Running and Bunhuggers: All part of sensing it’s GO time

Runners, when the bunhuggers come out it’s GO time.

People not in the sport of track and field, or non-runners, have asked, “Why in the world would you want to run in those?!” I’ve heard little kids giggle and balk, “She’s running in her underwear!” Even body conscious women have sneered, “Oh, look at her, who does she think she is?”
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Let me explain…bunhuggers are not

* worn in an attempt to steal your boyfriend.
* meant as some kind of ‘in your face, runners are HOT and we know it!’ statement.
* stupid.

Think of running in bunhuggers like running in your spikes.

You know the second you slip your feet into those spikes, lace them up, and head to the line it’s RACE TIME.

I’m sure there is the element of wind resistance, and yes, bunhuggers are comfortable. Trust me, there is nothing worse than racing with a wedgie…or running with shorts that bunch up in the front. My friend used to have a term for ‘those’ kinds of shorts, “My thighs eat them.”

A large part of racing is mental. Part of distinguishing a RACE from any other run is making it FEEL different. The energy, the electric buzz of the spectators, the nerves, the excitement, the competition, all of the feed into the race atmosphere.

Running your warm-up is just as much physically preparing your body as it is MENTALLY prepping you, getting into the zone.

When you kick off those bulky training shoes and slip on the spikes, you FEEL the race coming. As you strip off those sweats to the bunhuggers underneath you SENSE it…it’s almost here.

Run that final stride, poised and set at the line, it’s ON!

“Look good, feel good.”

1) Female runners, what do you prefer to race in? Do you run in bunhuggers, or have you?

2) On the other side, have you made fun of the bunhuggers? Do you find them silly, and not understand why people would run in them?

3) Guys, men get teased for the shorty running shorts in general. What style shorts do you prefer? What do you say to the dorks who make fun of running shorts?

4) What is a part of your ‘process’ in amping up for a race? What is something that makes you FEEL like it’s race time?

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34 Responses to Running and Bunhuggers: All part of sensing it’s GO time

  1. I have never tried wearing shorts like this nor seen many people run in them – except TV coverage of big events :) I think that reflects my lack of involvement in track and field events in school and lack of participation in much ‘serious’ running / competing. I do think everyone should run in what they’re comfortable in though, so if these are it, that should be that!

  2. I’ve never been able to get totally onboard, because I’m convinced they just do not look good on me. They look perfectly good on other people, so I’m not sure how they do it.

  3. I’m not sure I’d really be comfy in them – especially in Singapore. Asians in general tend to dress somewhat more conservatively, and there are plenty of others who remain well-covered as a religious or cultural choice. So wearing very little makes me a little uncomfortable, since it’s so outside the norm (and I already stick out for being pretty much outside the norm around here). If I do strip down, I take off my shirt and run in a sports bra – this bothers me less than showing off the tops of my thighs. I do wear tight, relatively short (3-4″) shorts, though.

    But I really don’t much care what other people do, as long as they are comfortable and aren’t legitimately flashing their private bits about.

    For me…it’s pinning that number on my shirt. THAT’S when I know it’s “go-time”! :)

    • oh this adds an interesting perspective, on the different social atmosphere runners are in! i also like you paralleling the race number…great one!

  4. I wouldn’t feel right wearing them as a recreational runner. I think it’s fine if you’re a collegiate or high school runner, or a professional runner, especially a track runner, at a meet. That’s perfectly acceptable- it’s a part of the track and field uniform. Those runners should wear them, for the reasons you stated :) .

    To me, going to a casual group run wearing bumhuggers though, is almost like showing up to a touch football game in the park wearing full pads and a helmet. But a professional race, oh yes definitely. The runners I’ve heard that wore them (they ran in college) said they really liked em actually!

  5. It’s the tights that may be the equivalent, but I don’t believe most men can ever pull off looking good in tights.

  6. I love “bun huggers” or booty shorts or whatever you call them. When I first starting racing we had to wear the really bad ones- they look like high rise briefs. By the end of college we had the super short shorts. I agree that wearing those makes me feel ready and fast. However- I rarely wear them anymore because I am not as fast and feel like a poser wearing them since I don’t have the running chops to back them up.

    • hahaha…okay, u and i are thinking the same! now, i wouldn’t be caught dead racing in buns because i feel u have to ‘earn’ them and i’m not up to snuff currently! :P

  7. I always like my capris. The whole puberty thing really threw me off! Confession – I used to wear bunhuggers. I did athletics until I was about 15 (mostly jumping) and I was that chick strutting around in a crop top and bloomers (bunhuggers). That memory came back so strongly when I was reading this post!

