5.26.2010

Operation Jaybird - Mission Accomplished

*WARNING* You may not want to read this at work. Partially nude photos to follow.

And now, for the run report you've all been waiting for - Operation Jaybird 2010! Last Friday we picked an undisclosed park and ran 3.5 miles in nothing but socks and shoes. Me and 4 of my most naked friends met for a few pre-run drinks and the girls surprised me with t-shirts for organizing this crazy run! They are easily my new favorite "race" shirt.

The weather was a little humid but perfect. First, to answer the questions that most people have: 1) There was no chaffing. Actually, I almost think there was less chance for chaffing than in running clothes. 2) There was some bouncing, but not too bad and the 3.5 miles was fine. We weren't moving very fast due to the mud, so that may have helped. Logistically, everything was fine. And I have to give major props to one girl who did this while pregnant! What a story for the little one!

We showed up to the park and everyone wanted a picture as proof of our silly endeavor. So the camera (and tripod) came out and a spontaneous naked photo shoot ensued! This was not planned, and I'm pretty sure it couldn't be duplicated. Obviously I'm not going to post everything, but here's a few. Everyone was nervous at first, but when everyone around you is naked and giggling, you eventually drop you inhibitions and just have fun. Oh yeah, we're hot.


We had a close call with one car, but luckily they drove past without pulling into the parking lot we were at. We took that as a sign to get on the trail and get moving. So we packed up the tripod, hopped a barrier and started running. Clearly this was a night we had no intentions on following the rules. One of the other girls forgot her light, so I gave her mine. So I was completely naked running in the dark. It was surreal.

For the most part, the woods were completely dark. All the trees have leafed out and the moon was only half full, so not much light made it to the forest floor. We were moving slow but steady, laughing and giggling most of the way. We made it a mile or so and came out into a clearing. The grass all around us was about waist high, with lightning bugs hovering above the tips. We were surround by trees on all sides and the moon and stars above were clear and bright. It was nothing short of breathtaking.

The miles went fast. That happens when you're having a good run with better company. We all decided that this was way more fun than we had anticipated and it should become a yearly event. After running through the woods completely naked, there is no doubt in my mind that humans were born to run. There is something so primal and natural about it.

I think naked running is something every runner should experience. If you're ever in a private spot, preferably at night, drop your drawers and take off. Take pride in your hide.

3 comments:

Christi said...

That sounds like an awesome event! Congrats to all of you for taking 'pride in your hide'!

Shelley said...

I couldn't have said it better myself! Surreal.

sophianchor said...

looks like a very fun time, indeed!