Ooh, we get right into the controversy this week:
Did you catch the comments on the Fastinistas article in RW? WTF? What’s your take on the angry women in the comments?
– Baffled in Boston
If you didn’t catch this month’s Runner’s World magazine (what, you don’t read it religiously?), there was a cover article about “fastinistas:” the new culture of women who want to look good while they run. While I’m not in favor of spending hundreds of dollars on matchy-matchy outfits from high-end shops, I have to admit that there’s something to be said for technical fabrics in styles that fit and flatter.
But the comments were brutal. Some excerpts:
NO NO NO. As a women I am sick and tired of being told to embrace my feminine side. Running is not about fashion, it’s about just running, or gutting out the 32k training run, or busting your butt at the track doing speedwork, finding some inner peace on the trails, or just enjoying a run. If you are concerned about your appearance, there is something drastically wrong. – himantura
why would you feel bad about the way you look if your running? Let me guess, your casually jogging 3 times a week? and yes, I AM going there. – CassC9
woo hoo look at MEEEE . I’m a middle child and didn’t get enough attention growing up. – aponi
Wow. So if I’m reading this correctly, anyone running in bright colors, or running 3 times a week or not “gutting out the 32k trail run” isn’t really a runner?
If there’s anything that I’ve learned from Team in Training (other than “cotton is rotten”), it’s this: you got your butt out there and made the commitment to get yourself healthier and push your body, week after week. I don’t care if you’re jogging three times a week, “only” running a half marathon, or running Badwater: you’re running. And that — not your clothes or your distance — makes you a runner.
I wish I understood what makes women want to tear each other down this way. Did we never outgrow our middle school insecurities? And don’t get snippy just because there was an article in a magazine; the fashion police aren’t coming to get you “real runners.” Wear your gray college tee and sweats. Wear Tinkerbell wings or stiletto heels, for all I care. Your choices don’t influence my running any more than mine should influence yours.
So I guess you’re wondering what I do wear. I have some 4-year-old Nike Pro technical tees that I bought on clearance at the Nike Outlet, a few technical race tees (I love the ones from Greenlight Apparel and See Jane Run) and a couple of REI tanks that I bought on clearance. (Do you notice a theme?) I also have some old Nike capri tights that are a little bit longer than their current style, and two Skirt Sports running skirts* because they don’t ride up like shorts do, and the extra skirty material lets me feel a little less exposed.
And if you think that my skirt makes me less of a runner… well, that’s your problem, not mine.
* Thanks to Sarah and Dimity of Another Mother Runner for convincing me that I wouldn’t get arrested for indecent exposure by letting my tall girl legs out in a skirt.