Posts tagged Running
Thank you for the feedback I received from Monday’s post. It’s always great to receive awesome feedback from a post I’ve written. It’s true. You never know what will strike a cord with people. Obviously it struck a cord with many of you as it did with me.
This is going to be short and sweet post. It’s much too long for a Twitter or Facebook update, but it’s been on my mind lately…
Something I’ve recently taken note of is the amount of people that have the word “inspiring” in self-written bios on social media sites. Whether it says, “Inspirational runner…” or “Former fat body turned runner, inspiring others to get off of their butt…” What throws me off is when someone calls them self inspirational. Are they inspiring others? I’m sure they are. But in my opinion it’s not something that can be self-proclaimed.
It’s kind of like a Christian saying, “I’m a good Christian.” As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. If one is truly what they are then no further qualification is needed.
Is running your thing? Then run. Whether you run to for fun, competition, weight loss, or whatever it may be….just run. It goes back to what I’ve written about before….Whatever it is, if you do it genuinely, then there’s no need for “ulterior” motives. Just do what you do, things will fall into place, and you may just end up naturally inspiring others. But let them decide…not you.
When I first started running I had the all or nothing mentality. More often than not I was in the “all” boat. No matter what, I was out running. In other words, no excuses. The same could be said about my diet at the time. As time moves on I’ve learned more about life and more about myself. What it comes down to is that there is a time and a place for “no excuses”. But if I live my life day in and day out with that mentality I’m really setting myself up for failure.
For instance, I’ve learned to listen to my body and accept that there will be a day or 2 during the month where I will have uncontrollable female cramping issues. I recently read a post about how women should push through this and not use it as an excuse. For several years I took this advice to heart and attempted to push through, only to be met with disastrous results. Then one day I asked myself, “Why am I doing this to myself?” Call me crazy, but not being able to run because of cramps that cause me to double over and have bodily fluids coming out of both ends of my body is not an excuse. Needless to say, I’ve learned to understand when it’s appropriate to push through discomfort and when it’s time to dial back. Not only with this, but my body in general.
While “failure” may be immediate, more often than not it won’t be experienced in the short term, but in the long-term. Of course this could mean physically. For example, continually pushing your body resulting in a nagging injury. That goes back to the idea of when, how intense, and how long to push yourself. Another aspect to consider is mental pressure. A big reason I run (and why many others do too) is for “therapy”. Unfortunately at times I’ve allowed my therapy to become the cause of my anxiety. Vicious cycle, eh?
Those are both very important. But what’s even more important to me? Understanding that while I run, my life isn’t all about running. Or while I hike, my life isn’t all about hiking. And so on. I love it all but my life is so much more and I can’t let one single thing or activity consume me physically and mentally. If I choose to block out the rest of my life, relationships, needs, or obligations, then that’s the biggest failure.
As I got ready for my run this morning I saw the look in Viking’s eyes just begging to be taken for a hike. It’s been months since he’s been on the trails due to heat and rattlesnakes. He must sense the coolness in the air because any other day he wouldn’t bat an eye at me preparing to head out. After seeing him I was torn. I wanted to run but I wanted to give him the opportunity to hike. I couldn’t do both but I could do one. That’s when #wycwyc came to mind.
A couple weeks ago Carla AKA MizFit, a fellow blogger I admire, brought #wycwyc to my attention. It means: what you can, when you can. (Come to find out it was her friend Roni who came up with the concept). Dealing with my injury and changes over the past year it really struck a cord. It’s no surprise that ever since I saw the hashtag it’s been in the forefront of my mind.
There’s simply no way I could deny Viking the chance to go for a hike today simply because I wanted to fit in a run. Sad as it sounds, at the age of 11 I know Viking’s years with us are limited and who knows how much longer he’ll be able to truck through a hike. So while I didn’t get a run in I was still active and got to spend time with my boy. #wycwyc.
It also comes to mind during my lunch time runs. Due to my limited time I can’t knock out big mileage, but I can still get in 2.5 miles or so. Or when I do have time but cannot run the entire distance due to my nagging (but healing) injury. #wycwyc.
To me #wycwyc isn’t about killing yourself to fit it all in. It’s also not an excuse. It’s respecting yourself. It’s respecting your life. It’s respecting your relationships. To me that’s the most important of all.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Whoa. It’s been just a few days since I’ve say down to post a little something here. It seems as though I didn’t have much of anything to say. If I’ve learned anything while blogging it’s that I shouldn’t force writing a post when I have nothing to say or just don’t feel like writing. I know, I know, that makes me an unpredictable blogger but given so much of my actions are predictable give me a break. =)
Where to start??
