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11/16/14 6:57 A

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I'm an expat living in Indonesia where people aren't used to white people, much less fat ones running down the street. It's usually a "Hello Mr." It's annoying cause it's numerous times a run, even though they mean well by it.

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11/9/14 12:08 P

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when I was morbidly obese yes nasty comments and gestures.

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11/5/14 11:45 A

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Last time I got yelled at was while running in Paris. Not sure if he was yelling "You go, girl!" of "Get the lead out, lard-butt!"

~ Nancy

...trust the process...trust the process...trust the process...trust the process...


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8/6/14 10:38 A

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I've had both positive and negative experiences with being encouraged/cat-called while running. I used to run around my college campus (when I was a couple dozen pounds lighter), wearing a tank top and typical running shorts. I got followed by a group of guys in a very conspicuous SUV. They repeatedly would "make the block" just to come up behind me, slow down, and creep past while they shouted harrassing comments. I'm ashamed to say that the only way to get them to stop was to send an obscene gesture their direction.

My positive running experiences are from meeting fellow exercisers on their routes and sharing a smile or wave. I don't need to exchange words with someone to express solidarity with them as a fellow exerciser, and in fact, I'd prefer not to, since it disturbs my rhythm. I also enjoyed being part of a "running class" at the YMCA for a while, during my job search after college. A certified trainer was the facilitator, everyone ran at their own pace, and you could either have music or talk to someone who paced similarly to you. Surprisingly, the class was mostly women even though the leader was male.

Just call me La. Most everyone else does.

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7/18/14 8:47 A

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No one ever shouted at me. But then again, when I was running outside, I was running in the (very) early morning hours. Now I'm at the gym, on the treadmill. Kinda boring, but I don't have to worry about cars, dogs or the weather.

Traci

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Make time, or make excuses. The choice is yours.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.


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7/16/14 9:23 A

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I have never been shouted at but I have been the one shouting encouragement or honking and waving i cant help my corniness i try to keep it locked inside but it keeps picking the locks... lol I am excited for you though keep up all the hard work!!! emoticon

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7/15/14 11:09 A

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Wow, I've never had encouragement shouted at me.But then I don't remember having any bad things shouted at me either.
You're very brave to still be running after all that negativity. I began my running at 6am to make sure nobody else was around, because one bad thing would have put me off forever.



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7/15/14 10:53 A

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The last time I took up running seriously, I was an undergraduate student and my route took me around the campus. People (particularly college boys) would shout rude things out of car windows upon seeing an overweight female runner. It made me extremely angry.

I graduated about 2 years ago, but now I am living in a different college town and I'm getting a different sort of message. Multiple times I have heard young women shout "Get it girl!" out their car windows. Last night, I even received an additional thumbs up from a girl while I was running that 8 minute section of my week 5, day 2.

I'm not a person who likes to be talked to by strangers while I'm working out, and because of the rude boys I used to hear while running, any calls out of a car window strike a negative chord for me. However, when the calls are of encouragement they are... well, encouraging. Whether or not this is coincidence, last night's run happened to be my most exhilarating run ever (I did also have some super inspiring music playing.)

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had had similar experiences and how it made them feel.

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