It has been HOT here. I love the heat, but it has been HOT and HUMID.
Since it has been so hot, I’ve been reading lately some articles lately and the ongoing debate about women running in - GASP - sports bras only - without covering up with a t-shirt. Some women are just not comfortable running in only a sports bra. Some are physically not comfortable and some are just too self-conscious. And that’s their choice.
But I’ve been a little surprised at the judgment of other women about women who choose to run in only sports bras. Some have made pretty nasty - in my opinion - judgments about women who do that. It’s especially surprising to me because a sports bra often covers more - MUCH MORE - than what a lot of women wear to the beach. And you rarely hear women going off about women and bikinis....
So today I packed my bike up intending to ride during my lunch hour. When I opened my bag I realized that rushing around this morning I had forgotten to put in a tank. I had running shorts, regular shorts, bike shorts, 2 pairs of socks and 2 different style sports bras but no tank or t shirt.
So I swore at myself and decided riding was out.
But then I thought – what if I rode in my bike shorts and sports bra only.
No, I couldn’t do that, could I?
I have – very rarely – ran in a sports bra only. I once ran a sweltering 10K race in one. But that was 3 years ago when I was my lowest weight and wasn’t concerned about all the fat bouncing around. And ladies, the position on a road bike isn’t the most flattering for a big tummy.
And then I said FUCK IT.
I put on the sports bra and bike shorts and went out and got on my bike.
The first couple of miles I was VERY self-conscious. I was sure that everyone going by noticed the fat rolls overhanging my shorts. But I also noticed how cool the breeze felt on my midsection.
So I rode. Here’s what DIDN’T happen. No one yelled anything insulting to me. I didn’t get pulled over for RWB (Riding with Blubber). No one drove past me and had to pull over to vomit.
Towards the end of my ride I saw a guy walking down the road with his shirt tucked into his back pocket. His jeans didn’t fit terrible well and I could see the top of his ass crack. And I noticed he had some belly flab. I guessed that he probably didn’t think anything about walking down the road without his shirt on. He probably didn’t wonder if other people were staring at his shirtless self.
So I don’t think that I’ll make a practice of riding or running with just the sports bra. But there was something freeing about it. And I think that women shouldn’t judge other women for whatever they choose to wear.
What say you? Sports bras ok or cover yourself up??