Today I was out running with a friend. It’s a lovely sunny day and we were taking it at a steady pace as we try to extend the distance we can cover. As we run, we chat.
Cue man, sitting on a bench in the sunshine:
“Maybe if you pair were talking less you could go a bit faster.”
I’m sorry – what now?
Tell me, what do you say to that? Anything ending in ‘off’ feels appropriate, but doesn't really address the key issue here – that this stranger feels it’s perfectly within his rights to comment at all.
On the return leg we pass a group of blokes. They have less to say about our technique, but still pass comment.
This isn't unusual. On our runs we are regularly offered helpful encouragement, smutty comments, jiggle ratings.
No we don’t need any help up that hill, we will ‘keep going’ thank you very much, and yes, pal, I am aware that bits of my body move when I run.
This isn't flattery.
Would they say this if we were a pair of men not women? It feels unlikely, but I’m not a man jogging, so I don’t know. All I know is that it’s 2015 and we are being casually harangued by men in broad daylight.
And that doesn’t seem very ok to me.
So to the chap on the bench - thanks for the advice, but if you could keep your remarks to yourself, we’re quite happy at the pace we’re going.
Besides, it’s not that slow. We’ve already lapped you twice.