It’s been a while since I’ve written about running. It’s now three months since my marathon and running no longer consumes my every waking minute. But I’m still running four times a week and averaging over 20 miles a week.
Running in summer is hot. Even running in an 18 degrees overcast kind of day is hot. But running in some of the crazy temperatures we’ve had lately (even though I always run fairly early in the morning) is REALLY HOT. In a vague attempt to stay cool while I run, I wear shorts for about five or six months of the year (approximately April to September, depending on the temperature at the time).
But I’ve noticed recently that a lot of women don’t wear shorts when they run. They wear leggings. Sometimes three-quarter length leggings, but more often they are wearing full-length leggings.
WHY?! Why do they do this to themselves?
Running in the summer is hot. Running in leggings is hot (that’s why I wear them in winter – to keep warm). Being hot while running is unpleasant and can actually make you feel quite ill.
I literally can’t imagine why anyone would put themselves through that, but there is nagging feeling at the back of my mind that these women are worried about showing their legs. I really hope that isn’t the case, but I suspect it’s the truth.
To these women, I want to say PLEASE DON’T PUT YOURSELVES THROUGH THIS.
Guess what? When you run, nobody is judging you. They are too busy worrying about what they look like themselves to worry about what anyone else is looking like. When I see runners – whether super-speedy elite runners or runners who move at little more than walking pace – the only thing I think is ‘good on them for being out there and running’. I don’t think ‘Oh God, look at those legs/ boobs/ tummy/ sweaty face’. And I’m pretty sure nobody else does too.
When you are running, here are a few things people don’t look at:
- Your cellulite
- Your white legs
- Your unshaved legs
So, ladies, please do yourselves a favour. Let the leggings go and get yourself a nice pair of shorts to run in. You will feel so much cooler and you will never look back.