Are there such things as running shorts or will any pair do?

Do you guys just use ordinary sports shorts when running or are there running specific ones that are designed to work better for runners?

I can't see myself wearing lycra shorts but just wondered if certain types were better for running. Maybe football shorts or something like that?
 

Drhysted

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All of my running gear is running specific.
 

amasidlover

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I rather like 'trail' shorts which have an inner tight(ish) liner and then a baggy outer; I'm a bit self conscious in the lycra ones... My favourites are the Ronhill Cargo Trails which actually have a pocket big enough to get a bunch of keys or a small phone and extra pockets for gels (I've never understood why runners aren't allowed pockets to put stuff in whilst cyclists are).
 

WiltshireWonder

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I rather like 'trail' shorts which have an inner tight(ish) liner and then a baggy outer; I'm a bit self conscious in the lycra ones... My favourites are the Ronhill Cargo Trails which actually have a pocket big enough to get a bunch of keys or a small phone and extra pockets for gels (I've never understood why runners aren't allowed pockets to put stuff in whilst cyclists are).
My husband does the same! I'd definitely get some proper running shorts if they're not too expensive. I'd also recommend Body Glide (a skin lubricant) to stop the chafing. And, assuming you're a man....look after those poor nipples.
 

Flatflr

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I rather like 'trail' shorts which have an inner tight(ish) liner and then a baggy outer; I'm a bit self conscious in the lycra ones... My favourites are the Ronhill Cargo Trails which actually have a pocket big enough to get a bunch of keys or a small phone and extra pockets for gels (I've never understood why runners aren't allowed pockets to put stuff in whilst cyclists are).
These are the ones I wear too, but I generally wear a hydration belt or vest for key, phone, food and water storage.

Also +1 on the body glide can save quite a bit of soreness in very sensitive places..
 

John the Monkey

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I used to run in the Endura Humvee shirts I wore for cycling. They were a bit heavy for the summer though, so I bought running specific shorts then.

Ime, ordinary shorts will do when you start - if you don't like running in them, think about why and buy a pair that doesn't have the feature (s) that are annoying you.
 
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