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Running skirts or shorts that don't "ride"

OK, we were talking about this in one of my groups. do any of you runners have the problem of shorts that ride? well, i am so very annoyed by it. i have lost almost 20 pounds, but i will never be thin enough that my thighs don't run. therefore, my shorts ride up in the middle. it is so awful looking. and i find myself yanking my shorts down every 30 seconds.

does anyone have this problem? what shorts do you find are the best? i have a smallish waist and larger hips and thighs. i have tried some nike shorts that i read were not supposed to ride, and of course they did.

has anyone tried the running skirt?

Fri. Jul 13, 3:30pm

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I am so in the same boat. I have a small waist and upper body - i carry all my weight in my butt, hips and thighs. I have a horrible time finding shorts that don't chafe or ride up when I run. I have a pair or two that are okay, but I don't love them. I'd very interested in some good answers to this question. i'd even be willing to invest in some more expensive brands to save the skin on my inner thighs!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:54 PM

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OMG! that happens to me every time i run, and i'm a runner! i now wear the bermuda style workout shorts (i get them at target), they're a bit hotter but worth it because i'm not all self concious about having my shorts riding between my legs. i did find some adidas shorts that aren't too bad, though. i think after a few more pounds *crossing fingers* i can wear them more often to run.

i'm tempted to try a running skirt. the legs look short enough that they won't ride because there's no where for them to go!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:57 PM

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I just wear a pair of lycra shorts under my regular shorts. It prevents the ride-up most of the time and disguises it the rest of the time.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 4:12 PM

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I have some guys nike shorts that have the built-in undies - keeps them from riding.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 5:24 PM

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OP here...

I have tried shorts with the briefs inside, and they rode the worst. I like the bermuda length shorts, but they are all in juniors, so my thighs make them tight. i got one pair at kohl's that i like, but as i have lost weight, they are super loose on the waist and are strange now.

i looked at and they have skirts with briefs under them, as well as skirts with shorts attached. i just dont know if i can picture myself in one of these things!

at least it's good to know other people have the same problem. just makes me feel like such a whale, and makes it hard to enjoy running when im tugging the whole time

Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:32 PM

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I'm not a runner, but I love clothes by title nine sports... Their employees are athletes and very helpful. Could be worth a try.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:45 PM

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I have this problem with regular shorts, too. I use the lycra bike shorts (bike shorts w/o the seat padding). I never have a problem with them riding up. Champion makes a good brand. I've also gotten some through a Jessica London catalog.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 7:16 PM

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I know no one likes spandex but...

The only shorts I can comfortably run in are tight spandex kind. I have a great pair by CWX that are somewhat of a compression short. They are much longer than other shorts, they hit right above my knee. This saves my inner thighs and they do not ride at all. They are a bit tight but once you get in them, they are fine. They are not cheap but you will not run in another pair again. Believe me, I have tried all kinds of shorts and body glide, etc..I can't find anything else that keeps me from fussing with my shorts when I run!!

I suppose if you are shy about wearing tight shorts you could put a baggy pair over top but that seems like too many layers to me.

I wouldn't get the skirt because, while it won't ride, your thighs are still free to rub.


Friday, July 13, 2007, 8:02 PM

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i love my marika running skirt--it has stretchy shorts under it. they ride the tiniest bit, but still cover the part that rubs

Friday, July 13, 2007, 10:44 PM

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My favorite running shorts are women's EMS running shorts-they're wicking fabric so they keep me from having a sweaty bum, and they don't ride up!!

But if you are looking for skirts-try one from the company below. I have two from them and I LOVE THEM!!! They are a little pricey, but they wash and wear well-and if you love it, it won't even matter!

the website is


Saturday, July 14, 2007, 12:17 AM

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