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.