As I was running down the road on a sunny end-of-summer morning, a car full of high school boys passed me. An unfortunate but honest reality is that I am use to drivers yelling comments, honking, and making rude hand gestures at me. Not surprisingly, the car full of boys slowed down, and rolled down their windows. What was surprising…or rather shocking, was the harassing term they yelled at me out the window…
“Heeeeey Mom!” Followed by gangly, insecure, we-just-hit-puberty…laughs.
As I waved them off with my double armed-single finger salute it hit me…
SHOOT! Did they really just insult me by using the term MOM?!?!?
Ok, ok, I get it boys…clearly I am not a high school jogger, and I am way past my sports bra and shorty-short days of college. But since when did it become acceptable to insult women by using the term MOM?
The more I thought about it the angrier I became. Yes, you little punks…I sure am a mom, three times over! But here’s the deal, I have run this loop pregnant – 8 months pregnant. I have run it sick, nursing and with no sleep. I have run it with barely healed sutures from my 3rd C-Section, hung-over, crying, laughing, happy and sad.
So boys here is the reality of the situation, your name calling and insecure laughs helped solidify something I have known for a while. I am damn proud of my Mom-Jogger status. And whether I am running in my old maternity sweatpants, 20 lbs over weight, or in my cropped lulus that give my ass the extra boost it needs to finish 13.1 miles, I’m out here getting it done, and I will keep on running with or without snarky comments from passing cars.
So ladies…embrace your Mom-Jogger status. Whether you run a 6 minute mile, or a 13 minute mile, whether you are running your first race or your sixth ultra marathon, be proud of what your body has accomplished. Let us set an example for the next generation of young women. It is up to us to teach our daughters to be proud of their bodies and raise them not to acquiesce to the scumbag guys trying to diminish their confidence. Let us reiterate to our sons: real men don’t build themselves up by bringing women down, and harassing women should never be a means to feeling more powerful!