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This is my first post on here. Nice to meet you all.
I just started running at the end of May and finally picked up some dedicated running shorts yesterday (men's, btw). In my rush at Dick's, I grabbed some Nike DryFit shorts that were on sale and checked out before trying them on.
They fit fine and all, but I wasn't expecting the swim-trunks-style underwear inside. Are these meant to be worn with no additional underwear?
What do most people wear under their shorts when they run? I usually wear boxers. I have a pair of cotton briefs, but I tried running in them and they stuck to my body and gave me a wedgie. Not pleasant.
What are the ups and downs of different methods? Impart to me your collective wisdom...
I would avoid cotton underwear as it may cause chafing. I'm not a man, but I can say that I prefer to just run in my running shorts. I am always uncomfortable when I wear underwear under my running shorts. I think you need to do what is most comfortable for you.
I wear the shorts by themselves. The only thing I would consider wearing under is compression shorts and thats mostly in colder weather. Just my preferance and wouldn't take a chance of something else under the shorts causing chafffing especially for long runs.
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I use different types of support depending on my needs or muscle soreness at the time. When everything is ok, I wear a simple jock underneath my dri-fit shorts. If I've got some
residual soreness, I'll wear long compression shorts underneath for extra support and warmth. I run 50+ per week and haven't considered running in regular underwear or shorts with
built in liners. Don't be afraid to try different things.
I hate the liner in running shorts. I tend to get compression shorts to wear underneath. I find that I get a lot less chaffing and that makes me want to run more.
I just wear the shorts with the liner. If you wear regular underwear, it's going to get bunched up something awful. Some people wear compression shorts, as others have mentioned.
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The liner should support you just fine. No underwear. I do find that some shorts are more comfortable than others, particularily for long runs. Just like shoes, make sure you know how they feel before and event.
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I like the running shorts with the liner. I find them very comfortable and I do not wear underwear with those. In cold weather I will add a base layer under the shorts.
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I like compression shorts as well. I have some Under Armour running shorts that have the underwear/mesh lining and I don't find them as comfortable as the Adidas shorts I have without the lining. The compression shorts help keep my thighs warm in the colder weather and keeps everything in place while I run. I really like the compression shorts Under Armour makes. Running with just the built in lining seems like it could cause irritation, which is why I've never tried it myself.
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and I'm just the opposite, I far prefer running with just the shorts lining. Keeps things in place and ventilated in hot weather with no chafing of discomfort. My preference is for Mizuno Mustang shorts.
I personally always wear boxers underneath whatever I am wearing, the trick is that they should not be cotton, those that arre part lycra work best for me.
As a side note, I have found out that slightly longer shorts (about knee long) agree more with longer runs, I have a tendency to produce some friction in the inner part of my tighs so if they are not long enough I end up with some chaffing, leggins have the additional bonus that then you have to wear much less about underwear as they absorve much of the friction.
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Another vote for compression shorts here. I can't stand running shorts with liners or "innernets" or whatever they're called...
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