As well as purchasing good quality trainers, running shorts are also an important piece of clothing to buy for the serious runner. Without wearing top quality shorts the runner will feel too warm and uncomfortable when moving. Your shorts must allow the freedom to move without chafing or riding up where you don’t want them. If you fell run then you will need a short that allows you to take big strides without ripping or pinning you down, where as if you run on a treadmill regularly you will need a lightweight short that keeps you cool. Running shorts today are designed to allow for every need including material that is breathable and shower proof, quick drying, comfortable and durable. They also come in a range of cool designs and colours.
For example, Brooks running shorts are excellent quality and meet every need the runner has. They have a silky smooth material that won’t rub and is highly wicking so you keep dry and cool. I have found that they sit on the waist comfortably without rubbing and have side slits to allow freedom of movement. You can wear these wherever and however you run.
If you run in the heat you will know that getting adequate clothing is a challenge. You will generate more heat as your body temperature climbs and sweat profusely. If you buy breathable shorts you will have no problems at all. These shorts will be quick drying and very lightweight and won’t chafe. They will also help to keep your body temperature down.
Endurance running will require your shorts to keep on performing well for hours at a time. You will need to purchase shorts that have adequate storage facilities for small amounts of food, such as carb gels. Waterproofing is also an important factor, as you may have to run for hours in the rain. Select shorts with a short inseam for the ultimate in comfort and movement.