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The other day a friend that I coach sent me a picture on Facebook that a guy had posted. Of course, being the social media super stalker that I am I immediately went to his profile and checked him out (doesn’t everyone do that?). No sooner did I click on his profile that his two massive pecks slammed me upside the face and my head bonked all the way down his abs. You see, his profile pic was a shirtless, shiny, and had more muscles than an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. I kid you not, looked something like this:
Screw you Magic Mike! And put on some deodorant!
When it was explained that he was just a runner and that is the way he runs during races, it got me thinking to how I am a bit of a race prude. I honestly don’t think that it is kosher to run without a shirt on during an official race. For that matter, against my 100% corn-fed man brain, I don’t think it is appropriate for girls to run in sports bras during races. I suppose that part of my argument is that it is probably much cooler for me to run completely naked during a run too, but I somehow seem to manage wearing shorts. (Thanks a LOT Eve... before you at the apple running naked would have been just fine...)
To be clear, I train without a shirt on for 9 months out of the year. For that matter, I've had race pics as my profile pic on Facebook just like that muscle guy did. Part of it is comfort, but the other part is because not wearing shirts means that I have half as much laundry to do. In fact, here I am this morning!
It was 4:55am. Leave me alone
But, even though I rarely wear a shirt when I train, no matter how miserable or sticky, I put a shirt on during group runs and races. I guess I just feel strange with my nipples out for everyone to see while waiting at the starting line 6 inches away from someone else.
So, what do you think? Do you think that it is normal for people to go shirtless/sports bra at races? What about during group training runs? Running alone by yourself? What if I were to tell you that the well muscled guy was actually 50 years old? Does that make a difference?
I actually posed the question to twitter earlier today and found out that I was well within the minority. A few (guys) admitted to believing in a double standard that it was OK for women but not for men, but probably 75% thought that shirtless was totally fine – even if they wouldn’t do it themselves (which makes me rather skeptical). Either way, let me know what you think with my swanky survey thing.