I ran another mile today! It was hot and I definitely didn’t drink enough water today so I didn’t feel as good as last night but I did it! Four days in a row! Woohoo!
But the real reason for this post is to tell you all about the most perfectly wonderful cropped pants in the world. Let me begin by telling you how much I hate shorts. I really hate them. Especially running in them. There are two main reasons I hate running in shorts. The first is that they are just plain uncomfortable. Regardless of how minuscule the inseam (2″? 1″? It doesn’t matter), they ALWAYS ride up and bunch up right between your legs. Practically every other step I’m doing the weird half-jump to the side while I pull the inseam of my shorts down before I continue my normal gait. Not only is this annoying, but it’s uncomfortable And I’m just not into that.
The second, but most serious reason, is chafing. And I don’t care how “seamless” your shorts are. The seam isn’t what’s causing me to chafe…it’s the two thighs that I have that rub against each other with every single step I take. No matter how seamless your shorts may be, they aren’t going to stop my legs from high fiving each other every step of the way! I need a barrier, gosh darn it. And that is why crops are the superior running bottom.
Which brings me to my next point: finding the perfect pair of crops. This has proven to be an extremely difficult task, as it’s taken me 24 years to find a pair worth writing home about. It all started with a coupon that landed in my inbox for 15% off my entire purchase. “Hm,” I thought to myself, “I was just thinking that I needed a new pair of running pants. Maybe I’ll stop by later and try some on…”
Well, I grabbed a few pairs of shorts (they all sucked, duh) and a few pairs of crops and headed to the fitting room. My perfect crops need to be lightweight and breathable, but not so light that they’re see-through, with a high waist and I prefer them to hit mid-calf. I also like a pocket for my keys so that I can get back into my building when I get back from my run.
In my experience, cropped pants are always way too low, too short, or too heavy. Out of sheer dumb luck, I grabbed a pair off the rack that turned out to be GOLD. GOLD I TELL YOU! I mean, they’re black but you know what I mean…
Okay, okay so what are they? UNDER ARMOUR!
Back in high school, when I was a hardcore jock, Under Armour was THE athletic apparel company. I mean, it’s what all the cool kids wore (except for Under Armour Boy, who wore at least one item of Under Armor apparel EVERY SINGLE DAY for the entire four years of high school. I don’t even know his real name. Everyone just called him Under Armour Boy. This is a true story.) In recent years, I’ve been riding the Nike/Lululemon train and have let my love for UA fall to the wayside.
Not anymore. These 17″ inseam heat-gear, compression-pant beauties have brought me back to my senses. Heat Gear is the original wicking fabric that is so silky and light, I feel like my pants are made of water. They are THE BEST pants I have worn in years.
My one beef with them is the placement of the logo. It hits right at the widest part of my leg, which causes it so stretch into a strange, oblong formation. If I designed these pants (ahem, take note Under Armour), I would have put the logo closer to the hem. There’s no need to draw attention to the widest part of a woman’s body. #rookiemistake
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a great pair of crops for every kind of workout, I highly recommend the Under Armour 17″ Authentic Capri. They’re great for running, spinning, lifting, aerobics, yoga, etc and are my new go-to workout crops.