Last month, Charlotte at The Great Fitness Experiment wrote a post about underwear during workouts. You know what? It surprises me how many of you wear underwear for your workouts. For the record, I never wear underwear for running or working out. Ever. I honestly didn't think I was strange.
I might have actually worn underwear when I first started working out. I wore cotton clothing and t-shirts and whatever I had around. I did invest in a nice sports bra, but beyond that, I dressed how you might expect someone to dress who was just starting out with fitness. Once I got into running, and definitely once I became involved with my running store peeps, I started getting a lot more workout clothes. So many, in fact, that I am drowning in them now! That's when I stopped wearing underwear.
Let's just look at it this way - running shorts are lined with little panties. They come with their own underwear, which is great because I find that the panties and the shorts work well together - everything stays where it's supposed to. I've discovered that some ladies wear their running shorts with underwear underneath - even when the shorts are lined... Huh? That doesn't make sense to me. For the record, though, I don't usually wear shorts for running that don't have a lining. I've tried, and it is uncomfortable.
So, the trick comes in when we talk about tights and winter running pants. They typically do not have a lining. What do you do then? As I stated, I still go commando. I avoid all visible panty lines, and I don't have to worry about anything going anywhere that it shouldn't go. I bought some athletic undies once to wear under my winter clothes, but I didn't care for them and they made me look too lumpy.
I guess I'd have to ask why -- why do you wear underwear under running clothes? Is it a protection thing? Are you worried that someone will know (they won't - unless you post it on your blog like me)? Don't you chafe?
Thoughts? Do you wear underwear beneath your running clothes?
Special note: I debated on what term to use on this post. Underwear? Panties? Underpants? Undergarment? Underthings? For some reason, I love the word 'underpants', although when I picture underpants, I picture this. So, I went with underwear.