Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Running First - Cat Calls

Today, after running for more years than I would like to count, something happened that has never happened before.

I know what you are probably thinking: “Jee will-i-kers Adam!”  (Did I mention that, in my head all of my blog readers are in the 50s?) “What could possibly have happened that couldn’t have already happened before!?
  • Pee behind a bush?  Please, I do that a few times a month.
  • Prairie dog and have to duck walk home? That happens a handful of times a year.
  • Almost get hit by a car? Fortunately only REALLY happens about once a year.


Today, while running what was otherwise a normal 9 miler likely rocking out to something hip and cool like One Direction (totally kidding, I was listening to NPR – way more hip) I was cat called!  That’s right, someone actually hollered something at me and honked as they were driving by.

Now, I’ll admit that I didn’t exactly know what they were saying.  It could have been anything from “hey do you know the time” to “yeah baby, shake that skinny sexy flesh sack body!” but I like to think that whatever it was, it was essentially talking about them buying whatever I was selling.  Heyyyyyyyyy

On a serious note, I recently spoke with a female that I used to coach about this very topic.  She said that she hears cat calls while running ALL the time!! (Authors note: by her own admission she is no ‘barbie doll’ – her words not mine... Uhhh... I’m sure that she is plenty attractive and all cat calls were certainly warranted.... Uhhhh....  I’ll stop typing now.  ANYWAY. )  She doesn’t necessarily run in a particularly industrial or urban area.  In fact, it was just a normal suburb in AnyTown USA.

It really shocked me to hear that this actually happens.  I can’t help but wonder what is going through these guy’s minds.  To quote Jerry Seinfeld, what do they expect women to do?  Chase down the car they’re driving in and ask to get their number?

So, for the females (and the fellas who are as appealing to cars passing by as I am), have you ever been hollered at while running?  This can’t be a common occurrence can it?   Although, really... who could handle themselves around THIS?


42 comments:

Falon said...

Ha cat calls are a fact of running outdoors. Last Friday I got cat called and it was PITCH BLACK OUT. Seriously, bro? You can't even see me!

Kimberly Truesdell said...

Yes, and yes to the cat calls in the dark. I love the ones when they don't see my face - just my bum jiggling on the trail. I'm always curious if they'd take it back if they saw me face :/ I could care less, though. I consider them to be my own personal cheering section.

healthylifehappywife.com said...

Cat calls are just kinda silly - I mean, what is the point? Do the cat callers really think the runner is gonna stop & chat? More likely, they are just being annoying for not good reason. Or maybe we should just pretend it's a compliment & run on ;)

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

I was just talking about this with a guy friend yesterday! He got cat called for the first time in his life and he is 28. I was like, seriously? It happens at least once per run unless I'm trail running in the wilderness :) Y'all men are silly!

jayloh said...

Yep.
I agree that my "favorites" are the ones that happen pre-dawn. I'm pretty sure the drivers can't even determine that I'm female...or human. They just see random movement, can't contain their excitement and cat-call like maniacs.
One of my more memorable was when I was pushing 1 kid in the jogging stroller, while carrying another one on my back...red-faced, frizzy-haired and immersed in sweat. Whooo-eeee!, indeed.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I enjoy getting catcalls. Strangers going out of their way to tell me I am looking fiiiiiine? Sign me up for that class.

Here's the thing: rapists and muggers probably aren't going to call attention to themselves by calling out to you like that.

Then again, I enjoy being thought of as a sex object by strangers. I look damn fine. I'm more perturbed by the people who don't recognize how awesome I look.

Runners Fuel said...

Cat calls are very stupid. I always think about that Seinfeld, too. I once caught up to some guys that cat called me (they were stopped at a red light) and looked so embarresed as I looked at them as I ran by. Cat calls happen almost every time I run outside. I live in the burbs, but on mainly busy streets. I just ignore them and keep moving.

pennpalrunner said...

