Many people ask me about the shorts I wear when I race. They are normally a blend of spandex and another stretchy material, which I have found over the past year works best for racing. If you get complete spandex shorts, expect them to ride up. As in you will pull them down the entire time you are running. My go-to’s, up until recently, were spandex Nike team shorts. They were about an inch inseam and I wore a medium. I like how they were slightly banded on the edges, that really seemed to keep them down. Recently, I have realized that my Nike shorts have seen better days and the spandex of the shorts was losing it’s snap. So therefore the Nikes will be retired. Sheesh Nikes are just getting retired all over the place aren’t they! No more Nike shoes, no more Nike shorts. I did recently find a new pair that I really like though. There are a few things to keep in mind when you are looking for booty shorts.
I love these Under Armour shorts even though they are a tad longer. I love the waist and how they fit. They aren’t SUPER spandexy. It’s that good blend. :) I wore these in an LA Marathon preview if you want to see them in action.
First thing is TRY THEM ON before buying them. There are many pairs that I’ve looked at and then tried on and went, “NOPE!” Things on the hanger can look a lot different on your body and some times things that look great on the hanger do NOT look great on and vice versa. Also, it’s hard to try to run in shorts while in the dressing room but what I’ve found that works to see if they move and expose is to do some simple stretches. Try to do things that would possibly make the shorts ride up. Sounds strange, but you don’t want to be 8 miles into a long run and your butt is hanging out for the world to see. Believe me, I’ve been there and it’s awkward.
These are my nikes that I wear often for races. These are also the ones that seem to have lost their elasticity after too many wears. Sad day. But I do like how the waist is lower and the inseam is pretty small. I wore these in many race reports.
Secondly, make sure that you check out the fabric. You don’t want to get something cotton or see through. I have seen a lot of girls wearing leggings that you can get anywhere, mostly target or forever 21, to the gym. Guess what lovelies, these are SEE THROUGH. I only wear those underneath dresses and long tanks for a reason, so the world doesn’t get exposed to my butt! So check and make sure fabric isn’t see through by putting your hand under the fabric and stretching it over. If you see any color of skin, just imagine that when your doing your work out at the gym and that fabric is stretched over your butt. Don’t give people a free show. Secondly, Cotton isn’t dry-wicking so when you sweat on your butt, aka swamp butt, it’s going to show up. Spandex blend is a little more forgiving when it comes to showing sweat. Keep that in mind when picking out colors too. I found a pair of light green booty shorts that I really liked, then when I realized sweat would show in them I opted against them. Perhaps not buying them though still haunts me to this day. :/
These are made by Champion and these are SMALL. The waist goes rather high though, which I don’t like. I have a few pairs with a high waist and I’m not the biggest fan. I wore these for my LA Marathon route preview if you want to see them in action.
Thirdly, notice where they hit on your inner thigh area. This is the area where chafing might occur, so make sure that they don’t ride up in that area. Also make sure that there is enough fabric there that if your thighs touch, mine do, then they won’t be rubbing skin on skin. If they are a little shorter, body glide like a champ or Vaseline that area and you’ll be just as golden. Remember, booty shorts WILL ride up just a tad so you have to take that into consideration when purchasing a pair. If you like a longer pair, get a longer pair, if you want them ridiculously short, like the ones I wore in Long Beach, go for it. It’s all about what you are comfortable in and what you want. Make sure that the shorts are not too tight and remember that they will roll up a little bit at the bottom of the shorts when you run as well. I like to wear mine just a little bit higher than normal too, but I wear normal shorts VERY low, so I don’t know where the ‘normal’ place to wear them is. I also make sure that they don’t move when I jump or stretch my legs as if I’m running a hill. They can creep up during those times.
The biggest thing to think about when rocking the booty shorts is to not worry about what other people think. I RARELY wear mine to the gym because I feel that wearing them to the gym might just be taking it to a weird level of booty short dedication, but about 95% of my runs are done in booty shorts. I feel much more comfortable in them and for me, they are fun to run in. They aren’t for everyone, but if you want to try them out, go for it! Don’t be scared of the spandex! When you think about wearing them, don’t think BUT, they won’t look good on me, or BUT they won’t fit right. Think instead, my BUTT will look great! Confidence, Confidence, Confidence, if you have that, you’ll turn heads!
Here are some links that can help you find the perfect pair of spandex for you.
Hope that helps answer all the bootylicious questions out there!