  8. Love this! Bunhuggers are the best and exactly for the reasons you described. They feel so comfortable and since I do not wear them for every race (only the biggies ) when I put them on its like “Ok….it’s go time!”

  9. Sue

    Love running skirts and bunhuggers although most of my runs are in the former; I use the latter for gym work.

  10. This is a great post. I am a bunhugger lover! But I am always a little shy when wearing them, I dont want to give off the wrong vibe to others, I agree, they are infact just way comfortable compared to anything else. I hate shorts that ride up when running, you spend half the time pulling them down. My favorite things to run in is SPANDEX, you can not go run with something skin tight. :) Just makes you feel fast!

  11. I ran XC and track but never wore bunhuggers..and never got the appeal but it makes sense if you don’t get wedgies! I lol-ed at the “my thighs eat them” comment…so true! those shorts are the worst. This might be a dumb question but do you wear underwear under the bunhuggers? I typically run in nike shorts with the little underwear included inside (but also wear my own underwear) and that helps with wedgies.

    • undies talk…haha! when i was racing, no, no undies under the buns because the material is tight enough so u don’t feel a cool breeze. ;)

  12. Rachel

    Bun huggers rock! I wear them for XC and track. At the start of the XC season this year our athletics director tried to introduce a shorts option. Only two girls wore them and the rest of us complained that it made us look like less of a serious team. We had a vote to go back to just the buns. Even the girls who chose the shorts voted in favor. It turns out their moms asked them to wear the less revealing kit.

    • i LOVE this!!! okay, back in HS one of our female coaches refused to get us any kind of decent racing gear…so my friend and i went rogue, raised funds to buy the good stuff for our team…those buns and shimmels were well worth it. :)

  13. I was waiting all four years of high school for the moment I’d be able to pull those bun-babies on! Ran my first college meet in them and felt so badass…until everyone SAW my ass. As in, I was leading from the start and apparently I figured out why no one else on my team ran with those buns. The company that makes ours doesn’t fit on the butt properly…so yes, my cheeks were hanging out a bit. I switched over to spandex for the next meet but decided the coolness of the bunhuggers was worth a bit of exposed skin. :)

    • oh my gosh, u poor thing!! talk about a horrible bun-making-company if they can’t make the fit right…leaving you all cheeky! :P that said, hey, at least u were fast and a runner so the rear view was at least good! ;)

    • Rachel

      Rachael, looks like we got the same name! Just spelt differently…

      Our coach advised us to order our buns a size smaller than we would for normal underwear. That way there isn’t enough looseness in the material for them to make a wedgie and so expose part of your butt cheeks. Could be worth trying :-) R.

  14. Amanda

    I use to wear them back in high school for cross country and track and I loved them as well. Now that I’m out, I feel really weird wearing them for rec races. I actually wish more women would wear them these days. I think if you have the body/butt and you feel comfortable wearing them, then go for it!

    • haha…don’t worry, there is no WAY i’d race or run in buns at my current status. gotta ‘earn them’ is what i sorta feel like. it’s ‘go time’ when they come out. :P

  15. Albear

    I guess I’ll be the first dude to reply on this. To answer your question; the shorter the better. I’ve only come across one person who has questioned the whole short-shorts deal and I just said that as a non-runner, you just don’t understand. I wish guys could wear bunhuggers, but that’ll probably never fly. However, on cold days I do wear my tights; hell I wear them casually day in and day out. They’re heaps comfortable, I feel great running in them and it shows off my runners legs (not to brag of anything!). I’m just an athletic guy who’s comfortable with his body.

    • hahahaha…okay, i’m ALL for short shorts, but sorry, no dudes should rock the full bunhugger look. ;) but you are more than welcomed to the running tights, i know some guys are hung-up on that one. but come on…if it’s cold they are a necessity! power to runners comfy in their bodies…i mean, runner bods are hotter bods anyways. :P

      • Rich

        I disagree. I am a male triathlete. I’ve been racing in a speedo for 21 years. It works great for triathlon…just swim, peel off the wetsuit, and do the bike/run in a speedo…no changing in the transitions required. I obviously can’t train like that, but its important for me for the actual races because it puts me in the zone and it makes me feel very free, no constrictive clothing.

        • touche! hey, if it gives u enough support u’ve got my blessing! totally see ur point…i HATE being bugged with clothing type issues when there’s running/tri-ing to be focused on!

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