For a long, long time I ran in soccer shorts. Because I played soccer and soccer shorts were comfortable and running shorts were weird. Running shorts had that gross liner inside them that looked like an adult diaper. But, sometime in college someone explained to me that everyone cuts the liner out of running shorts. So, when my soccer shorts finally lost so much elasticity they wouldn’t stay up anymore, I bought a standard pair of Nike running shorts and cut the liner out.
The Nike Tempo short is easily their most popular running short. Possibly the most popular pair of running shorts period. Everyone owns like five pairs (I have them in blue, yellow, and custom-Oregon green/yellow) and yet everyone I know cuts the lining out, which causes you to have this weird band of lining around the edge when you roll the top over — because everyone rolls the top over, duh. And, which sort of suggests that perhaps Nike ought to make a version without the lining.
But, for the most part, I love these shorts. And, most importantly, I look a lot faster than when I wore boys’ soccer shorts. And, as we all know, looking fast is just as important as going fast. So, for a few years, they were my race shorts.
Race shorts are different than running shorts. Obviously. I have lots of regular shorts. But, you need special shorts for races. And, no, I don’t race in tiny spandex. I mean I have – I did a few weeks ago – but I don’t enjoy it.
Then, like four years ago, I was given a pair of Lululemon shorts and a tanktop after doing a wear test for them, which I never would have bought on my own because the shorts were like $54 and that seemed crazy at the time (oh, how the times have changed). But, I adored the Lululemon Speed Short, which I did not cut the lining out of because it was all soft and comfy. They became my race shorts, until they started to lose elasticity and get all worn down and rub. So, last year, as my pre-race Oakland Marathon purchase, I bought new Lululemon shorts.
They were fine. I wore them for that race and a few other races and had no problems. But, I didn’t love them like I loved the old Lululemon ones. And, then, they started to chafe — and as we all know, chafing is like the kryptonite of running. A couple runs, I got crazy cuts on the inside of my legs from them. I went back to the old Lululemon shorts and they chafed too. (Yes, easy joke about thighs rubbing together, but I’m not going to do the easy thing and make it, so there.) I decided it was a sign that I shouldn’t be wearing them anyway, because Lululemon is crazy and expensive and possibly evil and, really, all I ask for in a company is that it not be all three.
That meant I needed new race shorts for Chicago, so I went with some boring Brooks ones. (I think it was these ones.) I also, bizarrely, kept the lining in these ones even though it was that weird granny diaper lining. And, they’re ok, but they were 1. not flattering and 2. had no real pockets except on the sides, so then you’re cramming gels in the sides of your shorts, which is also not flattering and makes you paranoid they’re going to fall out the whole race and 3. sort of bunched weird and sometimes chafed.
So, I’ve been on the lookout for new race shorts for a little while. Something like the Lulu ones, but not them. And, then, when I was at Sports Basement, using my gift certificate I won at the Hellyer 10K — no matter what race you do anywhere in the Bay Area you will probably win a Sports Basement gift certificate (amazing) — I found out Nike has just released some new shorts like the Lulu ones, but not them.
*voices singing, lights coming down from above*
And, after a whole thing — I bought the mediums because they didn’t have the small in the color I wanted, but then medium was too big, so then I went back but they didn’t have small in any color and XS was too small, so then I got my money back and went to the Sports Authority Elite but they didn’t have them at all, so I went on Nike’s website but that website is ridiculously bad and it was possible either they didn’t have my size or that they just were directing me in circles, so then I finally went on some super sketchy RunningWarehouse.com site — I now have in my possession new shorts. That I’m really hoping are my new racing shorts. Testing them out today.
Behold, the Nike Rival Shorts. I have a good feeling about these.