It is officially summer! Of course, that means the heat is on. I like that I don’t have to check the weather in the morning before running. Shorts and a tank are called for every day.
The other day, I didn’t get out for a run until after 8 a.m. It was already pretty warm. I was going out by myself and thought, “hey, why do I have to put a shirt on over my sports bra?” I did my run, was self-conscious for a while, but felt good as it heated up and I wasn’t soaking in a sweaty shirt.
This seems like a simple thing. I see women running in sports bras all the time. But not me. I am a pretty modest gal. Much to my husband’s dismay, if my neckline falls too far into the “cleavage zone” I wear another layer underneath. I am not showy or ostentatious that way. I think it is the fact that I am not sure I want to get out there and say, “LOOK AT ME!” That must seem silly coming from a girl who blogs about details of her life telling the world to “read all about me!” It is not that I am ashamed of my shirtless body. No…I am actually pretty proud of my torso right now. For the first time (maybe ever), I have significant abdominal definition. My “mommy pooch” is at a minimum and I look and feel strong.
So why do I feel self-conscious? I doubt if most people would even notice as I run by. Those that do, wouldn’t think, “geez…put a shirt on.” I worry (probably unnecessarily) that they might think, “who does she think she is?” And what do I care what complete strangers think anyway? Funny enough…I think I am less likely to go shirtless while running with my friends (a pretty conservative group) than I would anonymously.
Of course, in some cases shirtless running makes the world a better place!
What is your stand on shirtless running? Do you go out there baring your torso? Or do you put on a tank top? Should runners stay clothed? I would love to hear your thoughts.