This past weekend was the inaugural event for Southwest Strides and it went off without a hitch. We had a better turn out than expected and we received nothing but positive feedback. Most importantly we raised almost $8000 for the Colon Cancer Alliance! We learned a lot from the event and look forward to continue to grow by hosting other events in hopes of continuing to bring the community together.
This Saturday I’ll be volunteering at the official CCA Undy 5K event. And Sunday? Well, there’s this little thing call Ironman AZ. Heck no, I’m not racing…but I make a darn good spectator. You can bet I’ll be out there rocking the Banana suit, cheering on my racing friends. If you’re at IMAZ be on the lookout for me!
Speaking of running….after being patient for 21 days I went out for a run and felt pretty darn good. I have since gone on 2 more runs and still have no significant pain in my foot. I went ahead and switched up my shoes and busted out some Mizuno Wave Riders I stashed away to be used for a special time and have worked on a bit of a gait/cadence change. Doing so means that I feel like a newbie runner once again. Oof. Who knows if the changes I’m playing with will be long-term but I think it’s worth a look. Once again, this doesn’t mean that my problems are gone but saying I’m thrilled would be an understatement. So ready to get back to running regularly and hitting the trails.
Remember when I told you about the #Omniten #Omnigames? Well, slowly details are emerging. The funny thing is, while we have more information we also are left with more questions at what this experience will entail. Through hints we’ve determined that we’ll be heading to Park City, Utah in early January and it looks like all #Omniten seasons (including the current season) will be involved! Other than the other information provided previously, that’s all we really know. After having a blast in Park City for our mini-#Omniten Reunion last NYE I’m pretty stoked to head back. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll take another stab at skiing that mountain. Heck, I may not have an option but to ski the mountain if the #omnigames calls for it!
What else…..hmmmm. Ah yes, one more update. This past week DH ordered and submitted payment for Unlocking The Truth’s custom SJC drum kit. It will take several months to be built but seeing yet another goal met is awesome and exciting!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
So….after 14 days of rest I attempted to go for a run on Sunday. Unfortunately it ended with mostly walking and discomfort. Obviously my foot wasn’t ready for running. My mind on the other hand wanted to scream, cry, and bang my hands against the wall. Thankfully I was able to keep it at only hanging my head and walking home so I didn’t look like the town idiot. So frustrating.
Athletes deal with injuries and I know I’m not alone, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Not only am I limited in running but really with anything that involves my foot. In other words, everything. Zumba, yoga, group classes at the gym. While I can modify, once again, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating.
I know I could just chill, not worry, and not workout. But fear creeps in. Fear of starting over. I know I can do it. Heck, I’ve had to do it….but I don’t want to. I know I’m a broken record but while running is much a part of my life, and I do call myself a runner, I’m not a natural runner. If I go a week without running I am amazed at how much of “it” I lose.
I’m doing my best make some sort of misfit workout of anything I can do, yet I’m once again reminded of my weaknesses. (Oh hey upper body! Yeah, sorry I’ve neglected you…) I have absolutely no method to my madness….which is probably why I’ve never been able to master anything workout related. I don’t even want to get into the discussion of weight gain. I’m not one that fears weight gain from missing a workout or two, but let’s just say I’ve been dealing with weight gain over the past year or so. That’s just too much to get into right now.
Yargh! I just want to run. I just want to be active. I just want to be healthy.
Okay, enough of my pissing and moaning. Let’s talk about stuff that is making me happy.
RockTape - When I had this issue several years ago I tried out KTTape and found it seemed to help. Since it helped I figured I’d bust it out and try it again. Sadly after 3 tries the tape wouldn’t stick. I figured maybe it was because it was a couple years old so I went and purchased more, only to find that the new stuff didn’t stick either. What the heck? That’s when someone mentioned on my Instagram photo that I should try RockTape. Coincidentally enough, I just so happened to have a RockTape sample. Solid. No problems with sticking and several days later it’s still sticking with no issues. Even better? It’s providing excellent support and I’ve already ordered a roll through Amazon Prime that should arrive very soon. Who knows, maybe RockTape may be my answer. Wishful thinking?
