8 Running Shorts that Won't Ride Up or Slow You Down

Nothing is more uncomfortable than shorts that ride up. These functional running shorts give you everything you need to tackle high-performance workouts—or anything else you have planned for the day—in total comfort.

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Blue Athletic Shorts from Lululemon photo

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Love Lululemon

This pair of Lululemon shorts provides all-over coverage and serious comfort. Designed with a gel front pocket plus a secure back pocket within the liner, these shorts allow you to easily store keys or cards while on the go. These airy shorts were designed specifically for running with their quick-drying fabric and roomy structure. With the updated style and the lengthened fabric from 2.5" to 4", these shorts will withstand any workout routine, no matter how intense. The bright blue color will perfectly contrast other athletic clothes too. ($58; lululemon.com)

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Black athletic shorts from Champion photo

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Black & Basic

Looking for a form-fitting pair of shorts at a great price? The Reverse Weave Gym Short offers stretch and moisture-wicking technology that will keep you cool, dry, and comfortable during those tough workouts. Let's face it: You really can't commit to a high-intensity workout when you're constantly having to pull your shorts down. These heavy-weight shorts stay in place but are flexible enough to move with you. Adaptable running shorts are also great for medium- and low-intensity workouts like volleyball, biking, and yoga. ($40; champion.com)

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Zella Long Black Athletic Shorts from Nordstrom photo

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Run, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Simplify your morning exercise routine with shorts so comfortable you can wear your workout clothes to bed (and enjoy a few more minutes of sleep). These high-waist shorts provide breathability and movement-friendly ventilation, making them perfect for extreme workouts and travel. You have our full permission to treat yourself to both colorways; we have a feeling you'll be wearing these shorts on repeat. ($49; nordstrom.com)

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Hot pink spandex running shorts by Nike photo

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Work Out Like a Pro

You can never go wrong with a pair of Nike running shorts. Its Dri-Fit technology, mesh fabric , and body-hugging spandex material allow for a much more comfortable ride, whether you're running or cycling. Nike's shorts are worn by the country's best athletes, and you can experience the pro-level comfort too—no matter if you set a new personal record at the gym or wear them with an oversized sweatshirt for your next grocery run. ($80; nike.com)

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Black athletic shorts with spandex insets by Under Armour photo

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Long Distance Goal Setter

Achieve all your long-distance running goals with these high-performance shorts by Under Armour. You wouldn't know it just by looking at them, but these shorts have a water-resistant front pocket, designed to securely hold your phone without bouncing, and a hidden back storage pocket for your other essentials. A wide-covered elastic waistband creates the perfect fit to the body, and moisture-wicking technology keeps the sweat away. So continue crushing your goals, because when it comes to health and fitness, long-distance running always pays off. ($55; underarmour.com)

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Red running shorts by Adidas photo

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Switch It Up

Pursue all your training goals with these lightweight woven fabric shorts made to keep you focused on your progress, not your clothes.The built-in tights provide extra coverage and a moveable feel, fit for your custom cardio HIIT exercises. Reflective details also help you to stand out at night. With the full-coverage length, these versatile and adjustable gym shorts are ideal for every Zumba or kick-boxing class—free of any ride-up worries. ($25; adidas.com)

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Pink Asics running shorts by Amazon photo

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Run All Day

If you are a serious runner—or would like to be—these running shorts are absolute perfection. The Asics Run Short is ideal for those who are training for half or full marathons, and they're just as comfortable to wear during shorter distances like a 5 or 10K. Maybe completing a long-distance run is on your bucket list and you just need a little inspiration (like functional and stylish athletic apparel) to get started. With a soft-knit waistband and adjustable elastic drawstrings, these shorts really go the distance to help you accomplish your fitness goals free of distraction. (from $6; amazon.com)

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Bright orange athletic shorts from Athleta photo

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Beach Bum

Love summer? These shorts are perfect for fun in the sun with friends. Now you can embrace vigorous circuit training, weightlifting, and long-distance running without a hitch. The slim silhouette comes equipped with laser cut ventilation and high-performance stretch, which means these running shorts won't be riding up any places they shouldn't. Made-for-summer shorts like these inspire confidence to rock that cool and casual style. Bonus: The fabric is made from recycled polyester sourced from plastic water bottles for a purchase you can feel extra good about. ($54; athleta.com)

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