For many folks, the word ‘runners’ is not exactly synonymous with the word ‘sexy’. While sexy is a relative term, there are some things that runners do that gets the blood going (or at least for other runners). And it’s usually the small, unassuming moments that do it.
The Fanny Pack
In absolutely no other instance does a fanny pack have any business even being in the same paragraph as the term ‘sexy’, but the occasional instance of a runner accenting his or her hard-earned I’ve-planked-more-than-you-can-imagine-to-get-these obliques qualifies the exception. If you beg to differ, perhaps you should work on your side planks.
The Reach Around
No, not that one. Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about when a runner reaches for his water bottle hanging from the back of his belt. This move, consisting of an ever-so-slight turn at the waist (again, those obliques!) and blind reach around where a knowledgeable and practiced hand grabs the top of the water bottle perfectly, bringing it back to the front for drinking pleasure. There’s definitely room for error in The Reach Around, but when executed correctly, it’s subtle, efficient, and so hot.
Street Side Stretching
Yes, other sports include stretching that is arguably very enjoyable to watch, but running offers a higher chance of any ‘ol passer by to witness this subtly sexy practice. Rather than stretching in a gym or studio designed for their sport, runners stretch damn near anywhere: you may be sitting at a red light and look over to see someone gracefully arching his back and forcing his chest forward while grabbing his hands behind him to stretch his shoulders; or as you walk to your car after work, there is a runner who just finished her run and is now stretching her hamstring by throwing one straight leg up on the hood of her car; or perhaps you are out walking your dog one morning and catch a runner sitting at a trailhead stretching his IT band by bracing an elbow against the inside of his knee and twisting hard at the waist.
Nothing showcases a runner’s strength–physical and mental–like hills; they are forced up on their toes, accenting those chiseled calves, the arms swing harder, drawing attention to those ripped shoulders, the sweat starts dripping faster, and the breath speeds up. Ok, there are admittedly plenty of us who make hills look like torture or the prelude to a heart attack, but we’ve also all seen the runner who makes it look good–damn good.
The Bear Pose
You know the one: a runner just gave it his all and is hunched over, holding his knees, and gasping for breath. It’s a natural reaction after just running your own ass into the ground but, so long as it’s not accompanied by barf, there’s something strangely attractive about a ribcage expanding and shrinking so fast and hard; sweat dripping off the end of a nose pointed at the ground; knuckles white from bracing the legs; and that look on her face–under the pain is…pride. Satisfaction. Joy!
And at the end of the day, that is what really makes any runner–and person–sexy. Confidence. Whether you agree with any of the above ideas of sexy, know that confidence is a universally attractive attribute. If side planks are not going to happen for you, just work on holding your head high, smiling sincerely, and knowing that you can rock this run!