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Fittingly Mad: Must You Honk While I Run?

I love to run outside. The warm breeze, wide open spaces, and gorgeous scenery are all really inspirational. I feel so much more alive and energetic running outside than I do inside on a treadmill. I'm sure you can relate. I also love running outdoors because it's more challenging with the wind resistance, hills, and obstacles you have to jump over. The last thing I need is for someone to be watching me, honking, screaming obscene comments out the window, and waving rude gestures! Am I wearing a shirt that says, "Beep if You Like Running," or "Bother Me," or "Degrade Me"? Not only is it immature, but it's so annoying. I run outside to get fresh air and some peaceful alone time, and the hooting and hollering just about ruins it for me.

Most of the time I just ignore the oglers, but part of me wants to flip them the bird. Lately I've been changing up my running routine so that I'm on less busy roads, but it upsets me that I have to avoid certain places just because of the few people that have to act like idiots.

I'm sure you've experienced this, so how do you deal with people honking while you're running outside?


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I hate when people do this because it always make me self conscious that my I have something on my butt or I have a wardrobe malfunction.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 9 years
I live in Seattle and run on Alki Beach, which has a paved running trail right next to the road. I listen to great music, so most of the time I can't really hear people, but once in a while someone will honk but never holler. My response is to wave and smile. I take it as a compliment.
mdjaeda mdjaeda 9 years
These stories are unbelievable--and I thought the loud honking was bad. This makes me want to run with a friend.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I remember having guys spray myself and a friend with water guns a few years back. People amaze me. A-holes!
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
scottdavis, I don't think anyone actually thinks that guys honking has anything to do with respect. It can be demeaning to a woman whether they're openly salivating or stooping that much lower and making "animal sounds" (yikes.). Moronic guys are moronic guys are moronic guys. :)
murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
They are not trying to attract us; they just are trying to get a rise out of us. Flipping them off gives them exactly what they want. I mean, who cares. They're just doofusses. Blowing them off is the only way to go.
scottdavis0676 scottdavis0676 9 years
It's amusing to me how many of the women who get honked at, or otherwise peppered with lascivious comments, act as if the response their presence elicited is positive. Me being a guy, I used to be guilty of such puerile behavior back in high school. However the purpose wasn't to attract a mate, it was to get their goat, so to speak. Usually the target was somebody unattractive, or somebody who repulsed me, so I would make animal sounds, or obnoxious utterances. If I was attracted to the person exercising, then I would mind my p's and q's and not say a thing. Otherwise, it was fair game LOL. Being taunted is not about respect, as much as it is meant to cast of pall on however the target happens to be. Since then, I've seen the error in my ways and would never again do that to ANYBODY!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
@rpenner.... wow. firs tof all, guys could care less if we enjoy it, lol! secondly, flipping them off? seriously? way to be as immature as honking a horn.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Absolutely!! I friggn' hate that. At any time, not just when I'm running outside. I don't understand why guys think we enjoy it.... it's ridiculous. And yes, I often end up flipping them the bird :P
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 9 years
Oh this makes me mad too! I had some teenagers pass me hooting out the windows of their car, which is bad enough, but then they turned around to pass by me again and shouted "how much?!" I couldn't believe it.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
oh and Sy, DC is really bad in the city for running. There are tons of guys that do this...
nicachica nicachica 9 years
I really think there should be a law ticketing these jerk-offs who scream obscenities at women and generally create a hostile environment. UGHHHH! I hate it when guys do that...
skigurl skigurl 9 years
running? what about cycling! cars HATE cyclists, even when we're not doing anything wrong. people lay on the horn all the time as they drive by...i don't get it...where else are we supposed to bike? inside our houses? and it's really unsafe cuz it's startling! it makes me INSANE!
travelgirl-jp travelgirl-jp 9 years
THANK YOU! I absolutely feel your pain, and I refuse to run outside because of it. (Well, that and other factors like dogs running loose, weather, etc.) Fortunately, I recently purchased a treadmill which I am having a love affair with, but it's terrible that some disgusting men have to be that way. Even if you're not running, there are those jerks out there who love to stare, honk, or make comments, and nothing would please me more than to punch them in the face, or give them the finger. Yes, this topic really gets me fired up!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I yell back usually. Or give them a thumbs up. That really confuses people.
Zorbs Zorbs 9 years
I dress nicely when I run, which I suppose can be construed as "sexy". I'm CONSTANTLY being honked and whistled at when I run..and I respond back with a flip of the middle finger.
gigill gigill 9 years
If you think THAT's bad... in the city I used to live (former car theft capital of Canada), little underage punks would steal cars and then joyride in them with the purpose of mowing down joggers/cyclists. One runner was seriously injured, another cyclist was killed. This is why I stick to parks for running...I can crank up my ipod and ignore these hooligans while not comprimising my safety.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i just think it's silly. this happened a lot to me and my friend when we were running in the winter time along the street, which makes even less sense.
imcs imcs 9 years
I'm moving to South Africa - LOL :) Nah... I just ignore them. I'm very friendly and sometimes I just get so lost in my run that I end up smiling and waving at them.
Amelie074 Amelie074 9 years
This is why I run/walk with my dog who is a lab mix. Before I got her, I was always getting obscenities yelled at me. But now if someone yells, she lunges at them and growls! Tee hee! I feel much safer when my Maggie is with me! :-)
lizs lizs 9 years
This drove me crazy (and I don't live in the very best neighborhood, so it also sketched me out), so I finally joined a gym to run in peace. This new peace also includes ample ogling from the free weights area and plenty of creepily-adjacent treadmill time, even when I'm in my baggiest, grossest, oldest workout gear. SO over it.
vilevanilla vilevanilla 9 years
yeah it's annoying to get honked at but I always wonder if maybe I know them. Guys yelling and gawking though, I never did understand what that was all about...? What are those baboons doing!!? I just block it out like backround music, when I run I'm usually very deep in thought.
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