9. What is the strangest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on a run?
I don’t know that it’s strange so much as it’s sad. I was running around a park close to my neighbourhood. There was a group of young boys hanging around a skate park, four or five ranging in age from 10-13. I do not run with headphones. I dislike the distraction and I also worry about accidents as a result of inattention to my surroundings.
I lapped the park about four or five times and the first few times the boys yelled things that most runners are accustomed to hearing from non-runners: “Run Forrest Run!” etc. I ignored these jeers and continued on my way. When I get into the zone, I tend to tune other people out.
And maybe this entire situation could have been averted had I simply responded to these young boys but I’m out in public and it’s my prerogative to remain quiet and in my own personal space should I choose to.
Each time I passed these young boys they continued to jeer and make random commentary about my running. It was on the last lap around that something ugly occurred. One of the young boys yelled out to me: “Go back to your country!”
I considered responding but I kept quiet and ran on. My thinking is that the young boy who yelled that dirty minded phrase at me made an assumption about my non-response. I must be from another country because I’m not able to comprehend the English language. Or….maybe I’m just in my zone and not wanting to interact with asshole children. *sigh.
The sad thing is that this type of behaviour at such a young age is most likely a product of the home-life and parenting (or lack).
I’ve had racist commentary thrown my way, so it’s not something that is new to me, but from a child. That was fairly shocking and it’s safe to say that this ruined my run and troubles me still to this day.