Under Armour Undies - For some reason I think I may have written about these but I can’t seem to find the post. Either way, I like them so much that they’re worth another mention. Someone mentioned these on Facebook awhile back saying they were amazing. Well, they are right! Being thin and laser cut they boast that they are “no show” and that you can wear them under compression gear without fear of having dreaded VPL. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I attempted to go commando while running and actually found I loved it. Sadly for some reason longer runs and commando don’t tend to mix well for me. Longer runs also means the need for longer compression shorts to avoid chafing as well. So in other words I was rocking VPL and didn’t care. That was until the Under Armour undies. Are they 100% invisible? No, but pretty darn close and so light that it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything. Score!
Fitletic- Cholla Chick, Mandi, recently moved to Miami and started working with Fitletic. Just last week they were looking for someone to work the Women’s Running Half Marathon Expo and I jumped at the chance. Within seconds of trying on one of their belts I fell in love and made sure to snag one before I finished for the day. While it has plenty of room for everything I need for long runs it isn’t bulky and all. Not to mention, it’s comfortable and doesn’t ride up.
Fellow Flowers – I’ve had my eye on purchasing a Fellow Flower for awhile now. I love what they stand for and everything about them. Awesomely enough they were also at the expo so I got to meet them and finally purchase a flower and tank top. The toughest thing was making the decision of which color to go with. (I can identify with what many of the colors stand for). Ultimately I chose to go with black and can’t wait to add to my collection.
So, yes, I’m a bit frustrated, but there’s always something to be happy about, right? What’s making you happy right now?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
After 11 days (Yes, I’ve counted) of not running, I’m going bonkers. You may say, “Then, go for a run.” Oh, how I wish. You see, I’ve yet admit publicly that I injured myself during my last loop of Ragnar Trail AZ. It’s not that I’m trying to keep it a secret, it just hasn’t been of importance to note.
So what did I do to injure myself? Nothing. Seriously. I did nothing. The last loop happened to be the most technical of the 3, and as I was traversing a decent I could feel the ache in my tired ankles and feet. Knowing that often occurs when I’m on technical trails and/or am tired I carried on without much thought and finished strong. Even after my leg was complete I felt fine, until I got up after sitting a bit. The pain in my foot was intense to the point of causing me to limp and I had to avoid placing any weight on it. The pain radiated from a very specific area….an area I’ve become quite familiar with. My cuboid area.
After being sidelined and having my first DNF almost 2 years ago due to a painful cuboid I’ve dealt with the problem on and off. Most often it’s just my right or “bad leg” but I’ve had my left foot flare up on occasion too. It’s frustrating and obviously a pain, in more ways than one.
I’ve tried different shoes (stability shoes provided too much stability so I went back to a neutral shoe), done a Road Runner Sports Shoe Dog analysis and got their molded insoles, added “lifts” to my shoes like my original podiatrist recommended, and reduced mileage whenever it flared up. What leaves me scratching my head is why did it take so long for this problem to show up? I had been running 5 years before this issue reared it’s ugly head. It’s also not as though I’m a person that pounds out crazy mileage.
From the beginning of my runner days something I’ve had to push out of my head is the thought of not having a “runners body”. Meaning I’m not svelte gazelle but more of a bull in a china shop….called Grace . Of course, over time I’ve found that darn near anyone can run but let’s be honest, some excel better than others. Add in my history and issues and I find myself once again questioning, “Am I just not mean to run??”
That is, until I look at myself and say, “Girl, that’s crazy talk. Get yourself together. It’s time to make sense of this and fix it.”
Last spring I wouldn’t have cared if I was sidelined, but now that my running mojo has returned I want to get out there! Plus, we’re heading into perfect running weather here in Phoenix.
Thankfully with rest my foot seems to be getting better by the day and I know it’s just a matter of time before I’ll be back pounding pavement and hitting the trails. Unfortunately I also know that it will only be a matter of time before my cuboid flares up once again. It’s time to head back to a podiatrist but this will have to wait until my benefits go into effect. I have to admit thought that I’m a bit hesitant given a cause/treatment was never really provided my last go around with a podiatrist, but maybe this time it will be different.
Remember how I’ve said I’ve been working on some projects lately? Well, it’s finally time, once again, to announce yet another one of my projects….
I’ve already professed my love for the Phoenix running community so it shouldn’t be a surprise that when I was recently asked to become more involved I jumped at the chance. Let’s rewind a bit.
