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That day that I was almost chicked!

I took to the streets and Lakefront trail to run in my Nike Tempo Track Shorts; which just happen to be for women! The funny thing about these shorts are that they do not have a tag anywhere that says for women only, but they are just formed to fit a woman’s body I guess. To me these shorts feel comfortable and fit me perfect, and when I shop for running shorts I look for comfort and design, and Nike Tempo Track Shorts bring just what I look for in running shorts. However, the thought of them being for women only feels emasculating, plus they bring attention from women that I love, such as the poker face look, and conversations. One time I even got a cat-call and “Hello Sexy” from a woman riding in a car in Honolulu’s Chinatown at night. See now things like that I do not get often so I welcome it along with the heart pumping nervous feeling of wearing these shorts.

Anyway, I hit Chicago’s Lakefront trail after taking two weeks off after running Chicago Marathon. I remind you that my pace was very well off because I took two recovery weeks off and pretty much did not do anything. While running, I came across a woman entering the trail and wearing the same shorts as me which were Nike Tempo Track Shorts. She had a decent pace and I could not help but notice that she was running 25 feet behind me because I could hear her breathing and feet pounding! In my head, I kept thinking that I was about to be “chicked” on the trail at some point, or if I went any further on the trail. For those that are not familiar with what “chicked” is, it is when a girl passes a guy up, or beats him in a competitive race.

The thought of being “chicked” can bring a feeling that you were empowered; which can drive a man crazy depending on the activity because in our society men are portrayed to be stronger. Therefore, if a woman beats a man at anything physical he is looked at as being weak, but I could honestly care less about that stereotype because I ‘am far from being weak. I was not sure if she was trying to out-stride me, but she sure came close! I guess I will never know because by then I hit my turnaround point; which was Foster beach and then headed back down the trail in the opposite direction.

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Written by Thomas Gouard

Im a military veteran; a full-time college student, and a fitness addict. Fueled by inspiration; God's word; endorphins and laughter!


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