When I think about it, there are quite a few sounds I hate hearing as a runner. I’m pretty opposed to noises, in general, so it’s no surprise that there are sounds I just care not to experience while I’m logging my miles.
Ew. I don’t know a single person who likes being catcalled while running. It’s distracting, sometimes demeaning, and generally unwelcome. Would you believe there is a house I have to pass every day that has a motion detector that sounds like a catcall? Gross.
Loud horns really make my heart stop when I am out for a run. Not only are they startling, they can also be disorienting. When I hear horns, I automatically jump to the side of the road or sidewalk, to get out of the way, even if there is no immediate threat or crisis. It can be alarming.
Another jarring and frightening sounds is sirens. If I hear them getting closer while I’m out on my run, I find myself immediately on guard, looking for the source of the emergency. It makes me very nervous while I’m out and about.
Listen. I am a dog lover through and through, but snarling, growling dogs do make me nervous. I hate hearing angry dogs, mostly because I know I still want to pet them and probably shouldn’t. Fortunately, most of my canine encounters have been manageable, and I’m grateful for that.
Sometimes I’m unlucky enough to hear fights from people’s houses while I’m running. I never want to interfere, but I always worry about standing by and doing nothing in cases where the police might be warranted. It’s always unsettling and upsetting and I hope I never make the wrong decision in those cases.
What sounds do you hate hearing on your run?
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Darlene Cardillo says
Gee, I never thought about it.
During my long runs I’m usually chatting with friends and the shorter solo ones, I’m listening to a podcast.
Never had any catcalls. Yes barking dogs do bother me. They are often not as friendly as their owner says.
Erica @ Erica Finds says
Barking dogs and sirens are the worst for me! I don’t deal with catcalls too much here – thank goodness!
Liz Dexter says
Yes, all those. Weirdly, I was talking about callcalling with my best friend, who lives in a nice bit of North London, and she has never ever been catcalled! I get it at least once a week – I do run more than her (20 miles a week as opposed to 10 ish) but I also run in the nicer bits of Birmingham. I’ve had really horrible abuse hurled at me and been grabbed at and heavy-breathed on and all sorts. I mean, I’m very glad for her, but it’s so weird!
Oh – another one, the thud as your friend falls over!
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Sirens and dogs barking especially. Not a fan of catcalls but haven’t dealt with them in a while – depends on where I run.
What a bizarre motion sensor. That would drive me crazy.
I live near a hospital, so I’m used to sirens.
Hearing people fighting would be disturbing.
Thankfully I don’t hear many of those things. I have had running friends bitten while running. 🙁 The Restaurant we went to today that used to be dog friendly had to ban dogs due to 2 incidents with dog bites.
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