The Running Industry is Biased Against Plus Sized Runners…
It’s not a serious title as I’m fully aware that my body size and shape is in the 1% of the 1% of folks trying to be long distance runners. I know that myself and the few other folks like me are not a profitable sector for anyone making running clothing.
But seriously what the hell is up with running clothing apparel makers sizing being so out of sync with the rest of the clothing industry? For example a “XL” in running shorts is roughly a Medium or at best a Large and that’s being generous.
Literally my hip bones without any of that flesh and muscle that goes on them is too large to fit these.
I’m trying to find long long distance running shorts. The same thing that every other long distance runner looks for, chafe free, fast drying, light weight, pockets for the key things etc. But primarily shorts that are comfortable and can go long without leaving a person screaming in the shower after their super long runs as the water hits the chafing.
You find all these articles and videos for the top recommended shorts and…. I can wear none of them.
Right now I’m going to end up running my first 50K in a pair of UA Launch shorts that I cut the liner out of and a pair of UA compression shorts. What’s the problem you ask? Well those compression shorts soak up sweat and end up weighing a bazillion tons. The waistband ends up chafing me after about 15-20 miles. Their so called ‘flat seam’ technology also ends up chafing me in other locations that should not be chafed.
I’d really like to try some of these awesome no seam having, no chafing after 100 miles, super light, fast drying shorts with the cool pockets but alas, I’m stuck with stone age technology. Which I guess a dinosaur should be used to after all…
There’s no real point to this post other than to piss and moan a bit about things if you’re a runner you’ve probably never had to deal with.
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