Back in late February, I decided to order new shorts for marathon training and went online. I knew what size I needed and I didn't feel like driving to the store and trying on clothes. Plus, I was going to get extra cashback via Ebates. What could be easier? I found these shorts from FILA and ordered two pairs. I have a couple of pairs of capris from FILA already so I knew the size would be fine. I saw the "5 inch inseam" and was like "that seems like long enough".
They came in the mail a week or so later. I put them on and they were short, like booty short short. Which is not normally my style at all. But, they were so comfortable and fit perfectly so I decided to keep them.
Fast forward a little bit over a month and spring has come to Minnesota. And I'm wearing my new short shorts with confidence. They've even become my preferred shorts for runs because they are perfect. (Yes, it's been warm enough that I've had multiple runs in shorts).
This is a huge step for me because I haven't always been this confident in the way I look. Back in college, about eight years ago, I was my heaviest at over 210 lbs. Even when I started running in 2014, I was sitting around 160-170 lbs. I would have never worn booty shorts even if was a million degrees outside.
Since I've started running, I've developed a "fuck it" attitude when it comes to what people might think when I'm working out (with the exception of see-through leggings, I always make sure they are squat proof). Sports bra showing? Fuck it, there's a reason they come in fun colors. I'm pasty white? Fuck it, it's Minnesota and I spent the winter running outside. Neon colors in a sea of black? Fuck it, bright clothes are more fun.
Wearing these shorts has been one of the last things I've said "fuck it" to. Who should care if I'm wearing booty shorts while running? My legs are impressive, why shouldn't I show them off? They've carried me over 2,600 miles since 2014. They've gotten me through four half marathons and are going to get me through a marathon by the end of 2017. I've squatted 105 lbs and leg pressed 135 lbs (my body weight) for reps thanks to them. Fuck it, I'm going to show it off.
This post was inspired after re-listening to episode 32 of The Run, Selfie, Repeat podcast. If you aren't already listening, give it a try! Kelly is awesome and it's life, with a side of running.