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Monday, May 23, 2011

It happened again. I need to rant.

Guys, It happened again. A complete stranger commented on the size of my thighs. Honestly, when did this become acceptable? I don't think this guy intended to be hurtful like the other guy, but still, get some common sense would ya? This is how it went down: I get on a subway train at the same time as this semi-drunk guy and there is only one seat. 
Him: You wanna sit down? 
Me: No it's okay, I'm good. 
Him: Okay, yeah you look pretty athletic. (I'm wearing running clothes). Do you run? (He sees my country music marathon bag). Oh, never mind, guess you do. Yeah, figured you must be a long distance runner, not a sprinter cuz you have really big legs. (He sees me shooting lasers out of my eyes at him). Well, you know cuz sprinters are usually super skinny. 
Me: Yeah, I'm clearly not a sprinter. (Exit train). 

From this moment on I refuse to be embarrassed about the size of my legs. I'm taking a Kim Kardashian approach to this situation (you know, the way that she loves her bootay). The next person who says something about my thunder thighs better watch out. My response will probably be something like "Yup, they're each a 23 inch circumference of pure strength that I will most likely use to pop your head off if you say one more word to me."

Okay. End Rant. In other news, I had an awesome weekend. I wore my new boots to the Eric Church and Jason Aldean concert. Enjoyed some great music, time with friends, perfect weather, and way too much beer :)
That's me, with the thighs.


1. Did you do anything fun this weekend? 
2. What is one thing you are self conscious about that you are going to start loving today? (doesn't have to be a physical attribute).

Happy Running,


28 comments:

Tara said...

THAT IS SO RIDICULOUS!! What on earth makes people think comments like that are okay??

theAlmostRunner said...

this IS ridiculous. unbelievable!

Julia said...

ahhhhhhh??? for serious?? how ridiculous! LOVE your next response. get outta here people with your crazy unnecessary comments.

and here is the thing: you are probably definitely out there doing WAY more than him.

Teamarcia said...

Awwww embrace that fabulous thunder. If that dipshit knew his stuff, he'd know it's the sprinters with the big legs.
I am a thunder sister and people have come straight out and told me I have fat legs. More like PHAT legs!

Britt said...

Dang that is so rude, and I'm sorry that you've had to experience that. I hate when people make comments about others bodies, it's like "who do you think you are bub?".

If someone ever said that to me I would probably say "these thighs could smoke your ass in any race buddy". Totally inappropriate yes, but sometimes people just need to learn to keep their dumb thoughts to themselves.

Erin said...

what! drunk or not drunk... no one should ever think twice about commenting on anyone's personal appearence!

Don't worry... any dedicated runner has to have muscular thighs... keep it up!

Run with Jess said...

What a moron! I got thunder thighs too & am just starting to love them... okay, really not, but I try.

Jen said...

Wow! I'm shocked at what people think is acceptable and non offensive to say to total strangers. I've got thunder thighs too if it helps and I like them. Your attitude is great!

Justina F. Lee said...

Are you kidding me? That is not appropriate! They weren't kidding when they said that there are all types of people in this world.

Anywho, I think that muscular legs on women are sexy! Probably because mine are getting there :-)

The Kim K approach is the way to go!

Happy Runner Girl said...

Annoying and Rude!

FruitFly said...

This weekend I watched planes take off and land while I was on my run. It was pretty cool to see them go right over my head!

I'm not sure what about me I'll embrace. Certainly not my chinS.

Okay - your thighs in that picture. Um, WTF??? They look amazing!! You go on with your embracing. You should!

Pam said...

People can be so clueless. I would never comment on anyone's appearance, but people at my work have no problem saying exactly what they think about me. There was a meeting one time where they were all giving me makeup tips!!!

Glad you had a good weekend, though! Looks so fun!

Megan said...

Gotta love random people thinking you want to hear their unsolicited comments.

Once I was walking down the street on campus and someone shouted, "Juicy!" at me. I wonder if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

And let's not even get started on the comments I have been getting on almost a DAILY basis from my students about my nose.

Team Lando said...

My fav unsolicited comment came during the Anti-Carb Era. I was stocking up on sale powerbars. Pre-baby, in marathon shape. The cashier looked me up and down and looked at my food choices, and informed me that I was clearly not following the Atkins diet.

The Noble Fam said...

I can't believe it happened again. I think your thighs are fabulous! I am very self concious on my bootay/thighs area. But I don't know when I will suck it up. lol.

Alyssa said...

Your legs are HOT! But seriously, what is wrong with people??? Did he actually think that was a compliment? Did he mean big as in relation to the Kenyan runners? Good for you for not letting it bother you! Your legs are perfect and strong enough to carry you 26.2 miles!

Ms. Duffy said...

What a douche! 1) That picture with the boots? Irrefutable evidence that your big legs are hot. Oh, and not actually big. Whatever, drunk douche guy. 2) Teamarcia's right - he's got it opposite. Sprinters have huge muscles. Anyway, you're gorgeous and he's lame. You win. Maybe he was one of those pickup artists, you know, getting you to be attracted to him by being insulting? Who knows.

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

What a rude thing to say! Really, some people just talk without thinking about what they're saying at all.
And those legs in boots? Sexy!!
:)

Richelle said...

That guy was a total asshole! Seriously... people just need to keep their thoughts to themselves.

I'm very self-conscious about my stomach. It's more toned than it used to be, but there's still room for improvement.

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

Crazy weirdo! Its reminds me of the soooo unwanted comments I got when I was pregnant! and btw...your thights look great in the pic! That looks liek a fun concert too.

The Green Girl said...

Good for you. I've always tried to keep my legs hidden because I've gotten comments like that since I was a kid. I was born muscular.

ATTrio said...

OMG!! I would have been so pissed and would slap that a-hole!! I have way big calves! I have learned to love them and decided that most men are just jealous cuz they got skinny legs :)
Sarah

Quinton J said...

as soon as you said "semi-drunk" I was like...oh no...

Your legs are awesome btw...not big...not small...not even medium...just awesome.

You would've been okay to use your legs to kick that knuckle-head.

I’ve always been self conscious of my legs. Like for as long as I can remember. In fact…my wife is so used to teasing me about having chicken legs that she still does…even though as of late..my running has helped to transform them. The funny thing is…the first and ONLY comments that I have EVER gotten on my legs in my WHOLE LIFE were all from after my race LAST WEEK.

Running Ricig said...

How ridiculous is that guy? Good lord. Glad you're embracing your muscles! :)

Running Moose said...

What a moron- he must be as pathetic about meeting women as I was. Weekend? Ran 11.5 miles...after feeling like crap at mile 3 (legs felt like jelly, Camelback not fitting right, light headed, just generally crappy), I decided to just run a 7 mile loop. I missed a turn somewhere on the trail (or turned too soon) and ended up doing 11.5. By the time I realized I missed the turn, I said crew it and kept going. HTFU, I guess :)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

what?! A. I just found our blog and you clearly have very normal thighs and B. who in their right mind says that to anyone?!

but i guess the good news is he said you were athletic :)

Jennifer said...

What a jerkoff (can I write that?!)! Just knee the next person who says something rude like that in the face!

Kristin W said...

I am CRAZY late on this comment. Um, I have ridiculously big legs (which is quite unfortunate for my 5'2" stature). My thighs and calves are huge. I even asked D if I was starting to get cankles.

But RUDE! Why strangers even try to talk about your appearance is beyond me...