Ok, not really, but kind of.
When I was running at the shore last week, it was HOT. Yes, cooler than muggy Maryland, but hot just the same. I did two bricks and by the time I finished up each of those, it was already approaching 90. For me, those temperatures mean shorts and a singlet–only way to get through the heat somewhat comfortably.
But I noticed something out there. Lots of women were running in that same heat as me in capris. That’s late fall/winter/early spring wear for me. Put me in capris at this time of year and I’d pass out, all kidding aside.
So it gave me cause to wonder–what the heck are all these women doing running in the heat in capris? I know they’re cute and all, but there comes a point where fashion needs to go out the window in favor of comfort. I suppose some percentage of those women were giving in to their fashion sense. There’s another percentage of those women, however, who I think might be doing it for another reason.
This wouldn’t have occurred to me until I read this post by Jen from Fat to Finish Line (if you haven’t read her before, do. She’s an inspiration and a great writer). Jen talked about how she doesn’t feel her legs are shorts worthy, even in this heat. She hasn’t been able to work up the courage to put them on and gain some relief from the heat on her runs. And I don’t think she’s alone.
I’m here to say to Jen and anyone else–lose the capris and get out there. If you are fit enough to run, you are fit enough to wear shorts. Embrace what your body can do for you and run in comfort. Nobody has a right to judge and if they do, well, we all know where they can go. Trust me, even the fittest of people out there don’t look all that hot when it’s all that hot.
If you need me to reframe it into other terms–if you are that much cooler thanks to shorts or a skirt, you’ll be able to run that much farther. And that’s worth it’s weight in gold, isn’t it? So rock those shorts or that skirt. Drop the capris.
What’s your take on this?