I had a rough morning on Sunday. I had a bad night sleep Saturday night. My feet were so sore it kept me awake pretty much all night. I finally broke down and put my compression socks on at 6am. You know it's not going to be a good foot day when you have your compression socks on before you get out of bed! Despite my sore feet, the bad night sleep and the rain, I still wanted to get my intervals done for today. I had down originally 5km for today, but I knew that wasn't going to happen with my feet being the way they are today, so I changed my plans and did a 3km route. I was having a really good Run/Walk, my first running interval was 2 minutes long! I was thrilled and I was doing really good alternating my walking and running, trying to make it even time for time. I turned along S. Parallel road and was doing well, I took out my one ear bud from my ipod as I was running with traffic (there is no sidewalk and only one side of the road has a shoulder to run/walk on), and I was doing well with the distances I was doing, as well as keeping an eye on my watch for time sake.
I could hear a car coming so I moved further over to the shoulder, the car was slowing down, which surprised me as most don't, then the yelling started. There were 4 boys/men in the car, and they started yelling at me, look at the cow run! MOO! I was a little surprised, and I almost stopped running but I kept going, then they came back! They turned around in the hotel parking lot and came back at me, yelling all the while. I was really annoyed, part of me wanted to just stop running, cut through the parking lot to the park stairs and go home. I thought about it for a few seconds, but I kept going. I wasn't going to let them get the best of me. I'm doing something for me, and I have to keep doing it. I could let this incident derail me, have a little pity party, but I won't.
I deserve better than that! Anyone deserves better than that. I do get super annoyed when someone feels they have the right to tell me how to lose weight, or that I should lose weight. Why is it that people feel that they can come up to someone who is overweight and "advise them of what they need to do"?
Ty over at this is how ty runs, posted a link to another blog on her twitter feed today and I clicked over. It was meant to be! I so needed to read this blog today, and it was nice to see that I'm not the only person who feels this way! If you have a minute go to http://gokaleo.com/2013/09/20/guest-post-fat-shaming-the-last-acceptable-form-of-prejudice/
To me that is exactly what those men/boys in that car were trying to do. Six months ago, they probably would have succeeded. I would have burst into tears, stopped whatever activity I was doing, start doubting myself and it would have caused a major setback.
I'm glad it didn't have that big of a negative effect on me. I kept going on my run, actually getting a little bit angrier about it as I ran. When I got home, my wonderful husband asked me how my run/walk was, told me he loved me and was proud of me. That more than made up for a few nasty words from some people that I don't know. Despite them, I had a great for me Run/Walk and I can't wait to get out and do it again. If I did this well, being as tired and sore as I was, just think of how much better I'll do when I've had a good nights sleep! http://connect.garmin.com/activity/379620931