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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Running in My Sports Bra

Last Saturday, I did something that I've never, ever done before in my running lifetime. I ran in shorts and a sports bra. Now I know that running sans shirt may not be a big deal to lots of women out there, but it was a major deal for me. I don't like running in cotton, especially on a really hot day. It's just icky to me. The shirt sticks to me and blech...its gross. So anyway, Saturday was a really hot and humid sort of day and my husband and I were dog/house sitting for his parents. I was getting ready for my run when I realized that I had forgotten my running top. I didn't want to go all the way back home before heading to the park to run so I had a choice to make...run in a big, over sized t-shirt (doubly icky) or just run in my sports bra. I decided to brave it in my sports bra. So I headed for the mirror and did a little jogging in place to see if I would be one of those women who wore nothing but a sports bra, but who also grossed people out-my greatest fear. I don't really have a bad self-body image, but I could stand to tone up some...especially in my tummy area. After a quick pep talk to myself, I decided that I looked alright and that I would just go for it. My plan was to go to an area of Shelby Farms that rarely had a lot of people. Baby steps, right?

And of course there was a huge gathering of some sort...with families and kids and kite flying and eating going on right in that normally secluded spot. Of course there was. I stood there in the parking lot for a full 10 minutes looking around nervously and contemplating on whether or not I was brave enough to go through with it (I drove there with my t-shirt on). And finally, I got a boost of girl power and said screw it...I'm doing this and peeled off my shirt. Aaaaand then I sprinted away from the crowd as fast as I could.

I felt like I got a couple of strange looks, but maybe I was just being paranoid? When all was said and done, I can honestly say that I never felt comfortable. And that sucks. Because temperature wise, it felt great to have the breeze blow across my stomach. It just sucks that I felt so self-conscious. Maybe I'll try again on another day.

6 comments:

Spike said...

go girl power!!! if you want to rock just the sports bra, do it! guys who shouldn't run shirtless do it all the time (even I do sometimes, ask Nitmos). you did the right thing by leaving the shirt in the car, it would have looked bad if you were carrying your shirt.

Melanie said...

You sound just like me. I don't really have any body issues that cause me to be self-conscious, but at the same time I know my tummy could use a bit more toning before I'd ever feel really confident to run in just a sports bra. I did it for the first time a couple of weeks ago, mostly because I was so freaking hot and I finally said screw it and ran with my shirt in my hand the rest of the time. I decided feeling that breeze was worth it. I don't know that I'll make it a habit, but if it's hot enough I'm going to suck it up and do it even though I don't really like to.

runnerinsight said...

GIRL POWER on the RUN!!!! Keep it up! Kudos : )

Roberto said...

Thats great.!! I too like to run in my sports bra. I too feel much confident in comfort while running. Just got a new one from Sports Authority.

Amy said...

wow!!! awesome!!! you go!

Danielle in Iowa said...

I need to be really desperate to take off the shirt. But I've done it! Even when in an inappropriate sports bra.