Still freaking out about last week's #sportsbrasquadatx run

It’s been a week and I still can’t get over last week’s #sportsbrasquadatx run.

See, when we started our #sportsbrasquadatx runs in 2016 it was simple: we were feeling insecure about the prospect of running in our sports bras so we decided hey, safety in numbers right?  Let’s get a group together and try it. Why not make a Facebook event too. I’m not sure how many people we really thought would attend that run but we had 30 or so and were pleasantly surprised at the size of the group.

Well.  Last week we had 140.  Safe to say things have changed.

The beautiful thing about it is how organic the growth has been.  Slowly but steadily over the course of the last few years word has spread, our group has grown, and Teresa, Vanessa and I have found ourselves more comfortable leading. Every single run has a good mix of people who have been to one of our runs before, people there for the first time, and people running without their shirts for the first time ever.

What that says to me is that this simple thing of allowing ourselves the freedom to run without our shirts is so much more meaningful than one would think on the surface.  What should be a simple matter of practicality reveals the complicated nature of insecurity. So together we show up and prove to ourselves that we can do this. We can opt to set our insecurity aside at least for the length of the run and celebrate our strength instead.

And that’s exactly what we did.  All 140 of us. We said a few words, took a group picture, had a moment of meditation and then set out for our run.  The weather was a textbook hot and humid Texas summer morning and only drove home the point.

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off our fourth season of #sportsbrasquadatx runs and I can’t wait for the rest of this year’s runs.

If you’re in Austin I hope you’ll join us for our other runs this summer!  Mark your calendars: June 23, July 21, August 18, and September 15. If you’re not in Austin, why not put together your own group? Please let me know how it goes when you do!

Jessie Barnes