Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This is big

Sure, it was a big deal when I ran my first mile, 5k, half marathon, full marathon, 50k, and 50 miler. Those were big accomplishments for sure, but something even bigger has happened.


What is it? Well, first a little back story. Look at all these pictures
What do these pictures have in common? I tried to help you with the arrows... Look at my shorts. Notice anything similar? 

If you know me, you know I'm not big on change. To say I'm a creature of habit is a HUGE understatement. I'm not good with change. And when I find something I like, I stick with it. Like say.... The shorts I started wearing in 2009..... Yep. The last time I bought shorts that I loved was at the 2010 Chicago marathon expo. I bought a few pairs because I was sure that the style I loved would soon be "improved" and go away. I was right. The newer versions were cut weird or didn't have built in underwear or some other nonsense. But I wasn't terribly stressed because I don't run everyday and I had about 4-5 pairs of the best shorts ever. What is there to stress about? Right?

About a year ago I started to look at shorts, knowing that my shorts would not last forever, no matter how good I was to them. Here's what I found.

1) I do not weigh six pounds and therefore I am not interested in what appears to be a 1/2" inseam.
2) Shorts may appear to be awesome in a dressing room but will actually wad up into a tiny ball between your thighs two yards into your run.
3) some shorts are designed for people that want extra poof in their abdomen. Really? Why is it SO poofy between the waist and the legs? 
4) Apparently some running wear companies do not believe that a runner might also lift weights. Are these shorts actually tapered at the bottom? I feel like the circulation in my quad is being cut off!
5) I'm doomed.

As you can tell, this was not going well. Nothing was working!! I thought about a Kickstarter campaign to bring back my magic shorts, but I doubt it would fly. So I scoured the Internet. I looked up suggestions, I read reviews, and just when I was about to give up hope.... I came across a pair that didn't look terrible...

Oiselle has a short called the long Roga that seemed to be made to not cutoff circulation in your quads and still looked cute. So I gave them a shot. And then the Angels sang!!!!!

To be fair, I haven't tested them in southern Indiana summers, but I have run 10 miles on a treadmill in them. And I love them! Maybe miracles do exist!