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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