When I did the ABCs of Me a few weeks ago, I had a few comments on my response to U: Underwear. My response: Usually. I thought there were far more of you out there going commando on your runs. Apparently I was mistaken. So I felt the topic is deserving of a post all its own.
When I started running, I tried a few different types of undies. I knew enough to at least avoid cotton, and I knew I didn't want to deal with something inching its way up my crack while I run, so thongs were out. But after a few failed tries, I decided to try nothing. And it was great.First, I am a not a fan of visible panty lines (VPLs). Even the all-knowing Urban Dictionary says they are a no-no:
Second, it was just one less thing to worry about when it came to getting ready to run and avoiding chaffing. It also helped that a lot of my running bottoms - all my running skirts and my running shorts - have built-in briefs. The only time I was officially going commando was in my tights and capris. That, however, has changed.
"VPL is where the panties of a woman are visible through the material of lower-body clothing. This is a definite fashion misdemeanor. VPL damages the aesthetic beauty of a fine rump and can be very harmful to a woman's health."
Those marketing people at Victoria's Secret know what they're doing when they send out those free panty coupons. When I got my free pair of Bare Ultimate Hiphuggers, I thought I couldn't love a pair of underpants more. These have NO SEAMS. Yes, you read that right. A runner's dream. No seams. And no VPL. What more could I ask for? Then I got a free panty card for the Incredible Hiphugger. There is a reason it is called Incredible! These are the softest, most comfy undies I've ever had. I. Love. Them. They don't give me a little roll above the waistband, and if you can see a VPL, you are too close to my booty. And they don't move when I run. No wedgie is always a big plus.
U- Underwear: Yes, please.
*Photo(s) credit: VictoriasSecret.com