Note from Thomas
It's been a while since we've had new items. Another summer of shirtless running has been ticking down in the northern hemisphere. So here's the first of a little flurry of posts to catch us up. The first, by Eric James, sounds an optimistic note: He has observed an increase in the number of barechested or jogbraed runners. As he told me during an exchange of emails:"I really do think that I am seeing more shirtless runners of various
ages. I am in a college environment and the trend is most popular among
the high school and college age groups, but I am daily seeing very
middle-aged folks as well. Just today I saw separately a couple of
jog-bra-ed coeds." More folks seeing the light, eh?
Uptick in shirtless running? by Eric James
Perhaps the subject is just old news. I think I see more and more
shirtless runners of all varieties these days. A healthy trend, I
believe. Nevertheless, I still see many negative opinion posts on the
net, often in sites of runners magazines. I think that most of these
opinions really miss the point.
First, I see no reason why the
bare torso of anyone engaged in training or sport should be an offense
to cultural norms. Except in professional or high-level venues,
training attire is not at all about impressing viewers in any particular
way, positive or negative. But, on the contrary, about appropriateness
to the sport and conditions for the active participant.
anyone who has ever experienced the condition called "runner's nipple,"
i.e. chafed, sore, bleeding nipples after a run knows that that
condition must be addressed somehow. While there are a number of
possible solutions including special shirt fabrics, lubricating
substances, glues, and bandages, the obvious no-brainer simple solution
(weather permitting) is to shed the shirt. The other solutions which
may be necessary in cold conditions are inconvenient, and involve both
expense and experimentation for the best individual solution.
I would ask witnesses to my runs not to assume that my intent is to
display myself, to forgive that I am no longer a fit buff 20-year old,
to refrain from judgement that I am neither fleet nor fair, but rather
to know that I am doing what seems to aid my efforts, and to credit me
for that activity.
Let us all enjoy the sport in unencumbered fashion!
May 2015: First up, though I still try to put up blog content whenever I can, it has been easier to more regularly visit the the Twitterverse. Follow me at @barethomas10 and let's keep the shirtless running flag flying. Of course, the blog still attracts very interesting comments, and good discussion. Keep it up.
Second, in the years since this venture launched, and as shirtless running among women has gone increasingly mainstream, the term "jogbra" has clearly declined in use. I will thus prefer "sportsbra" henceforth - as has already been the case on Twitter, and in recent posts here.
I continue to welcome guest posts (sent to firstname.lastname@example.org) on any related topic, including from those who would discourage stripping to the waist. I am myself of course a fervent convert to the joys of running bare. But let all voices be heard!