balling. Got it?
I know how gross that sounds, I really do. I used to think runners who did that were absolutely disgusting. But when you run out of underwear....well, you get desperate. You try it out. Man, the lack of chafing is awesome. I promise, you won't miss 'em.
Since there is the potential to be a little unhygienic without knickers, I would definitely recommended only wearing the shorts that have liners in them. And, maybe this goes without saying, but.... if you are going commando, you should probably stop the whole re-using running gear thing. Just a thought.
I really wanted to add some more pictures to this post, but you can probably see the problem with that. If you don't, well...bless your heart, as they say here in the South.
What's your MO when it comes to running underwear?
Unless someone can convince me otherwise, I think it will have to be commando from now on.
If you embrace the commando, are there any short/pants which don't work with that, um, "style"?
Compression shorts, for me at least, require undies. VPL be damned.