As you know by now, I love running on the Cape. Running through my hometown of Falmouth is always nostalgic. I have run the same routes for so many years of my life, that it’s like a comfort food for me. A few days ago, as I was running down the main street of my town, a couple of punks yelled out of the car at me. They were going pretty fast, so I couldn’t hear exactly what they were saying. I am pretty sure they weren’t yelling encouraging remarks.
I would like to think that maybe it was my fluorescent pink running shirt or the fact that I was running at a pretty good clip, but I am pretty sure that they were just a group of obnoxious teenagers. I do have a few words of advice for those that yell at runners from their cars:
- Yelling at a runner (or beeping your horn) from behind scares the crap out of just about anyone running on the road. As runners, we are accustomed to the sound of a horn signaling impending danger, not someone looking for a cheap thrill. If you actually tried running on a main thoroughfare and were subjected to the same treatment, this would be blatantly obvious to you. I highly suggest giving it a try.
- If you insist on leaning your head out of the car to yell at a runner as you pass by, how about yelling something encouraging instead of a cat call or anything else obnoxious or vulgar.
- How about focusing on the road instead of looking for innocent runners or bikers to verbally assault?
Rant over. I guess it’s just been awhile since I have had to deal with this scenario. On a happier note, I am having so much fun playing around with the new Garmin Forerunner 305. I can’t wait to test it out on tomorrow’s run!
Have you had people in cars yell at you while running? How did you handle it?