Betsy is a mother, runner, country music lover, blogger, FitFluential Ambassador and a member of the Idiots Running Club. You can connect with her through her blog The Everyday Warrior. Or on Facebook and Twitter.
If you are a runner you have probably been honked at a time or two during one of your runs.
With that being said, it seems like people fall on either one side or the other on this issue. You either hate it or love it.
I love it! And here’s why.
1) It makes my good runs even better.
Last week I set out to see how fast I could run a 5k. (One of my goals for 2012 is to run a 5k race in 27 minutes or less.) On that day, I was making great time and I felt great too! It was one of those runs where everything just seemed to click! About halfway through my run two guys in a truck started honking at me. I couldn’t help but smile and be appreciative of the encouragement. It’s nice to have your hard work recognized, even if by strangers! And btw, I ran the 5k in 26:30! Woot! (Now to replicate that in a race!)
2) It makes my bad runs seem not as bad.
A couple of weeks ago I had a really bad run. I left for my 6 mile long run without using my inhaler (I have exercise induced reactive airway) and I realized my oversight when I was a half mile out. I wasn’t having any breathing difficulties at that moment so I figured if I just took it easy and didn’t push myself I could get through the run without incident. Around mile 3 my chest started to feel heavy and I was only able to take short breaths. I was running an out and back so I had no choice but to keep pressing on, I had to get home one way or another. To help ease my breathing, I took MANY walking breaks which is not the norm for me. I was exhausted, hot, sweaty and could not wait for the run to be over. About a half a mile from the end of the run, someone honked at me. And I remember thinking, “Really?? I look and feel like a hot mess!” But I have to be honest, despite feeling awful it put a little pep back into my run!
I should clarify that although I enjoy getting encouraging honks from passerbys, I do not embrace being harassed or disrespected by people. I have not ever been a victim of this but I know many runners who have been. Nothing would flip my bitch switch faster than someone being an asshat. What I am talking about here is friendly and encouraging honks.
So how do you feel about getting honked at while you are running? Do you love it or hate it? Why?