Yesterday, I went for a run in my sports bra and shorts because it was 90% humidity at 6:30am and I felt like I was swimming in the air. I'm comfortable (for the most part) in this running ensemble because I think that if I can wear a bikini, why can't I wear a sports bra and shorts? Yes, my tummy is still a little jiggly and yes, I'm not rail thin, but I don't look hideous and I know I'm going to get hot and sweaty, so why not try and be comfortable?
On my run, I passed a man walking on the street and he said "I like your stomach." Now, I'm sure that since my stomach is a little soft, there was probably some jiggly-ness (Is that a word?) so I'm not sure if he was being genuine or insulting. This is how I felt as I kept running:
As I continued my run, I got honked at 5-6 times in the next twenty minutes. I don't understand it. So here's what I'm saying to you (especially the males), if you honk at females (or males) while they are getting their exercise on, STOP NOW. I know you think you're saying:
But what you're really saying is:
And these are my reactions to you. First, I think:
Then, I think:
And the rest of the run is spent with me thinking this after getting honked at by another car:
So here's what I have to say to you honkers: Just stop it. I am not out there running because I need you to validate my attractiveness. I am not out there running because I want to show off my body. I'm not "asking for it" when I am out there running in my sports bra and shorts. I am out there running because I love to run. I run for me, not anyone else, and you honking at me does not make me feel any better. It just makes me mad, and makes me run faster, so in a way, I guess I am benefitting from it because I'm trying to run away from you. I am not training for you, I'm training for me.
The next time you think about honking at me, how about you think about joining a running club so that you can meet a nice lady runner like me and not ruin all your chances of getting my phone number?