Two memorable ones:
A little old lady making about 1mph with a stick looking at me puffing down the town path and saying kindly 'Don't overdo it.'
An overweight couple again going at a steady snails pace, seeing me in about mile 9 of a half marathon, calling out 'Is it worth it?"
Not an insult and as I can run I walk with Nordic Poles and I have had from someone walking towards me- 'The Snow get deeper about 100mtr further one' it was about 28 in the shade!
Oh how it made I laugh.
My friend and I were running the other day, in a residential area. It was really cold and snowy, so a couple standing in their garage applauded and kept yelling "good for you!". It was a great feeling...
On the other hand, that same friend experienced two guys driving past her yelling "heffer!"... now, that is not very nice.
I don't know what I would do if someone actually insulted me while I was out trying to be active, healthy, and fit.
Only one I had was at the end of a hard run with a bit of a sprint finish I was puffing away catching my breath and as a car drove by one youngish lad shouted out the window " you need to ease off the pies mate". A bit obvious but it made me smile all the same.
Not an insult, but I ran several km of a 10k race behind a woman called Eileen, who had her name on her shirt. Every so often someone would should come on to her, then the people around would burst into song.
I was quite sorry when she slowed down and I overtook her.
Passed a nasely, junky looking, lay about type whilst running around the park. After screeching at her offspring to hurry up as i ran past, she made out with the remark, "Lets jog like the man in they .......lycra troosers". Without hesitation or drop in pace, i turned the head a rebutted "Looks like you could be doing with pulling the Lycra on, ya fat bint". Her reaction was priceless. "eh......seeee youuuu!!!!!!". I Lol'd.
I was on a training run at the local sports centre when a group of three or four gorgeous young ladies were watching from the side as I ran past. One gave me a smile and said a flirtacious 'hiya', I was on cloud nine for one second until I heard her friend say 'You can't Charlie, he looks just like your Dad!!!'
Spark - sounds like you were in Dundee. Great city.
I often get 'nice shorts' - which is a nice comment from a shapely gal, but slightly worrisome from a hairy-arsed bloke.
There has to be a link to the No Toes story.
My favourite from when I did the Portland Marathon: 'it's not sweat! It's just your awesomeness coming out!' Kept me smiling for miles.
Another one that made me smile was when I was out running in some pretty horrible rain, and a bus driver who passed me almost each day, stopped to tell me he admired my dedication... Which kinda put a halt to any thoughts of asking for a lift LOL.
I've been pretty lucky really.
Years ago, I had a Harringey Council bin lorry and team cheer me on my long run. Following my planned route I found I'd run away them then we'd meet again about 15 mins later. I think after an hour they were quite impressed.
I had the obvious "Run, Forrest, Run" while passing a bored group of teens in a tiny village in the Highlands.
I found the 'wobbling arse cheeks' yelled from a car in London the harshest. They were merely undulating in time with my steps.
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