Running shorts and pants can be expensive, but if you find them on sale or at the second hand store they might be a bit easier on the wallet. Breathable, wicking fabric really makes a difference when you’re dealing with runs more than 3 or 4 miles, or warmer/cooler temperatures. There are lined and unlined shorts and pants. There are shorts and pants with compression, and even running skirts with compression shorts underneath. Some have pockets, others do not. My favorite shorts are lined, but not at all tight and I’ve never had any discomfort or chafing from them. Check with the folks at the running store for advice if you need help choosing the right style for you.
One consideration that may not come to mind when you go shopping is how dark colors might be better at times. You may first choose colors that best match your other running gear, and that’s fine. However, one thing that nobody may have mentioned to you yet is that runners, particularly distance runners sometimes have digestive difficulties and obviously, many lady runners menstruate. Because of these two situations, I do recommend dark shorts and pants that won’t advertise any accidents to those who see you run by.
Bust out the pink shorts with the purple sparkles when you’re comfortable that you don’t have anything to worry about, but have dark pairs handy for longer runs or runs during that part of your cycle. And besides, black goes with everything, right? Right.