True story: I recently heard about a guy who randomly decided to sign up for a marathon and ran it while wearing cargo shorts. Yes. Cargo Shorts.
Not special mesh-knit cargo shorts, but khaki ones that you can probably find buried in your closet or in your parent’s attic from your high school days… Along with your puka shell necklace… He didn’t even choose to wear some sort of athletic appropriate attire. This same guy, now some six years later now trains in the winter in just tights.
Running tights leave nothing to the imagination. Does this evolution surprise anyone? This man went from packing around extra granola bars and trail mix in his cargo shorts to running around in basically nothing, free as a bird, in the course of six years. What is it that running does to us? I’ll never forget the first time I ever trained for a 5k. I was in my late 20’s and I decided to go outside and run. Naturally, I put on some cross-trainers and basketball shorts and an athletic shirt and went outside. It felt natural. Never in a million years would I ever run in anything that went above my knees. That’s just crazy talk. Then… almost exactly two years ago I started running consistently… And it felt weird to run in basketball shorts… Then I bought new shorts that were shorter and lighter… And then they kept creeping up the leg as I ran more and more…
I recently heard another guy mention that when he runs marathons he tries to keep up with the dudes in short shorts because then he knows he’s trained well. So with that in mind, I present to you an entirely unscientific graphic based on my experience with running shorts: