Thursday, 16 July 2009

Topless running

Something I have been thinking about is why run with a shirt? Runners are often heard talking about which type of shirt to wear and they invariably advise wearing a sports shirt which has wicking cloth to wick away the sweat from your skin. Good advice but....

Why wear a shirt made from wicking material at all, why not just run topless.....OK I know that this is not very practical for a woman for obvious reasons but for men there are some practical reasons why. I often get nipple rub and bleed, I also can get chafing during long wet runs, a running shirt generally does not protect you from the sun and you can get burnt.

Why am I asking this I hear you say dear reader, I have decided that if the weather is hot during my Faversham ultra, I am going to go shirtless.....that is if I don't frighten the locals :-)

Hopefully this will get rid of some of problems that long runs can cause and after my recent salt rash at the Tanners it may relieve some discomfort.


  1. where will you pin your race number?

  2. Tee hee Martin, a good point :-)

    But I am a step ahead as I have an elasticated tri-belt that I got off EBay for £4.00. Perfect for these little adventures ;-)