I know you’ve seen them, and whether you wear them or not, you have an opinion on them. With men’s shorts featuring inseams as low as 1 inch. There is often not a lot left to imagination. But regardless of how you feel, today we’ll be answering the question, why do runners wear short shorts? And believe it or not. Showing off their legs is only one of the reasons!
Why do Runners Wear Short Shorts?
To Prevent Chafing
The number one reason runners wear short shorts is to prevent chafing while running. More fabric means more friction. And this becomes amplified with a higher cadence, stride length, time running, and the outside temperature. So the less fabric you can have the better. Hence short shorts for both men and women runners.
Running can be a constant battle between being too hot or too cold. If you’re out running in 80+ degree temps there is a good chance you are going to get hot. And the faster you run the hotter you get. So why not let the legs get some air. And even when it’s cold out, the one area that stays warm are your legs. You’ll often see marathoners running short shorts with arm sleeves and/or gloves. Especially on days with earlier and colder starting conditions. They can easily strip the upper layers while on the move.
There is no question that runners love to show off their legs. When you’re 5’10 and 130lbs (took a popular pro runner’s racing stats) you’re not going to be showing off your arms while giving directions to the beach. But in a bright pair of short shorts and matching running shoes we’ll be happy to run around the most popular city streets and parks.
I think the most important thing you can take away from this is to run in whatever makes you comfortable. As long as you aren’t breaking any laws. If it makes you feel more comfortable and gets you out and moving. Then wear it!