I'm out on a run, the sky is clear, air is great, I'm feeling brilliant. Running on the footpath, enjoying my 'happy place' in my mind when....
Thanks dude. Like that was so original. And just what I needed to hear....NOT.
That makes this quote my most hated one of all time. But it's better than what I've had called out to me before...
"Your arse is still big" or "Your arse is still behind you."
"Show us your tits" (Seriously? I'm 41 and had 4 children. If I could find any, I still wouldn't show you)
" You're going the wrong way"
Oh, the intelligence of the average male who WOULD call out from the car astounds me.
What does scare me are the screamers or honkers The ones who drive past at speed, lean out the window and lean on the horn, roar or scream at you on the way past. They really rattle me, although to find the positive, the adrenaline makes for some good run times.
I'm luckier than others. I've not had anyone throw anything at me. Waterballoons, water bottles, rubbish and thongs I've heard of being turfed out the window of a passing car onto a runner. Nice.
What is your problem, random man? Because it is usually males who do this, and never on their own. What's the point without an audience, right? You are the reason I don't run on the footpath as much as possible, preferring bicycle tracks. I don't wear my ipod for music when I am running on the road, I need my ears open for idiots who think swerving or revving in my direction is funny. I'm not in your way, or on the road. So what gives?
Does the sight of a 154 cm woman running make you feel guilty? Does it make you feel superior to be in your car while I'm using my feet? Do you get a little thrill or laugh scaring the crap out of me?
Whatever the reason, I hope it's not an indication of your intelligence although I suspect I may be hoping in vain.
I'm bemused a little as to why walkers are left alone but cyclists and runners cop it. Also bemused as to why someone doesn't yell out something positive? How about a bit of " GO FOR IT" or " LOOKING GOOD"?
Or how about leaving a little happiness on the path with chalk? Something like " You Go Girl", " You are doing AWESOME" or " KEEP GOING YOU ARE DOING GREAT"
Next run, I'm taking chalk with me.......I'd rather pass on the happy than to be part of the sad. Because it IS sad, that humour has to be found in the negative, that people cannot be appreciated or cheered for what they do, but rather ridiculed. That's not humour, it's just sad.