Last week’s informal “poll” (for lack of a better word) was so informative for me that it changed the way I approach getting dressed to go running. I won’t specify how it changed things, because a lady must have her secrets! In light of how interesting it was to hear from so many of you about such an intimate issue, I thought I would put forth another question: when it comes to hot weather running, do you go sports bra only, or do you insist on keeping your shirt on?
Now, there are obviously a few factors here that make this question a bit less straightforward than the last one. When it comes to wearing underwear underneath your running shorts or not, there’s no risk of feeling like everyone is staring at your and possibly judging you based on how you look in a sports bra and shorts. So maybe, instead of thinking of this initial question as a poll, we can think of it as the beginning of a discussion.
To further our discussion, a few follow-up questions:
Do you ever find yourself wishing you had “the courage” to run shirtless? Do you feel like you are more held back by your own feelings about your body, or by how people might respond to your body being on display? If you do run shirtless, how did you decide to do it, and how does it make you feel?
In my case, I play around with the idea of running shirtless on a regular basis, and I’m not sure what holds me back. I think to a certain degree that my fear about taking the plunge has a lot to do with my own feelings about my body, and wondering how I’ll feel if I do it. Sometimes the feel of my legs rubbing together is enough to upset me–I’m not sure what it would be like to have an exposed midsection. On the other hand, I live in an urban area, and I worry a little bit about what it would be like to run from my apartment to the park–to get to Central Park I have to go through some pretty high traffic areas. I don’t know that I want to draw more attention to myself than I already do by virtue of the fact that I’m running.
What are your thoughts?