On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Friday, February 1, 2013

UPDATE: Mark Remy like bun huggers

Following up on my post from earlier this week, my sister emailed Mark Remy and he answered her.

Here's what she said:

Mark,

Since the what to wear tool is no longer available, I think to make up for it you should go a little beyond "what do I wear if it is 40 degrees out, misty, no wind and a dewpoint of 38".  How about this.  Running fashion advice.  For instance, shouldn't bun-huggers be outlawed unless you are an actual contender in an international championship invite only track meet?  
How about mixing and matching different colored florescent clothes?

Thanks!!!

Amanda Musacchio

And his reply?

Amanda,

As a redblooded male, I am firmly pro-bun-hugger.

Mixing and matching different fluoursecent colors, however, should be punishable by fine and/or confisaction of the garments in question.

Black bottoms and solid-colored tops, people! It’s not that hard!

Kind Regards,
Mark

He's wrong about the bun huggers but right about everything else. Except the vests (I was reading between the lines there; he didn't mention vests... this time). 

14 comments:

  1. The day I wear bun huggers...well, let's just say you'll have to cart me away for public indecency. Oof. I do agree black bottoms - I tend to really like doing black bottoms so that whatever I wear up top matches!

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  2. I feel somewhat pure of heart by the fact that I had to do a Google images search for "bun huggers" in order to know what you are talking about. If you had said "Kara Goucher shorts", I would've known exactly what you meant.

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    1. I don't have a problem with bun huggers, per se, so much as I have a problem with the women who wear them. Caveat: if I had Kara Goucher's body, I'd wear them ALL THE TIME. Ever day. It would get awkward at work, but I'd go with it. That said, there's a phenomenon that I see all the time that makes me said, which is women who look awesome in them from the front and obviously never looked in a rearview mirror. The shorts are too short, maybe they have a touch too much of cellulite, who knows - but that's what I'm looking at as I run behind them. I like to be a supportive fellow runner and I really, really hate when my thoughts run to body policing other women.

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    2. Don't ever run Bay to Breakers, then... ;)

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    3. Uh, I just reread my comment. Ever = every. Said = sad. Yeah.

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    4. Tracy, I prefer to NOT no what is going on behind me. If I look cute from the front....I'll take it!

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  3. Ha! How funny. I think it's so cool he's responding to these -- a generous way to kind of take care of the loyal RW community and be accountable for changes made to the site.

    I have no idea what bum huggers are! Are these bum huggers? http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-440806/pgid-437998

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    1. Yes, exactly! The shorts that look disturbingly good on 16yo track stars and disastrously bad on the rest of us.

      And I agree about his answering the emails. I wonder how many he's getting?

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    2. I bought a pair from 6pm.com 'cause they were the cheapest Nike shorts I could find, and I can't describe how bad they looked on me. I felt like I living that nightmare in which you realize after you already left the house that you're out in public in your underwear.

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    3. YES YES YES. I don't dare even try them on because I know that the 1.5" inseam would immediately disappear into - well, let's just say I'd expect some "ride up" and leave it there.

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    4. But still, I admire your bravery.

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  4. This post/comment thread is the funniest thing I've read in days. Bravo! My two cents on bun huggers: they (mostly) suck. I say mostly because the only true bun huggers I have ever worn were part of my college track uniform, and they were all stretched out from too many years of use. The resulting lack of support/wedgie potential was uncomfortable and unflattering. I have no desire to ever wear them again.

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  5. I would wear bun huggers all the time if I could, but I'm afraid of chaffage. These are the shortest short I own, at 3 1/2" inches (http://www.brooksrunning.com/Infiniti-Short-II/220263001%2e020,default,pd.html?start=44&cgid=womens-apparel-shorts) and even these make me feel embarrassed on the long train ride home....

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  6. I don't know if the world is ready for my butt in bun huggers. Enough said.

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