What I Learned About Body Positivity By Running Naked At A Nudist Ranch

If you think that you look unflattering in your race photos, try doing it naked. Not only will you look unflattering, but you will feel physically unflattering. You’ll smell unflattering, and you will sound unflattering.

Or at least that was how I thought my naked 5k race experience would be.

Despite many naked treadmill training sessions, I wasn’t fully prepared for the emotional discomfort I initially felt wash over me while lined up at the start line with hundreds of other naked (or partially naked) runners.

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The pre-race fun began with small talk and cracking jokes with the other runners about all of the possible things that could go wrong during the run and how we’ll explain our naked injury to loved ones. I shook hands with these naked people. I got to know them. They invited me into their cabins to take nude pre-race selfies to share later on Instagram. Eventually, I stopped seeing naked people and just saw people.

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