Waking up for my run this morning it was already 21 degrees and having planned to attack some pace in a fartlek session I knew it was going to get messy out there as the sun came up fully. So for the first time ever I decided to run in a crop top / sports bra.
Now full disclosure I'm around 62kg and 172cm so by no means do I consider myself as "fat" in any way. But I've always been reluctant to get my 1-pack out on a run... In fact I used to judge others who did. Thinking that we all had to look like an elite sprinter or athlete before we dared to bare.
But that was before I started doing fartlek sessions in the bloody hot Australian sun!! And before I realised that being skinny and having a six pack does not make a runner and after having a body fat scan realising I'm pretty lean with no hidden skinny fat. So why not get my belly out if it'll stop me from overheating!
So what did I learn...
1. You don't care if people are looking and judging you when you're smashing out 4:30m/ks and trying not to vomit
2. The littlest breeze on a clammy belly is immensely satisfying - it's like switching the air-con on!
3. People probably are not thinking what you think they're thinking and if they are being negative or perverse then they're the one with the problem not you with your nicely aired belly! Fuck them and their sweaty bellies!
Most importantly though, don't judge others for what they choose to wear or what they look like when they're out for a run. No doubt they've judged themselves enough in life.
For more body positivity inspiration check out Kelly Roberts and her #sportsbrasquad posts on Insta