Something special happens when runners put on a pair of shoes and hit the pavement. They’re the same person, but suddenly they’re subjected to so much more scrutiny from the public, the driving public especially. There are certain comments nobody would ever make to a walker on the street, but the moment someone starts running, commentary is open-season.
3 honks, 2 catcalls, and one much needed high five from another runner on today's run 🏃🏻♀️👟🙄
— Jessica Sender (@jshira11) May 16, 2017
Here’s a list of nine of the most common and annoying comments runners receive while exercising. This is a caution to someone who has found themselves making any of these comments in the past. Please reconsider.
“You’re running on the wrong side of the road.”
Runners are encouraged to run against traffic to promote visibility, so for a runner, it’s actually the correct side.
“Run, Forrest, run.”
If you’ve ever run, even if it was only once, someone has likely yelled this at you. For the uninitiated, it’s a line from the 1994 movie Forrest Gump.
Runners who love short-shorts have for sure encountered this one.
“Hey, that’s what the sidewalk is for.”
The sidewalk is made of concrete, whereas the road is made of asphalt. Asphalt is actually much softer, and easier on your joints than the sidewalk. With that in mind, many runners opt for the road over the sidewalk when possible.
‘Don’t quit’ is a funny one, because there are so many other ways to convey that message in a more positive way. For example: keep going, you can do it, good job, or well done, are all better options for encouraging a runner.
“Can I run with you?”
No, you can’t. You’re in a car.
“It’s too hot out to run.”
Occasionally mid-run, when stopped at a light or stop sign, a motorist will make conversation. This isn’t always bad, but this particular comment is frustrating. Chances are you’ve already considered that it might, in fact, be too hot to run but there’s no turning back now. You don’t need to be reminded.
This is a very common remark. Please refrain from making this comment and let runners enjoy their exercise in peace.
The honk is particularly stress-inducing. Please save the horn for its intended use.