Back at the #BostonStrongPHX run I met a guy named Dennis who happened to be friends with some of the Cholla Chicks. Our paths crossed once again via mutual friend, Laura, through a Facebook group. Since joining the group Dennis and I have become captains of “sister” Ragnar teams. For anyone that knows all of the planning and preparation that goes into a Ragnar race, you can understand when I say that Dennis and I had a bit of a crash course in getting to know each other.
During one of our Ragnar training runs Dennis presented a project he’s been working on. Knowing I am heavily involved in social media and a person that likes adventure and making things happen, he wondered if I’d come on board to help. And ya’ll know me. I’m ALWAYS up for an adventure and trying something new.
So what was his idea? Back in the spring he had this vision of getting a bunch of friends together to go out for a fun run followed by a happy hour. As we’ve found, there are many running circles in Phoenix and many of them intertwine in some way. Wouldn’t it be cool to get them all together to have a good time?
Shortly after getting the ball rolling on his idea Dennis received news that a very good friend of his was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then this event has taken on a new meaning. The concept is still the same: getting the community together. However, we’d also like to raise money for colon cancer. After this change we quickly found that although we still want it to be a fun experience, it was going to take a bit more work and organization. And that’s when Southwest Strides was born.
Simply put, Southwest Strides is a group of running enthusiasts dedicated to promoting worthy causes through local events by focusing on the PHX running community, specifically strengthening the network that already exists and building on it.
After doing some research Dennis found and connected with the Colon Cancer Alliance. Already having their own run, the Undy 5000, CCA is perfectly poised as an organization for us to partner with. They have since been more than generous stepping in and providing assistance where needed. While we are not hosting the Official Undy 5000 Phoenix, we have the blessing of CCA to host an Undy Event with all proceeds going to the Colon Cancer Alliance.
So, how is our event different than any other 5k out there? Because, let’s keep it real, EVERY 5k run these days is linked to some sort of cause. First and foremost, our event is really about bringing the community together. A grass roots sort of movement, if you will. People of all athletic abilities are welcome to participate and this will not be a timed event. It’s about getting together to have a good time and meeting new people, followed by a happy hour. And when I say all proceeds will go to CCA that means every single penny. No individuals are getting paid to work or promote the event. All flyers, awards, and time are being donated by those involved.
Our event will be Sunday November 10th, 8am. For more information visit our Facebook event page and register online. If you can’t be at the event or prefer not to participate, you can still donate by visiting the registration page.
To have a little fun we’re having a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money under their name. If you plan on running or walking be sure to request friends and family make a donation in your name. Whoever raises the most money will wn the elusive Golden Undy award along with a special gift from iRun.
As with any group and experience, we’re learning as we go. It is our hope that we will continue having events, choosing a different cause/organization of choice for each event, and growing and strengthening our community in the process. We hope you join us!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Since becoming a runner I’ve heard of an organization called Girls On The Run. I’ve read blogs about it. Seen people run the race. I’ve been intrigued but must admit I never dug deep to see what it was all about…until recently. Remember my friends I met at last year’s Road Runner Sports Adventure Run who I now work with? Well, they told me all about the organization and asked if I’d like to be a Running Buddy for the local Girls On The Run 5K. Because I’m up for any adventure I said, “Sure!”…and then I decided it was probably a good idea if I did some homework to see what exactly I agreed to.
Come to find out it’s a pretty rad idea. The concept isn’t to make every school-aged girl a runner. As their mission statement reads: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The girls are guided by coaches (one of them being my friend) through a 12 week program that covers everything from learning about social challenges, taking care of yourself physically, and learning to embrace life and all it has to offer. All in a way that is easy to understand and embrace for young girls. In the process they also learn the basics of becoming a runner by using techniques that are focused on fun.
After the 12-week program the girls participate in a local 5K run. Being that the run is open to the public they get to experience the true feeling of running a race. However, the girls are not encouraged to race competitively, but are encouraged to reach their own goals. But as any runner knows, even with training a race may seem a bit daunting. To avoid this each girl is teamed up with a Running Buddy (that will be me!) Becoming a Running Buddy entails registering for the event, arriving in time to meet and spend time with the runner you’re partnered with, running or walking at her pace and encouraging her to do her best, while recognizing and respecting her limits. Yep, I can do that!
