Friday Funny 730: Running Fashion

>> Friday, May 30, 2014

Runner's World recently posted 10 Running Faux Pas:

Toe Shoes With Tall Socks

Society as a whole has long since declared the "separated toe" look disconcerting, but what happens when you up the ante by adding socks? What started as a sensible approach to minimalism and warmth results in the worst combination of two fashion abominations—flip-flops with socks, and toe shoes in general. Sorry, world.

Tucking in a T-Shirt

Tucking is generally for more formal occasions, so unless you're headed to a weird running gala in one of those iron-on tuxedo t-shirts, it's probably best to just wear a top that fits. Here's a handy visual guide to when you should tuck in your shirt. Note: Running isn't mentioned.

Tri-Suit in a Single-Sport Race

It's hard to know what Tri-Suit Guy is trying to communicate with this oft-spotted 5K look. Is he proclaiming his love of multisport to the world? Was this the only techwear he had clean? Does he know something about the course the rest of us don't??

Running Shirtless in a Blizzard

There's always that one guy who can't wait to strip down the second the heat index rises into the positive integer range. Does every running group have one of those? We have one of those.

Racing Shirtless in a Blizzard

Note: This was taken at the 2012 RW Half Marathon, but it could have just as easily been taken at the Siberia Ice Marathon in Omsk.

Wild Hair

We've been seeing this at more and more long-distance races lately—long, lustrous hair, bouncing freely, unshackled by the burdens of a rubber band. It certainly looks lovely... but then there's that moment when a stranger's hair is clinging to your sweaty arm, and you kind of want to grab it and stuff it into a stray hat.

Shorts Over Tights

For whatever reason, shorts over tights is a no-no. I don't understand it either. It looks cool.


Head-to-toe color coordination: A little too much of a good thing, or the hottest 2013 trend in street style? Executive Producer Robert Reese's favorite look insists it's the latter.

Too Much Makeup

Look, we all want to look good in race photos, which is why most of us do the bare minimum of grimacing in the general direction of the cameras. And if heavy makeup is your race-day equivalent of warrior paint, then by all means, spackle it on. But just for the record—you'd look great with less, too.

Inappropriate Shorts Length

Too short, or too long? Believe it or not, there's an entire middle ground your shorts can occupy.

I'm partially guilty of the "topless in winter" one - I like to be bare-chested once it hits 45 degrees. But the only one I'm REALLY guilty of is that last one. And I'm guilty on BOTH accounts of too short and too long. I raced Ironman Wisconsin back in 2007 in shorts that were WAAAAY to long, and in more recent years, I've been wearing shorts that may be a little too short:

Oops. Oh well.

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Anonymous,  12:03 PM, May 30, 2014  

Those yellow shorts are definitely too short friend.

I'm guilty of the shorts over tights one, but when it comes to keeping Mr.Wiggly warm/out of the arctic-vortex winds I'll take it

Shinianen 1:42 PM, May 30, 2014  

Second the above - burn those yellow shorts. ;-)

I'm guilty of the shorts over tights, too ... so what!! My buns get cold when it's windy, and the extra layer helps!!

I'm also a matchy/matchy. Who says that's a no-no? I think it looks cute!!

David Goss 1:42 PM, May 30, 2014  

"shorts that may be a little too short"

Steve, those are so short I can see your butt nook. Please retire them.

Steve Stenzel 3:23 PM, May 30, 2014  



You guys are the best.

Unknown 12:14 PM, June 01, 2014  

Aren't those the "bowl of sunshine" shorts? Is that because they put bowls of sun where it typically would not shine? NEVER CHANGE STEVE! Never!!!

Unknown 12:14 PM, June 01, 2014  

Aren't those the "bowl of sunshine" shorts? Is that because they put bowls of sun where it typically would not shine? NEVER CHANGE STEVE! Never!!!

Anonymous,  8:13 PM, May 26, 2015  

Judgmental, much? Who cares? Let people run in whatever works for them.

Steve Stenzel 1:37 PM, May 27, 2015  

Hi Anon:

1. You must be new here.

2. Thanks for posting anonymously when everyone (and their mother - literally) has a Google account.

3. Your gentle skim of the article is apparent. Had you read it, you would see I'm making fun of myself in it too.

Have a wonderful day.

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