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  • 5 miles
  • 00:45 time
  • 09:05 pace
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blah I HATE New York. 5 mi 00:45 09:05 pace

Headed out for a 5 mile Marathon Goal Pace run this morning. Not even a half mile into it, I'm running down 14th St trying to get to the West Side Highway (very crowded area) and this guy, not watching where he was going, walks into me and spills his food. I kept running and had my head phones on, all of a sudden, I feel my shirt being grabbed and the guy is in my face yelling "Hey Bitch. You need to buy me a new shirt." He sits there screaming in my face while I'm trying to apologize and saying hey, it's a crowded street, I'm sorry sir. I was trying to be as calm as possible because honestly, I was terrified. He just kept getting in my face and shoving me. Meanwhile, a crowd of people is gathering around WATCHING. No one steps in to say, hey man, leave her alone. Everyone is just watching. He kept going on about how I ruined his shirt (which was a plain white t-shirt I might add) and that I need to pay him for it. I honestly would have just to get him off my back, but I was running, I had nothing on my but my Garmin. The guy wouldn't let up and everyone just kept standing around. I was getting so upset, I didn't know what to do. He told me to call the cops, I said I'd be happy to deal with the cops but I don't have my phone with me. If you want to call them, we can. He tells me it's not his responsibility and just kept screaming at me and pushing me. Not knowing what else to do, I just ran away and spent the next 2 miles TERRIFIED that he was coming after me. I don't understand how a crowd of people just sat there watching this whole thing go down, LETTING this guy put his hands on me and getting in my face and NO ONE stepped in to say anything. It makes me hate living in New York SO much more. I just sat there completely feeling completely helpless staring around at all of these people who just wanted to see what would happen. On top of it all, I was so upset the rest of my run that I just couldn't sink into my goal pace. It started pouring and I was soaked and I just wanted to be home. EVERY single one of my runs this week has been AWFUL and after today, I honestly just want to give it up. I don't want to have to run in New York anymore where my satellites don't pick up, where it takes 17 minutes to run a mile just to get to a running path, where you get accosted on a run just for running on a busy street. I just don't want to do it anymore.

  • Holly H.
    Holly H.

    OMG! I am so sorry to hear that. I would have been scared sh$%less as well. You never know about some people. I hate crosstown streets. I avoid by all means, even walking. Dont know where you live, but living in the UWS is really nice. It is so much closer to both CP, Riverside Park and the Hudson Path. You still have idiots on the path that do not know how to ride a bike and ride in the wrong lane. I run straight at them swearing till they move over. My husband does that.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Holly H.
    Holly H.

    Also, keep with you training. There are bad weeks. I have them all the time. I am always exhausted anymore (stress, work, puppy and family) and not hitting my pace goals as I should some weeks. It is so frustrating.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Christy
    Christy

    Thanks. I actually live in Union Square and was running to the West Side Highway via the West Village...so it's not like I was running through East New York or something. I just hated that everyone just stood around. I think that's what got to me the most.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Beth Bob S.
    Beth Bob S.

    OMG this is terrible! I'm so sorry to hear about this. I can't believe no one intervened. That's total BS! If this ever happens again run into the nearest place with a phone and call the police. That man should be arrested for assault. What an as$hole.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • The Jesse
    The Jesse

    OMG. This is awful. How horrible that the people watching just stood there and didn't do anything to intervene. I would have been terrified also. What an awful person that man must be and must have an awfully depressing and horrid life to assault an innocent woman on the street for an accident. And same thing to all those people watching a young woman get yelled at and pushed by some man on the street without helping! Thankfully you were able to get away unharmed, physically.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Christine
    Christine

    Unbelievable!!! I'm so sorry this happened to you, this guy need anger management class and therapy!

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Lauren
    Lauren

    That is HORRIBLE. Something similar happened to me once--a seriously crazy lady (probably schizophrenic) started yelling at me as I waited for the bus. Other people were there waiting but NO ONE stepped up to stand next to me or to ask her to leave me alone. When the bus pulled up, I got in and burst into tears and then turned around and called the men getting on the bus behind me a bunch of assholes.

    I'm sorry, friend. If I had been with you, I would have told him to eff off.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Katie A.
    Katie A.

    OMG!!! I can't believe this!! Glad you are safe!!! AND, stay safe with that damn IRENE!!

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Morgan
    Morgan

    Oh Christy!!! WTF?!?!?! I am so sorry this happened to you! :( I wish I could just give you a big hug.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Christy
    Christy

    Thanks everyone...just be careful out there!

    over 7 years ago Like