On running in sports bras and bare bellies

“Liza, do you think people can tell from my gait that I’m not a runner?”

I looked over at Eliot, who’d been kind enough to run with me before dawn in some town in New Mexico where I was teaching.  Eliot is a climber — a very good climber.  He usually has to build some sort of pulley system to get me to the top of anything he wants to climb with me.  (“Hey, check it out.  I used a 9:1 this time; You didn’t weigh anything.”  Awesome.)  He could also be a really good runner, but he doesn’t love running, so he doesn’t do it all that much.  And when I looked over at him to check out his gait, I noticed he was wearing a pair of swim trunks that came down to his knees, Smart Wool hiking socks pulled up like my grandfather might wear them, and a pair of running shoes he’d found in the desert during a climbing trip.

“Honey, it’s not the gait that’s giving  you away.”

To be clear, I don’t know anything about what a runner’s gait should look like.  I have noticed, however, that the more a person identifies themselves as a “runner,” the less clothing they are likely to wear on a run.

All that said, I felt wildly self-conscious yesterday running in just a sports bra and shorts.  I don’t know that my belly had seen the light of day since sometime in the last century.  I ran a lot faster than I should have in order to justify the lack of clothing.  I hoped everyone I passed knew the Scantily Clad Runner heuristic.  I wanted to stop and tell them about it.  I felt like they were all thinking I should go ahead and cover up before my pasty belly blinded someone.  I wanted to tell them about the resolution.

I hate putting myself in a position to be judged.  And who likes to have their body evaluated anyway?  I figure the sports bra running will be good for me in the long run.  Kind of like spending the day the reptile house when you’ve got herpetophobia.  Sports bra behavior therapy to overcome vanity.

I’ll sign off with a picture of my niece, my sister, and me at the water park yesterday.  What’s particularly great about this picture is that I’m wearing the clothes I ran in that morning as a bathing suit.  Don’t judge!  😉

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6 Responses to On running in sports bras and bare bellies

  1. Trimble says:

    Can I just say that I love that you post in the a.m! (Or at least I get it in the am.) I’m getting up earlier for work for the next 6months and it’s nice to sit and read your blog with a cup of coffee before running to work (literally).
    Thanks for thinking of me:)

  2. Amy P. says:

    I’m way too chicken for sports bra-only running! See you this weekend? I’m volunteering and glow-stick marking. Been a crazy holiday season. Glad for a return to “normalcy.”

    • lizahoward says:

      Can’t wait to see you! We’ll have to do some sports bra therapy runs this year. Non-six-pack girls only through the back trails of Gov’t Cyn. Sans shirt is actually is a lot cooler in the heat — though I’m sure I’ll end up with some nice skin cancer now.

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