A runner’s response to a man who body shamed her mid-run has been shared around the world. Michelle Kirk, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. resident, was out with her 18-month-old daughter in a stroller when a man interrupted her run to comment on her body. Her response couldn’t have been better.
“To the nasty old man who stopped me mid run to inform me that I need to get a better sports bra because my boobs are sagging and will only sag more if I continue to run, f*ck you,” reads her initial post. A selfie of her accompanied the message.
“You are the reason why women have insecurities,” Kirk continues. “If you don’t like the way my boobs ‘sag’ when I run, then don’t look. I will never stop doing what I love and I love myself way too much to have your hate bring me down.”
Below is Kirk’s original post (warning: her text contains profanity).
The post has been shared more than 2,300 times on Facebook since Kirk wrote about the event on July 11. The incident got additional attention because she posted it on A Year of Running‘s Facebook page. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the group of more than 123,000 at the beginning of the year to encourage people to run one mile per day in 2016.
She has received messages from runners around the world. At first, she received some negative feedback for using profanity but responded with the below message. It was her second of three posts relating to the man’s rude comment.
“So it’s been a week since I posted this photo and caption calling out that nasty old man,” reads her most recent post. “Let me just say that I never expected it to reach the whole world, but I’m glad it did. It makes me feel so proud to know that I was able to impact the world in a positive way. Know your worth and don’t let anyone bring you down.”
She concluded the post by saying she was going for a “celebratory run” with her daughter. Kirk, originally from New York, is currently training for the New York City Marathon, the largest marathon in the world, on Nov. 6.