Usually I run on a trail so cat calls aren't really an issue. But if I'm running on this one bike path that goes along a busy road, it happens every quarter mile or so. It gets really old really fast. (Not that I mind the attention; it's more just the fact that it scares the crap outta me.)

Running In Boise said...

I never get cat called, but I do have more men take on flirty tones when they pass me & say Hi or chat a bit on the course I am running. If I was single and wanted to pick a nice (assuming) healthy, active male, I would so do it on the trail or running path. Better then a bar!

Jen Schmitt said...

I usually just ignore them or just wave. I have no idea what they are saying anyway because I have my tunes playing. I have gotten a little freaked out by cars that drive by me multiple times, I usually take my ear buds out at that point to make sure I am more aware of my surroundings.

Erin said...

Yep. Happens to this female at least once a month. Creeps me the hell out. I even got called a bitch one time because I didn't high five a dude who catcalled me while riding by on his bike. Yeah, cause THAT'S going to win you a woman.

Christy said...

Yep! Fairly common occurance lol

Kayla Moothart said...

It happens to me often. There isn't much I can do about it - I used to get really fired up - but now I just blow it off - those guys are usually creepy anyway. I have on the other hand had people cheer me on - One elderly man even gave me a high five while I was chugging up a hill.. that is just cool.

Whitney said...

I have to agree with the honks that you get in the dark (happened yesterday morning) - I think they can see the ponytail swaying and think that if I'm working out so early in the morning, I must be a hottie.
And it's true. So very true.

My favorites are the car full of teenage boys where the passenger honks the horn before they get to me, and I'll come to a complete stop, take my earbuds out and look at them like, "Yes? How can I help you?" Makes me laugh the rest of the way home when I think about their super embarrassed faces that won't make eye contact with me.

I honestly can't believe this is the first time it has happened to you. You hunk-a burnin' love.

Gigi said...

Happens a lot and I am in Anytown USA too....usually teenagers just being....well teenagers LOL

Jamie said...

This used to happen to me at least once EVERY SINGLE RUN. Maybe it's Tucson and the people who live in it. Not sure. But once I switched from running along streets to running in the river, on the river path, dirt roads, etc, it doesn't happen anymore. It's the whole traffic thing. Especially for women. If there's enough traffic, and you're a woman, it's bound to happen.

concretencoffee.com said...

I always assume it's someone honking in a friendly way- like maybe they know me and I just didn't recognize the car. Or they thought they knew me but mistook me for someone else. Or it's a, "Hey! Way to go!" kind of honk as I lumber through the last mile of a long run. I know it's probably just another cat call, but I like to maintain this last shred of hope in humanity that not all of these people are creepers, drooling as they leer at me from behind the dashboard :)

Rain said...

I think it is so distasteful to catcall.
And the guy who is pushing the baby stroller with two kids in it who checks me out is totally out of line too!

LifeisaRun said...

Yep, definitely happens! Pretty sure they then get my glare face because at first it freaks me out then I'm like oohhh...go away!!

Crystal said...

So..... sometimes if I'm driving and I see someone running/biking and they seem to be struggling I yell out encouraging words. Is that creepy? I just want to support my fellow athletes.

Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb said...

Yep, no doubt a common occurrence and I definitely fit in the no Barbie doll category for sure. Thankfully it never tends to bother me like it does some. I'm either in the zone or just smile and wave.

Laura is Undeterrable said...

Yeah... it happens. It happens alot more than I like. There are certain roads that I avoid running on because they seem to happen more frequently there. Also, in the summer when all the street kids are out in full force by the waterfront it happens all the time. It really pisses me off. Yeah buddy, I slapped on some capris and ran in 90 degree weather just to make your day.

I did also have a guy start to follow me once because apparently he really wanted to start a conversation. If he had caught up to me he would have had a broken nose.

Keep your opinions about my running to yourself. Ugh.

Dani said...

