In my head, it was a bigger deal than just taking off my shirt—it aroused feelings of inadequacy and shame I was so familiar with during those dark times. Temperatures are particularly brutal where I live in Texas, regularly reaching the triple digits and seeing heat indices near degrees. And it was time to put this notion into action. I changed my mind. Kathrine Switzer delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, Syracuse University on May 13, Oh yeah, and in many cases, washboard abs. But then, something funny happened:
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Or less, in my case. Instead of feeling self-conscious, shy and ashamed, I instantly felt like a badass. The few women I did catch looking at my sports bra-clad self all had shirts on. You could blame it on social media in a positive way, for once. But mostly, I found encouragement from within as I realized that I deserved to be comfortable and cool, regardless of what my tummy, hips and body looked like.