It happens to us all, sooner or later. You're running along, minding your own business, when some guy driving by rolls down his window to make a noise at you. Whether it's a catcall, a wolf-whistle, or a "hey, baby," this kind of unwanted attention can really throw you off.
Don't let catcallers, or any other irritant, get in your head and ruin your run. Here's how to overcome common annoyances and get back in your blissed-out zone:
The Annoyance: Catcallers
The Solution: Spin It
Instead of taking the bait and shouting back, use the other's rudeness for your gain. "See it as a compliment, that it means, 'I'm doing something that they can't do,'" says Adam Krajchir, founder and director of Race with Purpose and head coach for New York Road Runners' Team for Kids.
Advice On How To Not Be An Annoying Runner
The Annoyance: Chatty Cathys
The Solution: Block Them
Headphones can be your first line of defense, even if you're not really using them. "I've brought headphones and inserted the earbuds even when I'm not listening to music," says endurance-running coach Brendan Cournane.
The Annoyance: Group Runners
The Solution: Be Verbal
"Most runners are considerate when runners approaching from behind call out, 'Coming through!'" says Cournane. If you're hoping to run fast in a race, choose a smaller one where you know you'll have space to run.
The Annoyance: B.O. and Other Bad Smells
The Solution: Tact or Dab
Good friends can be tactfully approached. Otherwise, move away, or overpower the funky odor by applying a dab of menthol rub under your nose before your run, says Krajchir.
The Annoyance: Your Inner Quitter
The Solution: Find a Mantra
Try creating a "thought-stoppage trigger," which is a phrase you whip out when your brain's getting in the way of your run. Follow immediately with a positive mantra like, "Saddle up."
Make Your Own Mantra!
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