I've been catcalled before. It didn't help that I didn't know my workout pants were split across my ass. Yeah, I felt really awesome that day. Then, I realized no, it was my sweet sweet neon pink underwear, and people were probably just yelling because I was a driving hazard.

Either way, whatevs. Heyyyy.

Becca said...

Yep, been catcalled a number of times. I usually just ignore them and am not much bothered. But when they do the slow roll and/or stop to stare, that gets uncomfortable and bothersome.

quix said...

I get honked at and cat called occasionally (my normal route takes me down a busy street with nice sidewalks). I think its a mix of dumb boys and probably people I know seeing me and saying hi.

Meghan said...

Cat calls happen often and often times make me burst out laughing when I am struggling during a run - so at those times I certainly appreciate them.

Lorenda said...

On the weekly group run I participate in we have it happen all the time when there's a group of us!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

All the time. I get honkers too that just scare the shit out of me. I've had a blow horn. I've never give them the time of day. If they honk, I usually flip the bird but then a guy I work with said "Oh hey, I saw you running last night." And then I had to ask if it was the truck that honked at me...sure enough....now I just lose my damn breath in fear and keep it to myself.

Lin said...

Yes, I don't understand this either. I did a short post on 'cat calls' in 2010 asking the same question! http://missionmarathonblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/cat-calls.html

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

**wolf whistle**

Cat calls happen all the time, and they're usually annoying. Sorry you had to join that club!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Yup and I do the std routine: ignore them. Well unless you're Ryan Lochte in which case, yes, I'll go home with ya.

Run Jess Run said...

It happens to me when I'm running on a trail that lines up with the main road in town. I've been married for 3 years so I'm not gonna lie...it's good for the ego:)

boyerling3 said...

I'm a dude and it has happened a handful of times. Part of it may have been that I was a college guy living in a college town with some pretty decent runners. I'm sure my body had something to do with it as well. Or something like that.

My favorite time was when I was running at night and a car honks, somebody yells, and the car drives past me. It really motivated me to run better/faster. It was until about three minutes later that I realized that what they had yelled was "You're so slow!" Oh well. I'll take it.

Kayla said...

Happens quite a bit. Cat calls, people honking, or guys thinking they are cool revving their engine. I just ignore them. Although one time it got a really creepy when me and a friend were walking this truck when by and they honked and a guy tried to reach out and touch/grab us (not sure which one) when they driving by. creepy!!!

Ryan said...

Sadly my wife gets stares, cars stopping and the cat calls. This is in our own neighborhood on streets where 10's of women, men and kids are playing, running and walking. My wife is attractive, but runs frumpy. T-shirt and plan ole running shorts. She's not rocking sports bras and booty shorts, yet she constantly gets the looks and cat calls. At times, some vehicles will turn around and drive by her a couple times. It got to the point where we felt it was a factor in us moving to a different part of town. Scary.

Sam said...

Happens to me often enough. One time I got honked at by a school bus driver. Th

Bethany said...

I've gotten one or two but I never run at night, so maybe that is why it has never bothered me. When I do run outside it is on the sidewalk of a busy street or in a busy park. I never feel isolated with some perv. I actually kind of take it as a compliment!

ChemE Runner said...

Hey, just found your blog and this post is super funny. I am a female, mid 20s runner who has been running for 15 years and get cat calls with some frequency. They always annoy me to no end, because I am usually gross, sweating my butt off and making horrible "I'm in pain" faces, so not only do I not feel attractive, but I don't think anyone out there should find it attractive. Also, they can be very startling when I am in the running zone. Great post!

TNTcoach Ken said...

That's the only reason I run!

Herbie said...

Got cat called a few years back from behind while on my bike. The guys changed their minds when they went by and noticed my beard! I've never quite figured out how to take the whole episode?

Jess said...

I get it all the time. But I am sexy as hell.

Angela said...

Just the truck full of Mexican landscapers cruising the streets at five a.m. I try not to let it get to my head though.