Apparently, because I'm a woman and I run, I'm meant to look glamorous, care about my hair, make sure I don't pee... oh and avoid so-called unfortunate sweat marks.
So in response to this pearler of an article, let's take a look at the real cringe-worthy moments when you're a woman, and you run...
1 -Being constantly told that your body is something to be ashamed of.
You're too fat, to skinny, to wobbly, to muscly, no thigh gap, too masculine, ENOUGH already. Your body is a rockin' temple of awesomeness.
2 - Being told that your bodily functions are embarrassing!
Embarrassing sweat? Well excuse me for my body working just fine, thank you very much! My pits sweat, my face sweats, and yes, horror of horrors, my crotch sweats. In fact, in certain types of underwear, my butt calls batman too!
3 - The assumption that runner's trots are JUST a women's problem?
Nope. They're not. Men poop too. #justsayin.
The best advice I ever got was from Colette McShane from the HIIT Mum "get your bowels moving by sprinting on the spot well before your race"
I find a shot of coffee helps get the old BM happening too 😉
4 - When running and weight-loss are synonymous
Where do I start with this. Every single article I read on running, somewhere links back to weight loss. I run for a million reasons, I run to be strong, I run to be fit, I run to be healthier, I run to out-run the crazy some days... I run for friendship and companionship (big props to Running Mums Australia for the support network!)
Even if I am running to change my body, articles about women's running SHOULD NOT be all about weight-loss.
I shouldn't have to worry about how to run to lose belly fat, and I shouldn't have to worry about running til I don't jiggle. See point 1 - My body is a bad-ass temple of awesomeness! In ALL of its shapes, sizes and metamorphoses.
5 - When Periods are something to be ashamed of.
I run. I bleed from my vagina approximately once a month. The mechanics of running mean that yeh, menstrual blood might escape. It's not shameful. It's my body being brilliant. (On a side note, I haven't had the blood running down the leg thing since I got a good menstrual cup that fits my body. ) (On another side note, big shout out to Scarlet Eve for leak free jogs.)
Some women menstruate. Some women run. Sometimes this happens unexpectedly at the same time.
6 - That I'm expected to maintain impeccable appearance; while working my ass off.
I don't know about you, but when I'm sweating, out of breath, and occasionally in a bit of pain, looking magazine ready is the last thing on my mind.
Regardless of the myriad of products telling me that if I only use them, can be Disney princess sparkly.... the reality is:
- Lipgloss smears
- Mascara runs (I've managed to sweat off WATER PROOF mascara... go me!)
- Foundation makes a downward bid for freedom, generally pooling in my sweaty, red, cleavage
I end up looking more like a clown that has been squirted with a trick-daisy, than a glamorous, fit, fitspo model.
Note to self: running selfies (relfies?!) should be taken BEFORE a run, so as not to terrify small children, or risk appearing in a Stephen King movie.
Better yet, why don't we embrace the sweaty, red, reality of our fitness journey and ROCK it rather than photoshopping it!