Global Sports Bra Squad day is tomorrow, June 24th.
My ultimate runner girl crush, Kelly Roberts of Run, Selfie, Repeat started this whole #sportsbrasquad thing, and now it has snowballed… she created an event in NYC tomorrow. Here’s part of the event description:
The #SportsBraSquad started as a way for women to ditch their shirts along with their insecurities, and show the world what strength looks like. In 2015, the National Eating Disorders Association found that 70% of women don’t like their bodies. 70%! That’s a disappointing and frustrating statistic and the only way we can combat the self loathing and hatred women feel towards their bodies is to change the way we see strength.
But ditching your shirt for the first time can be terrifying! There’s strength in numbers which is why on June 24th, Sports Bra Squads around the world will be coming together to show the world that our bodies are strong as hell!
My SRTT group organized a run for this day (which I can’t take part in, because I’m running the Goffstown Gallop with a gal pal… I may run the race in my sports bra in solidarity, though).
I keep reading the comments for this event from the ladies in my group. Some ladies are excited. Some are terrified. One woman mentioned that a passerby commented on her appearance when she ran in a sports bra… asshole. (Seriously, what an asshole.)
I get really frustrated with this. No one should be terrified to run in a sports bra. Period. There are no pre-requisites for a woman to run in a sports bra. You DO NOT need six-pack abs and a body-fat percentage of zero to run in a sports bra. Trust me.
I mean, my body is NOT perfect (nor will it ever be). I’m guilty of negative self-talk. But I’m getting better. Yes, I want my body to be less jiggly. Yes, I want to see muscle tone. But I’m also too lazy to do anything about it, so I know that I’m my problem… and that’s fine. But I DO accept my body for what it is, currently. I’ve run three half marathons. It’s not easy. Would it be easier if I didn’t have these extra 30 pounds weighing on my joints. Yes. BUT MY BODY IS STRONG. And it’s the only one I have. And I’m proud of it, so I’ve been known to run in a sports bra.
I posted this picture as a reminder to the ladies that all it takes is a shift in attitude. I’m the same weight in both photos. Nothing physically changed, here. Just my mindset.
A while back, I posted the pic on the left. I was originally mortified by this photos. It was humid AF that day. I felt fat. My headlights were on (if you know what I mean). I couldn’t stop looking at my pear shape and my double chin. I looked tired. But then I remembered that I had a 10mi training run the previous day, so it was okay to be tired. I also remembered that my body is capable of so much, regardless of what it looks like. Now I’m proud of this photo.
The pic on the right is from a 5mi training run a few weeks ago… it was one of the first HOT days we had in NH, and I couldn’t stand it… I took my shirt off a few miles in. Was I uncomfortable? YES. But then we finished the run, and I posed like a jerk to have a friend take this pic, and I put my shirt back on because a homeless guy wanted to be my friend and I was slightly creeped out. #realtalk
Sometimes physical comfort is more important than mental comfort. I mean… would you rather feel a little uncomfortable in your head thinking about every jiggle, or risk passing out? I’ll pick the former, thank you very much.
Remember… summer is coming. Hot temps are on their way. There are certainly things you can do to make it easier… hydrate, electrolytes, proper fuel, running in shade (and for goodness sake, DO NOT forget your sunblock!). But sometimes you need to take that extra step and just take the shirt off. Most people aren’t going to notice or care. And if they do, feel free to flash a big-ass smile and say thank you. They’ll be confused, and you’ll feel stronger for it.
Have you ever run in your sports bra? If you haven’t, why not? What’s stopping you?