I got a lot of “you go girl” “rock your body” and other various girl power responses. I really appreciated those. I’ve never, not once, have raced in just a sports bra — it’s a bit intimidating when your abs aren’t where you want them to be yet, and you’re as PALE as I am… (hey sunburn… We’re going to be friends soon I’m sure.) My body isn’t quite where I want it to be yet, but you damn sure better realize I’m still very proud of it… I’M REAL. I’M WOMAN!
What did surprise me though, is the amount of WOMEN I found who are strictly in the “no way, it’s never appropriate” camp. While I certainly respect everyone’s opinion, it just struck me as SO ODD. (I still love you ladies. xo)
I’ve been thinking about it all night, and it keeps making me more & more irritated. Why is it that we live in a society that when a woman takes off her shirt to exercise, people assume she’s trying to show off? It’s maddening!!! (Lets not mention the fact that if I were trying to show off, a race with women in way better shape than me, is the last place I’d be doing it…)
The fact of the matter is, I sweat… A LOT. Not a disgusting amount, not any more than the average person.. But I get extremely uncomfortable when my shirt gets wet from sweat, and then starts rubbing my skin. It feels disgusting, and then my mind gets distracted by that gross feeling and that becomes all I can focus on… Making for very long and miserable miles.
While I absolutely wouldn’t go run by myself down Reisterstown Rd. in only a sports bra, I don’t see the big deal on the trails, or in a race. The biggest argument that people had was “would you wear a bra to the grocery store?” …. I guess I don’t see how its the same. I wouldn’t do half the things I do in a race, in public. I certainly would never wear a fuel belt to just hit the grocery store. I would NEVER throw empty cups on the ground without a care in the world. I wouldn’t spit and blow snot onto the ground. I wouldn’t cheer on random strangers… The list continues, but I think you get my point.
After sitting on this for some time now, I’ve formed one conclusion… I’m not pointing fingers this is just kind of how I feel about it — if you are judging people who run in only a sports bra, YOU are most likely the one with the problem, not the woman who is trying to sweat a little less, and move a little more.
So, I really truly want to know. What is YOUR stance on running in only a sports bra?