good news! i had an mri on my foot and i have no major injury – just minor plantar fasciitis. well, that i know how to deal with, even though whatever’s going on with my foot is not acting like PF. so i dragged out my inserts and night splint and here we are back at it.
additional good news! i’ve been on 2 runs this week and my heel is good – the inserts work, that’s for sure. there’s still something wonky happening, but it’ll work out.
but let’s get down to shorts! running shorts, to be exact. i have tried running in short shorts because they are the most prolific shorts out there for women runners. the 3″ inseam is the most common, which is great for those ladies who have a thigh gap. i do not have a thing gap, and any 3″ inseam is going to ride right up my inner thighs and bunch up, creating not just an uncomfortable bunch of nylon but also chafing.
so i finally got smart and looked for shorts that had at least a 5″ inseam and were a looser fit. the first pair of shorts i found was a heavy poly knit pair with a 6-7″ ish inseam that i wore for years because i knew how difficult it was to find a cheap pair of long shorts. i got them at jcpenney for a steal.
but then i needed an upgrade! they were really loose plus they were getting a little frayed after 4 years of running in them. so i did a little research a couple years ago for some new shorts. here’s what i found:
tasc moxy short: this is a 7″ short made by the bamboo clothing company tasc. what i love about these shorts?
- well, the inseam is the bees knees.
- it’s a relaxed fit, too.
- there’s a tie around the waist if you want to tighten that up, but there’s a sewn-in pair of runderwear (which i actually cut out because it annoyed me).
- the very BEST part of these shorts? they have pockets. and not just the said small one – two deep pockets on each side of your legs.
i have two pairs of these shorts, and they are well worth the money. if you have short shorts and want a light pair of something to run in, try these out.
I have a second pair of tasc running shorts that are a 5″ inseam with a compression short attached. i would not recommend these as highly as the others, but i do like them. (these aren’t offered on the tasc site – i got them off ebay.)
- the compression short has sticky elastic on the bottom so they don’t ride up
- the color is pretty! it’s not black!
- no pockets like the moxy, but there is a large-ish zipper pocket on the side for a phone.
- also a relaxed fit with a waist tie.
that’s it. that’s my list of running shorts to recommend. i have a pair of almost knee length yoga shorts, but i rarely wear them running because they’re tight and high waisted. they don’t bunch up, which is great, but they aren’t compression so don’t really hold anything in, and i hate high waisted bottoms because i like my belly button area unrestricted!
another option i’d like to try out: the brooks clothing line has a few 7″ inseam options. if i try out brooks, i’ll let you know the results.