Always covered up
June 3, 2014 12:23 AM Subscribe
I like to run shirtless, but I have confidence issues!
How can I convince myself I am not doing anything wrong, and not be stressed about it? If you lived in my apartment building (mainly young professionals, some young techie families) would you be offended by a shirtless guy in the elevator going out for a run?
posted by niccolo to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I go running, I run fast for up to 20km a time, and get hot easily. I also like being in the sun or feeling of the wind, or rain. However I often get nervous before I go outside, end up putting on a shirt, taking forever to convince myself it is ok (thinking for 5-10 minutes!), or taking it off during my run and having to carry it.
I am skinny and not hairy, but really happy and confident about it. (I am male, 31)
When I was 10-20 I was really shy about my body and covered up all the time (never wearing shorts or t-shirts), so I have a psychological fear of showing skin. But it is one of life's great pleasures. I often see men go shirtless and girls wear jogbras in my area, so it is not unusual. I just need confidence to get out the door.
The thoughts that run through my head are: what if no one else is shirtless today? - especially if it is cloudy or rainy. What if I offend someone and they yell at me? What would my friends think? (when I run with friends I always wear a shirt)
I do wear sunscreen.