I heard a story over the weekend that just pisses me off. A women, we will call her C, she was participating in 5K (last weekend). This was a big deal for her. See she has Fibromyalgia, a Degenerative Disk Disease and is overweight. C has been working to walk the 5K since January - something she was looking forward to doing and enjoying. She was walking it with a friend and told her friend to go ahead because she didn't want to hold her back. I think we have all been there no matter what size we are.
So after she sends her friend off ahead of her she a guy on the course starts heckling her and making snide comments. He had the audacity to tell her that she had no business being there. He continued to go on and tell her she was too fat and would die on the course. She ignored his rude comments, but then he had the nerve to push her into the rail about a mile in once he had decided he had bothered her enough. Because the course was on dirt road that was uneven, she twisted her ankle.
But you know what, she didn't give up. Instead she pushed through and finished the 5K in 56 minutes. What I love most about this story is C happened to see the jerk after the event. She went over and said Thanks for pushing me into the rail and obviously I didn't die. Even better then that, this has not stopped her from wanting to do another event. I am proud of her even though I barley know here. I am pissed for her because people continue to think it is okay to treat people with such disrespect.
After getting worked up from hearing the story and then again I as I typed this out, I have to remind myself of on of my favorite rules to live by:
So remember, when you want to question why someone is running STOP! Just be happy that they are trying to do something to better themselves and think about why you can do to be a better person.
Have you ever experienced rudeness on a race course?