When it comes to running you could say I was a late bloomer. It wasn’t until my 20s that I set my mind to becoming a runner. Why did it take me so long? Because every time I’d try I would ’run’ a quarter of the mile around our high school track, with my lungs burning, thinking I was going to pass out. Each time I’d say, “I could NEVER be a runner.” While it was no one’s job to tell me to keep going I never had that individual that encouraged me to keep after it. Little did I know that if I would’ve just kept going, right? Who knows, but if a concept like Girls On The Run had existed when I was growing up maybe I would’ve been a runner much earlier in my life!
If you’re in Phoenix why not come out for the run on November 23, 2013? Whether you want to run your own race or volunteer to be a Running Buddy I’d love to see you out there joining the fun. And yes, while men can’t volunteer to be a Running Buddy (unless you are a relative to a little runner), you can register to run too! All runners receive a long sleeve t-shirt.
Girls On The Run Phoenix is offering a free entry to the Phoenix 5K for one of you!
Here’s how to enter:
-Leave me a comment below. I’d like to know at what age you started running and why?
-For an additional entry, tweet about this giveaway and leave a separate comment here letting me know you did. Something like “Win a free entry to @GOTRI #PHX from @BananaBuzzbomb. Details here —> http://ow.ly/ppjMx #Running #RunChat” is perfect. Or just click this to tweet.
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST October 9th, 2013. The winners will be chosen at random using Random.org and notified by the following Monday.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Wow. Tomorrow is Monday already and I have yet to even stop to take a break for the weekend. I’ve already said this but it’s been a bit insane here in our world the past month.
From organizing Ragnar teams (only 1 month away), to raising money for our Unlocking The Truth Indiegogo campaign (DONATE HERE!), and planning a quick trip to Disneyland, I’ve slowly been revealing all of the projects I’ve been working on. Although there are several more (which are not quite ready to be made public), I can let you in on one more. And it’s a big one!
After almost a year in a contractor position at my workplace, and having multiple internal interviews over the past month, I have been hired on full-time. As ya’ll know this part of my life I like to keep private, so I won’t say where I’m working, but to say I’m stoked is an understatement. What I will say is that I’ll be working in a totally different capacity than I have ever before. I have been looking for an opportunity like this for several years. Even at long lengths in confusion of direction (which I’m sure will come again….) I’m thankful to say that my diligence and patience paid off. And this is a fantastic jumping off point.
With all of this going I was doing what I do best, keeping on top of things, but this weekend has kicked my butt. After receiving word last week that I got the job DH hit the road for a gig in Texas with Corvus. In the meantime I came home to find a mess of cat and dog vomit/diarrhea Friday evening. Given our kiddos health issues that’s often what is to be expected. Thankfully having tile floors and a TON of experience with cleaning I’m pretty good at cleanups. I was hoping it would be a short bout but haven’t been so lucky.
I hit the trails early Saturday morning with some of my Ragnar Teammates. No trail run is complete without some fun, getting lost, and at least one of us taking a spill. This week it was my turn and now I have some war wounds to show for my efforts. With my love of trail running this will not be my last.
Unfortunately following the run I came home to yet another mess. The remainder of the day was spent cleaning and monitoring Spencer, our greyhound. What I had hoped would be a restful night’s sleep ended up with me being awoken every half hour for long bathroom breaks and foot baths due to him stepping in his own feces. In other words, a LONG night. Needless to say both Spencer and I are ready for his bowel issues to get better and for DH to come home too.
With all that has been going and this added to the mix I’m a wee bit spent. But it’s time to get Spencer on the mend and reload because if what’s on the calendar for the next month is any sign, things are not slowing down. Xterra, Ragnar, Disney, developments with Corvus, along with other projects (to be revealed soon!)…We’re just getting started.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I have always been envious of my running friends who can randomly kick out miles with little to no training. You know, those that haven’t been running much, yet they signed up for a half marathon, and they are able to complete it at the drop of a hat. I’m one of those runners that if I don’t use it I lose it. Even a week or two without running and I can feel it. It’s not surprise then that I have never been able to roll out miles without a gradual increase in mileage using a training plan of some sort. Atleast up until recently, that was my thinking….
When I signed up for Ragnar Trail AZ I thought, “I better get a plan together…” Ragnar even offered a couple options on their site. For some reason I never got around to printing them and I’ve literally been training freestyle. What?! This is so unlike me. It wasn’t until this week, 1 month out from Ragnar, that I realized I haven’t been using a plan. Instead, I’ve just been running, slowly ramping up the miles. And you know what? For the first time ever I’m not dealing with burn out. I’m not dealing with aches, pains, or injuries (knock on wood!) And for the first time in my life I can log some decent miles at the drop of a hat. Just this past weekend I was able to hit the trails for 9 miles. Going into it I thought I’d have to cut it short or be dead by the end. But nope. I did it! (Mind you, I’m still no speed racer but there’s still something to be said about this….)
