January Runfessions- going commando?

Warning:  it is the first Friday of the year and it is time to air our dirty laundry, like really.  I love running and all that it involves but I am not out the door in 2 minutes or less each morning.  There is a lot to think about.  One hurdle I had to get over was my choices in undies.  Yup, I am just throwing it out there.

Everyone has an opinion.  Ask a man what they think about women’s underwear, trust me, I bet he has an opinion.  I have 2 drawers of undies.  One drawer of “work” undies, you know, the assortment of cheekies, boy shorts and grannies and a drawer full of “date” undies.  They are the same assortment but in nicer fabrics.  Not only do runners have specific brands of clothing they like to run in but the perfect bra, socks and undies are also key!

Back in the day I was always a granny panty, pantyhose plus skirt wearing type.  Only “those” girls dared to skip the undies.  Maybe in my old age I have learned to let some things go.  Yup, one of them is my undies.  I will runfess, I run comando!  TMI?  Lord help me, I hope my stepmother is not reading my post today but I felt like I should get it off my chest.

For you scientific types there are a few good reasons you should leave your undies in the drawer.  The biggest one:  NO chafing!  Let me tell you I have had some problems.  It is hot and humid here.  We have all been there, race time and you have to pee.  Worse?  4 miles into your long run and you have to pee.  Things don’t always go back in the correct place if you know what I mean.  Let’s just say I had an incident so bad that once I got everything off I looked I had been mauled by a bear!  So glad the hubby was out-of-town.

Need to work your way into the idea?  Two words:  running skirts!  That’s what that cute short part is for.  Look for running tights that have the nice crotch.  Not all tights are made the same.  I have done my research.  I did not find any research that proves the going commando increases your risk of infection.  In fact, doctors will tell you just the opposite.  Adding that extra layer, well can be, suffocating.  I shall say no more!

I know, some of you are thinking, what would Mary Tyler Moore say?  LOL!  I am saying, are you brave enough to go commando?

There you go, I said it, out loud, I hope we are still friends.  Get it off your chest, do you go commando?  

Thank you for the link up Marcia!


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  1. So while we are putting it all out there….I have that pesky GI issue and ahem, I need the extra layer of protection. So I don’t go commando…if you catch my drift and I hope you never do… pun intended…
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Runfessions: JanuaryMy Profile

  2. Marcia says:

    Idk if commando is in my DNA. I found some nice microfiber underwear that don’t chafe. Plus what if I tripped into a sticker bush or something? Those undies are my insurance policy. Pantylines be damned.
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  3. I am a commando girl for sure! Wearing something just gives me chafing or a wedgey. Running skirts are of course the best with the built in shorts.
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Runfessions January EditionMy Profile

  4. ha ha ha….I have done it both ways LOL Commando and extra layers. I’m a variety gal 😉
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Time to Runfess…My Profile

    • MB says:

      I might would have guessed that Kim! Loved that pink scarf on Instagram sister! You might need to knit ya some undies if it gets any colder for you! 🙂

  5. Shandy says:

    I’ll runfess that I have run commando, but only on the treadmill in my house. I couldn’t go au natural out and about.
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  6. Definitely #teamcommando. Although I can still chafe down there — doesn’t happen often, but man when it does!

    The only time I don’t is when I travel, am running, and want to wear a skirt multiple times. Can’t bring all the skirts!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Laughter is good for the soul: Runfessions January 2017My Profile

  7. Coco says:

    I didn’t even know you are SUPPOSED to go commando in your bike shorts — that’s how much of an undie-wearing gal I am. And I still wear panty hose to work. L’eggs even Got to hold it all together. 🙂
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  8. Darlene says:

    Nope I don’t go commando. I don’t chafe plus then I can re-wear my skirts.
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  9. I’m with you… I’m a sweaty runner… no need for the extra layer! lol!
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  10. HoHo Runs says:

    NoCo for HoHo…if you get my drift. I have the perfect no chafe panties for running that have developed holes in them after all these years. I’m anxious over that fact actually.

  11. Marsha says:

    Lol! Yes ma’am….commando all the way….less laundry! lol!
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  12. vicki says:

    I’m with you … I run commando too, can’t imagine it any other way!
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  13. I cannot do commando. I’ve tried, but there is the issue of chafing and NOPE. That stopped my run in it’s tracks quite literally.
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  14. Rachel says:

    I’m a big believer in running commando. Except in tights. Then I do undies.

    Gah I miss summer! 😉
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  15. Commando all the way! Hell you don’t have to match bra and panties if you never wear any right? Yea I have the ones saved for “date nite” attire but other than that I never wear any, never. Sorry not sorry! Since I’ve been doing this my dryer has not ate the first one either!
    Tricia Vaughn recently posted…Weekly Wrap 77 It Doesn’t Feel Like JanuaryMy Profile

  16. Karen says:

    LOL! You are so right it helps the chafing issue. I’ve been chafed awful a few times, but I just started Body gliding the area near seams. I have only run commando once! And I felt too “exposed” You go though!!! LOL

  17. Teresa says:

    Lord have mercy …just reading the comments is entertaining enough! Hahaha! I love you Mary Beth for putting it all out there …literally!

    As to whether or not Ladybird running goes commando? Yes and no. Depends on what I’m wearing and whether or not I feel the need for an extra layer. I do not wear them with leggings or capris …just can’t stand a panty line. But with skirts and shorts, I usually do.

    And yes, I have the everyday underwear drawer and the “for the hubs” underwear drawer. And just for the record…I love my bra and panties to match! Makes me feel super sexy 🙂
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  18. Gina says:

    Ha! I’ve done it once or twice! And I do move a great running skirt!!
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  19. Brandi says:

    I have never tried. I’m the one at the gym with the panty lines and pulling the wedgies!
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  20. Not in capris or pants, but also commando in shorts. Not really sure the difference – other than shorts have the built-in undies. As my distances start getting longer, though, I need to rethink this.
    Clarinda Dodson recently posted…Friday Five 2.0 – StrideBox ReviewMy Profile

  21. I always workout commando! Undies are too uncomfortable when I’m movin’ and grovin’!
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  22. I’m firmly in the underwear camp. I’ve tried commando a few times and it just doesn’t work for me. Thankfully I’ve found a few pairs of underwear that never chafe.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…Tips for surviving stressful timesMy Profile

  23. jill conyers says:

    I’ve never run any other way hahaha! I go for comfort and commando is the way to go.

    Have a great weekend Mary Beth!
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  24. Toni says:

    I occasionally go commando depending on the type of running bottoms I have and I do find it freeing, def helps with chafing and bathroom debacles.
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  25. I don’t run in commando but have gone commando at work after a runch and I forgot my extra underwear. I’m not going to sit in sweaty underwater at work after a run. Though running commando isn’t something I’ve done,I’m not opposed to trying it.

  26. HaHa! I talked about whether or not to wear underwear under running shorts in my last Runfessions. 🙂

    I think bikini underwear came into style when I was in about the 6th grade (I’m 59). As soon as I put on my first pair, I refused to ever wear my granny panties again. I have a thing about panty lines so I wear thongs with some of my jeans/pants, I NEVER wear underwear under running shorts that have a built in liner (do they even make running shorts without liners?), and I don’t wear underwear under my running tights. TMI? 🙂
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Fancy Tights, Sunrises, And Brussels SproutsMy Profile

  27. 9 times out of 10! Running in shorts is great because the undies are sown in!

  28. muix says:

    WOW..hot underwear. maybe it can give you more spirit while you running..You are great MB..yeah.Keep it up.

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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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