Under Where?

Good morning!

I didn’t sleep very well last night. Now, I pride myself on my stellar hydration skills. I drink a lot of water during the day, I hydrate when I’m at the gym and I basically just love water. I can’t get enough.

That doesn’t fare well for me when I have to wake up every hour during the night to pee.

Note to self: ease up on the water drinking as bedtime nears.

Talking about peeing is an over-share? Oh I’ll over-share.

Let’s chat about the title of this post, shall we?

This morning I laced up my brand spankin’ new Adrenaline kicks for a 4-miler.

The shoes felt amazing. I’m looking forward to doing a longer run in them this weekend to make sure I really love them, but so far so good.

So I put on my sneakers. But do you know what I didn’t put on?

Anything under my running shorts.

Runners talk about this all the time — underwear or no underwear? I have always been an underwear girl. Always. No matter what I’m wearing.

But lately I’ve been doing a lot of laundry. And the shorts I wore today have underwear built into them. So I figured I’d give it a shot. Why double up?

I kind of loved it. To be honest, I didn’t even notice much of a difference. I did feel kind of scandalous though…

Underwear aside, this morning’s run was kind of insane and creepy.

There was so much fog!

You couldn’t even see the river. It was surreal.

There were a ton of other runners out, which I loved.

By the time I got back home, stretched, showered and got ready for work, the day had turned so much nicer.

A nice day — it’s supposed to hit 80 degrees today! — deserves a nice outfit.

The skirt may be just a bit short, but 80 degrees = I don’t care.

It’s going to be another busy one at the office today. Time to go to town on my To Do list.

Have a great day!

OBVIOUSLY YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO ASK: Care to over-share with me? Are you an underwear-wearer when you run or work out? Why or why not?



0 Responses

  1. Oh dear. I feel so scandalous. Negative – I’m with the posts above: They have them built in for a reason. I’m with ya on the crazy weather this AM. I took pictures during my run too 🙂 I called it a Gotham City!

  2. I was just discussing this over breakie today with miss Susanruns! I never wear undies while running, and thought no one did. And she always does. Maybe if I started wearing underwear under my shorts, I would be a speedster like her. Probably not. But, I say keep with the no undies! It’s awesome. 🙂

  3. LOVE your outfit – super cute 🙂

    Like you, I always wear underwear. However, my overshare for today is that I drink a ton of water too and lately have been waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and then go back to bed. Works fine while I’m single… just might be a problem when I start dating someone and having sleepovers 🙂

  4. I love that runners have these conversations with each other all the time 🙂 Built in underwear is great – makes running so much more comfortable!! Sometimes I will wear it with the shorts just so I can get a couple of wears out of the shorts (I don’t have enough shorts to last more than a week!) but it feels a lot better to wear the shorts like they’re meant to be worn!

  5. I’ve always been an underwear girl, but yesterday I randomly did not (wearing shorts with the liner) and it wasn’t as weird or uncomfortable as I was expecting! I’m not sure if I’ll completely convert because, like Grace, I sometimes wear my shorts more than once before I wash them and I feel like I can only do that if I wear underwear!

    I love your outfit today!

  6. I don’t wear under undies when I’m wearing shorts with a built in liner…that is why the liner is there. You don’t wear undies when you wear a bathing suit do you?! Nope! When I wear liner-less stuff I just wear one of my many VS lace thongs…like I always wear. Comfy and I never feel it.

  7. Wow- the pictures you took are pretty, but I might be a little creeped out running through it so early in the morning. Cute outfit today, and perfect for a beautiful spring day!

  8. I’m still too “green” to try out the whole commando route because like you said, it just feels scandalous even if it isn’t! Maybe one of these days…

    PS – your outfits are always so cute!! Where do you shop??

    1. Thank you! I shop at the J.Crew outlet a lot (cheaper!) and the Banana Republic outlet. Lately I’ve been wearing jeans from the Gap, and most of my dresses are French Connection.

      I’ll try to start posting where I got certain items when I post outfits!

  9. Here is my over-share…sorry if it is TMI…I am an underware runner..but I am also the sweatiest women alive…so after a run my underware are soaked through with sweat. It is super gross!!!

    I love these shoes..just bought a pair myself..and it is true..they are like tiny little clouds on my feet..lol

  10. I just recently had the underwear debate with my friends. I’m Team Commando when running. They have built-ins for a reason. Less is more in this case.

  11. If it’s built in like in my running shorts, definitely no underwear, my laundry can’t handle the extra load! haha…I also can’t stand how it rides up, but maybe I just haven’t found the right pair.

    The fog on the East River this morning was wicked! But kinda cool, almost a whole new change of scenery

    BTW – love your outfit!!

  12. When I wear shorts with the built-in briefs, I never wear underwear with them. That never ewn occurred to me as something to do. I only started running in other than warm weather months this past year. As I started wearing running tights (long, capri, short), I wore regular underwear with them and experimented with “sports” underwear. They all bunch up on me. It gets annoying. For now, I’ve abandoned the underwear, but if I found a pair that wouldn’t bunch under my tights, I’d probably wear them.
    Have a productive day at work!

  13. HA! Love this post. I used to wear extra undies under my nike running shorts, but like you, I got sick of the laundry/didn’t run to run 13+ miles in 85 degree summer weather in more fabric than was necessary. I now don’t wear any under capris/tights either, but mostly bc I don’t want to see any lines. The freedom is exhilerating! 😉

  14. I never wear underwear with my workout clothes!!! I feel like it might breed some kind of something down there since the cotton is not a wicking material.

    that was kind of gross but I wasn’t sure how else to say it 🙂

  15. Not to be a stalker, but I totally thought I saw you on the East River this morning (and after seeing your running outfit picture, turns out it WAS you)! It looked like you were in the zone, otherwise I would’ve hollered “I read your blog!” 🙂

    Congrats on getting Run for the Rabbit! Sounds like that’ll be super fun and an ideal way to train for a marathon!

  16. So … I feel like I’ve been living under a rock or something after reading all of these responses.

    There have been maaaaaybe two times that I’ve run in shorts with built in underwear WITHOUT undies, and it’s because I forgot a change of clothes or something. (And yes, I totally blushed and felt scandalous.) I have to say, it feels totally fine/great!

    I always wear underwear. Except it’s not because I think it’s gross not to — I think the honest reason is that I feel like I can wear the shorts for two or three times before needing to throw them in the laundry. Is that gross?

  17. I definitely do not wear underwear w/ my running shorts, or yoga pants, or running tights. (that was over kill, huh?) It’s uncomfy and picking my butt every 5 seconds is far more unattractive than running without underwear.

    Cute outfit! I don’t think the skirt is to short, but I’m a scandalous kinda girl 🙂

  18. haha I also have a pair of shorts with built in underwear and I ALWAYS wear more underwear underneath. Maybe I should try without…

    Totally loving today’s outfit!

  19. I had the same feeling running in the park this morning – did a loop around the reservoir and couldn’t see anything it was really eerie. Let me know if you ever want a weekday 6am run meet-up?

    No extra underwear

  20. Haha this is hilarious! I just had the same convo with my friend last night! I never wear extra underwear if the shorts already have a liner. That just seems like wedgie city to me! I do wear sports undies underneath short spandex shorts though because I dont want to risk flashing my lady bits to anyone.

  21. Ali, when the underwear is built-in that means you are not supposed to wear MORE underwear. That is the point of it! Not at all scandalous. I never even considered wearing underwear plus underwear.

    You want to know who had a truly scandalous morning? Ask me about mine.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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