Something else that has changed, which has helped make this happen as well, is my run to walk ratio. In the past I had this idea that every run had to be 100% running. Yet the trails have taught me that it’s ok to walk. It’s okay to slow down. Whether you like it or not the trails will slow even the best of runners down. That’s not to say that I don’t push myself. I still do. That’s not to say it’s not a challenge. It still is (and always will be). But by listening to my body and enjoying the run I’ve found I can do way more than I ever expected I could do. And as expected, as time goes on, there’s less and less need for walking, if any at all.
Of course there’s still a limit to my abilities and mileage but I find it all very interesting (and thrilling) that I’ve had these mental and physical changes in my running simply by going without a plan and going with the flow.
Whether it’s the culture or it’s just in my brain, to me road running’s focus has always been about speed, which we all know is NOT my bread and butter. When I see trail running speed is the last thing I think of. Sure, there are speedy trail runners and I’m sure many trail runners that focus on speed. That just comes with running. However, for me, trail running has offered different challenges and excitement that has freed me from those mental binds of getting wrapped up in the road running speed trap.
Chances are my default will always be road running, but over the past year the trails have strengthened me mentally physically and taught me so many lessons along the way. In turn, I’ve found that no matter if I’m on the road or trails my running mindset and lifestyle has totally changed.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
For the past couple of weeks I’ve kind of been at a loss of what to blog about. If I’ve learned anything from my time blogging it’s that you shouldn’t force writing to post just anything because you “need” a post. Like running, I’ve found that if you just let it takes it’s course and it will come back to you. I didn’t lose sleep over it because quite honestly I’ve had my hands in many projects which has kept me busy anyway.
Some of those projects are still in the works so I can’t speak about them yet (all exciting!) but one big project at the forefront of my mind is our Indiegogo campaign to raise money for Unlocking The Truth. We didn’t go into the campaign thinking it would be easy but I must admit we didn’t expect things to move this slow. And if I can be quite honest, it has me a bit freaked out. We’ve got to make this happen! We know if it would get into the right person’s hands it would take off like gangbusters. Unfortunately, our attempts at making this happen have been unsuccessful this far.
Want to donate? Stop by our campaign page!
As time goes on I find myself being drawn into more and more projects (once again, all good!). This means I’m being pulled in that many more directions. While I must remember to be the eye of the storm I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying it. I love this kind of stuff. Brainstorming, problem solving, making things happen, and seeing things come to fruition. Funny enough, as I get busier I keep thinking of ideas for blog posts. Now, if I could only take a moment to sit down long enough to organize my thoughts for them to all make sense. Like I said, some of the topics/projects aren’t ready to be presented just yet anyway so that helps…but if you could see my “to-do/blog idea list” you’d probably be a bit overwhelmed.
My topic today isn’t really of much importance but it got me thinking, hence why I’m sharing. Catcalls. Acceptable or not? While I pose this for anyone and any gender, I’m specifically asking female runners. It wasn’t until recently that I noticed an influx in catcalls while I’m running. They vary from whistles, hollers, and car honks. Although I won’t say I’m flattered the whistles and hollers don’t really both me. If anything, they make me chuckle and I let them roll off my back. As for the car honks. Geez! Those I hate. They scare me every time and are definitely partnered with an expletive coming out of my mouth.
But with either route of delivery I’m kind of left scratching my head as to why anyone would do any of them. Why am I getting more in Arizona than I did in Ohio? While I’m not at the heaviest I’ve been I’m also not at the lightest either. I will say, I tend to get it more often in the dark than in daylight. Is it that in the dark all they can see is a girl moving and not the whole picture? No, I’m not dogging myself…just stating the obvious. Is it that they can “hide” in the darkness versus daylight, like online trolls that hide behind the computer? As for car honks, I never know if they are catcalls or warnings. I’m not real sure why I need a warning since I’m running on the sidewalk, not street, and chances are I’m more awake than them at that hour on the day….but hey, you never know.
When I see people out running, especially those that I can tell are new to the sport, I find the urge to want to holler, “Go girl!” or “Go boy!” However, I always hold back so I don’t offend or scare them. So, what are your thoughts and theories on catcalls?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)