A few weeks back a lady commented while I was running. She said "Well done, I know how hard it is, good for you" I thought that was lovely and really encouraging.
However, today, I hadn't really gone as far as I wanted to but I was getting a pain in my leg. I think I've overstretched a muscle in my thigh, which hurts from time to time. I didn't want to make it worse so slowed to a walk. As I did so the "friendly" local recycling truck pulled alongside me and the driver leans out shouting "come on, get a move on". I didn't notice him at first because I had my music on. Once I noticed he was talking to me I ignored him, however it became clear he wasn't going to stop. I'm not sure exactly what else he was saying as I didn't want to listen but it wasn't nice. I changed my route so that I could move away from him to solve the problem.
It's been bothering me all day and I just wonder how everyone else deals with things like this. As a woman I feel really uncomfortable with comments like this, especially from males. It's quite intimidating, especially when they don't stop. I wanted to say something clever back but my mind went blank and I couldn't think of anything. Just wondered what everyone else does in these situations.