Have you joined the Sports Bra Squad? (#sportsbrasquad)
What’s the Sports Bra Squad?
Check out this article in Women’s Running and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
The Sports Bra Squad is a recent social media movement started by Run Selfie Repeat. The movement is for us ladies to own the sports bra!
It’s a platform for us to be proud of our runner bodies, rather than feel embarrassed or shy about running in a sports bra.
It’s about not allowing other people to make us feel ashamed or self-conscious. It’s about taking away the power of other people to make you feel inadequate.
I was very hesitant to post pictures of myself in a sports bra on this blog- I didn’t want to put myself out there like that. I wasn’t ready to be judged by everyone who could come across this site. Coworkers, ex-boyfriends..I don’t know if any of them are actually lurking out there. But no matter, I was too self-conscious of my runner body. I wasn’t a card carrying member of the #Sportsbrasquad. Yet.
But over time, due to the nature of this blog, I became more comfortable wearing only a sports bra. I’ve had to share pictures as part of promotion or to review a product. It’s difficult to do this without getting comfortable with pics of myself in a sports bra.
But this movement isn’t just about pictures. It’s about standing up to an inequality; no one looks twice when a male runner runs shirtless. Not a second glance. No judgement. No comments that he should “put a shirt on!”
Exhibit A below. This guy doesn’t care. He doesn’t think twice about what people are saying or if he’s being inappropriate. It’s hot. He just takes off his shirt. NBD.
Yet women get body shamed. We are made to feel that we aren’t skinny enough or tan enough or fast enough to run in a sports bra. But that’s the thing- it doesn’t matter your shape, size, or speed.
Wear the sports bra.
At the Torchlight 5k last week, it was brutally steamy. I decided Aquatennial Parade spectators be damned, I’m running in a sports bra. This is my runner’s body.
As I was doing my warm-up, I heard someone say “Well, she’s putting it all out there.” I can’t guarantee they were talking about me, but it sure seemed that way.
(Now if only I would put it all out there in terms of race effort, right?? Ha!)
A better, yet more infuriating, example: my sister was training for a marathon during a hot summer in Michigan. She would do her speed work at a nearby park with a small one-mile “track.” On an uncomfortably hot day, she peeled away her tank and continued her workout wearing just a sports bra. A woman came over to her and said “please put your shirt back on because my KIDS are playing here and your attire is very inappropriate!”
What the what?? Seriously? My sister was embarrassed and quickly grabbed her shirt and made her way home. That scenario happened years ago but I still get riled up thinking about it…
There is nothing inappropriate about running in a sports bra. There is no reason why we should listen to that woman at the park.
I train hard AF to reach my goals. I’m proud of my runner’s body. But I’m 34 years old, not 22. My body isn’t Gigi Hadid perfect, but its never going to be and I’m okay with that. And you should be too. This isn’t a place for comparison or judgement.
If someone asks you to put your shirt back on? Take Run Selfie Repeat’s lead: just smile and remember how awesome you are for doing what you’re doing. Think about how great you’re going to feel after crushing that hill workout- IN A SPORTS BRA. Maybe feel a little sad for that mom at the park knowing that she has nothing better to do than to pass judgement on you.
Ladies, I challenge you to become part of the Sports Bra Squad.
Own your runner’s body.
What’s a runner’s body?
Look in the mirror. That’s a runner’s body.
Share your sports bra pics with #sportsbrasquad and help promote the movement!
Minneapolis- watch out!
Sports bra squad every day this summer from TRF. Join me.